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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Sensing design

The Design Museum offers tailored touch tours designed for blind and visually impaired visitors.  Tour leader, Andrew Mashigo, talks about the multi-sensory approach of these tours and how appealing to all the senses can bring collections to life. Access The Design Museum’s touch tours are using new ways to bring the museum’s exhibitions to visitors with visually […]

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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 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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Listening and learning: Audience Consultation

Over the last six months, 119 people have taken part in our wide ranging audience consultation on subjects ranging from exhibitions to websites to learning.   Rhiannon Green and I have been leading on this process, which has already made real changes to the museum – and there is more to come. Current audience research tells […]

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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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Developing learning and consulting audiences

Our successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  included support for Learning to develop and expand our work with existing and new audiences at the Design Museum. Our plan for this has been led by consultation with audiences.  I’d like to tell you a bit about how the Learning team has been going about […]

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