mike press

#13 The Design Teacher

I'd like to introduce you all to Professor Mike Press. I'm very lucky because Mike taught me at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and it's safe to say he has inspired me since the day I met him. Here is a post I wrote about a lecture he gave me seven years ago :) I remember the day Mike talked to our class about Design Against Crime - it was the day I realised I didn't need to design objects and started my journey to become a service designer. Since then we have worked together on many many things and he is now my friend as well as my role model.

I'm delighted Mike is coming to teach Hyper Island students at the end of this month. Here's what he has to say....

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

That we never stop learning and we never stop reinventing. A year ago I was part of a team described by my university principal as “passionate explorers” as we were delivering pioneering programmes in service design and design ethnography. Nine months ago my fellow team members all left the University to take on new opportunities outside education. So I had to do some quick learning and adapting. I'm now delivering the world’s only Masters programme on service design for public service professionals which is provided via distance learning. Online teaching is completely new to me so I've had to design the course and the content, and learn new methods of engaging students. It's been challenging but hugely enjoyable and rewarding. This has helped me develop the vision for a unique MBA program which I hope to put together over the next year. We have to constantly learn new things, we have to constantly give ourselves new challenges, and stake out the new territories of opportunity.

As Brian Eno says, creative people are either cowboys or farmers. For a time I was a farmer, but over this last year I’ve saddled up to ride as a high plains drifter on a new range of learning.

What’s your burning question of the moment?

How do we reshape higher education? The world is changing very quickly and the structures and methods of education are not moving fast enough to keep up. Universities, art schools and other institutions of learning need to adapt far more quickly if they are to maintain their relevance to the communities they supposedly serve. In my view we need to envisage a diverse landscape on learning opportunities that involve public providers alongside others,  and provide flexible systems for learning that more fully exploit the social expertise within workplaces and communities. Universities were a wonderful invention of mediaeval Europe. The question is: are they fit for purpose in the 21st century? What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Being an educator means that you're never short of inspiration. My students never fail to inspire me by demonstrating how they grow in terms of the challenges they set themselves and the confidence that they gain. There are so many instances over the last year and so I will pluck one at random. Earlier this week five of my students participated in a very high level exploratory workshop to help redesign NHS outpatient services. They were the only students taking part, alongside chief executives, senior clinicians and NHS Scotland policymakers. None of the students had ever taken part in an event like it, and none had ever done any work in healthcare. The CEO of the organisation running the event emailed me yesterday to say that my students provided some of the best insights and ideas in the whole event, and one student had actually facilitated one of the two-hour workshops. The week before, this very same student was talking to me about her lack of confidence and feeling that she should maybe give up her course.

This is why we teach.

What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island’s new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Aspire to be a social expert. Expertise can be social or antisocial: it can be shared and open, or guarded selfishly and sold as a commodity. All human progress relies on social expertise and realising that the thing that we are really brilliant at, as well as earning us a good living, is something that we can teach others and that can inspire others.

Social expertise makes the world a better place.

#13 The Design Teacher

I'd like to introduce you all to Professor Mike Press. I'm very lucky because Mike taught me at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and it's safe to say he has inspired me since the day I met him. Here is a post I wrote about a lecture he gave me seven years ago :) I remember the day Mike talked to our class about Design Against Crime - it was the day I realised I didn't need to design objects and started my journey to become a service designer. Since then we have worked together on many many things and he is now my friend as well as my role model.

I'm delighted Mike is coming to teach Hyper Island students at the end of this month. Here's what he has to say....

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

That we never stop learning and we never stop reinventing. A year ago I was part of a team described by my university principal as “passionate explorers” as we were delivering pioneering programmes in service design and design ethnography. Nine months ago my fellow team members all left the University to take on new opportunities outside education. So I had to do some quick learning and adapting. I'm now delivering the world’s only Masters programme on service design for public service professionals which is provided via distance learning. Online teaching is completely new to me so I've had to design the course and the content, and learn new methods of engaging students. It's been challenging but hugely enjoyable and rewarding. This has helped me develop the vision for a unique MBA program which I hope to put together over the next year. We have to constantly learn new things, we have to constantly give ourselves new challenges, and stake out the new territories of opportunity.

As Brian Eno says, creative people are either cowboys or farmers. For a time I was a farmer, but over this last year I’ve saddled up to ride as a high plains drifter on a new range of learning.

What’s your burning question of the moment?

