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Museum of Brands

We followed a recommendation from an OU tutor, Richard Coles (T317), who has been working as a packaging designer for a long while. Under his guidance, a group of students from the Design and

Children’s design capacity

Every year, our first-year students develop a board game for one of their design projects. I love looking at the responses to the brief because the assignment gives scope to show systemic as well

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Open University is part of a Centre for Doctoral Training, called DesignStar The centre had organised a Summer School at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park a couple of weeks back. On the first

Design Revolutions? IASDR 2019

The IASDR2019, a biannual conference on design research, organised by the International Association of Societies for Design Research, brought together a truly international group of researchers and designers. This year’s theme ‘design revolutions’ steered

I installed email notification

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Designing the 2019 Design Qualification student exhibition

For the second year running, the Design and Innovation Qualification team organised an exhibition of students’ work across its 3 core design modules U101, T217/T218 and T317. The exhibition was designed by 3 student

Co-designing a Makerspace with the La Campagna-Altamira Community in Mexico

I am just back from Monterrey in the north of Mexico, and can’t wait to share what I have done there. I worked on co-creating a Makerspace with La Campana-Altamira, an impoverished and marginalised

Design Museum: designs of the year 2018

On Saturday, a group of 22 Design and Innovation students (and their friends and family) joined the Qualification team and two Associate Lecturers on a tour of the Design Museum’s permanent exhibition ‘Designer Maker

Joining designerly dots

This is a post by Stephen Potter, Professor Emeritus at Design and Innovation This Thursday a one-off return of the BBC programme Tomorrow’s World is appearing on BBC4. As a kid, in the 1960s this

CALLAN – textile design at Belfast design week

Mary Callan introduced us to her Textile design label CALLAN at the Belfast Design Week Portview studio tour. She has demonstrated and compared two techniques she uses – Jacquard weaving and Intarsia knitting. Jacquard waving