The Images of the Future of Craft and Design Professions

Kristiina Soini-Salomaa

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    Craft and design form a part in the creative industries. Consequent upon the on going transformation of creative economy, craft and design sector is looking for new activity models. The growth of experience economy, welfare and leisure services leads to novel customer needs. The craft and design professionals require new professional models, partners and networks to respond the changing customer needs. The transformation from product-oriented model to process-oriented and customer-oriented models presumes novel professional skills.
    Nowadays craft and design students are tomorrow’s professionals. How the craft and design students’ expectations confront the demands of the operational environment in the future? The Finnish industry can employ only limited amount of designers. The new and innovative operational models are needed to provide for the employment of Finnish craft and design sector.
    Is there call for small sized local production in the future? The need for the next door services and customized products can strengthen regional and local craftsmanship and small business. Also the ecological values and sustainability support the philosophy of craftsmanship. The challenge in the branch is to create interesting sustainable production and service supply. Can the design education respond to these challenges?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Nordes'11: The 4th Nordic Design Research Conference : MAKING DESIGN MATTER!
    EditorsIlpo Koskinen, Tiina Härkäsalmi, Ramia Mazè, Ben Matthews, Jung-Joo Lee
    Number of pages5
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherSchool of Art and Design, Aalto University
    Publication date31 May 2011
    Pages157 - 161
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventNordes'11: The 4th Nordic Design Research Conference MAKING DESIGN MATTER! - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 29 May 201131 May 2011

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences

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