First year students’ work on display in the studios

This week, first year BA Design students exhibited their end-of-year projects in the studios. The work was interesting and wide-ranging, tackling everything from urban foxes to goat’s cheese, from popcorn bag holders to afternoon tea in a dodecahedronic tea room, from beauty standards to political manifestos, from air pollution to imagining the future.

More photos of the exhibition can be found on our Facebook page.

Hyphen: the 2017 BA Design show

It’s been an uncertain year. Predictions, forecasts, expectations are unstable and shifting. Isolationalism has currency and perilous describes our time. Profound decisions have been made by slender majority. Outcomes for us all hang in the balance. Nobody knows.

The space of the hyphen positions us dialectically between things; things in apparent opposition, division, contrast or antithesis. This tension demands attention. Habitual patterns of thinking and everyday ways of doing are jolted out of sync. For the 2017 graduating BA Design students at Goldsmiths this space is where their practice is defined.

It is a space of connection and synthesis, one in which opposites work through that tension to discover, create and question design. This involves our students in a dynamic process, which is arrested and captured in our annual degree show. And we invite you to share this space; to reflect, initiate, mediate, prompt, recast, converge, interrupt your own ways of thinking about our world, and taking action to make it better.

Key info:
Private view  Thursday 15th June 6-10pm
Open Fri/Sat/Sun 10am – 7pm
Mon 10am – 4pm


Rose Sinclair receives Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair has been awarded a Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards, in the Postgraduate Research category. Rose’s work with Dorcas clubs and societies has been deemed excellent and exceptionally strong.

The awards were established in 2016 to recognise and celebrate the excellent work Goldsmiths researchers at all career stages do with members of the public – whether they’re sharing ground-breaking findings with new audiences, or collaborating with the public throughout their research.

Free talk: “Mapping and Amplifying Decolonised Design Futures”


On Monday, 5th of June, Design PhD student Danah Abdulla will be hosting a free, open talk on “Mapping and Amplifying Decolonised Design Futures”. No booking is required; the talk starts at 5 pm and will take place in room 137A of the Richard Hoggart Building at Goldsmiths. 

About the talk:

In this age of the anthropocence – in this complex ‘modern’ world – how might groups understand their pasts and presents as gathering futures that fuse humans with things? A fusion that either adds time or takes it away from being human. In this talk, interdisciplinary designer and strategist Tristan Schultz will explore decolonial mapping and designing techniques that can help people grapple with these kinds of questions.

About the speaker:

Tristan Schultz is Lecturer and Convenor of Visual Communication Design at Griffith University, Australia. He is an interdisciplinary designer and strategist with a Bachelors degree in Design, a Master of Design Futures with Honours and PhD Candidate. He has worked in the profession across visual communication design, product design, fashion design, event and exhibition design, design writing, design strategy, social innovation, participatory and co-design and more. Whether community engagement, cultural events or commercial practice, creative direction is critically informed and concerned with ecological and social responsibilities. Now his research is focused on using mapping techniques to assist in decolonising design, working at the intersection of Decolonial Thinking, Ontological Design and Sustainability. A recent TEDx talk summarises some of his work. Tristan has exhibited work, presented at numerous conferences, written papers and engaged in public discourse in a variety of ways, which can be seen on his website.