NCR Service Design Competition Success

Success for Product Design Students from Grays with First and Third Prizes. This competition now into its forth year is sponsored and judged by NCR Financial Solutions Group Ltd. This Service Design Project and Competition between the Product Design Course at Duncan of Jordanson, School of Design and Product Design at Grays School of Art, this year focused on the theme of 'Selfish Self-service' a challenging brief which resulted in many well developed service design solutions.

The winning project by Steven Paxton looked at the very real problem of packing your car after a trip to IKEA. Too much stuff, not enought space in the car - you need KRAMA. Well done Steven

Gray's centre to act as Scottish design broker

via Design Week Magazine (20 Nov 2008)

C4DI, Aberdeen's new £1m Centre for Design and Innovation Management, is seeking Scottish design groups to work with local businesses to improve their products and services.

Gray's School of Art has set up the centre, which aims to use its three-year Scottish government funding to help hundreds of small businesses.

'We want to have as many Scottish design consultancies on our books as possible, covering many disciplines, from branding to product design,' says centre director and Gray's School of Art Professor of Design Julian Malins.

The centre, which is due to open in January, will keep an in-house team of about three designers to assess the design needs of small businesses.

'We will take companies to a certain level of thinking about a concept and at that point put them in touch with a designer,' says Malins...


Recessionary Design: A boomtime for creative energy

via: International Herald Tribune - Culture Section

"...Design has always coped well with austerity, and is especially well-equipped to do so now."

This recent article by Alice Rawsthorn shares 5 key insights and suggestions for how design can proactively respond to recessionary times:

1. Learn from history
2. Respond to change
3. Redesign businesses
4. Redesign social services
5. "Design-Art" R.I.P.

WE ASK YOU - What's the most exciting role for design? Developing new business concepts and cracking social problems, or making expensive, uncomfortable furniture?