Stuart Walker in Dundee

Stuart  will be in  Dundee in March to connect with Master of Design Students. Stuart is Co-Director of ImaginationLancaster. His research focuses on design for sustainability; product aesthetics and meaning; and design-centred research. He is also Adjunct Professor Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada and Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK.

His writings on design and sustainability have been published internationally and his experimental designs have been exhibited across Canada, in Italy and at the Design Museum in London. Prior to joining Lancaster University he was Associate Dean Research at the University of Calgary, Canada. He studied design at Exeter College of Art and the Royal College of Art, and holds a PhD in Engineering (Leeds). For several years he was an engineer with Shell Internationale in The Netherlands, the Middle East and London. Stuart will be giving a talk on:

his current thinking about sustainability and design for sustainability (contemporary issues, what’s missing from the triple bottom line, the practice-based design research approach etc.) and showing a range of his propositional objects that exemplify different aspects of sustainability and design

Stuart will give a lecture and talk to the Master of Design students in the studio from 9.30am on Friday 11.03.11. Stuart is PhD supervisor to Brandi Richards, who recently graduated from the Master of Design’s sister Programme, MSc in Design Ethnography.

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Master of Design alumni, Lauren Currie to talk in Dundee

Lauren Currie, who graduated from the Master of Design programme  in 2009, is the creator and co-director of MyPolice, an online feedback tool that aims to facilitate conversation between the police and public. A pilot project with Tayside Police has recently been launched. Her company, Snook, works to empower communities through the power of design.

She will be talking about MyPolice, Snook, and the importance of social networking tools for graduates entering the world of work, when she addresses Design Studies students at the Fulton Building from 10am on Friday, 18th February.

That afternoon she will work with MDes students to demonstrate how they can facilitate a workshop, give presentations and use their design skills to get their message across in plain language. Lauren said this is vital for graduates from the creative courses who want to succeed.

Phillip Joe Workshop

Phillip Joe is  User Experience Architect at Microsoft on a joint collaboration project with the NHS (National Health Service) Digitisation project, responsible for user experience team direction and management. I first came across Phillip when he wrote a paper on visualisation for the Design Council. In it he explains simply why we need to visualise ideas and how we sometimes overdo it. Last year he introduced us to ninja whiteboarding – tools for facilitating teams. He’ll be here on the 16th February as part of our Strategic Information Design (SID) Module. Master of Design students, advisors and extended faculty welcome. 09.30-17.00, M.Des studio, Crawford Building, University of Dundee. RSPV in comments box below.