Expanding the Roles of Designers

As designers, we decide on the shapes, functions, colours and purposes of the products that we create. When it comes to materials, we often pick among a selection that is presented to us by a fabric supplier. Although a lot of thought goes into this process, we are only involved in the selection of materials for products, and not in the design and production of those materials.

The knowledge and skills that designers have could be applied beyond materials selection and design for production, and a more holistic approach could in turn lead to a more...

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