Stanford's Masters Degree in Design Impact differs from other design courses due to its focus on a more strategic design.
For me, Design Impact is a two part equation: “Design” requires thinking outside the box, it implies action; “Impact” involves making sure that the solution is sustainable and accessible in its context.
Having a background in engineering adds to this pursuit. It takes wisdom and input from diverse perspectives to understand and build robust solutions. This effort often comes in the shape of multidisciplinary teams which, often have one fatal flaw: friction in communications.
When working with multidisciplinary teams, a lot of creative potential is lost in translation. Designers speak in design terms, engineers in technical engineering language, Sales people speak their own dialect, etc.
Being a designer with a background in engineering means not only being able to navigate both worlds, but also allows us to act as translators and facilitate the creative potential within a team.
It is part of our work to bring all of these people and their different perspectives and expertise into a single conversation, thinking on the same wavelength and working as a single effort towards the creation of truly impactul solutions.
By deeply understanding the context in which we are designing, we can not only be better creative people but also better strategists, which is a core part of creating sustainable solutions.