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salt – the next step in the evolution of design education

strategies, actions, lessons, and thoughts of reflection for designing

Lukas G. Böckelmann

The salt publication face down and open on a ruff concrete step showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the blue grayish cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shad- ows forming a vignette.

Today’s world appears fast-paced, complex, and unpredictable, and we are confronted with instability, overload, and uncertainty on all levels. Climate change, fragile political and economic systems, a rapidly changing society – we’ve become subjects to globally networked crisis in need of creative and innovative answers.
Students of design and designers fresh from university don’t possess a lot of experience to rely on in such a context. They are inevitably under-equipped to face design challenges situated at the most pressing issues of today. But even designers with years of experience may feel a sense of unease when it comes to keeping up. Transitioning to higher forms of expertise consequently becomes evermore important, but is usually left to practice, making the development of essential skills and experience to deal with this conundrum not only slow to manifest, but appropriate guidance a scarce resource.

To enable any designer to gain such understanding of the design-practice to be able to develop and apply a personal “mode of working” to convert challenges into strategies, suited for any design endeavor, I am presenting you with salt – strategies, actions, lessons, and thoughts of reflection for designing.
Salt is divided into three offerings – a publication, a kit, and a tutorial. The individual effort required for transforming one’s expertise is gradually reduced with each offering, while employing varying learning modes and support systems.
The publication, let’s designers read, contemplate, and resonate relevant topics to independently develop a personal methodology which shapes and maintains the design process through strategic thinking.
The kit, supports process facilitation, by providing a skeleton based on strategy development through backcasting, so designers have a reference to continuously relate, compare, and contrast the design process to during execution.
And the tutorial is a way of investigating the impact of strategic planning, solidifying knowledge from the publication and kit, as well as offering multi-channel learning opportunities – packages can be customized, units tailored to specific needs or demands, and support applied to real-world challenges relevant to the individual or collective.

Any of the three work, but all of them together form an innovative, powerful, and effective gateway to reflection and growth. Let’s transform how designers learn, apply, and reflect – let’s add some salt.

About the author:
Lukas G. Böckelmann is a designer, strategist, and generally an inquisitive person. He is the third generation in a family of design professionals and educators, growing up with a keen interest in how things work, what makes people tick, and how to improve the world around him.
Some years ago he started helping designers plan and execute their design processes by building a database of links, relevant to the design practice, making them available via lists, charts, and lately a website. This continuously expanding database currently contains more than 1200 links to tools, software, archives, and much, much more, all of them categorized and equipped with descriptions highlighting the exact benefits of each one.
Now with salt, developed as his MA Thesis at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, he takes the next step towards a more holistic approach.

The salt publication lying flat on a concrete rail- ing with high contrast lighting and dark shadows. The blue and gray cover shows the title as well as subtitle and names the author
The salt publication face down and open on a ruff concrete step showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the blue grayish cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shad- ows forming a vignette.
The salt publication lying on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, with the cover slightly under a glass railing, reflecting the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the blue grayish cover. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows.
The salt publication lying face down and open on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the blue grayish cover, and a visual of three inter- locking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows.
The salt publication lying on the edge of a ruff concrete stair with some metal grate beneath. The blue greyish cover shows the title, subtitle, as well as the author. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows, forming a slight vignette around the booklet.
An open laptop standing on the step of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bright display shows the blue and grayish cover of the salt publication with the title, subtitle, as well as name of the authour visible. The scene is character- ized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlighting the laptop.
A bag lying diagonally across two steps of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bag is in a blue grayish color with the title and subtitle of the salt publication written across it. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlighting the bag.
A business card lying slightly elevated on a fine concrete surface casting a high contrast shadow. The visible front shows a grainy blue grayish color with the title as well as subtitle of the publication written across. The scene is charac- terized by strong lighting.
The salt kit print lying flat on a concrete rail- ing with high contrast lighting and dark shadows. The green cover shows the title as well as subtitle and names the author
The salt kit print face down and open on a ruff concrete step showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the green cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows form- ing a vignette.
The salt kit print lying on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, with the cover slightly under a glass railing, reflecting the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the green cover. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows.
The salt kit print lying face down and open on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the green cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visi- ble on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows.
The salt kit print lying on the edge of a ruff concrete stair with some metal grate beneath. The green cover shows the title, subtitle, as well as the author. The scene is char- acterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows, forming a slight vignette around the booklet.
An open laptop standing on the step of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bright display shows the green cover of the salt kit print with the title, subtitle, as well as name of the authour visible. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlight- ing the laptop.
A bag lying diagonally across two steps of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bag is in a green color with the title and subtitle of the salt kit print written across it. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlighting the bag.
A business card lying slightly elevated on a fine concrete surface casting a high contrast shadow. The visi- ble front shows a grainy green color with the title as well as subtitle of the salt kit print written across. The scene is charac- terized by strong lighting.
The salt learn print of the tutorial face down and open on a ruff concrete step showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the brown cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows forming a vignette.
The salt salt learn print of the tutorial lying on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, with the cover slightly under a glass railing, reflecting the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the brown cover. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shad- ows.
The salt learn print of the tutorial lying face down and open on the steps of a finly grained concrete staircase, showing the backside as well as the cover. Title, subtitle, as well as author are visible on the brown cover, and a visual of three interlocking circles as well as a text to the content of the publication are visible on the back. The scene is charac- terized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows.
The salt learn print of the tutorial lying on the edge of a ruff concrete stair with some metal grate beneath. The brown cover shows the title, subtitle, as well as the author. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting and dark shadows, forming a slight vignette around the booklet.
An open laptop standing on the step of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bright display shows the brown cover of the salt learn print of the tutorial with the title, subtitle, as well as name of the authour visible. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlighting the laptop.
A bag lying diagonally across two steps of a finely grained concrete staircase. The bag is in a brown color with the title and subtitle of the salt learn print of the tutorial written across it. The scene is characterized by high contrast lighting, strong cast shadows and a vignette highlighting the bag.
A business card lying slightly elevated on a fine concrete surface casting a high contrast shadow. The visi- ble front shows a grainy brown color with the title as well as subtitle of the salt learn print of the tutorial written across. The scene is characterized by strong lighting.