the real work experience

Workshop Winner

Thinkpublic have announced the winner of the Real Work Experience initiative...Bristol! uwe

"Led by graduate designer Chris Clarke and Alex Ostrowski, the 27 strong Bristol group produced and submitted a printed book covering their ideas and experiences of the workshop – that extra mile really caught our eyes and showed a bold dedication and belief in the national scale this project can have!"

This project has been crucial in  gaining insights to the academic understanding of social design.Thinkpublic will now work with these graduates at Bristol to develop the idea into a strategic plan.

Congratulations to the Bristol team! I am very excited about the potential of the Real Work Experience...

Chapter 2

Yesterday I spent the day at Glasgow School of Art. I met lots of new interesting people and was in the midst of the exciting second stage of the Real Work Experience. dsc018001Our team was made up of product designers, industrial designers, PhD students, undergraduates and post graduates.

The day consisted of brainstorming, debate and discussion. We asked ourselves questions such as

What currently exists for design students and graduates who are looking to work outside traditional design roles? Where could social design have an impact?

Scenario building and prototyping led to our group building the framework for a brilliant idea! At the heart of the discussion was the passionate belief in collaboration.

Our ideas were focused on filling the evident gap in design education; providing students with varying levels of genuine experience. The main focus of our idea was providing a support network.

Raising the profile of the design industry was a top priority enabling consistent involvement with communities; members of the public as well as designers.

I quickly realised the importance of reworking the attitude of competitiveness and focusing on the value of the whole process.

You can see my photos from the day on Flickr. Check out the rest of the Real Work Experience catalogue here.


Hopefully, this workshop is the beginning of many new relationships and a platform of new opportunities. I am genuinely thrilled to be involved in a venture with so much potential!

The Real Work Experience Workshop

Here is a sneak preview of my day tomorrow. An extremely exciting video from Paul and Alice at Thinkpublic. The Real Work Experience Workshop from thinkpublic on Vimeo.

I cannot wait to meet everyone! This is such a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines to create a solution for a huge problem.

What do you want the Real Work Experience to be?....

The Real Work Experience

There has been exciting developments in The Real Work Experience project run by Kate Andrews and ThinkPublic. (via Kate Andrews) Last Thursday a group of nine graduates visited the ThinkPublic studio to train for the up and coming workshops. I am going to be working with Jennifer and Alice during the workshop at Glasgow School of Art on the 21st.


The photos look great and I am looking forward to learning all about the session and really focusing on  what young designers need to enable them to use their skills to solve real world problems.