On Saturday 16th of February alumni of Platform 10 study group from RCA years 2003 – 2013 met at Bunhill Fields Burial Grounds off City Road to reflect and celebrate past adventures. The invitation sent out by Nick Gardner triggered an international flurry of emails and resulted in some 30 representatives attending the event.
Warsaw Academy of Fine Art Design department are setting Fixperts as a project for their design students and recent graduates of a group called PG13 lead by Tomek Rygalik. The launch of first Fixperts school project collaboration, was announced by Daniel Charny during the dynamic and inquisitive Lodz Design Festival 2012. PG13 will run the project in their first term this year and results of their Fixfilms should be up on the Fixperts.org website by end of January 2013. Next up for Fixperts: James Carrigan will be talking about the project at Retune, a creative technology conference in Berlin on Friday 26 October.
As part of the Victoria and Albert Museum events celebrating British design and creativity from 1948 to the present day Design and… Education is the first in a series of panel discussions at the V&A’s Sackler Centre set to question and critique how this legacy has come to be and if it is to be sustained how should it be developed. Chaired by Wayne Hemingway, Hemingway Design, the panel includes: Martin Roth, Director, V&A; Daniel Charny, Royal College of Art; Sophie Thomas, Royal Society of Arts; Richard Seymour, Seymourpowell; Emily Campbell, Creative Education Academies and Mat Hunter, Design Council.
‘Brilliant’ is a new award initiated by friends as a tribute to the wonderful Eddie Mundy, which we all met at the Royal College of Art, first as an original student and then as a talented colleague and researcher. The prize given for the first time this year was established to celebrate his experimental approach, excellent studentship and remarkable attitude. The judging panel which included Noam Toran (the initiator of the award) Martino Gamper, Nick Williamason, Hilary French, Michael Marriot and Daniel Charny, met six talented graduates and their seriously impressive final 2nd year work at the MA RCA Design Products programme. The winner of the first award is James Thompson who received a contribution of £1500 towards the realisation of his work.
The 23rd International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT), chaired by the innovative surgeon Amir Szold invited a keynote on Design Thinking and how to work with designers. The talk by Daniel Charny reviewed the development of the profession of industrial design as a strategic practice suggesting to the inventors, engineers and medical innovation leaders to integrate design and designers from the very early stages of their projects. The talk also presented recent ground breaking work from the Helen Hamlyn Design Centre.
Four more projects by Design Products students from the group working with Roberto Feo and Daniel Charny include: QR U? a project about exploring and controlling online identity by Thorunn Arnadottir ; Fast assembly studio furniture bracket system by Thomas Hatfield; From Here For Here local materials for local product, pencil making mini factory for the Royal College of Art students by Ariane Prin and Lightweight trestles and heavyweight coat-hangers by Benjamin Whistle (Images on their way).
Design Products students of Roberto Feo and Daniel Charny presented diverse and progressive work in their recent degree show. The 2011 show was very well received, but what will the next steps be for these promising people and their intriguing projects?
This years work included: two light construction furniture systems and folding boat (in collaboration with Arno Mathias) by Max Frommeld; an interactive communication project for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to play, explore and express feelings by Lingjing Yin; a set of whimsical Stacking Vessels made with traditional and experimental techniques and a project in Processed Paper, by Pia Wusterman; a sustainable Make Your Own shoes kit and open source Make Your Own chair by James Tooze. More projects in next post.
First round of trials for the live online masterclasses completed, learnt much and lots to look forward to. The first round of masters to brave the new format included: Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh/Sugru , Simon Waterfall/Fray , Conny Freyer/Troika , Asa Bruno/Ron Arad Architects. We are working on the next set of classes that will be available for the autumn season.