Monthly Archives: January 2014

MAIDE for the future

The University of Lincoln is set to play host to a network of industry leading designers, artists and educators as they contemplate the future of our creative industries.

The Jobs 2050 Design Learning Challenge will see some of the biggest names from the design work look ahead to what the future might hold (particularly by 2050, hence the title) and work together to anticipate what things could look like tomorrow for the next generation of creative minds.

Taking place over three days, from the 11th to the 13th February, the Challenge will task participants with contemplating an increasingly entrepreneurial society.

Doris Wells-Papanek, one of the founders of the Challenge and Director of the Design Learning Network in the USA, said, “By 2050, students who graduate from high school in 2015 will be over 50 and babies born today will be in their 30s. The university students and school pupils who engage in this challenge with our network of professional designers will therefore be addressing the learning needs of the next generation of creative problem solvers as well as their own.”

Over 500 participants, from both universities and secondary schools, are set to attend the workshop programme and will be offered a unique opportunity to work with their peers sitting over 5,000 miles away via real-time Skype conversations.

David Bramston, another of the Challenge’s founders and Programme Leader for MAIDE at the University of Lincoln, said, “International communication is central to our MAIDE course here at Lincoln. Our postgraduate students are already participating in projects with design partners around the world; in Beijing, Philadelphia, Toronto, Shanghai and Gaungzhou. The programme actively encourages students to engage with the international design community, creating new proposals for a wide range of clients, trade fairs and exhibitions. We are delighted to be bringing the creative sector together again with our second Design Learning Challenge. Here at Lincoln we share a vision with Doris; to create effective and sustainable links between designers and educational institutions on a global scale. We hope this project will encourage the community to embrace new forms of communication, to help solve design challenges of the future.”

Hugh Byrd flies into the news

We always like it when our students get success. It’s what we’re here for, really. But it’s also pretty fantastic when our academics are recognised too. So imagine the smile on our faces when we learnt that Professor Hugh Byrd, from the BA(Hons) Architecture course, had seen his work included in The Guardian.

Hugh was talking about how power outages of the past could be an indication of more major blackouts in the future. We could tell you more, but the people at The Guardian are pretty good at writing a story so we’ll leave it up to them. You can read the full article here.


Interactive Brainstorming

James, Ferran, Issac 1

Current final year BA (Hons) Interactive Design students James Miller, Ferran Bertran and Issac Gil in the middle of a brainstorm session around the concept of Intolerance as part of their latest brief.


Basically they are dynamizing the brainstorm by using some creative techniques such as dissociation and some gameful activities designed to generate ideas.

More examples of their latest projects and ideas can be found on their individual websites (click on the above names).

Design Learning Network Tackles the Plight of the Honeybee

On Aug. 24, 2013, 80 leading designers, along with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and design educators from around the world, connected in real time through Skype for a first of its kind linked workshop. Pioneered by Doris Wells-Papanek, director of the Design Learning Network and David Bramston, principal lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design, the five-hour event provided an innovative professional development platform for the international design education and STEM community to explore and share ideas about a honeybee’s life in the year 2050.


Hosted by The University of Lincoln and the Design Learning Network at Columbia College in Chicago, the Chicago-Lincoln Design Learning Challenge Workshop was co-facilitated by design practitioners from the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2013 International Conference. The two groups, 40 at The University of Lincoln and 40 at the Columbia College, dug into a real-world problem using the design learning process.

In keeping with the Design Learning Network’s primary mission – the two international groups grappled with why honeybees are dying at an alarming rate world and how might we save them. Using an interdisciplinary approach (art, design, the humanities and STEM), the purpose of the challenge was to serve as an exemplar for educators around the world to invite their K-12 students to become creative problem solvers, take ownership of their learning and make good choices.

Mankind needs honeybees to survive. As reported by AP reporter Seth Borenstein in The Buffalo News on Sept. 1, 2013:

“Besides making honey, honeybees pollinate more than 90 flowering crops. Among them are a variety of fruits and vegetables: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruit and cranberries. About one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination.”

