May 06, 2016
First book about new careers in field of design for social innovation, presents compelling case studies, first-hand accounts, 360-degree view of rapidly shifting landscape
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation hits bookstores in fall 2016
Designers are improving our lives and the world through the emergent field of design for social innovation. With increasing force, corporations and nonprofits alike have begun to recognize the extraordinary value designers bring to problem solving and the creation of human-centered products, services, environments and systems. The pioneering Designmatters department at ArtCenter College of Design, which has been an international leader in shaping design for social impact education for 15 years, has published the collective wisdom of 84 game changers in the field in a new book. LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation is the first publication of its kind to present a comprehensive overview of new professional pathways to successful and meaningful careers as experienced first-hand by a who’s who of respected thought leaders (practitioners, researchers and educators) who are making seminal contributions to the field.
“Our goal was to create a provocative and engaging framework to capture this influential shift in our practices and the impact it’s having on the positioning of design overall in organizations. The objective was to deliver complex content in an informative and accessible way that does justice to the compelling impact of the field,” said Dr. Mariana Amatullo, lead editor of LEAP Dialogues and co-founder and vice president of ArtCenter's award-winning Designmatters department.
“The book truly reflects the day-to-day opportunities as well as the challenges faced by the real pioneers of design in social innovation. Riveting personal experiences and reflective perspectives contrasted with dramatic case studies create a multilayered story of how design is making a positive difference on society,” continued Amatullo.
LEAP Dialogues looks at the changing role of design in the marketplace and examines why these changes are occurring, what skills are needed to stay relevant and how effective new practices are emerging. The book offers tangible insights for designers as well as professionals outside the field of design who are looking for new ways to harness innovation. LEAP Dialogues is also a practical guide for designers who want to pursue emerging career pathways.
“The book is a manifestation of the state of the arts through a lens of social innovation. It offers readers a potent cross section of case studies and career trajectories of successful people in the practice. The book demonstrates how design matters in social change and how an education in design allows a professional to move throughout their career making contributions to the world,” said Amatullo.
In 2014, Amatullo recruited a powerhouse group of leaders in design and social innovation for the first-ever LEAP symposium on the campus of ArtCenter College of Design. More than 100 practitioners and educators gathered for a series of lively conversations exploring career pathways for designers in the emerging field of social innovation. The inspiration for the book, a stand-alone publication, grew out of the LEAP symposium.
LEAP Dialogues includes case studies from IBM, MASS Design Group, Proximity Designs and frog among others.
Evidence of the importance of design in society and to the economy
Design as a game changer, quotes from LEAP Dialogues thought leaders
Additional information can be found at www.designmattersatartcenter.org/leap-dialogues
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation was edited by Amatullo, an internationally recognized practitioner-scholar in the field of design for social innovation, with Bryan Boyer, co-founder and partner, Dash Marshall; Liz Danzico, creative director, NPR and founding chair, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts; and Andrew Shea, founder and principal of MANY.
The impressive list of contributors to LEAP Dialogues includes John Cary, strategist, TED; Jan Chipchase, founder, Studio D Radiodurans; Allan Chochinov, chair, MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts and partner, Core 77; Christopher Fabian, senior advisor to the executive director and co-lead, UNICEF Innovation; Robert Fabricant, partner, Dalberg Design Impact Group; Dan Formosa, founder, Brainpool & 4B; Cyd Harrell, senior director, Product, Code for America; Tracy Pilar Johnson, senior program officer, User Experience and Innovation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Paul Polak, author; Tara Roth, president, Goldhirsh Foundation/LA2050; Jason Schupbach, director, Design Programs, NEA; Cynthia E. Smith, curator of Socially Responsible Design, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Jocelyn Wyatt, executive director and co-lead, IDEO.org.
Lead Editor: Mariana Amatullo
Editors: Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico, Andrew Shea
Managing Editor: Jennifer May
Publisher: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design
Printer: AGPOGRAF Impressors
Distributor: DAP/Distributed Art Publishers
Content Editor: Alex Carswell
Research Assistant: Erika Katrina Barbosa
LEAP Dialogues was made possible with support from the Autodesk Foundation and VentureWell.
Founded in 2001, Designmatters is a groundbreaking, college-wide program that serves all academic disciplines at ArtCenter College of Design. The department sets a global standard for art and design education in social innovation. Designmatters advances art and design as a force for innovation and social change through research, advocacy and action. Designmatters collaborates with nonprofit organizations, industry, and national and international development agencies on immersive, outcome-oriented research and projects. ArtCenter students, alumni and faculty participate in cross-disciplinary design studios, workshops, independent studies, fellowships and internships that yield high impact results which are widely disseminated. In recognition of Designmatters’ leadership, Art Center was the first design school to receive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status at the United Nations.
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.
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