The ‘Designer ,Maker, User’ exhibition at The Design Museum in Kensington gave me a greater understanding into how design is interconnected through the three roles of the designer, maker and user of a product.
The exhibition featured an insight into the development of modern design providing three different views through the angles of the designer, maker and users.
The exhibition covered a broad range of design disciplines such as architecture and engineering to fashion and and graphics. The range of different types of designs allowed me to expand my perception of what design is and how its effects are greater than I once considered.
After the group left the exhibition I decided to stay and visit the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition also taking place in The Design Museum. I initially went to see David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ however I ended up being inspired by the range of different designs featured.
The themes of the exhibition consisted of the following; self, renew, place, start, connect, unite and act. I recognised these themes in all of the designs I saw.
The Beazley Design of the Year featured at the back of the exhibition – the Ikea Refugee Shelter ‘Better Shelter’ , designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Nicoló Barlera, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer and Tim de Haas.
The design is said to put values ahead of value and benefit above profit. A simple design yet of major impact and importance to third world countries. I thought this design related back to all seven of the exhibitions themes.
I also came across some initial design sketches in a sketchbook for a lamp by a Swedish designer. I found it refreshing to see and compare the first stage of the design to the final product of the lamp placed next to the designers sketchbook. It was also encouraging to see the rough concept sketches made into something physical.