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Maryland By Design


Stephanie Yoffee

Maryland By Design


May 29, 2017


Design Commission, Design Policy, Legislation, Makerspaces, STEAM Education

MarylandByDesign is an organization that has developed a design led innovation policy platform for the purpose of infusing design in all its manifestations into the lives of all citizens, providing infinite benefits through innovations at the State and Local levels to achieve growth and prosperity.


Legislation is being discussed in the Maryland General Assembly to establish the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission, a governing body within State Government, established by law, to be a catalyst between the design, government and private sectors for adopting a design policy platform in cooperation with the platform developed by the European Union in 2013.  Design policy research in the United States has been developed since 1993. In Maryland, design policy has been presented to the Maryland General Assembly beginning in 2015.


The importance of recognizing design as an imperative for innovation in the United States has been repeatedly emphasized for several decades. Clearly the time has come to incorporate design led innovation policy into public policies for sustainable and evolving democratic values. Since 2015, the Maryland General Assembly has discussed, in Committees, the establishment of  the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission tasked with implementation of design policies throughout the State of Maryland.


As an incremental step toward establishing the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission, a working group from MarylandByDesign presented testimony for Senate Bill 908: Maryland Education Development Collaborative during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session. The testimony presented emphasized the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, design/arts, math) Education and Design Education Programs for Maryland’s Public Schools in grades K-12 to provide all public school students with a well-rounded education.


The legislation establishing the Maryland Education Development Collaborative became law as of May 30, 2017. The Collaborative is to be implemented by October 1, 2017.

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