GOVERNMENT should help in the promotion and development of the design industry as this would help generate more revenues, a design artist and educator said.

“Cebuanos have a big potential to excel in this industry because design is a natural thing. And we are known for our creativity,” Kenneth Cobonque said in an interview last Tuesday.

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Although schools already offer design courses, Cobonque said the lack of exposure and training for students as well as the funding for the programs and facilities are key problems in the promotion of the industry.

“We have schools that offer design courses but there are also not enough faculties,” he said.

Cobonque is one of the founders of the Cebu Design Education Foundation (CDEF), a non-stock, non-profit foundation founded by a group of design professional and educators. It aims to reach out to Cebu’s design community, particularly design students and design educators and lecturers, to support sustainable development and enhance the design culture through a non-credit and non-formal design education.

To further encourage design students of Cebu to pursue the profession, CDEF has invited the world-renowned industrial designer Danny Fang to give lectures on design.

The lecture was attended by design students of the University of the Philippines-Visayas and the University of San Carlos.

Fang advised designers to be equipped with the right motives when creating a product.

“Design is not only about the style. It is also how you produce and assemble it,” he said during his design lecture at the Chiye Mori Design Library last Tuesday.

Although there are thousands of design students who graduate every year, Fang said design students should not stop improving on the chosen craft as this would help them gain a better position in the industry.

Aside from the lectures, CDEF will also be holding Design Watch, a series of small exhibitions, films and other design-related shows on furniture and home design, architecture, fashion and multi-media.