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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Go…go…go…do not miss this! My recent visit to see Ai Weiwei’s work at the Royal Academy in London is one of the most moving and immersive exhibitions I have experienced. Today, we are exposed to such diversity in visual statements and messages. Artists use the language to varying degrees with methods to shock, engage and promote, some successful, others less … Continue reading

Making the Case at the Design Research Society Conference, 2014

Making the Case at the Design Research Society Conference, 2014

06.15 am this Sunday morning, the taxi arrives to take me to Edinburgh airport to catch a flight to Umeå, Sweden. Twelve hours later with a short pit-stop in Stockholm airport (and a delicious shrimp salad), I arrive in the warm and beautifully bright European City of Culture, 2014. I can’t complain; despite the long duration for a relatively short journey it’s … Continue reading

Valuing Design Research : 26+ perspectives

Valuing Design Research : 26+ perspectives

11th International European Academy of Design Conference, April 17-19th 2015 Ensuring people feel valued and communicating design as a value (to life and business) are examples of why I respect and admire the European Academy of Design. Since my first experience as a young doctoral student in 2001, presenting my ‘inaugral’ academic paper at the Universidade de Aveiro, … Continue reading

Taking 5 in London

Taking 5 in London

A beautiful black Ferrari zooms passed with an elder ‘banker’ shall we say driving; vroom vrooming passed St Paul’s Cathedral, toot tooting to pedestrians as they meander across the road in the sunshine. It brings a smile to my face, for reasons I’m not sure. I think it’s because I’m happy? I’m walking carelessly through … Continue reading

Moving Forward with V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee has been awarded £5m from National Lottery funds through Creative Scotland to help establish an international centre of design for Scotland.  Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee is the flagship of the city’s ambitious waterfront redevelopment plans. Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee welcomed Creative Scotland’s support, which … Continue reading