Here are some notes about what is going on in the studio at the moment;

Research project proposals;

Urban vegetable growing: design thinking, sustainable systems, fashion, product design and urban living.

Wearable design: liminal environments, personal space and identity

Design and collaboration (1): crowd sourced image content and design processes.

Design for performance: Midsummer Nights Dream – technology, tradition and language.

The Little Espresso Co. Visual identity, brand communication, geography and narrative.

Lighting design: the personal and the domestic – creative process, function vs fashion.

Up-cycling: location, materials and inherent solutions. Site specificity, narrative, contexts and product design.

Design and social change – MR Big. Language, narrative, contexts and urban environment.

Design Collaboration (2). Font Family/Font Community: Language and identity, crowd sourcing and community participation.

Design and understanding: user centered design and user perceptions – the room for (mis)interpretation.


This year we had an opportunity we could not ignore (not that ignore any opportunity that comes our way!). The Lincolnshire Co-operative and their agents Banks, Long and Co offered us a couple of empty shops right in the heart of the market area as potential exhibition spaces. This was a really nice way of getting our design work out to the ‘real public’ – not just fellow designers, academics and creatives.

Firstly, we had to transform an empty shop into a viable multi-disciplinary exhibition space. Secondly, we had to work alongside MA Fine Art, MA Conservation of Historic Objects, MRes and PhD students in creating a vibrant, coherent and well designed group show. The Vitrine Exhibition became the conceptual link between the disciplines – enabling the public to look in on what we do, but also to discuss the work with those who created it.

So, we started by doing a spot of tidying up…