Distributed Leadership: Interview with Jorge Frascara and Guillermina Noël Interviewer: Stan Ruecker

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Jorge Frascara
Guillermina Noël
Stan Ruecker


In this interview conducted by Stan Ruecker, Frascara and Noël describe their design work involving distributed leadership on interdisciplinary teams. They emphasize that designers bring unique skills to bear, especially in the design of interactions among people, and that design education needs to change to provide designers with the necessary skills to work in public and social areas. Specifically, designers need training in advocacy for the field, distributed leadership, team dynamics, data collection, and the effective presentation of research results.

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Frascara, J., Noël, G., & Ruecker, S. (2018). Distributed Leadership: Interview with Jorge Frascara and Guillermina Noël: Interviewer: Stan Ruecker. Diseña, (13), 24–57. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.13.24-57
Author Biographies

Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta

Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta

Guillermina Noël, University of Alberta

Designer at the Physician Learning Program at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Stan Ruecker, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BA in English and BS c in Computer Science, University of Regina. MA in English, University of Toronto. MD es in Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta. PhD in English and Art & Design with a specialization in Humanities Computing, University of Alberta. He is Anthony J. Petullo Professor in Graphic Design in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research is in the areas of experience design, design theory, design for health, and digital humanities. Some of his most recent publications include: ‘Activating Interpretation: Experience Design in the Humanities’ (with J. Roberts-Smith, in Making Humanities Matter, University of Minnesota Press, 2018) and ‘Four Criteria for Design Theories’ (with P. Hodges, C. Scaletsky, J. Rivera, R. Faller, and A. Geppert, She Ji, Vol. 3, N° 1).