studio unbound

I am snook

Hello! It has been over a month since I went offline to begin a new adventure. Closing my blog and twitter account for a while just felt like the right thing to do, Redjotter has become more than I ever imagined it could be, opening my mind and challenging my perspective on what it means to be a Service Designer in ways I never thought possible. I am humbled and excited that students and educators from all over the world are keen to hear about my online 'journey' and I hope I can continue to share this with all of you via The Studio Unbound.

Now that MyPolice is grown up and officially a ‘business’ it was time for Sarah and me to become an official company.  We chose to create an ‘umbrella concept’ that MyPolice can live under. MyPolice is my main focus, it is what I work on every day. Nevertheless, we wanted to develop an identity to convey the ethos of MyPolice and what we believe can happen when designers work with public services...

I would like to introduce you all to Snook:

"The idea is a simple one.

We just want to change the world.

Snook is all about the power of people.

Sure, we are young. We may not have run a business before. And we may never fully understand what indemnity and grey market mean.

But, we do know how to make people listen to us. We do know how to get a community to speak up about what's important to them with lollipops. And we know how to bring change to a closed organisation with a few pages of newsprint and red felt tips.

We are part of a new movement; a shift in ways of seeing and ways of being.

You can follow us on twitter at @wearesnook

We hope you are as curious as us as to what Snook might become…"

As part of our 30 day social media rehab Sarah and me wrote letters to each other to develop our thinking about what we wanted Snook to be. Hand written letters have always enchanted me, I spent a year designing 'Douceurs' ; a service that enabled people to send letters to their future, intended to capture the beauty, simplicity and personal touch of traditional communication methods. This time around, our letters were to each other in the present day, each letter answering and asking a new question.  They are all available to read on our site.

What a month. Alot of learning that went on,  out of my past year in this space this month was really different. It was a time of the unknown, conflicts, newness and amazing conversations. For me personally this past month and this year end marks the beginning of the year ahead as a fully fledged entrepreneur.

I was uneasy about giving myself such a 'title' but people often ask me "What is it about being a designer that has helped you to be so naturally entrepreneurial?" and "Have you always been entrepreneurial?" and the truth is I think I have been. When I discovered the world of 'service design' I knew the job I wanted didn't exist yet.  I have suddenly found myself interviewing employees, generating cash flows and signing too many forms to count. It feels a bit like a crash course but I am loving every minute of it.

Joining up in all its forms has happened, is happening, and I hope it will happen even more in the future. I have met incredible people with ideas so good they give me goosebumps. I am on a mission to practice what I have been preaching and win the hearts and minds of those who are in charge of putting my ideas into effect. With Sarah by my side, I believe we can do it.

Coming offline gave me space to reflect on what Redjotter means to me, in terms of what has been and what lies ahead. It also made me value and appreciate the online network I am part of.  Thank you to everyone who asked me to come back online, wrote to me to and text me instead of tweeting me.

Last year I offered you all winter wishes, this year I think we should all put some of our Christmas spirit into jars and open a jar of it every month...

Studio Unbound III calls all jewellers

There has been chatter on twitter about Studio Unbound III, which is happening at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, on Monday afternoon. I am co-presenting alongside Kate Pickering, known as Katesjewellery online, Kate is a forward thinking jeweller and a wonderful friend of mine. She has very openly shared her feelings about her first encounter with Studio Unbound and shared how her perception of networking online has amazing example of a jeweller from a traditional discipline is embracing what Studio Unbound stands for.


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. Read about the second Studio Unbound that happened last month at Glasgow School of Art


Kate Andrews and Sarah Drummond will be tweeting from our virtual audience  – join in on twitter with the tag #studiounbound and follow us live!

See you at 2pm on Monday, Matthew Building 5016...

Join our facebook group and keep an eye on our blog which is still in the making but looking promising… :) We are growing, students and educators are taking notice.

If you would like us to talk to your class or your students please get in touch and say hello.

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...