Using an eco-centered approach, the blended U.S. and U.K. teams explored contributing factors to the honeybee’s current trajectory – then designed a sustainable solution that encouraged population growth, restored and maintained nature-driven pollination practices, and enhanced the quality of life of locally based colonies.

One of the U.K. teams, which was composed of 1st Corby Glen Cub Scout pack, assistant pack leader Jacob Lamming, two 14 year olds, real estate owner Jo Davies and team leader and master’s in design student A.J. Woodward, believed that by planting more flowers it would help grow the bee population.

“We knew that flowers were crucial to bees and you can grow them anywhere. We came up with using an idea pinned on Pinterest of using old milk cartons to grow flowers,” said Woodward. We liked the idea of using the old milk cartons because it recycled the cartons and showed that you didn’t necessarily need a garden to grow the wild flowers.

As an unexpected bonus, the team was given a few acres by a local park to create a bee haven. “We decided as a group to not only have a field of wild flowers but to have a bee hive in there too,” said Woodward. Lincoln University offered to help them produce their beehive design from a salvaged washing machine drum from a local recycling plant.”

During a radio interview, Andrew David, managing editor of Siren FM at the University of Lincoln, captured the essence of the workshop with Doris Wells-Papanek, director of the Design Learning Network, along with University of Lincoln’s Anne Chick, professor of design and John Stocker senior lecturer.

Additionally, students from the Young Journalist Academy in the U.K. documented on Tumblr a behind-the-scenes accounting of the workshop.

Sustainable Architectural Design student to present to UN

We like it when the words ‘exciting news’ are used to introduce something to us, and today those words were used with just cause.

Manvi Vyas, a student on the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme, has been invited to present her work at the United Nations Headquarters after winning the ‘International Communities: A Society for All Ages’ competition. The competition was organised by the International Council for Caring Communities in conjunction with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements and the United Nations Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Her project, completed at the University of Lincoln, has received an Honourable Mention. As part of this Manvi is being invited to present at the Urban Future: South Meets North High Level Working Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

un headquarters

Dr. Amira Elnokaly, Manvi’s Tutor said, “Out of over 300 applications from all over the world it is really a great achievement that Manvi’s project was one of only eight selected to be awarded.”

It’s also great that she gets to go to New York. We look forward to the postcard.


A local newspaper wrote about Manvi’s success.


Cultural Contexts seminar open to researchers

An open seminar has been organised as part of the Cultural Contexts Research Group. The seminar is designed for academics, early career researchers and PhD students and will be based around the theme of ‘Memory in Context’.

The event will take place on the 30th of January at 1pm in room AAD3W13, the large meeting room next to the Admin Office in the Art and Design West Wing, and is open to relevant parties from across the university.

Two speakers will be hosting the seminar, these are:

1:00pm: Prof. Lucie Armitt (School of Humanities) who will be talking about her work on Kate Mosse and her writing about the Cathar communities in South-West France in her ghost stories.
2:15pm: Prof. Antony Rowland (School of Humanities) who will be taking about the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin and the problems of a ‘perpetrator’ museum.

This will be a great opportunity to hear about two fascinating subjects from two highly experienced

Careers Mondays are changing



On a Tuesday you can buy two pizzas for the price of one from a popular chain of takeaway restaurant.

On a Wednesday you can, if you are part of the right mobile phone network, get into see a movie at the cinema for a discount.
But both of those days mean nothing compared to the joy, the wonder, the incomparable delight that is Careers Mondays. You might have been to one of these days already and if so you’ll have noticed someone sitting on a big round table on the third floor of AAD West offering CV advice, job tips and generally useful chatter. That person was Helen. She served you well.
However as of today you will no longer notice Helen sitting on that big round table. Instead you will notice Judy Turner. Judy will be here every Monday from 10am – 1pm doing all of the things Helen used to, apart from responding to the name ‘Helen’. Good, eh?
All you have to do is drop in between the allotted times and say hello. Remember to say “Hello Judy” and not “Hello Helen.” This is important. You can also book an appointment by emailing
Helen is still around and you can still chat to her if you’d like by emailing or by going along to one of the daily drop in sessions in the Enterprise building between 10am and 2pm.
Alright? Got it? Good. Remember Judy. Not Helen.
She will not answer to Helen.