People who choose the academic path, are indeed privileged people. And even though it can be kind of a lottery thing: education can either go right or it can go wrong, even when it does go wrong, it still enriches one’s worldview and makes them more eager to look through someone else’s point of view.

PART VI: EPISODE V

Design practitioners reflect on the value of formal education

Libby Connolly, Senior Designer & Art Director, based in the United States. …


Education stimulates curiosity. That doesn’t mean that people who haven’t followed a conventional education path aren’t curious; it’s just that academia concentrates curiosity and provides an environment for it to thrive.

PART V: EPISODE FOUR

Design practitioners reflect on the value of formal education

Adrian (Adi) Constantin, Product Designer and Art Director, Romania native, based in Germany.

Camilo Hidalgo, Graphic Designer & Art Director, Colombia native, based in Finland.


Many people, me included, have been brought up to believe that one of the benefits of formal education is increasing one’s confidence and self-esteem. That is true and it’s not bad in itself as long as this is not the main reason why someone would go for academic training.

Part IV: EPISODE THREE

Design practitioners reflect on the value of formal education

Jenny Kan, Creative Strategist & Art Director, design lead and a great mentor, based in the Netherlands, well-versed in creative leadership, design thinking, user experience design, digital strategy & innovation. Although I’ve known Jenny only for a short while, she has been instrumental to my professional development as a designer.

Laura Duarte, service designer, Master candidate at University of the Arts in London, Colombia native, based in the UK.

Rachel Salmon, digital product designer…


University provides a safe bubble where one can build, experiment, prototype and question without the usual constraints of real-life.

PART III: EPISODE TWO

Design practitioners reflect on the value of formal education

Rick Veronese, product UX/UI designer, Italy native, until recently based in the UK. Rick works with startup companies within the fintech domain, he is an entrepreneur with a focus on business strategy, user research and experience design.

Jonas Devacht is an illustrator with a distinct style and a background in web design/programming. He is based in Belgium, currently freelancing.

Stephanie Müller is a graphic designer and a visual researcher, based in Germany. She is currently…


Many of the designers I interviewed for my research on the value of education told me that they appreciated their university years to a great degree because of the community of like-minded people whom one can learn from and grow alongside.

PART II: EPISODE ONE

Design practitioners reflect on the value of formal education


Education can be beneficial in many ways but we should also approach it with great care if we want to make a worthwhile choice.

PART I

What is the value of formal education?


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Why design shouldn’t be detached from ethics and how can designers advocate for a more genuine human-centered design?


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Your work is not precious

Jana Voykova

overthinker, designer, humanist

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