2010 marks the beginning of the decade of design education. Until the first decade in the 21st century, there was a systematic, institutional bias against visualization as a component of "serious" education. Visual learning had been ghettoized as a stand-apart "arts" class in schools for over a century. No state education agency or university included "visual communication" in its list of basic skills in general education along with oral, quantitative and written communication.
Despite the growing knowledge that the economic survival of companies, cities, and national economies is now dependent upon strong design, schools and educational institutions have steadfastly ignored over 40% of the intelligences available and necessary for human cognition. 2010 marks the beginning of a new era of education in which images, objects, environments and experiences are recognized as essential to learning as are reading, writing and mathematics.
This is the beginning of a complete transformation of education and the formulation of a third culture - Innovation and Design - to accompany "Science and Technology" and "Arts and Humanities." Until now we have worked mainly to understand our universe and the complexities of the human mind. We are now, for the first time, in a position to not only understand our universe but to change and improve it through design.