visiting: collabology

UAL Collabology students

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.

UAL Collabology students

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.

UAL Collabology students

UAL Collabology students

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.

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Very interesting and great to see people experimenting like this. One to watch.

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coffee: matt ward

Matt Ward

 

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?

The same names crop up, for different reasons: Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, CalArts, MIT, ArtCenter, Ecal, Ravensbourne and Goldsmiths.

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understanding: the internet

Doteveryone-wider

Three good speeches from the last six months.

Mike Bracken to the policy profession – you need to understand the Internet better.

Emily Bell to journalists – you need to understand the Internet better.

Martha Lane Fox to everyone – you need to understand the Internet better.

I wonder what the education version would say. I wonder who woud make it.

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coffee: david white

UAL LCF Holborn

I had coffee the other day with David White. He’s Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at UAL.

We met in the cafe part of the UAL / LCF Holborn site, pictured above. Everyone I’ve met at UAL I’ve insisted on meeting at a UAL site and having coffee inside. This has been met with some surprise “there are nicer places over the road” but I want to visit as many sites as possible and this seems a good way to do it.

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creativity: business

UAL: LCF Fashion Business school launch
Last night I went to launch of the UAL LCF Fashion Business School. I only took one picture and that was the view from the venue.

I’ve always advocated designers should learn about business, particularly how to run one, as most designers end up doing that.

Who’s your favourite designer? I bet they run their own business.

The Business School is a great idea. You can find out more about it here.

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digital: bath university

Reading stories

I’ve been following the blog of the Bath digital team. Interesting stuff, take a look.

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dummies: in the lift

I popped into UAL HQ in Holborn this week. I met these people in the lift. They were on their way to an event at CSM on Sunday. Sadly, I can’t remember which one but there’s a list here.

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coffee: Fred Deakin

On Friday I had coffee with Fred Deakin. I was keen to find out what the university was doing digitally, both in teaching and the tools students use.

We met at CSM where students were campaigning for the student union elections.

UAL student union elections

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visiting: the colleges

As a governor I think it’s important to meet students and to see what’s happening in the colleges. So far I’ve visited Central St Martins, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion. I’d like to get to the other colleges very soon and to keep popping back.

UAL: Central Saint Martins

ua(: at LCC

UAL: London College of Fashion

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ual: hello

Sulley and me

Hello, I’m a governor at UAL. I’m brand new. I have an interest in design and digital so I’m in a Moodle training course poking around the digital tools you use. I thought I’d set up a blog.

You can find out more about me here and I have a much older blog here.

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