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”

The work of Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is making headlines

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez from Goldsmiths Design’s Interaction Research Studio is the creator of the Dissarming Corruptor, a free software designed to “distort” blueprints for 3D printing in such a manner that only another user with a certain key combination can reveal the true nature of the file and print the object. Since 3D printing is quickly becoming more popular and has already been the center of debates regarding legal issues and copyright versus user freedom, Matthew’s work is getting quite a bit of attention in the press, and it has appeared in a number of articles in the past couple of days.

Forbes and Wired UK have published detailed features on the topic of the Dissarming Corruptor and its implications; Matthew’s work has also made news on other websites such as PCWorld, Engadget, Dezeen and Geek, as well as in the international media (Neue Zuercher Zeitung,,  the German Engadget, etc).

Everything you wanted to know about the re-launched MA Design Futures

The new term is almost here, and with it, quite a few changes will arrive at Goldsmiths. For instance, the Design department is offering a new and improved MA Design Futures, bringing you the latest research, new projects and new course content. One of the course convenors, Hannah Jones, tells us more about the changes in the programme and what can the students expect from the MA course from now on:

Q: What does it mean exactly that the course is re-launched? How does it differ from what was offered in the previous entry year?

A: Design Futures is the longest running MA programme in the department and one of the first MA programmes at Goldsmiths. It was originally written and launched in 1995 by Emeritus Professor John Wood, with the aim of encouraging designers to ‘dream’ of new and exciting ‘futures’, and in response to a lack of discussion in design about business ethics and the role of the natural environment in our lives. Continue reading “Everything you wanted to know about the re-launched MA Design Futures”

Deconstructing fashion with Ruby Hoette

Have you heard about our new MA in Fashion yet? Starting this September, the departments of Design and Media &Communications, together with the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, are offering a new Goldsmiths course that aims to challenge the traditional boundaries of fashion.

So here we bring you an interview with Ruby Hoette, a newcomer to Goldsmiths and one of the academics teaching on the course, to tell us more about the new MA and about herself. Ruby was born in Australia and her previous work and studies found her in Amsterdam and New York (at the famous Parsons School of Design) before she arrived to teach at Goldsmiths : “I was attracted by the strong culture of research and critical thought, and that, in combination with design practice, is, I think, a very productive mode of study”, she says. Ruby is both a fashion designer and a fashion researcher, and she is committed to a more critical approach to fashion, considering environmental and ethical aspects. Continue reading “Deconstructing fashion with Ruby Hoette”