The AIGA Design Teaching Resource (DTR) is a peer-populated platform for educators to share assignments, reference materials, outcomes, and project reflections.

The goals of this resource include:
  • Build a community for educators
  • Provide inspiration + actionable information for course planning
  • Foster connections + collaborations between educators / programs
  • Support educators teaching in new areas of the discipline
  • Identify experts teaching in specific areas of design
  • Encourage critical reflection among educators
Who is this tool for?

The DTR is for anyone involved in design education. This resource will benefit entry-level design educators who need support when developing assignments, seasoned educators looking for inspiration, professional designers who teach part-time, educators from smaller design programs and anyone teaching a new class or developing a new curriculum.

Why participate?

Posting assignments to the DTR can lead to:

  • Increased visibility for educators and their respective programs
  • Potential recognition as an expert in a certain area
  • Collaborations with other educators
  • A richer dialogue amongst design educators

We want you to share your success stories! Your less successful projects are valuable references too. Post a Project (or three) and help make the DTR a vibrant, useful resource for the design education community.


Concept + Design: Annabelle Gould
Interaction Design: Alex Chang
Development: Dubberly Design Office

Resources symbol cards: Dustin Mara
Moral Support: AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee

The production of the Design Teaching Resource was made in part by AIGA. Initial research and an early prototype (completed in 2013) was made possible by a Milliman Grant from the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington.

An enormous thank you goes to the following people who have provided invaluable support during the creation, development and production of this resource: Alex Chang, Cody Wackerman, Hugh Dubberly, Datyell Close, Karen Cheng, Matthew Mulder, Susan Campbell, Mike Fretto, Jon Cook, Joe Kohlmann, Francis Luu, and all the members of the Design Educator Community Steering Committee from 2013 to present.


info at teaching resource .aiga .org


This resource is NOT intended as a mandate for design educators. Every program has unique goals, curricular needs and administrative guidelines. The DTR does not assume or expect that each case study posted here will translate verbatim to another class or program. This site is intended to inspire, connect, prepare and engage design educators.