Svenja Bickert on Design Thinking

Svenja Bickert graduated from the MA in Design Futures in 2012, and this year she is back at Goldsmiths Design as a visiting lecturer on the same course, bringing in the knowledge she acquired on the MA as well as in her professional practice to a new group of students? What was her experience on the course? What is she doing now? Here she is answering those questions (and others) herself, in an interview for the Design blog.

Q: What made you want to come back and teach on the MA in Design Futures?

A: I enjoyed the course when I was here, and I believe in Meta Design and the theory behind it. It’s quite exciting for me to be in the course now with students who are just starting. Because I was on the course myself, I know how they feel and what they may need, and because I graduated so recently, it’s easy to remember how it felt coming to the course and what I was, maybe, missing at that time.

Q: So what is the course about?

A: It’s a Meta Design course, meaning designing design, re-thinking design practice, and it’s also quite a loose framework, though it has specific tools and specific values. The whole course is quite ecologically and ethically-driven, and I really like that you can focus throughout the year on your practice, on how design practice could be different, and on how you could work differently yourself. I think that’s quite original, because normally you learn design and you learn about design being specific, graphic design, product design etc, but this course is about what design could be. I’ve never heard of a different course that put that at the heart of the course.

Q: What was the topic of your dissertation? Continue reading “Svenja Bickert on Design Thinking”

MA graduate Lena Bush at Falling Walls Lab in Berlin

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).

"Stitch in Time", courtesy of Lena Bush
“Stitch in Time”, courtesy of Lena Bush

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 on designing for London

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.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? Continue reading “Tom Lancaster on designing for London”

Chang Hee Lee on BBC Radio 4

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.

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“Essence in Space” at Hoxton Gallery