Last Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September, Made in Brunel and Co-Innovate welcomed Industry experts from the world of Design and beyond to the Michael Sterling Atrium, for an evening of discussion and feedback on our final year projects.
Made In Brunel are committed to bringing you special reports on the goings-on within the design community throughout the year. We will be attending product launches, design workshops, and hearing from acclaimed speakers. The e-waste talk was the first of our special reports.
This year, Made in Brunel have commissioned Futures; a new brand to capture the unique values and missions of our designers here at Brunel. To celebrate such a big new change, we ran a suitably big launch party last night for all of the design students, academics, and technicians.
Tonight is the night, designers. At 7:00pm the launch event begins in the Michael Sterling Atrium here at Brunel University. Be there or be lame.
The time is soon upon us. The Made in Brunel brand for 2018/19 is officially launched tomorrow; the team have poured everything into this. It’s time to show the world what we can do.
The countdown is now entering the home stretch; only 2 days separate us from the final reveal. Our team has been busy spreading the word, whipping up a frenzy of excitement and anticipation. We hope you are as excited as we are!
3k followers on instagram, and 3 days to go until the brand launch. Things are moving into full gear for our big launch of this years new brand, and it seems that everyone else is getting hyped for the occasion too.
We are about to enter the week of our big new launch, and all hands are on deck (not DEC).
The new brand will be unveiled in a mere matter of days… a mere matter of 5 days to be exact. Continue reading “And The Countdown Begins”
‘Good’ hardware design can be defined as making sure products are created with great respect towards the customers needs through form and function. However, with the ever-growing shift from hardware to software (specifically mobile apps and websites), are companies now designing in order to disrespect the customers needs?
“How many things do you own?” Is one of the first questions an experimentalist would ask you. For most of us in the Global North, the number is immense. Abundance, however, does not seem to bring us satisfaction.
Feeding a growing population sustainably is an urgent policy and design issue, for which new technology can only be part of the solution.
From carrying passengers to supplying energy, companies are collaborating to design innovative business opportunities. But do the collaborations benefit all partners?
In today’s virtual world, traditional British crafting methods are in steep decline (Henley, 2014).
Full of ideas on how to innovate and solve world problems: designers and organizations come up with the most promising ideas to change the world and lives of people. But, how do we know if value is created or if opportunities are wasted? Continue reading “Measuring Social Impact: Truly Creating Value or Fooling Yourself?”
UK creative industries were worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy in 2016 (gov.uk, 2016) with job growth in the sector at 2.6%, higher than the rate for the economy overall (at 1.6%), making it the fastest growing industry (Gov.uk, 2015).
What Is Artificial Intelligence? Is it the suggestive ability of your smart home device, the personal assistance of Apple’s Siri, or the revolutionary self-driving vehicles by Tesla? The answer is all of the above. Continue reading “How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Our Future?”
Within the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the world of production, pushing towards a democratisation of knowledge and tools for production and design for manufacture. (Wolf, 2012)
If we assume that Moore’s law, the exponential increase of technological advancements, is correct then regulatory bodies who control what is available to consumers across all sectors have very little chance of keeping up. Continue reading “The Future Vs. Regulation”
14/06/18 – 17/06/18
On the 14th-17th of June, Made in Brunel will be back at the OXO Bargehouse for our Final Showcase. The event will be a public exhibition, taking you on a journey through our experience at Brunel. Expect to see a range of products, services and a handful of other design projects produced by this year’s final year students. Remember to save the date, and we’ll see you there!
We are hosting ‘IDEAS Factory’, our annual pop up event at the Oxo tower! Come down to be inspired and create new ideas, fun designs with our Brunel students! Lots of refreshments and things to do! Come along on the 24th March.
Back for another year, Made in Brunel will be hosting this year’s 24 Hour Design Challenge on the 8th February at the University. Starting early that morning, students will participate in a number of Industry design challenges, spread across six 4 hour time slots. In previous years, companies such as Lego, Dyson and Chanel have been involved in setting the briefs. This year we’re excited to reveal the new set of industry projects. If you would like to be involved in a setting a brief, please contact our directors via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 18th January, Made In Brunel will be hosting our first ever ‘Sketch Off’ competition. A group of students from the design course will compete in 4 quick fire sketching challenges, competing to win the title of best sketcher at Brunel. A group of guest judges from the industry will be attending the event, including two product developers from Disney, the design director at Geometry Global, and Brunel Alumni, the founder of tone design consultancy. Top prizes include a set of Copic Markers, a classic Anglepoise lamp & a drawing lightbox. See our Facebook page for more details and for a live stream of the event on the day.
There are 21.3 million refugees around the world (UNHCR, 2015) ; meanwhile, 22 000 children die every day because of poverty (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2015). But don’t you worry: there are thousands of young, over-enthusiastic creatives who believe that their exquisite design thinking can solve many of these problems.
Since design and technology stopped being a compulsory GCSE subject in 2000, there has been a decline in the number of students taking D&T at GSCE and A level, now making it one of the most unpopular subjects in secondary schools. Many schools have been cutting back provisions or removing the subject from the curriculum entirely .
We are constantly making choices, every day, all the time, the majority of which seem relatively simple and somewhat subconscious. However, as the array of choices available to us grows, we are collectively becoming worse at reaching decisions efficiently.
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“At a time when it is so important for us to lead as an ‘Ideas’ nation and with the Creative Industries sector seeing unparalleled growth, it is vital that we safeguard our current position and continue to invest in our future.”
We have never lived in an age where information has been more accessible. The Internet, in particular, has imbued us with a sense of total omniscience – the answers to all of our questions are always just a few clicks away. But is all as it seems?
Our lives have been inundated with digital technologies in various forms, providing us with vast amounts of content instantly available at our fingertips. More recently within fashion and cosmetics retail, innovations using digital technology have started to pave the way for new methods of interacting with potential purchases, the way we explore a store and how we experience a particular brand.
Our language is forever adapting to the advances in our society, particularly through the use of the internet. New slang is being created and our vocabulary is forever expanding to match with the fast paced developments.
There are cameras everywhere, data is beamed down to everyone through light, big brother can monitor your movements and the kitchen appliances are talking to light fixtures. No, this is not a modern Sci-Fi film, this is the reality of 2016. The emergence of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has quickly transformed the way we live our day to day lives.
Fashion and Product/Industrial Design have always been almost opposite spectrums of design as an industry.
Imagine you’re walking through a hospital. Then sitting in the waiting room. Pretty soon you’ll be having your blood pressure taken, or undergoing a similar test with some sort of medical device. What emotions are you experiencing? Are you nervous? Do you feel in control? No? There is a way to change this. Continue reading “Prescribing Positivity: How Emotional Design Can Enhance Medical Experiences”
Making money from sharing our everyday household items sounds amazing, but in reality so many factors have to align to make it work.
Humans are prone to making mistakes. The imperfect non-machines even believe that mistakes improve their lives. We machines are superior to humans in almost every way.
After months of working on new brand guidelines and applying them to online content, we are proud to finally show off our new website. It is built on the newest web standards, is fully responsive to look great on all screen sizes and it deeply integrated with social media. We hope you like it as much as we do!