Christian Guellerin

Free opinion about design education

22 September 2016

Design: All-in-one and One-for-all

AEF’s upcoming colloquium, “Arts, Design, Fashion: The New Frontier of Higher Education”*, has triggered discussion over the potential for transversality between Design schools and universities especially as creative disciplines in France have not traditionally been academic ones. Design has never been on the academic radar in France. Design studies on campus are few and far [...]

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15 February 2016

Double degrees: are they just wishful thinking?

Engineering, business, architecture, design, humanities…How can we mix programs and cultures without falling into the trap of producing all-knowing scholars reminiscent of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, which would be disastrous? The round table entitled “Hybrid educational programs: feedback session”, recently organized at Paris-Dauphine university by the “News tank”* platform, revealed strong differences of opinion about [...]

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15 December 2015

The two developments which are going to shake up higher education

Transversality and the transformation of relations between teacher and student are going to overturn established hierarchies and break down the boundaries in higher education. Gone will be the days of chapels, the pre-eminence of “hard” sciences over “soft”. Gone the pointless segmentation between academic research and applied research, basic research and experimental research. All these barriers [...]

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25 September 2015

Businesses in search of meaning

In his book, entitled Innovation and Entrepreneurship*, Peter Drucker sheds light on the amazing climb to success experienced by Rank Xerox and Gillette. He attributes it, among other things, to the novel nature underlying the very essence of what they do. Had Rank Xerox planned on manufacturing and selling copiers, its chances for development would [...]

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23 July 2015

Design and Leadership?

Design has crossed over into a strategic dimension. In organizations that have made innovation their modus operandi, designers have no other choice but to assert themselves as leaders there within.

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16 June 2015

FDE Manifesto

France Design Éducation (FDE)
11 prestigious French design schools, which gathered in FDE, wrote this Manifesto which deals with the evolution of the designer’s responsibilities and with the academic curriculum.

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26 February 2015

Design school: the school for the managers of tomorrow

In 1994, professors from HEC published a book entitled, “SCHOOL FOR THE MANAGERS OF TOMORROW.” Its focus was on pondering the changes in teachings, methods of learning, frameworks, and more generally, how the changes in the environment and with regard to responsibility would take precedence over the growing number of management and business schools as [...]

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3 January 2015

The sky’s the limit: The career of “in house” designers

The 2nd Annual “Design, mode d’emploi” Forum was held on December 10, 2014 at the Paris Commodities Exchange. It was the chance to highlight the growing interest that businesses are showing in “in house” Designer career paths. This interest falls closely in line with the strategic relevance inherent in design. New career opportunities are popping [...]

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29 October 2014

“Made in France” takes backseat to “Designed by France”

When it comes to buying a car, or anything else for that matter composed of spare parts, what exactly does “Made in France” mean? Does this notion not go against the flow of French industry? Is there not something else out there that strives to fuse innovation, research and design? How about “Designed by France”?

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24 June 2014

Design and Corporate Social Responsibility: A matter of morals or personal gain?

A recent presentation given to the Regional Leaders of Western France led me not only to reflect on what binds Corporate Social Responsibility to the Design field, but also question the role that the designer plays there within. What if design were synonymous with “sustainable business?”

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