People. Good design responds to human need. It is socially responsible, responsive and ambitious. Through scholarly, effective listening good designers transform problems into opportunities for people to live and perform optimally. Our students study human-centered design – a focus that crosses all design disciplines by placing human experience and engagement at the center of problem solving.
Process. D+EA blends studio-based training with scholarly research to inform creative process. This dual design/research focus gives students a unique foundation for practice because they understand design from a systems perspective – individual needs in the context of broader social, technical, and global influences.
Place. D+EA students learn that 'place' represents a continuum of experience which cross multiple design disciplines and scales e.g. graphic, interior, and product design express values and choreograph behaviors; ergonomics, facility planning,and interface design manage interactions with users and technology; while policy and community design address larger issues of stakeholder engagement. All these levels work in concert to create the built environment. It is why D+EA students explore human-centered design + analysis on multiple levels – place, product, process and practice – with the goal to support people and the planet.