MA Design: Expanded Practice Launch Seminar, with Usman Haque and Nick Srnicek


The Design department is launching its new post-disciplinary MA in Design: Expanded Practice with a series of seminars discussing the ideas, practices and possibilities that inform the new programme! The first event will feature talks from guest speakers Usman Haque (Umbrellium) and Nick Srnicek (City, University of London).

Usman Haque is a founding partner of Umbrellium. Umbrellium designs and builds technological tools to support citizen empowerment and high-impact engagement in cities. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interac tive installations, digital interfaces and dozens of mass-participation initiatives in cities throughout the world. In 2008 he received the Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum.

Nick Srnicek is a writer and professor. His current research is focused on post-work politics and social reproduction, and how the two separate areas can be fit together. This will be published as a book entitled After Work: What’s Left and Who Cares? He has also written on the transformations of the contemporary labour market (Inventing the Future) and on the digital economy and its dynamics (Platform Capitalism).

When: Friday 10 March, 6 pm

Where: Room 211, Lockwood Building, Goldsmiths

BA Design students make trophies for Beazley Designs of the Year award ceremony

A team of third year BA Design students from Goldsmiths designed and made the trophies for the Beazley Designs of the Year award ceremony held on January 26th.

Archie Harding, Panagiotis Tzortzopoulos and Tom Morgan worked on the project with All Things Studio, where Panagiotis had previously completed a placement. Archie explains:

“We took on the project towards the end of November 2016 and completed the concrete and copper leaf trophies in mid-January. Our design for this year’s awards celebrated the architecture of the new [Design] Museum – the seven cast concrete and copper trophies combined to create a form inspired by the museum’s square plan and hyperbolic paraboloid roof.”

The overall winner of the Beazley Design of the Year award was the Better Shelter by the IKEA Foundation.

Archie, Panagiotis and Tom have also worked together on the trophies for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize for fiction and the 2016 Orwell prize for political writing.