Integrating Strategic Design into non-design Courses

The Together for Design report was published in 2020 by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). This Group reports to the Minister of Enterprise Trade & Employment and advises the Irish Government on current and future skills needs of the economy. IRDG has been active on the steering group of the EGFSN Together for Design report since the outset.

The report focused on the three design disciplines identified as important for Ireland, namely digital, product and strategic design. The report finds that these design disciplines are constantly evolving in response to new opportunities across technology and industry and as a result, skills in these areas are high in demand. The report made a series of recommendations that need to be addressed to drive the change required so that Ireland can realise its potential and become a leading nation in design.

One of the key recommendations is that the design community would engage directly with HEIs and ETBs to explain the importance and relevance of strategic design. Skills and knowledge in this area will benefit graduates and industry alike, and as a result, the Group would like to see strategic design included as a module in non-design courses also. (Note: Definition of Strategic Design – includes Design Thinking, Service Design, Co-Design, Design Management, Design Innovation).

Thursday, 11th March – 9.30 to 11am

IRDG is leading a team from five different organisations on the implementation of this recommendation around Strategic Design in Higher Education. To this end a 90-minute session is organised for next Thursday, 11th March which you might find interesting to attend.

Whilst the event is predominantly geared towards the academic community, industry people who are interested in design thinking as a key skill amongst our future workforce might also like to participate. Attendees will benefit from the expert speakers as below, get a sense of the landscape on this subject at third level in Ireland and overseas, and join the discussion on how skills development in this area should progress.


  • Professor Uli Weinberg, Director d-School of Design Thinking at Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Berlin & President of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA)
  • Dr Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director & Co-Head at School of Design Thinking at Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Berlin
  • Dr Fiona Chambers, Head of School of Education, University College, Cork.
  • Sean McNulty, Chairman & Director, Dolmen Design

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