Current is a multi-platform design journal that exists to showcase creative, practice-based and applied research. It functions as a site for design researchers, design academics, students, professional designers, entrepreneurs, and the business community to reflect on contemporary design thinking—products and processes. Through a variety of forms and formats—interviews, case-studies, critical essays, reviews and photo documentation, we challenge researchers to represent their processes as iterative cycles of research and to skillfully navigate information-led/practice-led methodologies. Current is continually evolving exposition on the people and processes involved in design research. It is a platform for the cross-disciplinary, cross-sector professional communities of people with educational and professional interests in the currency of design thinking.
Current has the following goals that reflect its unique location in one of Canada’s most dynamic Art + Design universities:
- To illustrate the context that shapes practice-based research and research-based practice
- To illustrate new processes and design thinking from project-based collaborations with a diverse range of educational partners
- To inform about current and future directions in teaching, research, and learning in post-secondary education
- To showcase generative tools for co-designing and their benefits at the “fuzzy front end”
- To establish a transparent legacy of learning for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration through publication in print, online and as an e-pub
- To demonstrate to the business community the economic value of managing design as a resource
Current’s affiliation with Emily Carr University of Art & Design is vital to the journal’s function as a site for on going dialogue between researchers in and across a variety of local, national, and international contexts—academic and professional. The university context is crucial to how we understand and illustrate a practice-based design ethos in relation to an evolving ecology. Our learning community is a research space rich in critical and collaborative inquiry and reflective self-practice. Research at Emily Carr University is modeled on context-informed practice in a teaching/research nexus that is responsive to human and ecological needs.
Current draws its power from a community of educators, practitioners, students, and staff engaged in new models and networks of innovation with educational partners from diverse sectors. We are explorers of the values and richness of human knowledge and agents of change and cross-disciplinary integration. A community of thinkers and makers, we seek to engage with complex ideas, situations and in so doing to speak to teams of experts, as well as to the very people who use our research outcomes.