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Call for service designers

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.

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Upcoming events I’m going to

DB 16
19-22 Sept

Designersblock Edition 16 takes place in partnership with Southbank Centre.
Inspire — Experience — Interact— Explore
New furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and jewellery from 60 Uk and International independent designers.
International pavilions – Ung Svensk Form – La Tlapaleria diseno mexicano – India Art n Design
Designers in Production – New work from established designers and companies.
The Fifth element – Science Tecnology and Process in Design – 30 cutting edge projects.
Programme – Conference Workshops Screenings Presentations

19-22 Sept

How to replicate social impact across the UK: Research launch
26 Sept

Why do so many high potential social change organisations fail to scale up and replicate? What can they, you, and the sector, do to change this?

The International Centre for Social Franchising (www.the-icsf.org) will be sharing insights to answer these questions based on research for Big Lottery Fund. Findings, based on a survey of 150 social organisations and in-depth interviews with 15, will include the main barriers facing social organisations attempting to replicate and interventions to address them. The event will be valuable for both organisations seeking to improve scale up across the social sector in the UK and those replicating their own projects. Speakers from the ICSF, Big Lottery Fund and interviewees from the research will address the audience for 40 minutes, after which there will be drinks, light snacks and networking.

ClearlySo Tea Time Q
12 Sept and 14 Nov

ClearlySo invites you to come in to our offices for a chat over tea and coffee.
This is a perfect opportunity to meet in an informal environment, discuss all sorts of issues affecting you and your business – and get your caffeine fix at the same time!!!
Entrepreneurs, existing or prospective will be invited to ask anything, challenge us or just listen in. The session will be chaired by one of our senior investment team. It’s a chance for us to give out advice and take advantage of the peer learnings and relationships that develop during each of ClearlySo popular tea-time gatherings.

KK Outlet
12-28 Sept

To celebrate the London Design Festival this September, KK Outlet and leading food, arts, and culture journal The Gourmand are combining forces to present a series of exhibitions, talks, and dinners that celebrate food as a catalyst for creativity.

Perfume, Sir? – Designmarketo
17-21 Sept

Enter DesignMarketo’s world of fragrance. Discover Pepper under new forms. Enjoy specially commissioned objects by a range of versatile designers, scents, flavours, workshops, fine dining and cocktails inspired by and infused with Pepper!

Only one week to explore your senses and experience anew. See the ordinary as unordinary…

RCA Battersea Projects: Mind The Gap
15-23 Sept

How to introduce spontaneity and play into highly controlled environments, such as train stations?
RCA Battersea Projects: Life Examined – by the Helen Hamlyn Research Associates 2013
15-23 Sept

Life Examined is a presentation of design projects by the 2013 Helen Hamlyn Research Associates that could help improve people’s lives. Socrates famously observed that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. Here the theme of ‘life examined’ reflects the emphasis on in-depth user research with different groups of people.

Generally I will be hopping around the Brompton Design District next weekend.

Mindapples: Meet Your Mind
25 Sept

You rely on your mind for everything you do, but how much do you know about how it works, or how to use it?
Join us for our upcoming event, part of the Mindapples’ Your Mind: A User’s Guide series, to learn about how your mind works and how to get the most from it.
Featuring interactive exercises exploring how we think, how to take care of our minds and how we influence each other, this is a fun introduction to mental wellbeing and using your mind effectively in life and work.

Here’s one that I want to go to but can’t:

The Happy Start-Up School Summer Camp
20 Sept

Whether you’re at the idea stage, have already started up or are just looking for inspiration on how to build a happy company, this day will help you get better at business and life. A hands-on day of workshops and talks where you’ll learn how to create a happy, thriving business, meet some amazing people and have some fun in a stunning location in the heart of Hyde Park. We promise it will be a day to remember.

See you there!

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Is This Britain 2012?

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.


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Brutal Simplicity of Thought at the V&A

‘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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Industrial Revolution 2.0 at the V&A, Design Week 2011

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.

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Galleria Illy hosted by Flos and Moroso at the London Design Festival

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.
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