Sneak Peek: A Trailer for ‘Values of Design’

For the inaugural exhibition ‘Values of Design’ in the V&A Gallery at Design Society, we’ve been working with filmmaker Alice Masters to create several audio visual installations that explore the many spaces where value is designed, manufactured, displayed and consumed. The filmmaking has taken us to sites across London and Shenzhen (and further afield), including design studios, factories, restaurants, shopping […]

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Introducing: ‘Values of Design’ and China’s First Design Museum

At the end of this year, China’s first ever design museum will open its doors in the thriving manufacturing megalopolis of Shenzhen. The museum is part of a new cultural hub, called ‘Design Society’, the result of a pioneering collaboration between China Merchants Shekou and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Design Society has the […]

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Arduino, Apps and Robots: A Designer-led Learning Project at Design Society in Shenzhen

During March Design Society (DS) and V&A learning teams hosted the first maker in residence in Shenzhen as part of DS pre-opening activities and the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen project. We set UK based designer and engineer Ross Atkin a brief to engage students and young people with problem solving through making using objects that will feature in the opening […]

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Introducing Ross Atkin – Design Society’s first Maker in Residence

We are delighted to introduce Ross Atkin, the first maker in residence hosted by Design Society (DS). Ross will be working with the DS and V&A learning teams in Shenzhen for three weeks as part of the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen project. This is exciting not only because it continues the series of pre-opening events but also […]

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The V&A Shekou Project: highlights from 2016

We’re now well into the Year of the Rooster, so it’s a good time to look back at 2016 and highlight some key moments of an intense year of preparatory work and joint efforts by both Design Society and V&A teams as part of the collaboration between China Merchants Shekou (CMSK) and the V&A. We have worked very hard to achieve some key […]

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Design and Maker Education for Shenzhen’s Children and Young People

Traditional martial arts at Harbour Primary School

Shenzhen is a global manufacturing hub, centre of innovation (digital and product design) and UNESCO City of Design. I wanted to explore how children and young people living in the city learn about and engage in the city’s design culture. Despite the proliferation of design courses at university level in China, art, design and making […]

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Making Connections: Learning and Audience Research for the V&A Gallery in Shekou

V&A Family Fun Drop-in Workshop with Chaihuo

As Learning and Interpretation Manager for the Shekou project I am responsible for researching and developing the learning strategy and programme for the V&A Gallery as well as developing and implementing the interpretation plan. I am also advising on learning and interpretation for Design Society as a whole which involves collaborating with colleagues in China […]

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UAOD Part 8: Urban Villages / The Workers

In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design, exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at Shenzhen urban villages, areas of informal urbanization and high population density that have gradually been surrounded by new developments in the […]

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UAOD Part 7: The Pirates and the Makers/ Shanzhai

* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at one of the most defining features of Shenzhen manufacturing landscape: ‘shanzhai’. https://vimeo.com/159335068 The Pirates and the Makers /Shanzhai A key term […]

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UAOD Part 6: The Platform / WeChat

* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look the team designing one of the fastest growing and most ambitious social media platforms, WeChat. The Platform / WeChat Weixin, known as […]

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