Designing for the Future

03 September 2012

Designing for the Future presents the best new work by graduates from Scottish art schools Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Gray's School of Art and The Glasgow School of Art. The designs on display will highlight the important role of Scotland's institutions in both inspiring and developing contemporary design talent.

Selected from 2011 degree shows, the work covers a wide variety of design disciplines from fashion, graphics, product and interior design to environmental and service design. The London Design Festival is one of the most important events on the global design calendar and this year is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee, said, "We are delighted to be able to promote this new generation of Scotland's design talent at the internationally important London Design Festival. Designing for the Future is a great opportunity to bring to wider attention the imagination and design innovation fostered by Scotland's four schools of art and design."

Designing for the Future has evolved from an exhibition shown at the Scottish Parliament earlier this year, as part of a partnership project involving the Parliament and the art schools.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP said, "When we hosted these works in our Design and Democracy Exhibition it proved to be one of our most popular exhibitions ever. Visitors found the work inspiring and fascinating and the Scottish Parliament was proud to be able to showcase these insightful designs."

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland said, "The London Design Festival is a major showcase for the UK's sharpest designers and attracts an astute international audience. As a showcase for Scotland's freshest young design talent, it's the perfect platform and will raise awareness of the potential that design offers to improve the way we live."

The free display will also feature Kengo Kuma's architectural designs for the V&A at Dundee, the new international centre of design for Scotland.

Events to coincide with the display include 'Meet The Designers' sessions and 'Culture Now' at the ICA, at which Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee, and Emmajane Avery, Head of the Department of Learning for the V&A, will be in conversation with BBC World Service broadcaster and co-founder of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe newspaper FESTIVAL TIMES, Sheena McDonald.

Designing for the Future: Meet the designers
Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 September, 10am - 12pm
Gallery 220, V&A Sackler Centre, London

Meet the designers behind the show for an informal insight into the creative process driving their innovative approach to design.

Admission Free; drop in

Culture Now: Philip Long and Emmajane Avery in conversation with Sheena McDonald
Friday 21 September, 1-2pm,
ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Join Philip Long from V&A at Dundee and Emmajane Avery from the Victoria and Albert Museum in conversation with broadcaster Sheena McDonald, for a lunchtime talk at ICA.

£5; Free for ICA Members. For advance bookings visit

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