First year students redesign breakfast to be more sustainable

A glimpse at some recent student work, from senior workshop tutor Richard Brett:

“Ecology of Breakfast introduced the Ecology and Design module to Year 1 BA Design students, using the familiarity of food and drink to present themes of ecology and sustainability, and to investigate their relationship to design practice, making, consumption and waste.

Students were asked to bring their breakfast with them to eat, drink and share during the session, and we set up the teaching space in a refectory style. Using the tablecloths provided, students mapped and analysed the lifecycle of their breakfast to better understand where materials came from and where they went once discarded. They then looked at ways to apply principles of sustainable design to reduce the ecological impact of their breakfast and presented their ideas to the group.

Students questioned the speed and disposability of breakfast, suggesting ‘break-slow’ as a more considered alternative, while others suggested single-serving cereal pouches that dissolve in milk. The group also explored the potential of supermarket rooftops to provide locally produced ‘zero air miles’ fruit and salad veg to the shop below.

Hopefully the session will prompt students to begin to confidently question the implications of using materials and processes they may initially know very little about as they develop their studio projects in the design studios and workshops.”

More photos can be found on Flickr.

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.

Mike McCormack wins 2016 Goldsmiths Prize, receives trophy made by Goldsmiths Design students

On Wednesday evening, the 2016 jury of the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction revealed their choice for the award: “Solar Bones”, written by Mike McCormack. The winner received £10 000 and a trophy designed and made by a team of Goldsmiths Design students. Here are some photos of the prize-winning author with the trophy and the makers of the trophy:

You can also watch a video showing how the trophy was made: