Josie Warden, Volans - why designing and engineering with purpose is essential for Gen Alpha

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It’s a warm Thursday afternoon and the air in the D&T classroom is stuffy. I’m designing packaging for a shoe brand, pen on paper, with my Body Shop canvas bag stuffed under the desk. It’s 2001 and I don’t have a mobile phone. My idea of being a designer is to work in graphics or in fashion. I know that designers create things, products, packaging, buildings. But I also know that there is too much waste, people are going hungry, and that global warming is being mentioned. What are my studies in design and other subjects teaching me about changing that? Honestly, nothing really.