Speculative design project by BA students imagines an Amazon takeover of the NHS

“It’s 2030, and the NHS has been bought over by Amazon. The new service is called AmazonCare, and like all things Amazon, it’s faster, cheaper, and more accessible than ever – but at what cost?”

This is the premise of a speculative design project by Goldsmiths BA Design students Artemis Vergou and Miki Chiu, which was recently featured in an article in Clot Magazine.

The origin of the project is a second year brief that asked students to look at the future of the commercial van. Artemis and Miki decided to focus on the ambulance, and ended up investigating a possible scenario of the future survival or evolution of the NHS.

In this work, we are keen to map out the ethical and moral ambiguities of a service like this. What are the costs of this ‘free’ healthcare? What is the value of your medical data? What does it mean if a company knows your spending habits and your medical history? Are you a patient or a customer?

Find out more about the outcomes of the project, and the methodology and thinking behind it, by reading the full Clot Magazine article.

Alumna Tasreen Rahman to run Comic Book Artist in Residence session at the Jewish Museum in London

Design graduate Tasreen Rahman will run a Comic Book Artists in Residence session at the Jewish Museum in London on 26 August 2018 (1-4 pm). The event will be free to attend, although there is an admission charge to see the museum galleries. Attendees will have the chance to see Tasreen as a comic book artist in action.

Tasreen graduated from the BA Design course at Goldsmiths in 2017; her graduation project was a a comic book based on conversations about difficult, controversial issues. You can (re-)read our older Design Blog interview with Tasreen about her graduation project and her interest in comics here.

 

Develop your business and freelance plans this summer

The  summer programme of support for developing your business or freelance ideas continues with some spaces remaining on our week long programme at the end of July.

Our week-long enterprise programme – the New Graduate Entrepreneurs Programme
Monday 30 July – Friday 03 August

Devised and delivered by expert staff from ICCE and drawing on their extensive experience, the one week-long programme will give student and graduate entrepreneurs from Goldsmiths a real boost to successfully set up or develop their own enterprises or enter the world of freelancing/self-employment.

Drawing on Goldsmiths’ combined industry networks, business and freelancing expertise, and in-depth knowledge of industry sectors, we will help you take your ideas and turn them in ready to launch businesses, or help you develop your current business even further. You will get the time, support and a critical network to really consider your idea and work out how to generate or increase income from it.

Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for hands-on paid internship experience in start-ups at the end of the course, which will take place during the summer. You can book your place on CareerSPACE.

Who is eligible?

  • Current students and those about to graduate at Goldsmiths
  • The NGEP is open to all graduates from any academic discipline up to 3 years after graduation.
  • The course is suitable for everyone from those who have an idea but are not sure how to make it happen, through to those who are already running a business.