Previous projects

1. The DEEDS Project

The DEEDS (DEsign EDucation & Sustainability) project, funded by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme, was a partnership of five higher education and research institutions working with design and sustainable development. The project aimed to demonstrate the actual and potential added-value of a sustainable design approach to design educators, design students, design professionals, as well as the wider design industry and policy-makers.

DEEDS aimed to raise new levels of awareness by integrating information, knowledge and thinking through design approaches, in order to inspire, catalyse and transform design teachers, students and professionals by encouraging ‘natural’ value-based (not cost-based) habits that move us towards more sustainable ways of living and working.

DEEDS aimed to develop and encourage ‘natural’ value-based (not cost-based) habits that move us towards more sustainable ways of living and working.

DEEDS Website

http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/deeds

Journal Article about DEEDS

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 2009 – Vol. 4, No.1  pp. 1 – 23

This paper outlines the background, evolution and outcomes of the DEsign EDucation and Sustainability (DEEDS) project, funded by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme. DEEDS comprised a partnership of five institutions from European higher education and research communities in design and sustainable development. Core principles of the project are: 1) Skill development; 2) Creating change agents; 3) Awareness of systems and context; 3) Learning together; 4) Ethical responsibilities; 5) Synergy and co-creativity (SCALES). A core activity, networked and communicated through a website, is an evolving teaching and learning landscape of ‘pods’ (the PodScape). DEEDS has created a participatory platform of reciprocal learning between members of design communities across Europe with various actors and stakeholders in order to embed ‘sustainability into design and design into sustainability’.

Authors: Karen Blincoe, Alastair Fuad-Luke, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Michael Thomson, Dag Holmgren, Karin Jaschke, Tom Ainsworth, Karolina Tylka

DEEDS has created a participatory platform of reciprocal learning between members of design communities across Europe with various actors and stakeholders in order to embed ‘sustainability into design and design into sustainability’.

2. The CPD Programme

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) was a skill-development programme for designers and related professionals. The aim of CPD was to help develop and improve participants carrier opportunities, business and personal competence, leadership skills, ability to write a business plan,  networking, participation in joint national and international projects, presentation skills and business know-how.

The project was organised by ICIS with support from EU’s Social Fund in Frederiksborg county, the Association of Danish Designers, Danish Designers (DD) as well as design firms and businesses in the region.

3. The ISL Certificate – Programme

ICIS developed the core concept of the ISL – ICIS Sustainability Leadership – Certificate Programme for design professionals in 2006. The idea of the one-year part-time programme was to focus on current and future challenges in business and sustainability for the professional designer. The programme curriculum consisted of four main focus areas: Business Development & Innovation, Sustainability in Design, Leadership Development and Networking & Competence Clusters.

4. SUSDES – Masters in Sustainable Design

Partnering with the University of Lund (Helsingborg, Sweden) ICIS was engaged in the development of an MA in Sustainable Design (SUSDES). The project was financed by the EU through the Interreg IIA programme with support from Helsingør Kommune, Helsingborg Stad, Frederiksborg Amt, Univresity of Lund and ICIS.

As a precursor to the project, ICIS developed and co-ordinated a two-week course on Sustainable Design Futures which took place in Nov 2006. The course was created to explore sustainability and design topics suitable for incorporation into the Masters programme. Topics covered ranged widely including CSR and business ethics; ecodesign and eco-innovation; biomimicry and slow design; product development and waste production, and sustainable city issues related to transport, waste and energy.

ICIS developed and co-ordinated a two-week course on Sustainable Design Futures.