In the last few weeks I've spoken at three great conferences in the US on the future of design:
Emergence06 at Carnegie Mellon on Service Design,
IIT's About, With & For on user-centred design,
And the Sarasota Design Summit.
I talked about three things: the need to design a new generation of public services, what RED is learning about how to design for behaviour change around issues like climate change and chronic disease, and transformation design as a way to bring policymakers, economists, designers and innovators together to create new solutions.
The excitement around design thinking and where it may lead businesses has been growing in the US for some time now, and these conferences highlighted the power design has to inspire and transform organisations and their offerings.
Most interestingly for me, I found a huge appetite out there for applying design to social issues - and judging by the number of relevant presentations and discussions it's a fast-growing area.
RED OPEN HOUSE - 22 September 2006
As part of the London Design Festival, on 22 September the Design Council's RED unit opens its doors and invites you to drop in and meet the team, hear about their approach and exchange ideas.
On the day we would like to talk about RED's approach to Transformation Design. In this context we will share our most recent work, including ideas on ageing and new services for older people, and the outcomes of 'Kitchen Cabinet' - a short project looking at how to better connect people and politicians.
The RED team will give a presentation at 1.00pm and there will be plenty of time given over to informal discussion with the team throughout the day.
11.00 - 7.00pm
Design Council, London
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event and to let us know if you would like to attend the presentation. We will be in touch shortly.
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event. We will be in touch with you shortly.
RED needs interns
Work in a team, with real problems!
RED is searching for designers who want to change the world. We're looking for two design graduates or post-grad students to join RED Unit for a six month internship starting March 06. You will be part of our next project, tackling social issues by designing with real people at locations across the UK. Our studio is located at the Design Council in central London.
We want you be as talented at design doing as you are at design thinking. You will probably have studied interaction design, product design, communication design or similar. Your work will show that you put people first and most importantly you will inspire us.
For more information download the details.
The RED team expands
In this shiny New Year we are so pleased to welcome 2 new RED team members, Matthew Horne who joins us as Head of RED, and Nina Penlington who is our RED Co-ordinator.
This brings the core RED team to a full contingent and we are very much looking forward to working with Matthew and Nina as we develop the proposals for the future RED programme.
We will also be looking to recruit 2 RED interns shortly - stay tuned for details.
RED Leader is Young Global Leader
Hilary Cottam joins 175 leading executives, public figures and intellectuals under the age of 40 from 50 countries who have been selected to collectively shape the future.
Geneva, Switzerland 9 January 2006 -The Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, proudly announces today that Hilary Cottam, Director of Research and Development of the Design Council organization based in the United Kingdom, has been named a Young Global Leader 2006. She is one of 44 Europeans chosen to become Young Global Leaders in 2006 and will join a global community now including 410 leaders from all regions and stakeholder groups.
RED vacancy - Co-ordinator
We're still on the hunt for a Co-ordinator to join the RED team. Full details are available via the Design Council website. The role is a support role to assist our Project Manager and design team in making sure our projects happen. It is a primarily administrative but highly varied role with the focus shifting as we move from project to project. We're ideally looking for somewone with an interest in design and flexible and positive attitude. Contact Annette Johnson in HR for more information or to apply.
Recruiting for a Head of Red
We are recruiting for the position of Head of Red.
Full details can be found on:
More comment on Designer of the Year
A Great Debate - Designer of the Year
There is loads of stuff flying around about the Designer of the Year award. In a press release David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said "Designer of the Year is an important national prize awarded by a distinguished jury as well as a public vote. Their choice of Hilary Cottam celebrates the important role design and designers can and must play in advancing new solutions to some of our thorniest social problems."
Our own Designer of the Year 2005
Last night Hilary Cottam - our very own RED Director - was announced Designer of the Year! RED are so proud and thrilled. Thanks to all who showed support in voting for Hilary. And please do feel free to let us know what you think about Hilary's work and the award.
For full details follow the link
RED Director nominated for Designer of the Year
RED are very proud of our Director, Hilary Cottam, who has been shortlisted for the Design Museum's Designer of the Year award.
Hilary's work is dedicated to using design thinking to renew public services - and the processes that develop and deliver them - by connecting the users of services to policy makers through project work.