Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Entrepreneurs (and designers) can change the world

Inspirational or overly sentimental ?
You decide.
Personally I'm stuck between the two, but it is very effective and pretty to look at . . .

experimentadesign '09

I've been invited by the RSA and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to participate in a week long interactive design workshop in Portugal as part of Experimenta, the Lisbon design biennial. The workshop is to examine the role of designers in addressing some of the complex challenges, and the exciting opportunities, presented by an ageing population and we will be working alongside a group of Portuguese designers and design students.
The RSA also have a new, short Design Directions project based around healthy workplaces with particular attention to the ageing population in our workplaces. If you're at a loose end you can see the brief here.

Sunday, 28 June 2009


I have been putting up my photographic experiments in blog form, please check it out here.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Design Directions - Online Exhibition

My work is part of the RSA's online exhibition - you can see it here. I have also been asked to join a group called 'Action for Age Collective' and we have a blog that you can see here. As a group we hope to be able to work together on issues surrounding ageing and design. KS

Monday, 4 May 2009

RSA - Action for Age

Back in March my design for the RSA Design Directions Project was shortlisted and I went on to the next few stages - a mentoring session with ThinkPublic, running a workshop at the RSA for potential users of the service and finally an interview.

The brief asked how designers could help to tackle issues of loneliness and isolation in the older population and I responded by exploring how two different groups of people could be bought together to provide a multi - generational network. I made a quick, short animation to help explain my concept to both the workshop participants and the interview board.

The results of the competition have yet to be announced, but in the meantime my project is moving forward. I was approached after the RSA workshops by a Community Centre in Tower Hamlets who are interested in piloting the scheme and I'm looking forward to meeting with them to discuss how a service, such as The Hub, could be designed to meet their particular needs. KS

Monday, 27 April 2009

All Inclusive Sarajevo

From May 25 - May 29, 2009 I will be part of an inclusive design project in Sarajevo, developing desirable designer goods together with disabled expert makers working for different organizations in Sarajevo.

The idea for the project came from designers of the Sarajevo-based Kulturanti association, which hosts the workshops together with the Helen Hamlyn Centre (HHC) at the Royal College of Art in London. The project was awarded a grant under the Creative Collaborations project fund of the British Council.

Local partners and workshop participants are the following companies and organisations: Librag, Association of Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Canton Sarajevo, Pismolik, the Center for Self-Reliance and the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo, as well as the Association of Blind of Canton Sarajevo, Association of Paraplegics and Persons with Infantile Paralysis of Canton Sarajevo and Kulturni Front from Belgrade.

I will post again after the workshops, in the meantime you can find regular updates here.

If you know of similar projects that we can refer to as case studies, please post them as comments. Thank you! GG

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Green Bucharest

I'm not very impressed with a new programme run by the Bucharest City Hall. It's called The Green Capital and, as far as I could tell, it involved placing "monsters" made out of household waste all around the city.

I do like the logo though - a map of Bucharest over a tree trunk.