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DC Living Lab 2017

14 November 2017




During the first week of November, Edinburgh College design tutor Helena Good and HND graphic design students Niamh Curran and Aga Pomaranska attended DC Living Lab 2017 and Creativity World Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark.  The HND class had all submitted written statements about what they might achieve at DC Living Lab, and Niamh and Aga's responses gained them their places on the trip.





DC Living Lab brought together creative students from different regions, countries and disciplines to work together on a project,  and the Creativity World Forum is an annual worldwide two-day conference on creativity, design thinking and ideas.

The Lab consisted of intensive work on three topics -

PEOPLE : How to cultivate and nurture your creative spirit?
ENTERPRISE: How to make room for skills and competencies?
CITY: How to transform city heritage into a city of opportunity?

Danish creative agency USE co-ordinated the workshops, and on Day 1 this featured the brief, research and ideation, with the students organised into small groups.  Day 2 covered feedback, development and prototyping.  The final resolved ideas were then presented on Friday.



Ideas, day 1.



Aga Pomaranska working hard.



Niamh's team brainstorming.


You can check out the full program at www.dclivinglab.com/program

Wednesday and Thursday saw a series of conference talks with high-profile speakers including Stefan Sagmeister, Steve Vranakis and Vivienne Ming.  Tutor Helena Good said - "We had an amazing week. This was such an inspiring event for our students to be part of, and it was great having USE (a creative agency based in Aarhus) co-ordinating the workshops.  The talks were fantastic as well, and it was brilliant to be part of such a worthwhile event that promoted design education."



Huge crowd to hear the speakers at Creativity Forum.



Steve Vranakis slide



Steve Vranakis interview


Stefan Sagmeister in full flow during his talk.


Vivienne Ming talking design education and learning.



All photos by Helena.


Favourite

9 October 2017

The HND Graphic Design students have completed a short experimental project to kick off their final year. For this brief they selected a favourite glyph or letter, then explored its usage, provenance and geometry, before designing an A2 print piece celebrating it.  Some nice samples -



Paulina Wassik




Beth Draper



Holly McNie





Ewan Morris




Aleks Derda


More examples of these pieces are on our Pinterest boards.


Class of 2017

28 September 2017



Some of our graduands from the Class of 2017 who attended the ceremony today at the Usher Hall. Always a great occasion, well done all, we are very proud of you all.


Showing Off Our Talent

17 August 2017

Our video dept filmed this short promo for our end-of-year show, which was at the Dovecot Gallery in May 2017.





Visit Scotland / Whitespace

15 August 2017

Check out the promotional video for our One Week project from spring 2017. This collaboration involved award-winning design agency Whitespace, and their client, Visit Scotland.

 


YCN Awards

12 June 2017

Final Year student Jeff Gillan has won a Commendation from YCN for his creative solution to the Cornetto brief.  Jeff's concept 'Snap, Share and Scoop' features some playful copy and a nice user experience.  Check out the full submission on Jeff's Behance 







Jeff can now look forward to a trip to London in September for the annual YCN Awards, alongside classmate Ildiko Rohonka who won a commendation for her solution to the Quorn brief, which you can also view on her Behance.  Well done guys!