Designing with Society: A Capabilities Approach to Design, Systems Thinking and Social Innovation

Scott Boylston is professor and graduate coordinator of the Design for Sustainability program at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), author of three books, and founder of Emergent Structures. I would like to congratulate to Scott on the launch of his new book Designing with Society. He introduces his book in the following way:

“This is not a design book. It’s a book for designers. Specifically, it’s a book for designers who want to aim the design dictum, “what’s next,” directly at the heart of our own practice. To do so requires an honest look at what might be holding us back. Many say the barriers we still have to transcend exist within our ability to authentically incorporate other disciplines such as anthropology and nanotechnology.

Digging deeper, however, lies the question, “for what purpose?” This question suggests we look inward before looking further outward. It requires we tap into the intrinsic characteristics of the design mind, and transcend the boundaries that our infatuation with commerce has set for our profession. Design’s own imperatives demand we do so. Design is about challenging past notions of what’s possible, and applying that lens to our own practice forces us to look beyond self-imposed limits.”

Savannah College of Art & Design 2019 Sustainability Design Students

As a practitioner in this field I was invited to contribute an editorial review:

“The next generation of design practitioners are now asking the question of how we can develop new capabilities and mindsets to tackle complex social challenges. In Designing with Society, Scott Boylston provides us with a comprehensive guide to a new systemic and holistic design ethos which integrates the frameworks and approaches of the leading thinkers in this new field with his own extensive experience in innovation and environmental design.”

To follow Scott’s work and also that of his students, please do take a look at the Facebook group SCAD Designers for Sustainability.

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