LEARNING TO BE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER
Editor: Bohemia, Erik; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Buck, Lyndon; Brisco, Ross; Evans, Dorothy; Grierson, Hilary; Ion, William; Whitfield, Robert Ian
Author: Ledsome, Colin
Institution: IED, United Kingdom
Section: Ethics and Social Issues 1
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.67
Part of the process of becoming a designer, in whatever field, is appreciating what it means to be part of a community of designers. A professional approach to design is vital to maintaining the trust of our marketplace and the standard of our output. This paper is intended to show how fostering a professional attitude is an important part of courses in both Product Design and Engineering. We each tend to see our own field of expertise as important striving to achieve perfection in its application. However, when several areas of expertise are involved, each practitioner must have the flexibility to find the best compromise between them, so achieving an elegant solution to the total design challenge. This paper looks at the importance of a professional attitude and the support of professional bodies.