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School of Design

Design Products (MA)

About

Design Products embraces a pluralistic approach through a number of design directions within which our designers develop powerful individual and collaborative design identities. These identities represent emerging discourses and new territories for design in shaping future connections between technology and society. Design Products enables students to conceptualise and validate ideas by canvassing, participating, provoking, challenging, and questioning people, places, technology, things and systems.

Design Products encourages proactive designers who can tackle both real world and future challenges through balancing high levels of creativity and technical delivery with contextual insight, empathy and diversity. We test and stretch the boundaries of design practice in order to develop solutions to a wide array of global challenges.

The graduating works by our designers on the platforms: ‘Design through Making’, ‘Design for Manufacture’, ‘Object Mediated Interactions’, ‘Design as Catalyst’ and the ‘Design Futures’ pathway are driven by an unrelenting urge to uncover the new. This year we partnered with OPPO for a cross-platform project under the brief 'Humanising Technology'.

Design Products Catalogue: issuu.com
Too Many Designers (2MD) Publication Website:
2md.netlify.app
Too Many Designers issue01:
issuu.com
Instagram:
@rca_designproducts
Study Design Products at the RCA: www.rca.ac.uk

Platforms

20 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Formafantasma

A series of conversations between students, tutors and industry leaders about design products.
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21 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Tom Lloyd

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Tom Lloyd.
21 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: RCA X OPPO

In conversation on the theme 'Humanising Technology'
22 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Sandeep Sangaru

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Sandeep Sangaru.
23 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Clara Gaggero Westaway

A series of conversations between students, tutors and industry leaders about design products.
24 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Sarah Mann

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Sarah Mann.
27 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Luke Pearson

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation, with Luke Pearson.
28 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Materiom

A series of conversations between students, tutors and industry leaders about design products.
28 July 2020
14:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Glenn Adamson

A series of conversations between students, tutors and industry leaders about design products.
29 July 2020
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Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Martin Darbyshire

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Martin Darbyshire.
30 July 2020
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When The Place Shuts Down: Jan Rose

A series of conversations between students, tutors and industry leaders about design products.
24 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Design Products Meet Us On The 8th Floor: Material

Live student discussions.
16 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Paola Antonelli

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Paola Antonelli.
17 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

When The Place Shuts Down: Nick Gant

Students and Leading Practitioners in Conversation with Nick Gant.
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Tasty

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Searching for Presence

Curated by John Thackara
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Super/Sonic

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School of Design
Design Products (MA)

Design Products X OPPO

Humanising Technology
School of Design
Design Products (MA)

Design Futures

A new Design Products MA pathway
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Together with leading electronics brand, OPPO, students have investigated the relationship between design, technology and humanity. The brief, titled “Humanising Technology” is born from observing how today’s mobile phones have become indispensable to communication in our lives. Science and technology are making huge progress, communications are accelerating, but our personal lives and relations often suffer. OPPO London Design Center worked closely with students by sharing OPPO’s perspective, case studies and research materials. Designers from OPPO provided feedback and tutored the students during the whole process. The projects developed reveal a vision of Design as a mediating factor; celebrating technology, embracing humanity.
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