The Graphic Design Educators’ Network advocates graphic design education by developing, sharing and cultivating:
- Research and scholarship
- Discussion, collaboration and events
- Respect for plurality of practice
- Links with collaborators
The aspiration for a network of graphic design educators emerged at a meeting of 14 lecturers at Staffordshire University on Wednesday 15th January 2014. Arranged by Darren Raven and James Corazzo, the intention was clear from the start – to share and learn from each other, as well as from educators in other disciplines. Two further meetings followed, at Sheffield Hallam University and the Design Council in London, and such was the increasing number in attendance that by September a 15 strong committee began the process of establishing some basic principles: from scratch. To this day, the network is evolving, prospering and continuing to reflect on the two questions that guided discussion in Staffordshire:
What should a network of graphic design educators concern themselves with? How can we make a sustainable network?
As an initiative that started with plenty of goodwill, but no funding, one of the most important issues to address was to invite and involve contributions from other like-minded graphic design educators, in hope of establishing a financial base. In doing so, each of the six points of focus directs the work of the committee and activity of the network. The emphasis is on sharing, documenting and critically appraising what and how graphic design education happens. Research and scholarship in graphic design education is an important part of this, as well as graphic design research which provides new content in terms of what is taught (no longer is it enough for industry to determine the practice). Journal publication, national conferences, symposiums, and regional events are the main channels through which discourse takes place, but it is also the friendships and independent motivations across a multitude of practices and geographic locations (local, regional, national and international) that bind the network together. Collaboration rather than competition is more important to members at a time when political motivation emphasises the latter.
Our committee is currently made up of 12 members — view profiles.