Throughout the 2019 Fall semester, senior level Information Design students used a systems thinking approach to examine the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; a framework for the most important challenges that we are facing as a society, with topics such as the climate crisis, restorative justice, sustainable food, mental health and many more. Students looked at the local manifestation of these problems to develop a deep understanding of the complex and overlapping systems that they are borne out of.
This project features a collection of evolving understandings of global challenges that we are facing locally in Calgary and the surrounding area. The problems that are visualized here are the result of extensive research including fieldwork, interviews with subject matter experts and literature review. Students have synthesized their insights from this research into new frameworks, highlighting the structures and mental models that form the systems they were investigating.
Our students are tenacious problem seekers and solvers who care deeply about making a positive impact on the world around them. Information designers have a unique capacity and responsibility to make the complex clear and accessible for people, enabling understanding, empathy and action. Our hope is that these projects can be a catalyst for changemaking.
- Kelsey & Ben