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McGonigle McGrath design process

As part of a tour around design studios in Belfast’s Portview Trade Centre, we visited the award-winning Architecture studio,  McGonigle McGrath. Kieran McGonigle explained to us how they work, what principles they follow and

Envisioning Futures of Design Education

Do you know how design should be taught in the future? Our recent paper in the journal Dialectic reports on a workshop we held with a group 6 design educators and 40 international participants


This summer, I finally had a chance to visit Blindekuh. Blindekuh is a restaurant in Basel, Switzerland, but more than that it is a unique experience. On arrival, you need to lock everything that

End of Year 2018 exhibition

Creating an exhibition of Design and Innovation undergraduate students’ work has been one of the most rewarding experiences I had for a while. We called for contributions to an End of Year design exhibition.

U101 AL to win British Medical Journal Innovation Award 2018

We are proud to say that Dr Liliana Rodriguez, AL at the Open University and teaching on our U101 module, has received the prestigious British Medical JournalInnovation Award 2018. She took part in a

Fixation in design

Fixation on a known idea or on a known way of solving a problem is a commonly observed phenomenon in creativity and design. Often, attachment to initial ideas or repeating solutions or parts thereof

Facing austerity with clever design

Braving a snowstorm and impending TMA deadlines, three students and a visitor joined us to explore the Imperial War Museum’s exhibits in the North. We investigated the effects austerity measures had on the designs and

A fairground of ideas in Milton Keynes

Sometimes, you just have to do it – get everyone in one place and bounce ideas, share inspirations and motivations. So what was the Milton Keynes Design Fair like? Three tutors, three central academics,

Design thinking to support underserved communities in the North-East of Mexico

Juan Manuel Fernández Cárdenas and Christina Reynaga-Peña from TEC de Monterrey in Mexico organised a week-long workshop on ‘Reducing marginalisation and promoting inclusive education with the mediation of digital technology’ in February 2018. Here is

Design Museum: what is a good design?

We did a little experiment. What if we organise a visit to the Design Museum (on a grey and rainy February weekend) and everyone from the Design and Innovation Qualification at the OU is