On Saturday the 15th February Engine designers Gemma, Itamar, Noemi and Ross facilitated the first workshop of the ‘Big Design’ 2014 programme.
Tasked with this year’s challenge – to innovate, by re-imagining, products from the ‘IN THE MAKING’ exhibition - we had three multidisciplinary student teams from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Prior to the workshop, each team had met and chosen their preferred product from the exhibition: a brick, a pencil and a halogen light bulb.
During the workshop, each team, led by an Engine facilitator, began to explore and understand the wider lifecycle and ecosystem of their selected products. Using Service Design methods and the Design Museum’s resources the teams were able to investigate their chosen product and ultimately form a refined design brief based on the identification of issues, opportunities and key insights. This brief will serve as the basis for the next workshop where the teams will see themselves forming design principles, co-creating concepts and refining a selection of these into a value proposition.
Day One proved to be intensive and fruitful, with the teams mapping thoughts, debating themes and synthesising research findings, as well as devouring a sugary snack or two along the way. Here at Engine, we’re looking forward to seeing what each team will develop during the next workshop.
The Engine Team.
Image © Taeyoung Kang