Get into Design: clothing with a difference

Fashion design with a difference was the focus of our latest Get into Design course for young people.  Working alongside designer Bethany Williams of ROOFLESS Clothing ten young Design Museum participants aged 12 -16 were set the challenge to create an outfit inspired by the work of the Vauxhall and Islington food banks. The central […]

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Design(ing) Residencies for the Future

If you’re a cultural and creative industries enthusiast, you’ll have noticed the step change in the fields of design and museology.  Both are becoming more human-centred in their approach.  This is interesting when we look at plans for Designers in Residence at the Design Museum. I’m Saskia Coulson, I ran a staff workshop at the […]

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A Designerly Ding Dong Merrily on High

As a busy and richly productive 2014 draws to a close and the festive season fast beckons, designerlylearning celebrates and reflects on a number of key themes within the process of transition and transformation towards the Design Museum in Kensington.  Over the year, we have worked intensively with audiences to shape the learning and visitor offer;  created […]

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Creating a business plan for a new museum

It’s quite unusual for Finance people to write blogs. Especially blogs for a site called ‘Designerly Learning’. We’re all about spreadsheets, invoices and budgets, aren’t we? But we’re also about business planning, which is just a bit more interesting. I’d like to share with you my experience of leading the 5 year business plan process […]

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Design and Wellbeing

What do Human Experience design and John Ruskin’s adage that design should unite ‘the head, the hand and the heart’ have in common?  They are both sources of inspiration for the Design and Wellbeing Curriculum that we are currently developing for the Design Museum Kensington as part of the Museum Association’s (MA) Transformers programme  They […]

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Opening up opportunities for young people

The Creative Interpreters Volunteer Programme How can young people get more involved with the Design Museum and develop skills?  I’d like to share the Creative Interpreters Volunteer Programme with you. Every year we offer three young people aged 18-24 the opportunity to work with the Learning Team to support the Young Peoples’ Programme.  From October to March, these volunteers work together […]

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Learning to involve volunteers

Involving volunteers in the museum’s work benefits visitors, volunteers and the organisation alike.  Our committed volunteers are some of our most effective advocates and help the museum open up the world of design to visitors The museum’s award of HLF funding, and my appointment as Volunteer and Community Development Manager, has given us the impetus to explore new ways of involving […]

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Online Design Thinking

The Design Ventura team (a subset of our learning team) have been looking at ways to use technology to increase the reach of the programme. The maturation of online conferencing tools, our new website and the forthcoming move to Design Museum, Kensington make this an interesting time to explore possibilities. Design Ventura Design Ventura is […]

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Design Week in Beirut

My recent holiday to Lebanon had a serendipitous design connection – coinciding with Beirut Design Week.  At the Design Museum we’re thinking about how the Design Museum in Kensington can showcase design practice and support and inspire public engagement with design.   Beirut Design Week was a great way to explore these ideas in another city. This […]

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It’s interpretation, but not as we know it.

We’re working with Tim Gardom Associates (TGAC) on developing our practical approach to exhibition interpretation. By this we mean how we plan to engage our visitors with exhibition content, as well as what we plan to deliver. They should come away not only knowing more about the designed world and design as an active force for […]

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