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Current is a multi platform design journal that showcases creative, practice-based and applied research. It functions as a site for design researchers, design academics, students, professional designers, entrepreneurs, and the business community to reflect on contemporary design thinking—products and processes. Through a variety of forms and formats—interviews, case-studies, critical essays, reviews and photo documentation, we challenge researchers to represent their processes as iterative cycles of research and to skillfully navigate information-led and practice-led methodologies. Current is continually evolving an exposition on the people and processes involved in design research. It is a platform for the cross-disciplinary, cross-sector professional communities of people with educational and professional interests in the currency of design thinking.

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Current Issue 04 is structured around the theme of Sustainable and Generative Societies; Social Learning & Social Innovation, and features articles by Liz Sanders of Maketools and Ohio State University, and Ezio Manzini from the Politecnico di Milano on sustainable and generative societies. Dr. Ron Burnett contributed a paper on the concept of audiences in art and design. Louise St. Pierre and Mari Nurminen's contribution reviews a 3-year collaboration between Emily Carr’s ecoTANK studio series and Powertech Labs. Celeste Martin reviews of one of the Social & Interactive Media (SIM) Centre’s latest industry research partnerships with Invoke Media for the development of an interactive cookbook for the Eat St. television series on Food Network. We also included interviews to the new research directors at Emily Carr: Kate Armstrong from the SIM Centre and Jonathan Aitken from Health Design Lab. A number of student papers supporting this issue’s theme are also included.