With young adults now being beguiled as “The Snowflakes”, we look into how, more than ever, designers are mapping and targeting their emotional vulnerabilities in the conquest to increase profits.Continue reading “Contextual; Boring into the Brain”
With 1 in 10 men in the UK having to be treated for depression during their lifetime (RAMH, 2018) the issue couldn’t be more relevant, but what are the causes of depression and can it be stopped?Continue reading “Contextual; The Science Behind Male Depression”
Why do young people leave their rural homes?Continue reading “Contextual; Young Migration – Convinced They Must Leave To Pursue Their Dreams”
Britain is currently facing a loneliness epidemic, with 1 in 4 UK adults saying they often or always feel lonely (Economist, 2018).Continue reading “Contextual; Real Social Interaction in a Digital Age”
“But how do digital nomads manage their daily routines, when they are constantly wandering the world?”Continue reading “Contextual; Wandering the World – Do Digital Nomads Crave a Regular Routine?”
Made in Brunel is giving you a little teaser before our big end-of-year showcase; you are invited to come along to the Hoxton Arches on March 19th – 30th and see some of the projects our designers are working on in our temporary exhibition of “Responsible Futures”.
The annual pop-up acts as an interim show for our year group but is also a platform to present our individual brand to both industry and the public. From Sketch Café (2016) and Ideas Factory (2018) encouraging creativity, to A Private View (2017) at the brand-new Design Museum venue, the pop-up is our chance to show the world who we are ahead of the final graduate showcase in June.
This year our Level 3 students are looking ahead to how we can effect positive change through our work as designers. Our undergraduates are in a position to influence lifestyles as well as perceptions; we are no longer prepared to accept business-as-usual.
We therefore invite you to our pop-up from 29th-30th March at Hoxton Arches to look at some of our projects, think about how attitudes are shifting the world over and explore our role within the future of design. The event will revolve around 3 main themes; environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing, and social change. Expect to see a diverse selection of projects on their way to becoming brilliant finished products, and expect to get interactive!
We would love for you to join us from 6-9pm on Friday 29th March for a private view, including guest speakers from Brunel, light refreshments, student work and interactive exhibitions. We will be open to the public on the 30th March from 10am until 5pm.
The future of design is fast approaching; we hope to see you there.
“Traditionally, men don’t like to talk about their feelings. So how do we go about helping those who prefer to stay silent about their mental health? Part of the solution may be mindfulness.”Continue reading “Contextual; Men and Mental Health – The Benefits of Mindfulness”
This article aims to explore some of the gaps between healthcare availability between rural and urban areas in the UK and how this could affect some of the most vulnerable in the population.Continue reading “Contextual; 999 – Where’s Your Emergency?”
Ready meals. A product of the demand for more time in a day; time we don’t feel we have. But maybe we do? There is an argument that the growth in consumption of ready meals is simply down to the laziness of consumers, but what if that isn’t it at all? What if we actually are ‘running out of time’? That precious, finite commodity.Continue reading “Contextual; Is the Future ‘Ready’?”
From London to Thailand, digital nomads are on the rise but is this lifestyle really sustainable?Continue reading “Contextual; The 5 Year Freakout”
Students at Brunel put their creativity (and ability to stay awake) to the test for a marathon of design.Continue reading “Event: The 24hr Design Challenge”
Has society become accustomed to the tragedy of male suicide?Continue reading “Contextual; Male Depression”
Why the social lives of digital nomads can’t trail behind while everything else is on the goContinue reading “Contextual; Life On The Move”
It’s getting to that particularly exciting and busy time of the year for us again at Made in Brunel. Here are some of the key dates for our big up-coming events.Continue reading “Save the Dates”
As the African proverb says, “it takes a village to raise a child”: so why are we leaving so many young mums to do it on their own?Continue reading “Contextual; Us Against The World – The Young Women Facing Motherhood Alone”
With the number of digital nomads predicted to rise to 1 billion people by 2035 (Levels, 2015), there will be even more remote digital workers wandering the globe. However, will escaping the 9-5 really live up to expectations?Continue reading “Contextual; Connecting With Culture – Will A Location Independent Lifestyle Really Allow You To Experience The World?”
How design can help tackle social isolation and loneliness in graduatesContinue reading “Contextual; The Untapped Issue of Graduate Loneliness”
How AI could provide better care and attention to care-usersContinue reading “Contextual; Artificial Intelligence – The Future of Care”
“With an ageing population, there is no doubt that the cases of dementia will rise and has been predicted by many leading experts. In 2015, there were 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2025, this is predicted to increase to over a million and to double again in 2050.”Continue reading “Contextual; Stimulating Senses and Triggering Memories to the Future You”
The Design Museum are currently exhibiting ‘Home Futures’, an exploration of today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. MiB went along to see what was going down.
Empathetic conversations can help locals and refugees integrate through the use of immersive technologies.Continue reading “Contextual; Refugees Who Arrive in Britain Become the ‘Others’ Within Society”
“Some people are empowered by the freedom of the modern world, while others are adversely affected and have no choice but to leave their homes and seek refuge in another country.”Continue reading “Contextual; Surviving the UK Immigration System”
We can easily get lost in the illusion that as designers we will only ever go on to working in product design companies or consultancies. In truth, the skills of a designer can be applied in a whole multitude of disciplines.Continue reading “Special Report; Multi-Disciplinary Design”
Brunel Design students from across all years attended Made in Brunel’s annual Sketch-Off competition.Continue reading “‘Copic’ Under Pressure…”
Calling all budding designers with a passion for sustainability and the environment. Design Museum presents: The Great Competition, a brand new design and engineering competition for 2018-2019.Continue reading “Design Museum presents: The Great Competition”
Brunel’s Digital Media students wowed everyone with a showcase of their work.Continue reading ““Turned On” by Brunel Digital Media’s Interim Exhibition”
Modern life demands energy, as a culture, we have been irresponsible with our usage of fossil fuels for swift technological advancements.Continue reading “Contextual; Paying the Price for Affordable Energy”
Is urban pollution corroding our mental wellbeing by depriving us of sleep?Continue reading “Contextual; The Sound of Silence”
How can Britain maintain racial harmony at its Universities?Continue reading “Contextual; Melting Pot In Meltdown”
On Thursday 17th January at 6:00pm, Brunel Design students are invited to pit their talents against their course-mates to find out who is master of the pen.Continue reading “The Great Brunel Sketch Off”
On November 14th 2018, Brunel was host to 5 successful entrepreneurs, all alumni of the university. We tagged along to hear more about their successes, and find out how they do it.Continue reading “Brunel Entrepreneurs”
On November 27th, a few members of the Made in Brunel team had the privilege of attending the first Dezeen Awards ceremony, held at the Tate Modern, London.
Yes, that’s right, we are now in the business of predicting the future! Well, we are “futures” after all…
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!