Audience Day at the Design Museum

Why Audience Day? The Design Museum is moving to a new home. It’s a complicated, multilayered process involving museum staff, designers, architects, consultants, project managers, developers, volunteers and partners. Not to mention several millions of pounds. With an enormous, once-in-a-lifetime project of this scale and complexity, it is perfectly possible to put your head down […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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