How do we reshape higher education? The world is changing very quickly and the structures and methods of education are not moving fast enough to keep up. Universities, art schools and other institutions of learning need to adapt far more quickly if they are to maintain their relevance to the communities they supposedly serve. In my view we need to envisage a diverse landscape on learning opportunities that involve public providers alongside others,  and provide flexible systems for learning that more fully exploit the social expertise within workplaces and communities. Universities were a wonderful invention of mediaeval Europe. The question is: are they fit for purpose in the 21st century? What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Being an educator means that you're never short of inspiration. My students never fail to inspire me by demonstrating how they grow in terms of the challenges they set themselves and the confidence that they gain. There are so many instances over the last year and so I will pluck one at random. Earlier this week five of my students participated in a very high level exploratory workshop to help redesign NHS outpatient services. They were the only students taking part, alongside chief executives, senior clinicians and NHS Scotland policymakers. None of the students had ever taken part in an event like it, and none had ever done any work in healthcare. The CEO of the organisation running the event emailed me yesterday to say that my students provided some of the best insights and ideas in the whole event, and one student had actually facilitated one of the two-hour workshops. The week before, this very same student was talking to me about her lack of confidence and feeling that she should maybe give up her course.

This is why we teach.

What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island’s new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Aspire to be a social expert. Expertise can be social or antisocial: it can be shared and open, or guarded selfishly and sold as a commodity. All human progress relies on social expertise and realising that the thing that we are really brilliant at, as well as earning us a good living, is something that we can teach others and that can inspire others.

Social expertise makes the world a better place.

Meet The Better You x 60

Design Enterprise  is the module that everyone wants to do. They have a waiting list. It's offered to all design students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. It aims to introduce students to enterprise culture and terminology and to place the practice of design within a business context. It is led by my good friend Mike Press and I've had the pleasure of teaching on this module for a few years in a row. Here's what happened last week when I met the students...

I started by telling my story; from studying Product Design at undergraduate level, setting up Snook and moving to Manchester to work at Hyper Island. The key message of my talk was the responsibility we have as designers to use our creativity in a meaningful way. I pulled in the idea we explored at TalkUX of designers being guilty by association, every student tweeted the one action they are going to take to support the design community to be "no longer guilty by association" #notgba

We then dived straight into thinking about the future. I believe we should all treat our future like a brief - turn it into a project. The only thing we know is that change is the only constant, and the ability to acquire new skills is the best skill of all. Seth Godin says :  "If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will wilfully ignore the future that is likely"

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After sharing our futures and getting over how scary it felt to imagine our lives ten years from now we talked about how we are all showing our work. A sentiment that Austin Kleon champions in is book Show Your Work really resonated with all the students. Every student then went online and 'showed their work' using the hasgtag #showyourwork

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Then I introduced the idea of 'The Better You'. The Better You is your believable possible. First, the students sketched each other and then notated their own portrait with the qualities of their believable possible.

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The Better You by Jack Cheng

Someone is sitting at your desk. There is something familiar about this person. From a distance, this person bears a striking resemblance to you: they have the same frame, the same face, the same features are you. But as you get closer, you begin to notice subtle differences between this person and yourself. They look like they eat healthier and exercise a little more regularly. Their posture is slightly better and their clothes have fewer wrinkles. This person is The Better You.

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The Better You knows the same things you know. They've had the same successes you've had, and they've made the same mistakes. They strive for the same virtues and falter to the same vices. The Better You procrastinates, too. The Better You is not perfect. But the difference between you and the Better You is that the latter reacts a little faster, with more willpower. They practice their virtues a little more often and succumb to their vices a little less often. They rein in their procrastination a little quicker. They start their work a little earlier. They know when to take a break a little sooner.

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The Better You knows, just as you know that doing what you love is difficult but worthwhile. They know, just as you know, that the difficulty is what makes it worthwhile in the first place. They know, as you know, that is everything was easy, nothing would have significance, and you wouldn't needs to adopt new metaphors or read new books about how to do the work you should be doing.

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The Better You is your believable possible. Your believable possible is your potential at any given moment, the person you know at your very core that you are capable of being in that instant. Only you know what your own believable possible is.

It raised energy and aspirations and I hope these better you's found new homes on fridge doors and flat walls to continue to inspire. They certainly inspired me and made me smile.

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We wrapped up the session by writing a letter to Dearest Scotland. Dearest Scotland is a side project Sarah and I started at Snook to enable people to write physical letters to the future of Scotland. It's now being led by Cat Cochrane who has launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. We only have a few days left so please support us! I left with sixty letters that brought tears to my eyes on the train!

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You can read all the tweets from the day here. Thank you to Mike for inviting me and thank you to the students for your energy and your lovely feedback.

Be your believable possible, stay brilliant and show your work!

Meet The Better You x 60

Design Enterprise  is the module that everyone wants to do. They have a waiting list. It's offered to all design students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. It aims to introduce students to enterprise culture and terminology and to place the practice of design within a business context. It is led by my good friend Mike Press and I've had the pleasure of teaching on this module for a few years in a row. Here's what happened last week when I met the students...

