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Xp// EU Conference on Plastic

What an experience! The EU Conference of Plastic was a crazy fast few days. Will we have an impact on the EU strategy on plastics? I hope so, check out my blog on Think Beyond Plastic’s site. Thanks to Enviu and Think Beyond Plastic for getting us there!
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Press// Design Council’s ONES TO WATCH

It’s Official! The UK Design Council has selected me, James Molkenthin, as one of it’s up and coming designers to watch, chosen as part of the Design Council’s 70th birthday celebrations! Back in July I entered my final year design project, Iungo, as best representing me as a designer. Since December I’ve had to keep it secret, but the 2nd February marks the official announcement! I can’t what to see the other British design talent! The showcase is available here – under ‘Rethinking Reality’. Check out my winning project here.
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Molkie Design Travels – New Blog

Check out my new site, Molkie Design Travels, for design insights, travels and analysis of my adventures in Japan, and other travels.
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Global Service Design Jam ’14

“The Global Service Jam is a non-profit volunteer activity organized by an informal network of service design afficinados, who all share a common passion for growing the field of service design and customer experience” Our proposal is for a disaster relief scenario where innovative packaging has a continued second life beyond the immediate aid response. The service connects charitable organisations with a wider, engaged consumer base and create new partnerships with other organisations. The team consisted of fellow designers Kate Saunders and Jake Amies, along with Phd student Helen, local business man Upesh and mentor Kostja from Fjord. Together we spent every waking hour of that weekend designing our service, products and business model, as shown in the above video and photos. The weekend was highly success, earning a mention as the project that would produce the greatest social impact and teaching valuable skills in working with non-designers during ideation and presentation preparation.  
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Xp// Visiting Joseph JosephH

Joseph Joseph opened its doors wide last week to welcome TADA, the Design society at Loughborough, and I  through their doors for an afternoon of what Joseph Joseph do, how they operate and their design process. Arriving, we were ushered into an immense room lined with every Joseph Joseph product you could imagine! From their infamous chopping board, to their floating spoons and garlic crushers, all laid out for us to play with whilst we awaited the presentation. The session started with Daniel Barnes, Design Manager, talking us through the Design process at Joseph Joseph, how they develop products for market and the timescales they have to stick to in order to hit the timetables of the retail outlets. Daniel emphasised the Joseph Joseph brand values, that ‘functional point of excellent’ combined with the ‘delight factor’ to create products that people what and buy, but also have ‘givability’ – the ability to be given as a present. The presentation was followed with a Q&A with one half of Joseph Joseph’s big cheeses – Anthony Joseph, whom took questions on all manner of topics, from product specific, to the model making process and gleaning consumer insights. All in all, it was an […]
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Xp// Workshop with the Design Council

Coming soon! Design Council’s official article of the event. TADA’s Official release.
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Xp// A Year with Unilever

As part of my degree course, I took a year off to go out and work in the Design Industry. After several rounds of interviews, I was offered a position working with both the Deodorants Packaging team and the Open Innovation team. As part of the in-house design team, I worked on projects involving agencies on front end design, ensuring the outputs aligned with the brand DNAs of Lynx, Dove and Sure, through to back-end CAD, developing both surface model of new designs and technical CAD ofheavily engineered parts ready to be sent to tool makers and moulders. Designer in Open Innovation, using start-up mentality to develop disruptive products. Responsible for design, stake-holder communication, business modeling, project & business management
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