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Design Council and the OU Design Group

The Design Council visited the OU last week to talk about their ongoing work on the Design Economy. This work overlaps with our own on design identities and students – rather than asking ‘what

Innovating Pedagogy – Virtual Studios

The Innovating Pedagogy report for 2019 has just been published by The Open University (IET) in conjunction with the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway. The Design

The U101 Welcome Pack Incredible Give Away Competition Event Thing

Lola herself has been in touch with the Design Group and asked that we spread the cheer of U101 at this time of year. She has donated a number of U101 Welcome packs to

Design education in India and the UK

The Design Group are involved in the early stages of a project looking at design education in India and the UK and how further ties might be generated in these areas. The next series

EqualBITE – Gender Equality in Higher Education

Over the past 2 years I’ve been working with the original BITE team (Judy Robertson and Alison Williams) and colleagues at Edinburgh University (Lara Isbel and Daphne Loads) to produce EqualBITE: Gender Equality in

A bit of design manual history!

Found this little gem in a second hand bookshop in the middle of nowhere and there were a few interesting surprises in it. The book is Printing Design and Layout by Vincent Steer. I’m

Compendium v2

The Design Group have just finished working on the new version of CompendumDS, the concept mapping software we use to capture and communicate design processes. Over the past 12 months we have been working

Design Council Spark 2017 – Do you have an idea?

The Design Council Spark initiative will open on 12 September 2017 and is open to anyone with a good idea which they think would make a great product. Financial and mentoring support is available

LearnXDesign Conference 2017

(Cross post from the DRS website) The fourth international DRS / CUMULUS / ED-DESIGN Conference on Design Education – LearnXDesign 2017 – was held at the end of June 2017 at Ravensbourne in London,

Another tool for checking what you know

In addition to Gil’s great post on How to spot fake news, here’s another toolkit well worth investing in – the (bear with me) Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies poster, freely available in