Design graduate wins entrepreneurship award

Selin Yigitbasi, a 2017 graduate of our MA in Design & Innovation, won the The Family Business Network (FBN) Next Generation Lombard Odier Award at the FBN 29th Global Summit in Venice on 12th October. The award recognises outstanding intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects initiated by the next generation of family business owners.

26 year-old Selin is the founder of Goodsted, “a platform for socially purposeful individuals and organisations that would like to volunteer their skills or donate products and spaces to non-profit social projects”, in addition to being a fourth generation member of Yasar Holding A.S.

More information about the competition and how the winners were chosen can be found in the official press release on the Lombard Odier website.


Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Maurizio Detomaso investigates air pollution in London

For his graduation project from the MA in Design & Innovation, Maurizio Detomaso designed a device that maps the user’s exposure to air pollution:

“The concept is a wearable air quality sensor which can track your personal air pollution exposure. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the impact the over polluted environment has on human health, and to empower people to collect and map air quality data in the urban environments. The portable device can allow people to have an accurate assessment of their daily exposure to air pollution and it can improve the London air monitoring system network at the same time. Making this “hyper-object” more tangible is the key to influencing strong political and individual actions for a cleaner and healthier environment.” Continue reading “Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Maurizio Detomaso investigates air pollution in London”

MA in Design and Innovation student work showcase (II)

Student: Taegyun Lee

Project Title:  Environmental Transformation Design DE-DESERTIFICATION


Taegyun Lee developed an innovation project from his own interests in eco-materials and product development. He used bio-mimicry of ancient desert plants to attempt reintroducing self watering seed propagators to allow plants to be introduced back into areas that have become deserts. Taegyun undertook extensive research into bio-materials, in particular bio-resins that convert into plant food.  Partnering with a Botanist he developed a staged planting process to enable the transformation of the desert. The image shows how the heat from the sun and moisture transforming the object and protecting the young plant.

Student Background: Product Designer.

Won a Venture competition to develop his product work. Continue reading “MA in Design and Innovation student work showcase (II)”

MA in Design and Innovation student work showcase

What do the MA in Design and Innovation students really do on their course? Well, programme leader Mike Waller has allowed us to have a peek at some of the student work:

Student: Jingbo Zhang

Project Title: Experience Design -Encouraging Healthy Diets in Children

sandy food

Jingbo’s project researched the problems parents have in encouraging the healthy eating of their children. Through lots of experiments and making Jingbo designed a range of plates that parents could use to create more interactive eating. The outcomes were tested with a group of families. The parents really enjoyed the process of constructing the food with the children on each plate, and the children were more interested in the process of eating.

Student Background: Product Design; Currently an Academic in China teaching Experience Design/ Product Design. Continue reading “MA in Design and Innovation student work showcase”