Continuum: A Story in 48 Screenshots
Martijn van Boven - Introduction
How do we encourage new fields of work in design education, design practices, and research? How can research in an educational context have an actual effect on how we live and work, from the small level of learning and exploring, to the big impact of scaling and embedding? How can design education have an impact on new working practices and new ways of thinking among existing disciplines? The Continuum programme maps and explores tomorrow’s fields of work and is an alliance of the departments of Product Design, Graphic Design, and Interaction Design at the ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design, Arnhem. The Continuum theme highlights the wide diversification between students across these departments. A constantly changing world gives impetus to new demands, needs, and transformations that designers cannot ignore. Change is a driver of creative processes, questions, and output. By initiating a series of graduate courses, the Continuum programme investigates what this means for the next generation of design. The programme, which included a trip to Shenzhen (China), guides students through research and fieldwork in areas ranging from programming, electronics, craft, and materials, to industry food, bio-design, and science.