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Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course)

Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Alice Holmberg


Design for Sustainability is a course for designers and people who work with design, and offers a hands-on introduction to promoting sustainability in the design process. It is multi-disciplinary, and so is applicable to all design disciplines (fashion, product, service, business model, architecture, UX, strategy, etc.).

This four-week course will introduce practical ideas, concepts, and processes through which designers can create more sustainable outcomes at all levels. Design for Sustainability takes you through the basic tools of designing for sustainability: Systems mapping, co-creative processes, circular economy and an understanding of impact. All aimed at defining and integrating sustainability in your work and you taking ownership of “sustainability”.

You will learn through a combination of discussions, short lectures, inspirational case studies, introduction to tools, and practical application of tools through hands-on assignment briefs.

Topics covered
  • Introduction to sustainability in design, why, how and what
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Exploration of systems thinking and systems mapping
  • Introduction to co-creation, why, how and what
  • Co-creation processes, methods and ethics
  • How to plan a process
  • People centred design
  • Stakeholder evaluation and analysis
  • Circularity of materials and waste
  • Waste as a resource
  • Creating resilience in the market place (personal or business)
  • Learning from nature: Permaculture principles, biomimicry
  • Impact measurement

By the end of the course you will:

  • Gain an overview of the main drivers of sustainability, internationally and cross-sectoral
  • Know the main strategies for sustainability
  • Explore the sustainability potential in your work
  • Establish fluency in the jargon jungle
  • Understand the sustainable impact in your own value chain
  • Have insight into designing processes for sustainability
  • Understand the tools to advocate sustainable design and create better or more sustainable designs yourself
  • Work on a live project of your choosing, designing for sustainability
  • Present your design for sustainability to the group and receive tutor feedback

Who is Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course) for
This is a course for designers and people who work with design, seeking an introduction and experience in working with sustainability in the design process. Design for Sustainability is suitable both for experienced professionals and for recent graduates wanting to make the sustainability agenda their own, as well as for both sustainability novices and sustainability passionistas, who have already taken the first couple of steps.
Level: All levels welcome
Please note: This course is for learners aged 18 and over

Why choose a London College of Communication Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Communication wherever you are in the world. Additionally all LCC Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCC Certificate upon completion

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.

Tutor Description

Alice Holmberg is a designer and entrepreneur. She has a habit of making change wherever she goes and as such, has co-established an entirely new university institute because the understanding of the subject matter needed a paradigm shift, has played a key part in building up a London based charity to enhance participation in urban planning, was analysing post-colonial national identity building out of crude curiosity, and you will find her advising start-ups simply because the world misses out without them.

At Central Saint Martins, Alice teaches Creative Resilience at the MA Innovation Management. She has an MA of Design from the University of the Arts in Berlin, is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of the Arts and the German National Academic Foundation and her research on post-colonial national identity building has been endorsed by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, where Alice originally hails from.

Alice is an individual design strategist, active across sectors in private companies, public bodies and academia, and has worked in 10 different countries across the globe. She is also the founder of Pride & Produce (


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A notepad and a pen
  • A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also essential (mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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