Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Maurizio Detomaso investigates air pollution in London

For his graduation project from the MA in Design & Innovation, Maurizio Detomaso designed a device that maps the user’s exposure to air pollution:

“The concept is a wearable air quality sensor which can track your personal air pollution exposure. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the impact the over polluted environment has on human health, and to empower people to collect and map air quality data in the urban environments. The portable device can allow people to have an accurate assessment of their daily exposure to air pollution and it can improve the London air monitoring system network at the same time. Making this “hyper-object” more tangible is the key to influencing strong political and individual actions for a cleaner and healthier environment.”Read More »

Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Wendy Lau re-interprets human rights

For her graduation project from the MA in Design: Critical Practice, Wendy Lau explores human rights through a series of activities that question our own perspectives and priorities on the issue, as well as encourage us to understand other people’s perspectives:

“I started with an observation on human rights nowadays, and I initially thought I could come up with tangible solutions or a design strategy to deal with the situation. However, after research, I found that the issue was really complex, so instead I tried to provide an experience to get the audience to understand, or to start thinking about the importance of human rights. So, this is a proposal and it consists of five sections of interaction which explore different perspectives on approaching human rights. The experience is trying to get the participants not only to express what it means to have human rights, but also to question the response of others, and start to re-think the various interpretations.Read More »

Innovative design work at the 2017 Goldsmiths Design Festival

Last week, the Goldsmiths Design Festival held its third edition, again as part of the London Design Festival. As in the previous year, events took place in a single location, at the St James Hatcham gallery in New Cross. A private industry view for the postgraduate show happened on the evening of September 14th, while family and friends were welcomed on the evening of 15 September; the exhibition remained open until 17 September. All events were free to attend, and drinks were once again provided by The Fat Walrus.

From turning a parachute into fashion to exploring Mukbang, the online trend of broadcasting meals, from investigating different perceptions on human rights to empowering local communities through market hubs, the 2017 MA Show offered a wide range of exciting work. A few of the projects will be featured on the blog soon, so watch this space! You can also find more photos of the exhibits and the opening evening on our Facebook page.Read More »