David Spendlove reviews ‘Design Education: a Vision for the Future’

  The last few years have been a very difficult period for those involved in the Design and Technology education community. A change of government and a change of emphasis saw Design and Technology potentially marginalised in favour of a back to basics ‘analogue curriculum in a digital age’. Creativity, Technology and ‘Designerly Thinking’ were […]

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LDP Book Posters Available For Download

Design Education Squib Poster

Overview of the posters available to freely download from the Loughborough Design Press website for 3 of the latest books published by LDP. This includes the squib ‘Design Education: A Vision for the Future’.

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Frank Hills reviews ‘Design: Models of Change’

  An Eye Opener … Before reading this book, for me design was simply the planning process before making things. Ken Baynes sees it as something much broader and by studying his book I feel a serious gap has been revealed in my education. Ken Baynes has a very clear direct style of writing with […]

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Eileen Adams reviews ‘Design: Models of Change’

  Anyone who has read any previous writing by Ken Baynes will greedily devour this book! And then they will read it all over again – and again. Everything you wanted to know about designerly thinking – it’s all here! Confused about cognitive modelling? Don’t worry, there’s a full explanation! Trying to differentiate between professional […]

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Peter Green reviews ‘Design: Models of Change’

  A  Book for Everyone …  This is a major book on a topic that touches all our lives and is vitally important to the future of the environment. It is a scholarly book written by an academic who is also a practising designer. But for all its academic authority  the book is a delight to […]

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Published – Design: Models of Change

Design: Models of Change

The book that Ken Baynes has been working on for around 10 years is now published. In writing the book, Ken has drawn on a lifetime’s research and experience, from his early career leading the Design Education Unit at the Royal College of Art, and from his time as a Visiting Professor in the Loughborough Design School (LDS).

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Design Education: A Vision for the Future

Design Education: A Vision for the Future

This short book is intended as an angry, but measured response to the Government’s new National Curriculum proposals for Design and Technology and Art and Design in England. However its scope is much wider than national or ‘subject’ boundaries, as it is written from the standpoint of Design Education.

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Design Education: A Vision Lost?

Dandelion and Fossil

Key aspects of design education such as encouraging the imagination; the importance of learning through making and the relationship of theory, knowledge and practice are seemingly becoming lost in the presentation of ever more regressive positions concerning its place in the English National Curriculum. This video seeks to re-introduce the fundamental importance of these ideas and of design education in the curriculum that all children experience.

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The Right Type

Ken Baynes discusses the decision processes involved in choosing the typeface to be used by Loughborough Design Press in their book publications and beyond.

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Happy Birthday RCA!

RCA Building with Bicycle

The Royal College of Art is 175 years old this year. It opened in 1837 as the School of Design. To put this into historical perspective Queen Victoria became Queen that year and Robert Stephenson was putting the finishing touches to the London and Birmingham Railway which began to run trains between Euston and the Black Country in 1838.

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