I started by telling my story; from studying Product Design at undergraduate level, setting up Snook and moving to Manchester to work at Hyper Island. The key message of my talk was the responsibility we have as designers to use our creativity in a meaningful way. I pulled in the idea we explored at TalkUX of designers being guilty by association, every student tweeted the one action they are going to take to support the design community to be "no longer guilty by association" #notgba

We then dived straight into thinking about the future. I believe we should all treat our future like a brief - turn it into a project. The only thing we know is that change is the only constant, and the ability to acquire new skills is the best skill of all. Seth Godin says :  "If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will wilfully ignore the future that is likely"

Design_for_enterprise_redjotter_djcad

After sharing our futures and getting over how scary it felt to imagine our lives ten years from now we talked about how we are all showing our work. A sentiment that Austin Kleon champions in is book Show Your Work really resonated with all the students. Every student then went online and 'showed their work' using the hasgtag #showyourwork

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 13.56.06

Then I introduced the idea of 'The Better You'. The Better You is your believable possible. First, the students sketched each other and then notated their own portrait with the qualities of their believable possible.

IMG_4402

 

 

The Better You by Jack Cheng

Someone is sitting at your desk. There is something familiar about this person. From a distance, this person bears a striking resemblance to you: they have the same frame, the same face, the same features are you. But as you get closer, you begin to notice subtle differences between this person and yourself. They look like they eat healthier and exercise a little more regularly. Their posture is slightly better and their clothes have fewer wrinkles. This person is The Better You.

IMG_4403

 

The Better You knows the same things you know. They've had the same successes you've had, and they've made the same mistakes. They strive for the same virtues and falter to the same vices. The Better You procrastinates, too. The Better You is not perfect. But the difference between you and the Better You is that the latter reacts a little faster, with more willpower. They practice their virtues a little more often and succumb to their vices a little less often. They rein in their procrastination a little quicker. They start their work a little earlier. They know when to take a break a little sooner.

IMG_4404

 

The Better You knows, just as you know that doing what you love is difficult but worthwhile. They know, just as you know, that the difficulty is what makes it worthwhile in the first place. They know, as you know, that is everything was easy, nothing would have significance, and you wouldn't needs to adopt new metaphors or read new books about how to do the work you should be doing.

IMG_4405

 

The Better You is your believable possible. Your believable possible is your potential at any given moment, the person you know at your very core that you are capable of being in that instant. Only you know what your own believable possible is.

It raised energy and aspirations and I hope these better you's found new homes on fridge doors and flat walls to continue to inspire. They certainly inspired me and made me smile.

IMG_4410

We wrapped up the session by writing a letter to Dearest Scotland. Dearest Scotland is a side project Sarah and I started at Snook to enable people to write physical letters to the future of Scotland. It's now being led by Cat Cochrane who has launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. We only have a few days left so please support us! I left with sixty letters that brought tears to my eyes on the train!

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You can read all the tweets from the day here. Thank you to Mike for inviting me and thank you to the students for your energy and your lovely feedback.

Be your believable possible, stay brilliant and show your work!

THE END OF DESIGN

The End of Design was the public lecture accompanying my recent Masters Exhibition. [slideshare id=2131578&doc=theendofdesign-091005111752-phpapp01]

"Modern design has run its course. The challenges of our age demands a new design; in place of designing for desire we should design for inclusion, understanding and real world problem solving. The power of design thinking presents us with new opportunities for the future.

As Scotland's top rated institution for research design, the University of Dundee is uniquely placed to set out a new vision for the future of design. In this special lecture, Professors Tom Inns and Mike Press - both internationally acknowledged writers, researchers and broadcasters on design - provide a provocative and visionary of design in the 21st Century.

Evidence of this new design is seen in the work of this year's graduating Masters of Design students. The lecture accompanies their masters exhibition, providing vital contexts and insights into their work. Together, the lecture and exhibition emphasise Dundee's unique approach to the research and practice of design. "

Lasting around an hour this video is a deep insight into The Master of Design Course at Dundee and the work at our Masters exhibition. It is definitely one to watch for the students who have gotten in touch with me as they are considering applying for the course - and other Masters students who are embarking upon a design journey.

It should not be missed - design against crime | service design | co design | social design | transformation design | product design | interaction design | design for well being | design for disability | design thinking | design management | interdisciplinary...the list goes on....

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more about "THE END OF DESIGN on Vimeo", posted with vodpod

Tom, who was my project mentor, recently shared his archipelago of design at a workshop in London. Lauren Tan documented the day really well, in particular her insights from Toms model.