Studio Unbound II

There has been chatter on twitter about Studio Unbound II, which is happening at Glasgow School of Art tonight. studiounbound_card1sq

For those of you who are new to this initiative you can watch the first Studio Unbound that happened in February at The University of Dundee.

Founded in 2009 by University of Dundee Master of Design graduate Lauren Currie (@Redjotter), and design writer and consultant Kate Andrews (@kateandrews), the Studio Unbound is an initiative aiming to introduce students, graduates and educators to the creative power of social media.

Together as Studio Unbound, Kate and Lauren explore the power of digital networking, demonstrating tools that students can use to move ideas forward, form networks with practitioners around the world, and build a reputation before and after graduation.

In highlighting creative people all over the world using social networking to their advantage, Studio Unbound discuss the dynamic, conversational value of new communication technologies and illustrate how ideas of teaching and learning need to move away from the confines of the classroom or studio towards other, often ad-hoc and virtual venues.

Focusing on the ever growing possibilities and opportunities that the digital world presents, Studio Unbound demonstrate that during a time of mass communication change, design courses must change with it if they are to stay relevant.

Studio Unbound is not all about Twitter or Facebook, but about breaking down preconceptions of social media technologies, into an incredible value system that can enable us all to find both an individual voice, and collaborative practice.


“A great designer understands that search and discovery is an on-going process that is at the heart of what makes us human. We spend our lives searching for people we share a strong sense of connection with. Designers must join that search.” - Desiree Collier, 2009. Design Week. The Joy of Search.


Joining Studio Unbound since October 2009, is Social Innovation Camp winner Sarah Drummond (@rufflemuffin). On October 8th 2009, Lauren and Sarah will run a Studio Unbound lecture at Glasgow School of Art, with Kate joining from London via Skype.

Join the conversation on twitter #studiounbound

Join our facebook group and keep an eye on our blog which is still in the making but looking promising... :)

Kate Pickering, a forward thinking jeweller will be tweeting from the audience tonight - join in on twitter with the tag #studiounbound and follow us live!

See you tonight at 6pm, Bourdon Lecture Theatre...

Scottish Service Steps

So, now I have graduated, what are the next steps for Redjotter? DSC00066

MyPolice I am pleased to announce I have been appointed the role of Director at MyPolice; a web-based service that fosters constructive, collaborative communication between communities and the police forces which serve them. This role is pending funding at the moment... results should be in at the beginning of October! I am going to be working closely with Sarah Drummond, the founder of MyPolice, to give service design a voice in Scotland.

Conferences / Speaking Next month, alongside the rest of the MyPolice team I will be presenting the venture at The Citizen and Social Media Conference. In November, we are also presenting it at the mypublicservice conference in London; a national conference about citizen engagement with public services online.

Collaboration Last week, I met the Director of Scotland's Future Forum, a non party political organisation owned by the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body. Yesterday, I had a very exciting meeting with a lecturer of social work and community education from the University of Dundee to talk about service design and social work coming together to make things happen.

I am very excited.

Design in alternative futures

Design Council is holding a free event on Thursday 23rd April 2009 to explore the role of design and the designer in alternative future scenarios. You need to register to attend and they are keen for service designers to sign up! design_council

"2009 will be remembered as a year of global economic downturn, but what could this mean for the future of the economy, society and government?

Will the downturn compel us to turn inwards, to become a nation of close knit families driven by individual needs? Or will it force unprecedented collaboration, creating a Britain that is focused upon the common good?

Dr Alex King, project leader at the governments Horizon Scanning Centre, will be presenting Economy and Society 2030 – a series of potential scenarios illustrating different versions of the future for Britain. Join the debate about role of the designer in these different futures for Britain and explore their position in helping shape the future of how government can deliver public services during global economic and societal change."

A complex phenomenon

I am part of Generation Y. We Control, Co-create, Connect and Collaborate. We are fueling a new world of work. e3 Unlimited are re-thinking and re-inventing the way work works.


"Ask Gen Y launched in October last year, a research-based initiative to help educate organisations on this new generation entering the workforce . Ask Gen Y believes organisations need to embrace the new world of work and do some very different thinking."


"We have been talked and written about, but so far it's been all noise and no action.

Born between 1978 - 1998 Generation Y have been brought up to expect everything, and settle for nothing.

Growing up in the most dynamic economy in history, we've been told we can change the world. We are optimistic, upbeat and filled with a sense of empowerment. But we are a complex phenomenon and full of contradictions: technology savvy but creative, environmentally conscious yet mobile. We expect instant rewards but also expect long term development. We think like entrepreneurs but value relationships over money.

We're a confusing bunch but we are the future.

Work these days naturally overlaps with life. Work used to be somewhere you'd go. Now it is something you do. Rather than focusing on balance alone, the new world of work is all about integration. It's about having the tools, structures, processes, policies and culture to work anywhere,anytime."