Explaining design to the non-initiated often falls to a few well-known industry figures. Philippe Starck attempted to clarify a few things for The Independent’s readers last week. He was asked if he could redesign the umbrella. ‘The umbrella can be very disobedient, non? My advice? Get a raincoat,’ he says. When trying to explain where design sits in the bigger picture: ‘I try to show that we burn crystal of mud, we become bacteria, we become fish, we become monkey, we become super-monkey and from super-monkey, we become what we are today.’ And so say all of us.
The official organisation for Girl Guides in the UK has overhauled its range of activities, including new skills such as coding, human rights and inventing, and has commissioned studio Red
Sam Jacob Studio has been commissioned to design the exhibition spaces and interiors of the new Cartoon Museum, and will work with graphic design studio Fraser Muggeridge to create a
Kin Design has created interactive installations for the Eden Project’s new permanent show Invisible Worlds, which delves into the fascinating stories of miniscule micro-organisms, and the impact humans have made
Research shows that over half of designers have been to university, compared to a third of the UK workforce on a whole. We chat to Hilary Chittenden, senior foundation manager