Today I met Katie, she’s a UAL grad and now works at Wieden & Kennedy. She also teaches part time on the CSM Illustration course. She’s helping illustrators understand the internet and it’s possibilities for their future careers.
Here is the description of the course, “As technology evolves the way we communicate, illustrators, designers and filmmakers have to find their place. The tools are in your hands to talk to the world. So what are you going to say, and how are you going to get people to listen? “How not to suck on the Internet” will give you the knowledge to answer these questions.”
As regular readers will know, in my role as a governor I’ve been helping UAL to be more digital and working out what that means for them. We’ve just held the first meeting of the UAL DIgital Think Tank. It’s a group of people convened to look at the overall approach to digital at UAL.
It’s a small group, moving quickly and will report back in July. It’s the first step in a long journey. More news here as it happens, but meanwhile here’s more detail from Nigel Carrington the Vice Chancellor.
Ben Terrett will chair a Digital Thinktank which considers our overall approach to Digital in the contexts of publishing; digital services; and learning and teaching.
The Digital Thinktank will comprise a core Steering Group of Ben Terrett, Jim Nottingham, Edward Venning, Frances Corner and Fred Deakin. Kerry Sullivan will act as Secretary of the Thinktank and provide logistical support to the Steering Group.
The steering group will scope the project and ensure delivery.
The Steering Group will meet as soon as possible to scope a timetable and methodology for the gathering and review of data and an agreed programme of deliverables to be launched in September 2015. The deliverables will consist of short actionable projects (including a UAL-wide coding club) which will be designed to test ideas with a view to developing a broad digital strategy for UAL over the course of the coming academic year.
The Thinktank will include the Steering Group plus, initially, Marcus Saunders (LCF), Ben Stopher (LCC), Rebecca Ross (CSM), Chris Fellows (CCW), David White (CLTAD), Dani Salvadori (Enterprise) and Helen Anderson (Recruitment). This initial Group will identify other potential staff members and student members.
The Thinktank will operate in an open and transparent manner (including via a blog) and members of the Thinktank will engage with end users – students and colleagues across the University.
The Steering Group will report to Executive Board on its proposed deliverables no later than September 2015. The drafting of the report of the Thinktank will be led by Ben Terrett, Jim Nottingham and Edward Venning with assistance from Kerry Sullivan.
Last night I met some students with three of my fellow governors, Andrea, Diana and Sim.
As governors we felt that we didn’t fully understand the students perspective because we rarely get to meet them. So we organised an inform get together in the CSM bar. The students were great and told us lots about their experience of UAL, good and bad.
It was really valuable for us and we’ll definitely do it again. I’ll try and post more info here when I have it.
I popped to LCC today, where they had organised a small lunchtime thing for to see what they are doing in the School of Design. Fred Deakin and others were there together with some students. It’s good to have students at these things. Governors don’t get to meet students enough.
The School of Design are doing lots of good stuff and there’s more planned. There’s a new course in Information and Interface Design which Ben Stopher described well. Good to hear it moves beyond teaching students to design web pages and instead teaches the principles of interaction and how to work with code as a material. “Traditional design acumen with an understanding of modern technology”, was the phrase used.
Students and staff expressed a frustration at how industry changes quicker than the college can adapt. We discussed ways to make that easier and more flexible.
Students expressed frustration with the digital tools they’re given, Moodle etc. I’ve heard that before.
I visited Collabology last week. Collabology is an experiment at bringing together students from different colleges (not just UAL) and different locations to work on realistic briefs. Organised by Fred Deakin UAL Chair of Interactive Digital Art.
There’s a pitch style presentation at the end of the week long course which I sadly couldn’t make but some of the students talked me through their work.
There was a low-fi set up that gave the place a start up style atmosphere and energy. I particularly liked the use of Skype to do crits mid week. There was an interesting mix of analogue and digital tools. Moving past digital infatuation and analogue nostalgia as we used to say at Newspaper Club.
Very interesting and great to see people experimenting like this. One to watch.
Matt is a friend, he’s also in charge of all Design at Goldsmiths. We met for coffee the other day and discussed design, universities and digital. I have this conversation a lot and I often ask who’s good at that stuff?