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Faerm, S. (2023). Introduction to Design Education: Theory, Research, and Practical Applications for Educators. Routledge.  LINK

This book, the first of its kind, provides readers—including design educators, directors, and scholars—with an understanding of the shifting design industries and how/why design education in the United States is responding. It then contextualizes design pedagogy with student development—a critical component to fostering successful teaching, optimal learning, and students’ success. Finally, it provides readers with practical teaching strategies they may adopt for their own learning environments. 

  Book reviews:

  •   Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education Journal (Intellect Press),  LINK

  •   Fashion United,   LINK

  •   Design Issues (MIT Press), forthcoming

  •   National Society for Education in Art & Design, UK, LINK

  •   The University of Fashion, LINK

Faerm, S. (3rd ed. 2022, 2nd ed. 2017, 1st ed. 2010). Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: The Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designers. Barron’s Educational Series; Thames and Hudson; Sourcebooks.  LINK

Over 140,000 copies sold worldwide. Published in 9 languages including English, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, Czech, and German. Textbook examines fashion design through theory- and skill-based applications.  Diverse approaches to the design process and research methods, historical context, textiles and knitwear, portfolio structures, and professional development are reviewed.  Featured on international college-level required reading lists.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Faerm, S.  (2012). Creating A Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolio.  Barron's Educational Series; A & C Black Publishers, Ltd.  LINK 

Over 39,000 sold worldwide. Published four languages including English, German, Chinese, and Korean. Textbook encompasses the final year of undergraduate studies in fashion design: thesis development, the graduate portfolio, professional preparation, current industry practices, and the future of design education are discussed.   

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Conference Proceedings

Faerm, S. & Quinn, K. (2024). Reflective teaching practices and inclusive learning environments. DRS Learn X Design 2023 Futures of Design Education. LINK

Faerm, S. (2024). Afterword. In Jun, G., Fashion, disability, and co-design: A human-centered design approach. Bloomsbury Publishing.  

Faerm, S. (2023). Beyond the aesthete:  Transforming the role of the fashion designer in an emergent social construct. Fashion Highlight Journal, 1(1), 40-49.

Faerm, S. (2021). Evolving ‘places’: The paradigmatic shift in the role of the fashion designer. Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, 8(4), 399-417. LINK

Faerm, S. (2020). Students’ cognitive and emotional development during the transition from high school to design school. The International Journal of Design Education, 14(4), 61-78.  LINK  

Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S. (2019). The future of the fashion designer: Changing concepts of the designer and consumer relationship in the age of sustainable practice. Proceedings from International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) 21st Annual Conference. Manchester, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University.  LINK


Faerm, S. (2018). Contemplative pedagogy in the college classroom: Theory, research, and practice for holistic student development. Cuaderno, 78LINK


Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S. (2018). Changing rules of the game: Sustainable product service systems and manufacturing in the fashion industry. Cuaderno, 78, 213-226.  LINK

Faerm, S. (2018). What’s it worth?:  The emotional value of future design and its impact on design education.  International Journal of Education and Human Development, 4(2), 32-37.  LINK 

Faerm, S. (2017).  The shifting role of the fashion designer. In K. Vaidya (Ed.), Fashion design for the curious: Why study fashion design? Perth: The Curious Academic Publishing, The University of Western Australia.  LINK

Faerm, S. (2016). Developing new value in design: Not “what” but “how.” Cuaderno, 64, 207-224. LINK

Werner, T. & Faerm, S. (2016). The utilization of commercial media to engage and positively impact communities. Cuaderno, 64, 277-294.  LINK


Faerm, S. (2015).  Building best practices for fashion design pedagogy:  Meaning, preparation, and impact. Cuaderno, 53, 189-213.  LINK 

Fry, A. & Faerm, S. (2015).  Post-recession consumerism in the U.S.: The influence of cheap and chic consumer products on perceptions of income inequality. Cuaderno, 53, 169-188. LINK

Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S. (2014). Shifting ideas of time and place in fashion. Proceedings from Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design. Auckland, NZ: Auckland University of Technology.

Faerm, S.  (2014). From classroom to design room:  The transitional experience of the fashion design graduate. Cuaderno, 48, 129-152. LINK 

Fry, A., Arakji, R., & Faerm, S. (2014). Achieving the new graduate dream: Building sustainable business success at a small scale. Cuaderno, 48, 153-175. LINK

Faerm, S. (2013). Foreword. In Fitzgerald, T. & Taylor, A., 1,000 Dresses: The Fashion Design Resource.  New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.  LINK 

Faerm, S.  (2012). Towards a future pedagogy:  The evolution of fashion design education.  International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2 (23), 210-219.

Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S.  (2009). What is good design?: The shifts in fashion education of the 21st century.  Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 3 (6), 89-98. LINK

Faerm, S. (2009). Foreword. In Grandon, A. & Fitzgerald, T., 200 projects to get you into fashion design. New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.; London: A & C Black Publishers, Ltd.  LINK


Other Published Articles


Faerm, S. (2024). What I learned teaching design students for over 25 years. The Faculty Center Newsletter, The New School. LINK

Faerm, S. (2023). "Don't worry—you'll figure it out": Learning how to teach design. Ed. Magazine, Harvard Graduate School of Education. LINK


Faerm, S. (2023). The students of today are the design industry of tomorrow. The Impression. LINK

Faerm, S. (2023). Cultivating a reflective teaching practice. The Faculty Center Newsletter, The New SchoolLINK

Faerm, S. (2018). Targeting ‘Z’:  Marketing and branding strategies for an emerging generation. The Impression. LINK


Faerm, S. (2018). A world in flux. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 78, 153-158. LINK


Faerm, S. (2016). Stress level ‘tilt’:  5 effective ways to prevent it. The Impression. LINK

Faerm, S. (2016). Emerging theories of value and commodity in design education and professional practice. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 64, 169-174. LINK

Faerm. S. (2015).  Year one, design school: Ups, downs, and all arounds. The Impression. LINK

Faerm. S. (2015).  Moving from “what” to the “how” in design industry and education.  The Impression. LINK

Faerm, S. (2015). Interpreting 21st century design thinking: Extreme new worlds. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 53, 147-152. LINK

Faerm, S. (2014). Dodging the higher education crisis: College tuition, student loans, and how course hybridization can help.  M / I / S / C / Magazine.

Faerm, S. (2014). Industry and academia. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 48, 107-111. LINK

Faerm, S. (2013). A more responsive and responsible design education. M / I / S / C / Magazine.

Faerm, S. (2013). Why art and design higher education needs advanced pedagogy.

M / I / S / C / Magazine.

Faerm, S. (2013). Finding aesthetic inspiration in a commodity driven world. M / I / S / C / Magazine.

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