Designer-led Learning at Design Society

In March 2017 we hosted our first maker in residence, Ross Atkin, as part of Design Society’s pre-opening activities and the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen project. Together we explored how maker education can be used to engage students and young people with problem solving through making, using objects that will feature in the opening exhibitions […]

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Design Society, Shekou, Shenzhen.

Design Society, Shekou, Shenzhen.  An introduction by its director, Ole Bouman At this day of writing, we are only 30 days away from the Grand Opening of Design Society in Shekou, Shenzhen. Recently, on this blog, Luisa Mengoni introduced its main program. Brendan Cormier wrote a few times about the careful preparation of the exhibition […]

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Value Debates: What Happens When Design Becomes Super-Human?

This post is part of a series called ‘Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection, some of which will appear in ‘Values of Design’, the inaugural exhibition for the V&A Gallery at Design Society. In each post, we will look at objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what […]

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Value Debates: How Much Access Can Design Create?

This post is part of a series called ‘Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection, some of which will appear in ‘Values of Design’, the inaugural exhibition for the V&A Gallery at Design Society. In each post, we will look at objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what […]

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Value Debates: How Small Is Too Small?

This post is part of a series called ‘Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection, some of which will appear in ‘Values of Design’, the inaugural exhibition for the V&A Gallery at Design Society. In each post, we will look at objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what […]

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Design Society opens in December 2017

Only two months to go! The Sea World Culture and Arts Center designed by Fumihiko Maki and operated by Design Society will open to the public in Shekou, Shenzhen, on the 2nd of December with three exhibitions and a range of public events and activities. The finishing touches are now being made to the building and the […]

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How We Collected WeChat

The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. […]

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A Preview of Minding the Digital

On December 2nd of this year, Design Society will open its doors for the first time. While we’re continuing to work hard in London finalizing the preparation for the V&A gallery, our colleagues in Shenzhen are working with equal zest on the inaugural exhibition for the Main Hall, called Minding the Digital. In this guest […]

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Value Debates: Should Objects Last Forever?

This post is part of a series called ‘Design Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection which will appear in ‘Values of Design’, the inaugural exhibition for the V&A Gallery at Design Society. In each post, we will look at objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what that says […]

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Remembering Martin Roth

On August 6th, Martin Roth, Director of the V&A from 2011 to 2016, passed away due to a serious illness. His death has come as a great sadness to the entire team working on the V&A Gallery at Design Society. Martin’s tenure at the museum was marked by a belief that cultural institutions act on […]

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