Design as a systemic activity: Elements of problem interpretation in the construction of training models in design education

Antonella Penati


Based on the ongoing reorganisation of design studies at the Design Faculty at Politecnico di Milano, this article explores processes of training for design activities, with particular focus on instances where the design project is a complex system in which the final product (whether physical or immaterial) is considerably less significant than the set of practices and dynamics that exist both upstream and downstream of the process of defining that product. The focus is in particular on identifying innovation potential that emerges during the initial phase of the design process – commonly defined as The Front End of Innovation – in an attempt to define a profile of a design graduate with competences that can be applied in this phase of the innovation process.

Key words: design and systemic approach, products and process, incremental innovation and radical innovation, design and education, design and operative judgment.

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