Weekend Punk: out with a bang

Inaugural director Stephen Bayley described the Design Museum on Shad Thames in its formative days  as the ‘rebellious offspring of the V&A’. The notion of the rebellious museum is an intriguing one in the current moment of political turmoil and in the context of the Museum Association’s focus on the social value of museums. Museums […]

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A designerly learning New Year

A designerly learning New Year to all – may it be replete with creativity, courage and kindness. We have a thrilling (if challenging!) year ahead, with our new site due to open at the end of 2016. While the end of 2015 saw us bid a fond farewell to Flora, Audience Development Manager for our […]

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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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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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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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Designs of the Year 2014

How Has Design Made a Difference to Your Day? We ask this question to visitors in the museum’s flagship annual exhibition Designs of the Year 2014, currently showing until August 25 2014.  Responses include ‘got me here’; ‘entertained and interested me’; and even, rather fabulously, ‘made me rethink my future life’. Designs of the Year […]

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Deyan Sudjic on Debunking ‘Good Design’

This week we hear from our director Deyan Sudjic.  As the pace picks up in our journey towards our new incarnation as the new Design Museum in the former Commonwealth Institute, museum staff have started to meet monthly over breakfast to explore different aspects of our activity in this period of rapid and intensive change. Our […]

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes..

Learning team introducing The New Year at the Design Museum sees the Learning team embracing an intensive, exciting period of change and development as we journey towards the new Design Museum.  We’re delighted to welcome new team members: Thalia Allington-Wood as Learning Manager Public Programmes and Richard Smartt as Digital Learning Manager Design Ventura.  Richard is […]

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Form Follows Festivities

A year in Design Museum Learning As 2013 draws to a close, Designerly Learning recasts that old design (roasted?) chestnut ‘form follows function‘ as …  Form follows Festivities.  First then, a celebration of this year’s achievements in laying the groundwork for learning in 2013 at the new Design Museum, followed by a look ahead to what’s in […]

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Learning at the core – the museum’s future?

Envisioning the Design Museum’s future On a crisp autumnal morning, the Design Museum’s Board, Directorate and Heads of Department gathered at the Southbank to explore and develop thinking about the new Design Museum’s future – its core identity and vision.  The day was facilitated by From Now On .  This is a work in progress, […]

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