Kingston Design 2012 – a Department of Business, Innovation and Skills collaboration

    Twenty Kingston graduating students are showcasing their work at Kingston Design 2012 – a collaboration between the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the University’s Design School to celebrate the year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to showcase the best of new design in the UK.

    Supported by Enterprise Support, dozens of examples of the students’ illustration and animation, graphic design, fashion and product design were this week put on display in three rooms in the BIS building on London’s Victoria Street. The exhibition, which opened on Monday, will stay at BIS until the end of the year, when it will be moved to Knights Park.

    Executive director of Enterprise, Deborah Lock, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Kingston University; not only does it showcase the creativity and innovative nature of students, but also that of the academics whose drive and commitment enables our students to reach their full potential. UK Plc is extremely fortunate to have such talented academics and students.”

    The display, showcasing collaborations and future thinking in fields like design, science music, sustainability and manufacturing, will be enjoyed by visitors to BIS’s waiting rooms, including foreign ministers, CEOs and ambassadors.

    BIS has worked with Kingston to develop the pilot project, which it hopes to roll out to other UK universities in 2013.

     Holding it all together …

    Kingston graduates have also designed, manufactured and curated the bespoke display shelving systems for the exhibition.

    Catriona Coen and Alma Daskalaki
    MA Curating Contemporary Design in partnership with the Design Museum
    Staff mentor: Professor Catherine McDermott, the Design School, FADA

    Graphic Design
    Stephanie Bickford-Smith and James Ward
    BA Graphic Design
    Staff mentors: Senior FADA lecturers Rebecca Davies and Mark Harris

    Exhibition Design
    Yashar Sadeghi and Alex Farnea
    MA Creative Economy
    Staff mentor: Principal FADA lecturer Colin Holden

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