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Design skills for environmental risk communication: design in and design of an interdisciplinary workshop

Lickiss, M. D. and Cumiskey, L. (2019) Design skills for environmental risk communication: design in and design of an interdisciplinary workshop. The Design Journal, 22 (1). pp. 1373-1385. ISSN 1460-6925

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1594963


Effective environmental risk management and risk reduction requires an inherently interdisciplinary and cross-sector approach to communication design. The challenging global impact of this area can only be addressed by increasing skills capacity in communication design across disciplines, a challenge which itself requires the design and delivery of new expert training. This paper reports on the design of and findings from an interdisciplinary, problem-based workshop to build risk communication skills, held at the World Bank’s Understanding Risk 2018 conference, Mexico City. The workshop combined high competence interdisciplinary participants (including designers) with detailed real-world scenarios in a 24-hour ‘pressure cooker’ working environment, designed by a team of interdisciplinary young professionals. The results show engagement from participants across the disciplines involved, who produced outcomes with a community education and user-centred focus. The workshop highlighted that more direct, critical, engagement from the design community is needed in educating about, and delivering, environmental risk communication.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:80121
Uncontrolled Keywords:Disaster risk management, Disaster risk reduction, workshop, communication design, design learning
Additional Information:This article is part of the special issue 'Running with Scissors: 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, Dundee, 10-12th April, 2019' edited by Louise Valentine and Leon Cruickshank.
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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