Kickstarter campaign for smart doorbell Ding, created by former Goldsmiths Design tutors

Isn’t it annoying when you’re expecting a guest or a package, but you don’t hear the doorbell, so the visitor ends up waiting outside your door for ages? If you’ve had this problem too, Ding may be just what you need: a smart doorbell that connects to an app on your phone and allows you to talk to the person standing at your door, no matter where you are.

Ding was thought up by Avril O’Neill and John Nussey, both former tutors at Goldsmiths Design. Avril is also an alumna of our BA Design programme (read an interview with her on the Design blog). The initial concept was developed at Design Council Spark, but now it’s really taking off, and by contributing to it on Kickstarter you can be a part of it, too, and get a Ding for your own home. More details on how the product works can be found on the campaign page, which is open until November 10.

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 »

Goldsmiths Design Festival talks and workshops

Paulina Klapetek at the 2015 Goldsmiths Design Festival
Paulina Klapetek at the 2015 Goldsmiths Design Festival

More and more exciting events are being added to the programme of the Goldsmiths Design Festival, opening later this week. All of the following talks and workshops are free to attend:

  • MA Design and Innovation student Sanchit Kedia is organising two festival events as part of his graduation project “Firefly”. On Thursday, 15 September, a materials workshop focused on DuPont Corian and its creative applications will take place between 2-5 pm, while on Friday, 16 September, Divij Jhamb of TRL will hold a talk on “Driving Consumer Innovation through Co-Creation” at 2 pm.
  • Another Friday event (starting 3.30 pm) features guest speaker Cat Drew of Policy Lab in a talk about bringing new policy tools and techniques to the UK Government using design.
  • Ar 4.30 pm, a lecture with Goldsmiths Design’s Tobie Kerridge will take an emergent project as a case study for discussing how interests can shape a framework for practice based design research.
  • Friday evening will end with “Untangling Stories”, an experimental performance with MA Design and Environment student Paulina Klapetek, followed by a Q&A.
  • Finally, on Sunday, 18 September, come hear Jimmy Loizeau and Liam Healy talk about “Design Unlikely Futures“, a project that emerged from volunteering at the Calais refugee camp.

We’re also happy to announce the second confirmed speaker at the Alumni Reunion evening (16 September, 6.30 pm): Chasity Johnson, an MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship graduate, will present Haute Ecology, an online ethical apparel company “for those who want to look fly without destroying the planet”.