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Studio Unbound


Are you a design student or graduate finding it hard to access or find your place in industry? Well, with over 185,500 design practitioners in the UK alone that’s not surprising!  Not just for graduates, tomorrow night, GSA will be hosting studiounbound, and everyone is invited.

‘Founded in 2009 by University of Dundee Master of Design graduate Lauren Currie, and design writer, consultant and ‘networker extraordinaire’ Kate Andrews, the Studio Unbound is an initiative aiming to introduce students, graduates and educators to the creative power of social media.’

You can view the first studiounbound which took place at Duncan of Jordanstone art college in Dundee, February 2009 below.  Studio Unbound II sees Lauren Currie and myself presenting at the Glasgow School of Art with Kate Andrews joining in via skype.

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As a bit of extra reading you should check out designigniteschange, which challenges students to use design thinking to explore and create solutions for pressing social issues, bringing together creative professionals, high schools, colleges, universtities, mentoring networks and more to help aid this process.

Jonathan Baldwin from Dundee also posted an interesting topic on twitter the other day asking why designers should blog or use twitter.  This is something we will be discussing at studiounbound II, and also playing on one of Jonathon’s results from @Qin_Han about social media becoming a distraction.

‘”Get connected to the real world & real people, although like any social app, it can be distracting if not used properly…”

See you tomorrow, 6pm, Bourdon Lecture Theatre at the Glasgow School of Art or join us on twitter with the tag #studiounbound and follow us live!

This Happened

Just thinking, and perhaps a little too late as the tickets have now gone, about this happened3.

It will be taking place in the wee red bar inside the Edinburgh College of Art on Monday 12th .  With 80 places, it’s not going to be huge but will be the perfect opportunity to meet some fantastic creatives and share our work and ideas.  I’m also going to be bumping into a few friends I haven’t seen in a while, not to mention putting faces to some tweeters.

It is the first time we will be presenting mypolice since social innovation camp and it’s been amazing to construct the new presentation in the last week and see how far it’s come in only a matter of months, I really feel humbled to be part of this ongoing journey and all the amazing people I’ve met.  It feels like only yesterday I sat down at my laptop, the day after social innovation camp and went, right what next?

Perfect when the speaker guidelines ask for each presentation to last only 10 minutes and not to just show off the final product but to tell the story of where it came from and how it has evolved. I think it’s very important to share your process with people as you work on projects, it’s never easy and other people can learn alot from how you got from nothing to finished product.  You can also learn alot yourself, and importantly, gain feedback from people if you’re opening up your process as you go.  There are always peaks and troughs, and we’ve certainly had both with more to come I’m sure.

Anyway, we’re really looking forward to it!

October 2, 2009, 10:40 pm
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