USA Nov 2010

Hazel White, M.Des Programme Director spent 5 days in the  US in Nov 2010, looking at postgraduate design education, meeting great people, seeing great teaching and explaining a bit about what we do in Dundee. Kicked off with classes and conversations. at the Design School, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, then traveled to NY to see Jamer Hunt at Parsons, then some great people at SUNY in upstate New York.

Terry Irwin, a great friend of and tutor on the Master of Design at Dundee is now Head of the Design School at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA. I caught up with Terry, Gideon Kossoff,  Gill Wildman and Nick Durrant in November in Pittsburgh. Gideon has also lectured on the Masters course at Dundee and Gill has been a guiding light as external examiner of the M.Des Programme for the last three years. Nick Durrant is a super enthusiastic interaction design and we hope to lure all these fantastic people back to Dundee in the near future.

Hazel talked about design research at Dundee, including:

Can jewelry aid identification of disaster victims?
How can people without speech compose a personal voice?
Could knitting be a way for grandparents to keep up with their grandchildren online?

She  had great conversations with Jamer Hunt head of transdisciplinary design at Parsons, NY and colleagues at SUNY New Paltz: Bruce Silner, Aleanna Luethi-Garrecht, Arhur Hoener, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Arthur Hash.

We are hoping to exchange student ideas online with Jamer’s students, and physically exchange Aleanna Luethi-Garrecht and my colleague here in Dundee, Dr Sandra Wilson. Temporarily.