Interact Mobility planning September 2015

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In September 2015, academic partners from all four institutions gathered to plan Interact Mobility activities. The gathering was timed to coincide with the annual London Design Festival (LDF) as an opportunity to explore the broad range of events and activities of the festival — which will inform an Interact Mobility event for LDF 2017.

The first two days of planning were held in Copenhagen at DMJX, where we met with staff and students, toured the campus, and met with businesses who advise into the Interactive Design program. We compared and discussed partner institutions program structures and alignment between the programs. We also discussed different ways staff could engage on academic exchange, opportunities for collegiate interaction, delivery of workshops, lectures and integrated teaching. Eng Agger (DMJX) presented a Motion Graphic Design course and how to convert it into a workshop as an example. The meetings at both institutions also proved to be a valuable opportunity to present and share academic and research activities for and from staff at DMJX and UAL LCC.

An important planned outcome for the Interact Mobility project is an exhibition event as part of the London Design Festival in September 2017. We visited a curated series of LDF events which highlighted the great variety of events and activities that are part of the festival. We started with a group visit to events hosted at the V&A including a talk and Q&A by adult colouring book illustrator Johanna Basford. Among other highlights of the festival were:

The Helix Design Studio, a pop-up studio embedded in the heart of St. Mary’s Hospital.
(the) Data Generation (Panel discussion with Ben Stopher). We use it, we buy it and we sell it, but do people know enough about their data and how to understand it?
The Makers Playground at the Blackhorse Workshop. A crowd of makers propose objects, participative workshops, after dark events, outdoor installations… and more.

Perhaps the most valuable result of these planning and explorative sessions was a growing common understanding of fellow academics in variations of the context of design education.

BLAIR WILDE
Design Technology Coordinator / Lecturer
Communication Design, School of Media and Communication
RMIT University