Witness: in memory of Jon


Last week we received the sad news that Jonathan Kebe, who was studying on the MA Design and Environment programme, had died. Jonathan was a popular, active and engaged member of  both the department and Goldsmiths as a whole. His involvement across a range of projects and societies made him many friends and our thoughts are with them and, most importantly, his family. He will be missed.

From swerve of shore; in memory of Ailish


Earlier in September we were deeply saddened by the loss of Ailish Sheehan, a student on our MA Design and Environment programme. Fellow students and staff included a memorial to Ailish, who as well as being a dedicated student was a brilliant athlete and a leading rower, in the recent Design Festival. Our thoughts continue with her friends and family; she will be missed.

Reunion evening at Goldsmiths Design Festival brought Design alumni together

Last Friday, the Design department and the Development and Alumni office at Goldsmiths organised a special reunion evening for Design graduates, as part of the 2016 Goldsmiths Design Festival.

Alumni were invited to enjoy a drink, mingle and network in the beautiful space of the St James Hatcham Gallery, amongst exhibits from this year’s MA Show; entertainment was ensured with music mixed live by Goldsmiths student Ballerino. The evening also included two alumni talks: Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare (MA Design: Critical Practice graduate) focused on the challenges of designing in a world affected by climate change, while Chasity Johnson (MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship) presented the development process of her ethical fashion store, Haute Ecology.

Were you unable to make it to the reunion evening? Don’t panic, we’ve recorded the talks for you:

For more photos of the Alumni evening and other Goldsmiths Design Festival events, check out our Facebook page.

Correspondence from Goldsmiths Design’s Charlie Evans, Designer in Residence in Taiwan (VI)

This summer, Charlie Evans (2014 BA Design graduate, and currently a Technical Tutor in the Department) spent two months in Taipei, on a Designers in Residence program for the British Council in Taiwan. Charlie sent us regular correspondence with impressions from his experience; we’re publishing his sixth letter today.


A brief synopsis of the Maximum Knee market stall that I used this week for the first time:

The customer enters the stall and stands facing me.

I tuck a tissue in their sock or around their footwear collar to act as a foot-bib.

I gently clean their knee with soap and a silicon sponge.Read More »