Another Proposal for the Science of Design:
The Need for a New Design Education and Prospects for Related Issues

Prof. Shutaro Mukai

In thinking about the modes of society and daily life and the design of tomorrow, the proposal for a new educational idea called the science of design-that is, not the training of designers, but, in consideration of relationships with other areas, the cultivation of a new type of human resources open to the possibilities of exploring the various problems of design-is becoming increasingly important today.



The statement "not the training of designers" is a kind of paradox. Butthe designer and design researcher of a new type are required. The question of how to perceive design is a new problem of today. If we look at design broadly from the perspective of formation--the formation of daily life, the formation of the environment, the formation of society, the formation of the world-then the horizons of design come into view.



Modern design can be seen primarily as a kind of modern counter project for repeatedly questioning the mode of modernization created by modern technology and industry from a social and cultural perspective and reorganizing it affluently into the world of daily life. Amid the new technological revolution of today-the so-called information society-again we face the question of how our world of daily life should be and are being called upon again to form the innovativeness of design and ideas of daily life. The science of design has been proposed as the idea and movement for this formation.



For this reason, design is not simply a problem of industry or the market but globally a new issue of civilization and at the same time a social and cultural issue.



In this sense, design has a special character that cannot be limited to one special area in other words that entails undisciplined discipline. Its unique quality lies in its synthesis with the whole related problem and the whole process.



As the basic studies for science of design, the formation of a comprehensive, new aesthetics is required. Simply speaking, an intellectual framework is needed to form an aesthetic sense that balances and harmonizes the "eco" of ecology and the "eco" of economics. This is also an essential issue for the formation of a social aesthetic sense. And it is one of my major themes at the moment.