From Thursday 31st October to Saturday 2nd November saw TADA (That Awesome Design Association, Loughborough University) take on London and shake up its Design Scene.
After arriving bleary eyed Thursday night, we took over the Design Museum, looking at the collection of contemporary design pieces, and a great exhibition on the theme of Identity, I especially liked THOMAS THWAITES work on how personal data collected online could be used to better the user (but who gets to decide what ‘better’ is?).
Early afternoon was spent working with Ella and Mollie from the Design Council, who gave us an understanding of how they used Design in the real world, followed by a workshop session to tackle some of the issues that had been raised in the Knee High Project – a project looking to improve the health and wellbeing of young children in the South London areas of Southward and Lambeth.
Finally, we spent the late afternoon at Joseph Joseph, being taken through their design and management process by Daniel Barnes, followed by a Q&A with Anthony Joseph, one of the founding fathers. Naturally a few beers followed.
Saturday saw TADA partake in a full days workshop with Foolproof user experience designers. Despite it being a Saturday, we were warmly welcomed by Polly, Jude and Lauren, who took us through who they were and what they do, before setting two design briefs.
Teams worked to produced service orientated solutions, and presented back to the groups, with a winner decided by the Foolproof staff.