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”

Raising awareness on introversion, one garment at a time

The garments for introverts made by Lilian Hipolyte Mushi (BA Design 2013) have proven quite eye catching at this year’s Undergraduate Show “This is War”, where I’ve seen many people taking photos of her Proxemics Protector- a dress that sprouts wooden wings if you get too close to it. Since then, her work has been popping up on design blogs. Here’s what Lilian had to say about introversion and her project.

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When lamp posts talk

At the beginning of this year, we found out (and let you know too) that PAN Studio, an experience design practice run by Goldsmiths BA Design graduates Sam Hill and Ben Barker, had won the first Playable City Award for their project „Hello Lamp Post”. Arts venue Watershed in Bristol picked PAN’s entry out of 93 participants who pitched innovative ways of using technology to create playful public spaces. Well, the winning project is finally being implemented, so for eight weeks starting from the 15th of July, people around Bristol will be able to awaken street objects such as lamp posts and post boxes and chat to them via SMS. If you have a look at their website, you’ll be able to get an idea of the conversations that are happening around town.

Here’s a chat with PAN’s Ben Barker about Hello Lamp Post as well as other things. Continue reading “When lamp posts talk”

The medically prescribed jewellery of Olga Noronha

Health problems that require surgical intervention can be traumatizing in more than one way, even when they are not life-threatening. In addition to physical pain, patients also have to deal with the psychological discomfort of knowing their bodies invaded by foreign objects and subjected to procedures over which they have no control. The work of Portuguese jewellery designer Olga Noronha (who is currently a PhD student at Goldsmiths Design) aims to put a positive spin on these experiences by allowing patients to get involved and to make themselves more beautiful on the inside in the process- literally. Continue reading “The medically prescribed jewellery of Olga Noronha”