Shad Thames workshop Programme – The end of a era

Whether it’s a tidy room, a cluttered desk, a crowded coffee shop or your local park on a sunny day, the space in which we work can affect our creativity and productivity. It will come as no surprise that learning spaces can vastly affect the sessions that take place within them. A learner’s focus and […]

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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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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, Happiness and Museum Learning

Does design make you happy? This was the question tackled by designers Thomas Thwaites  and J Paul Neeley at our recent free weekend talk ‘Design Happiness’ – part of our adult focused HLF activity. This was the first event I ran at the Design Museum. (Hi – I’m Thalia, the new Public Programme Manager) and it […]

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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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Your Studio – the New Further Education Offer

Last week Creative and Cultural Skills (CCSkills) launched ‘Pathways to Design’,  a major report looking at entry routes, skills needs and development opportunities for young people aged 16-25 to work in the design industry. I’m Miriam, Learning Manager for Schools, Colleges and Higher Education at the Design Museum.  Developing provision for young people in further education […]

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Accessing the Design Museum

I’m Aimée Taylor and I’m responsible for the Visitor Engagement programme here at the Design Museum, overseeing a program of talks and workshops for a general audience as well as Family programming. This is a new role at the Museum which has the visitor at its heart. Much of the content of the role is […]

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Welcoming group bookings – from phone to front door

With the 2013/14 academic year already nearing the end of its fourth week the Learning telephone has been ringing off the hook with group bookings to be scheduled for the forthcoming year. Whilst The Future is Here exhibition is in full swing (with the Digital Making Factory drawing crowds of interested innovators)  the Learning studio […]

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Developing a Youth Programme…

Collaborative approaches with young people and creative professionals. How can museums collaborate with professionals and young people in a creative way? The key ambition for the youth programme is to support young people to engage with the Design Museum, its collection and exhibitions and to explore the relevance of design and its impact on the world […]

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