The discourse on design thinking has popularized design far beyond the profession od design. But how do design students acquire their valuable competencies? At conferences around the world we facilitate workshops with leading designers, design educators and design administrators and co-investigate, co-create future proof design competencies.
The following sections give an overview of our work in progress.


Cumulus Conference Kolding

Cumulus Conference Kolding Design School Kolding Denmark 1 June 2017 We presented a conference paper, and ran a hands-on, participative workshop designed to map competencies across diverse design programs around the world at Cumulus in Kolding, Denmark. The people who participated were from over 30 different design schools around the world, representing various design disciplines from … Continue reading Cumulus Conference Kolding

London College of Communication

London College of Communication UAL Workshop London 5 July 2017 At the University of the Arts London workshop we organized a workshop with design program leaders across the university to take the competency matrix for a test ride. In this workshop we validated the practical application of the methodology in the design of both graduate … Continue reading London College of Communication

AIGA Minneapolis

AIGA Minneapolis Future of Design Minneapolis 13 Octiber 2017 AIGA organized a series of curriculum workshops around the theme of ‘the designer of 2025’ and asked DCF to host a workshop and demonstrate the design competency matrix methodology. This workshop included about a hundred design educators, mostly from across the North American continent. Setting up … Continue reading AIGA Minneapolis


CUMULUS 2018 PARIS: Estienne/Ensaama 11-13 April 2018 PAPER PRESENTATION Prof. Job Rutgers, Dr John Fass, and Mo Ling Chui presented a conference paper titled A Shared Language for Design Competency Futures during the parallel sessions at Estienne on April 12. The paper described the conceptual and theoretical basis of the design competency framework, and its origins in the product design department at … Continue reading CUMULUS 2018