Sustainable Thinking explores how values and sustainability can reshape the way design management is practised and applied. The book discusses how designers can combine innovative creative thinking with analytical problem-solving skills to produce outputs that are business ready and ethically driven.
Examples from a wide range of practitioners who work within the field of sustainable design are examined through case studies, and engaging activities suggest ways for students and practitioners to explore introducing sustainable thinking into their work.
Aaris Sherin is an educator, writer and designer. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at St John's University, Queens, New York, USA. Sherin is a frequent lecturer and speaker at both national and international design conferences. Her writing has been featured in publications such as PRINT Magazine, STEP Inside Design, Form, Leonardo, and Design and Culture.
Chapter 1: The basics of sustainability and design: The role of designers; Sustainability 101; Creating change; Envisioning solutions; Motivators driving business; Expanding the role of designers; Case study: SHAGAL | iodaa Chapter 2: Strategies: Terminology and branding; Transparency in business; The importance of strategy; Tools for business analysis; Interview: Amy Fox; Case study: MIO; Case study: Bambeco Chapter 3: Design creating change: Communicating values; Challenges in the developing world; Connecting to raw materials; Case study: Magno; When good design goes wrong; Tools for growing a business and predicting success; Case study: Metalli Lindberg Chapter 4: Design making change: Technology facilitating collaboration; How to design for a cause (even at home); Be a designer... for good; Case study: Chris Haughton; Managing effective collaboration; Case study: Elio Studio Chapter 5: Imagining sustainable systems: When being the best isn't good enough; Case study: Project Masiluleke; New frontiers in recycling; Case study: Redefining raw materials; Reframing corporate thinking; Case study: A new twist on branding; Interview: Sali Sasaki Chapter 6: Applying sustainable practices: Connecting sustainability and design management; The design process; Identify a working group; Marketing and communication; Vision targets; Technical targets; What works best Bibliography Online resources Index Picture credits Acknowledgements