Our final lecture from Hugh himself, about the aesthetics of technology. Design is inevitably affected by aesthetics. But by how much? How much does the form of the product, over its function, influence your purchasing decision? Well, I guess this depends on the area you’re looking at. Personally, in choosing consumer electronics, form is a […]
So, as I investigate ways in which we are controlling nature, I reach the controversial subject of climate change. Is it our fault? Personally, I think so. Yes, the climate will fluctuate over time, and we only came out of the little ice age in the 1800s. But temperatures have never been this high. People […]
So my topic is about shifting our design approach from trying to control nature to participating with nature. What do you mean ‘control nature’ I hear you ask? Well in order to further research ways in which we are controlling nature I hunted down a documentary by National Geographic from 2008, called Aftermath: Population Zero. […]
So this week Ian Johnston talked to us about the industrialisation of Glasgow, from the 1800’s to present day. I can’t say I’m usually in to history that much, but when it comes to something I can relate to, like the city we live in, I find it pretty interesting. My dad sends me articles […]
So off we went to find the mysterious digital design studio. Part of the Glasgow School of Art, I knew it existed but had no idea where, or what exactly they did. Inside, we looked around with green eyes at their modern furnishings, spacious communal areas and masses of technology. I enjoyed viewing a selection […]
So… Another gloomy lecture, this time from Ian Grout, on sustainability, or rather it’s non existence. To me, it seems like everyone is contradicting themselves a bit. There’s an energy crisis. We are destroying the world. Designers are being sustainable. But this doesn’t work. We need social change. But this is impossible. You have a […]
Well, what to say about Nissan? We certainly got a break from sustainability talks that’s for sure. A four hour tour gave us full insight into the manufacture of Nissan cars in Sunderland, specifically the Qashqui range. I’m not sure the tour was quite what I expected. Rather naively, I was hoping for something like […]
3 years later, the old faithful rocking chair has finally been given a much needed makeover! Here’s a before and after… I’ll still let you sit on it… But if you rip, you pay!