Alumna Jodie Chinn brings empathy to political debate

In 2015, a year of general elections in the UK, Jodie Chinn’s BA Design graduation project, “House of Covvens”, attempted to envision a more equal society, questioning the hierarchies of Britain’s parliamentary system and incorporating feminine-coded knowledge. Jodie is now revisiting and expanding the project to fit the even more troubled political environment of today. For two weeks in May, she will hold ‘House of Covvens – South East London’,  an exhibition and event series centred around ten ‘Covvens’, non-hierarchical discussion spaces where everyone’s voice is welcomed and value. Jodie explains:

“When you’re exchanging information in our society, it’s often about the person who can talk the loudest, and it’s hierarchical. This project is about everyone having the space to talk and share what they know, it’s aiming to create a comfortable environment for expression. Halfway through the Covven, everyone is given the chance to reflect on what we’ve discussed, and make a clay object to represent this reflection. We then go around and let everyone explain what they have made, giving everyone the chance to speak and process their thoughts. People can leave their object in the space and these will collect together over the two weeks with a final event on the 29th of May presenting the process of the project. It’s not necessarily about coming up with ideas, but about creating a space for people to share thoughts and learn from each other. As part of this event there will also be foraging walks and sound performances on the new, quarter and full moon!”Read More »

The Interaction Research Studio is promoting positive engagement with nature

The Goldsmiths Design research group Interaction Research Studio and the Design Products Programme at the Royal College of Art are currently working together on myNaturewatch, an EPSRC-funded project which aims to promote positive engagements with nature in the UK.

The myNaturewatch team are designing prototypes for digital devices that collect visual and audio content about wildlife around the UK; you can find out more from their website or follow them on Twitter.

And since we’re talking about engagement with nature, the Interaction Research Studio are also working with ornithologist Jamie Dunning on designing ‘sunglasses’ for puffins for a study of their bills’ ultraviolet properties:

Stay tuned for more news about their work as the projects develop further.

M-O-D: The 2018 Undergraduate Design show

Save the dates in your calendar: the 2018 BA Design show, M-O-D (Museum Of Design) will take place on 7-11 June (open to the public 8-10 June, with a private viewing for industry and press on the evening of the 7th). This year, the show is leaving Brick Lane to relocate to the Copeland Park creative hub in Peckham. More information will be available soon, but until then, be sure to follow the show’s Instagram acount for a peek at student work in progress.

 

Call for entries: Design proposals for the 2018 Orwell Prize trophies

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The 2016 Orwell Prize trophies, designed by Goldsmiths BA Design students Archie, Panagiotis and Tom

The Orwell Foundation have once again decided to work with the Goldsmiths Design students to create the trophies for the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing, to to be presented at an awards ceremony in June 2018.

The competition is open to the following students:

1.BA Design (Year 2 and Year 3)

2.MA Expanded Practice

3.PGCE Design and technology

4.Alumni (BA Design, PGCE, MA, graduates in year 2017)

The project can be undertaken by individuals or groups. Please send your submissions by 23 March 2018 at 4 pm; more details can be found in the project brief, brand guidelines and project timeline.

UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended until Friday, 4 May 2018 at 5 pm. The organisers also wish to announce that the chosen submission will receive £500 to support the making of the final awards.