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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UAOD Part 5: The Samplers / Rose Knitting Sample Factory

* 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 role of technicians at a knitwear sample factory, who’s task is to translate designs made by clients into manufacturable garments. The Samplers / […]

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UAOD Part 4: The Aviators / DJI

* 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 the meteoric rise of DJI, who is supplying hobbyists around the world with intuitive easy-to-use drones for aerial photography. The Aviators […]

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Living Research: Making in China

* In this special guest post, Liz Corbin, an academic based at the Institute of Making at University College London, recounts her experience touring Chinese maker spaces. It’s part of a recent Bristish Council initiative to understand the recent boom in maker culture in China, and to explore the potential crossover between Chinese and UK maker practice. On October 9th […]

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