What are the pros and cons of a formal design education? Is it always necessary?
@artcenteredu: Depends on your ambitions. Skills & how-tos are easy. Concepts, history, complex problem-solving take longer to learn.
@ZacharyEdelson: Cons: Expensive! Pros: A good program teaches how big ideas and details/construction/execution are both essential.
@modernindenver: A combo of formal design education + hands-on training are essential for success. You can’t replace on-the-job training.
@AllieWeiss: Some design programs offer great opportunities for hands-on experience: http://bit.ly/1QxrDh0
@livingwhite: To be an architect, yes, but lots of other design professions don't require formal education. Passion, however, is a must.
What advice would you give a young person who is considering a career in design?
@Polycor: Start making relationships now. Seek a mentor who shares your passion. Find you niche and kill it.
@CenterForArch: Our K-12 and adult programs are a wonderful exposure to design thinking.
@MTHWKSHN: Design is a business. Working is very different from your education. Get as much experience inside & outside the classroom.
@LetUsSuppose: Talk to practicing designers. Feedback from practitioners will paint the most accurate pic of what you're getting into.
How can we encourage learning as a lifelong process? Can designers continue their education after graduation?
@aileenkwun: Cities like NYC have tons of lectures and free talks—many (incl. those @dwellondesign) offer CEUs for professional credits.
@modernindenver: Join groups like @AIANational, @AIGAdesign and @IIDA_HQ. Attend conferences, keep reading, and don’t stop growing!
@designmilk: Keep up w/ what's happening in design thru reading design blogs ;) + attend conferences, trade shows, talk to designers.
What are some good resources for non-professionals to learn about design and architecture?
@CenterForArch: @Dwell and @DesignMilk are great media for the non-professional!
@CenterForArch: Try a tour during @Archtober. Architects present their work in the building itself.
@artcenteredu: Museums are great: @AplusD_LA @MuseumModernArt @walkerartcenter @storefrontnyc and more.
Originality and creativity are important values. How are designers taught to be independent thinkers?
@artcenteredu: This gets back to why a formal education. Critical thinking/Humanities is an important cornerstone.
@thisisheatherc: Originality needs to be supported at all levels of the design business—support new voices and refuse immitations.
@aileenkwun: Being curious and staying open to other disciplines can broaden your perspective on design.
What can we do to help make the public understand the importance of design?
@CenterForArch: Make design a quality of life issue for the politicians.
@artcenteredu: Talk about design’s cultural and environmental effects, that it’s more than just making pretty.
We were joined by Cynthia Kracauer of @CenterforArch and Anne Burdick of @artcenteredu to discuss design education today.