Goldsmiths Design alumna Lena Bush has just participated in the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, an interdisciplinary conference where 100 young bright minds from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds got to present their innovative ideas in 3 minutes each and to compete for awards offered by a jury of professionals from science and business. Lena, who is a 2013 graduate of our MA in Design: Critical Practice, was selected to take part in the Berlin final at the London Falling Walls competition in September. She presented as a Goldsmiths student and her pitch was centered around her project „Stitch in Time”, “a sustainable fashion campaign which motivates consumers to co-design things they buy, adding value to personal time traces and the do-it-yourself practice”. (You can read more about Stitch in Time on Lena’s website HERE).
While Lena did not win the final, the presentation in Berlin was a great opportunity to make her project known to the world, especially since the event was livestreamed in full. Her trip to Germany was sponsored by the organisers. Footage from the final conference has not yet been posted online, but you can watch a video of highlights from the London selection event HERE.
Tom Lancaster graduated from the BA Design course at Goldsmiths in 2005 and he is currently Head of Design at the Greater London Authority. Here he is answering for us a few questions on his time at Goldsmiths, his career path and designing campaigns for the Mayor of London.
Q: What does design mean to you? What’s the mission of design in the world?
A: For me, design’s mission is to improve the things we use every day, to make products, communications and services enjoyable, and to dream up ideas that can make life richer. For visual design – that means having a reason to communicate, being clear, offering something original, maybe even charming, and only saying what you need to – not boring your audience or taking their time for granted.
The final project of MA Design: Critical Practice graduate Chang Hee Lee is getting quite a bit of recognition and exposure. „Essence in Space”, exhibited at Goldsmiths Design’s MA Show “TILT” in September and then at Touch Art Fair this month, creates a synaesthetic connection between hearing and smell by transforming music into perfume: each key in a keyboard installation is mechanically linked to a type of fragrance (you can read more about it here.) Amongst others, he has been featured on BBC Radio 4, in a programme on the Touch Art Fair which you can listen here – Chang Hee Lee appears between 00:58- 1:30 and 10:50-12:20. For a more extensive list of press appearances, have a look at his website.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember last year’s BA Design show “Michael”, as we have ready for you a video with a few interviews of exhibiting graduates explaining what their projects were about and how they worked.