FIDM SF Hosts US Customs Department for Apparel, Footwear, and Textiles For Design Thinking Discussion

FIDM SF Hosts US Customs Department for Apparel, Footwear, and Textiles For Design Thinking Discussion

The US Customs Department of Apparel, Footwear, and Textiles recently requested a presentation on global trend direction from FIDM San Francisco. Last week, Instructor Gail Jackson and Department Coordinator Janice Paredes conducted an interactive discussion on responsible design thinking and global industry trends as they relate to apparel, footwear, and textiles. 

After the discussion, "Responsible Design Thinking Trends: Designing for today's customers, with a vision for the future," twenty-seven guests visited FIDM San Francisco's Library and Materials Room in order to see examples of the various research and reference tools that were covered. Instructor and Student Activities Coordinator Jody Wilson toured the group through the Designer in Residence exhibit, which showcases recent graduate work from the B.A. Design Graduates from Spring 2019. 

"Our guests were thrilled with their visit," said Janice Paredes. "They participated in learner-centered activities much like our FIDM Students do each week in classes, including a brainstorming session on customer needs and wants relating to cultural, economic, and environmental (mega) trends. Our guests became leaders in assessing global trends."

Since traditional methods and established processes are no longer successful or sustainable, design thinking "is deconstructing and reevaluating products and processes, designing paradigm changes in existing business models and using science and new technology to develop and transform how we address customer satisfaction," she explained. 

Responsible design thinking considers materials sourcing and development processes for customer products and services that are designed for efficient resource use, extended materials life, slowing consumption rates, and reducing overproduction. The San Francisco campus looks forward to future visits with these new industry partners who will join us as special guest speakers in FIDM classrooms.

Categories:  Textile Design San Francisco Campus