Beauty Matters

Explore the concept of beauty and its relationship to product design, from pre-historic to current times, and learn how beauty matters in sustainable design.

Gain insights and perspective on beauty as an essential element of design. Beauty and art first appeared in Paleolithic culture, illustrating their vital importance in all cultures through time. Designer David Trubridge looks at why beauty and art have been so important to the human race since we first ventured out of Africa, sharing personal insights, experiences, and published research.    

Why does beauty matter today than ever before?  And how does beauty relate to sustainability? Can design be good design if it is not sustainable? Learn how beauty in design creates an emotional connection, which can prompt us to care more about environmental issues and sustainability.

Content Providers

What You Will Learn
  • Explain the significance of art and beauty in all global cultures throughout history, and their relevance today.
  • Identify the essential importance of beauty to sustainable design. 
  • Analyze how art, design, and craft are all parts of one integrated creative process. 
  • Describe the way in which the two hemispheres of our brain affect creativity and our relationship with the environment.
Continuing Education Approvals 
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-107955
    • Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf by the Content Provider.

Access Period: One year from registration date.

David Trubridge

Founder/Design Director, David Trubridge Design Ltd

David Trubridge is the design director of an internationally known lighting design studio exporting all over the world, with strong environmental responsibility informing all aspects of design and production. The Coral light, released in 2004, established a blueprint for kit-set products that minimized the environmental footprint. In 2008, French magazine Express listed him as one of its top fifteen designers of the world. The Pompidou Centre in Paris added his 'Icarus' installation to its collection in 2012. In 2013, he published his autobiography and design manifesto, “So Far”, which was followed by two Red Dot awards in 2017, and the Good Design award in 2018. In 2019 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II for services to design.


Beauty Matters Course Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Please review the complete course video (53 minutes) so that you are able to take the final quiz to earn your continuing education credit. You must watch at least 75% of the video (approximately 40 minutes) to move forward with the quiz.
Beauty Matters Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Beauty Matters Course Survey
9 Questions
9 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
IDCEC Course Completion Certificate
1.00 IDCEC CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 IDCEC CEU credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU (1 hour) awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: The Content Provider will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf.