The London Design Festival is coming, and service designers are now more involved in the festival. What are you and your team doing for this September to showcase your work?
Last year, we stimulated service design representation in the festival at a fantastic event held in the newly renovated Old Sessions House during Designersblock. There were five lightning talks by talented service designers from a range of sectors, followed by an extraordinarily useful service design skills workshop run by STBY. Networking afterwards led to connections being fostered between potential employees and employers. The event successfully raised awareness of service design in the wider design community, and beyond.
This year, we are producing a map of service design events going on around the capital during the festival (19-27 September 2015). If you would like to show off your team’s innovative work, and demonstrate thought leadership, the London Design Festival is the best time to do it.
The London Design Festival is a celebration of design. As service designers, it’s our due to show the game-changing work we are doing during this world renowned festival. Apart from driving business opportunities and making contacts through sharing your success stories, this is a chance to come together to change culture: we can help more non-designers start to understand what we do.
What you could do to take part:
– hold a studio tour
– host a networking event
– run a talk
– host a Q&A with an experienced service designer
– run a service design skills workshop
– screen a film of your work
– make an exhibition with photos and diagrams of what service design means to your organisation
– give people the opportunity to try out design research techniques
– mentoring sessions for young/new service designers
– ask for participants for co-design sessions – those looking to get into the field would be happy to be involved at this level as a starting point
– run a hackathon
– hold a competition
– release a report about a project that involved service design (plus a launch party!)
– host a recruitment speed dating party
There are lots of people who want to get into service design, and there is plenty of demand from private, public, third sector and start ups for service design input. Working service designers can help strengthen the industry practice by sharing knowledge. It’s also an ideal opportunity to go and see what other service designers have been working on recently.
You can set charges for any event you run if you need to.
Email liorsmith [at] me [dot] com if you would like to be included in this service design map. We are also able to meet with you to discuss how you might be able to execute your idea, including linking up people that could do talks together.
What does it mean to be British now?
What is ‘Britishness’?
What makes Britain, Britain?
‘Is This Britain 2012?’ was an installation/workshop run by Lior Smith, Olivia Clemence and Henrietta Jadin at Designersblock 2012 at Southbank, during the London Design Festival. We wanted to capture the spirit of Britain following the Olympics and recent events with the royal family.
The kinetic installation developed over the four days of the exhibition. Inspired by the aesthetic characteristic of windmills, once a key feature of the Southbank pre-industrial economy, we helped participants to craft and write on their own paper windmills. Collectively all the windmills formed a large union jack, forming a three-dimensional ideas board of what visitors thought makes Britain, Britain.
Our presence at Designersblock contributed to making the environment a friendly and welcoming place. The windmills took about four minutes to make for beginners, so it was an accessible craft to employ for the workshop. However, many of the participants sat at our table for over 40 minutes, making a few origami windmills, and we talked at length about British culture and identity. Despite about 50% of participants not being British, everyone had something to say; the result was a widely spanning insight into our culture. Towards the end the focus was more on what people had already written. Once the installation was completed, the Southbank centre was keen to keep it for display.
‘Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed the World’ by M&C Saatchi was at the V&A in the Sackler Centre in September. I thought it was fantastic so I took pictures of all of it.
‘Simplicity looks easy. It’s not. It’s easier to complicate than to simplify. This display by M&C Saatchi brings to life stunningly simple examples of concepts that have changed the world – from God to the humble paper clip; it celebrates moments when Brutal Simplicity of Thought ruled the world and showed that Nothing is Impossible. Based on the soon to be published book Brutal Simplicity of Thought (Ebury Publishing), this display aims to make us see everything afresh. It is the distillation, in words and pictures, of the Saatchi approach.’ – V&A website
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Passing through the statue hall in the V&A, I did a double take. This statue had been plonked next to the familiar classical permanent ones. Looking at it, it seemed to have a theme of modern notions of beauty – fashion accessories floated from the bust’s hair. The presence of the bust was a good touch to the V&A’s collections during Design Week.
During the LFD I visited a pop up gallery hosted by Flos and Moroso in Clerkenwell. Over a period of a month, talks by renowned designers are happening – David Adjaye is doing the last one on the 15th October. I just missed Marcel Wanders when I visited.