As part of our Shaping Design Through Education series, Impact Design Hub is trying something a little different. One of our readers named Valia Mouheich reached out to us to answer a few questions for her thesis at ESADSE (École supérieure d’Art de Design de Saint-Étienne, France). We were very intrigued by her questionnaire and wanted to pose these questions to our audience as well. Valia’s research is focused on the power of design as a social, economic and political ladder on both national and international levels. She is particularly interested in questioning design’s status as a diplomatic tool to help solve problems between societies and reduce tension between countries.
We would greatly appreciate if you took a few minutes to read through Valia’s six questions and provide your answers and insights.
1- Do you believe in the idea that design has an impact on the way people react? How, in what way, and in which conditions?
2- Can design make a change on the international level? How?
3- Do you consider design as a tool to strengthen cultural relations between countries, and lead to social development both on national and international levels?
4- Between politics, economics and aesthetics, where is design located?
5- How do you interpret the phrase “design and diplomacy?” What relation can exist between design and diplomacy, designers and diplomats?
6- Were you personally engaged in any design related projects to help reduce the tension between two countries with diplomatic issues between them?
Please leave your answers in the comments section below. Thank you for your time.