Last Monday I gave a lecture to first year students on brand and packaging design at a prominent University here in Melbourne. This is part of the students curriculum in the Communication Design undergraduate degree and something I have been involved in for the past 6 years. While my time in this area is not financially motivated, I was disappointed to hear several months ago, that I was not going to be invited back due to a cut in higher education funding that ultimately did not prioritise engaging industry in paid guest lectures. Needless to say, I gave the lecture pro-bono.
As a former student and educator of design, I passionately believe in the importance of engaging the broader design industry in the education and mentoring of young students. These are formulate and critical years for a young person and I see it as our role in industry to help inspire and guide them as a supplementary support system to their academic theory and practical course work.