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Design as an Essential 21st Century Work Skill

Join us online to learn about the changing nature of work in the 21st century and the critical role of design in organisations today.

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Wed 18 May 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM




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Design as an Essential 21st Century Work Skill

As the relevance of traditional careers and ways of doing things are being challenged and disrupted by automation, artificial intelligence and rapid changes in culture and values – creativity has risen to the top as a non-replicable and highly-valued attribute. The practical application of creativity through design will future-proof your skillset by making you a more adaptable person in the face of change and adding the value of creative problem solving to your career.

The University of Auckland's Master of Design Programme Coordinator, Aaron Fry, will discuss the value of design in the 21st century, which will lead to a conversation with current Master of Design students about their experiences and the professional benefits they have gained during the programme. There will be a Q&A session at the end where you can ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Aaron Fry

Senior Lecturer, Design

Born in New Zealand and a 1990 graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, Aaron Fry is an artist, designer, and strategic design educator with twenty-six years of experience in the design education field.

Aaron is also a PhD candidate. His dissertation, Thinking With Your Hands: The Craft Hermeneutics of Design Thinking, examines the cognitive benefits of applying studio practices from fine arts in the problem-solving contexts of design thinking.

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