Design is a discipline in constant transformation. It mirrors the cultural, technological, social and political changes in the world by means of concepts, systems, images, objects – in fact, almost anything conceivable. The fast-changing context puts any fixed, or final definition of the profession ‘designer’ under pressure. In a knowledge-driven information society, design is stepping out of its role as a ‘support discipline’ valued for a capacity to mediate and translate, evolving towards a position where it is directly responsible for authorship, innovation, production and publishing.
The issues at stake are no longer the client-designer relationship or the form-function paradigm, but the content, knowledge and information that design itself is able to develop, visualize and present. As such, the capacity of design to carry out research becomes pivotal.
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