"We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole. This course provides students with the tools required to succeed in today’s dynamic market and a world of uncertainty. Systems thinking, languages of design, and product life cycles are integrated and they form the solid foundation for innovative products. Actionable theory is absorbed through market specific projects."
-MCAD Course Description
As part of the coursework for Systems Thinking, I conducted a lifecycle analysis on a garment I designed while at Kohl's. While entering the components into Sustainable Minds software, I realized that it was impossible to conduct an accurate lifecycle analysis without a completely transparent supply chain. It was also eye-opening to understand that because each component was most likely sourced from a different country, the overall carbon impact for the garment was likely higher than my LCA results.