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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.

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“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.

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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...

Kept

I would like to introduce you all to the wonderful www.kept.it : Things don't have to be rubbish "The world has got a bit rubbish recently. Our relationship with stuff has become temporary, throw away, on a losing tip. Now is our moment to start making and using things better. The first step is easy: tell the world about the stuff you treasure, why you care, and why you Kept it"

Kept was created in 2009, by a group of designers, writers, policymakers and business folks; thought-leaders and change-heeders who want a world where products can bring joy without filling the world with rubbish. "We believe in getting the most out of things: that there is delight, nobility even in keeping treasured things and not simply buying new."

Kept’s mission is to:

  • Help people to reduce waste
  • Make it easier for companies to ‘Make Things Better’
  • Keep things out of landfill and in fashion

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So how can you help and get more involved? Well, the first bit is easy: they are asking us to tell them our stories about all the beautiful things that we are keeping, and why!

You can do this in two ways - either enter your story straight onto http://www.kept.it, or if you use twitter just add #kept to your story. It's that simple!

Intentions

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson Intentions, is a collaborative project between Arne van Oosterom and Kate Andrews.

The aim of this project is to create a book of compelling stories from around the world, capturing how creative people struggle to make a difference, in an indifferent world.

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The book 'Intentions' will tell stories about the importance of making mistakes. Because from failure we learn and grow. This is what being creative is all about. It is about learning by trying, sketching and experimenting. It is failure which makes us grow the most, not 'success'.

Intentions puts the importance of failure center stage for a change. As project researcher I would like to request your help! So, do you have a story to tell us about?

Please send your story (400 words max) before Tuesday 14th April 2009, to kcandr (at) gmail (dot)com, arne (at) designthinkers (dot) nl or myredjotter (at) gmail (dot) com

The Studio Unbound - LIVE

The Studio Unbound has generated a fantastic response from practitioners, students and tutors. You can watch the presentation here.

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The Studio Unbound: Social Networking and Design Education from Jonathan Baldwin on Vimeo.

Tell me what you think!

The Studio Unbound

Today I am giving a presentation to University staff and students on the power of social networking.

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"MDes student Lauren Currie explores the power of online social networking, and demonstrates the tools students at Duncan of Jordanstone are using to move ideas forward, form networks with practitioners around the world, and build a reputation before and after graduation.

“For the designer to become a producer, she must have the skills to begin directing content, by critically navigating the social, aesthetic, and technological systems across which communications flow.”

(Ellen Lupton, 1998)

In highlighting the creative people all over the world using social networking to their advantage, Lauren will discuss the dynamic, conversational value of online networking and show how ideas of teaching and learning need to move away from the confines of the studio towards other, often ad-hoc and virtual, venues.

Joining from London via video conferencing will be Kate Andrews, design writer and networker extraordinaire, who will share her own insights into the potential offered by new technology.

Focusing on the new possibilities and opportunities the digital world presents, this talk will demonstrate that the world has changed and is changing, and that design courses must change with it if they are to stay relevant."

Thank you to everyone who sent me links and shared their story with me. Jonathan will be twittering during the talk starting at 12.30pm so tune in! Photographs and feedback coming soon...