I started this thesis with the ideal of helping incoming Spanish-speaking design students at Pratt’s GradComD department, so they could have a smoother transition into a foreign language life.
However, many paths to follow derived from this effort. One of my objectives has always been to show new Spanish-speaking students that they should not see language as a barrier, but rather as a tool that they could utilize to design, just as I had learned to see it. But as I moved forward in my research I started getting away from Spanish, and I started focusing in design and how language could influence it.
It seems relatively uncontroversial that language does have some influences on how we think about the world; if you happen to speak a foreign language, you have probably noticed times when the classification or description of things is different in one language or the other. But what exactly is the relevance of language during the design process?
In my experience, applying multiple languages during my design process has helped me to enable hybrid outcomes. Nevertheless, I have found that multilingual ideation is not something that creatives use intrinsically; it isn't a habit, and the importance of language as part of the design process has been rather underestimated. I believe the conclusion
of this thesis is rather an invitation for deeper exploration to understand multilingualism and how, or even IF, it can be utilized as a tool for designers.
The argument remains whether there is some deeper level of non-linguistic reasoning that all humans share and that remains unaffected by language.