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Programme Leader BDes(Hons) Product Design
Buwert, P. (2017). Shepard Fairey’s inauguration posters may define political art in Trump era
The American street artist Shepard Fairey created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. It was 2008 and the simple red, beige and blue stencilled image o...
Firth, R. & Stoltenberg, E. (2016). Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design. Manuscript submitted for publication
The use of moving image within HE Product Design education is increasing. Here, film is commonly used as a tool for the presentation of concepts or finished objects, as an ins...
Firth, R., Stoltenberg, E. & Jennings, T. (2016). Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE product Design.
The world is facing environmental changes that are increasingly affecting how we think about manufacturing, the consumption of products and use of resources. Within the HE pro...
Scottish Funding Council
The company is looking for an innovative means of creating a permanently installed communication system that visually enhances the building, can adaptively communicate and that is sensitive to the sit...
The product is a new flexible design tow that improves on existing market products. The current child bike tows are rigid and metallic and are not effective of certain types of terrain. The new design...
The project will investigate the effectiveness of adding crumbed rubber to the site soil as a means of improving soil resilience to wheel loads, resisting erosion and hence reducing maintenance burden...
15 September 2016
15 September 2016
Public Talk at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, about the Franki Raffles Archive Research project www.frankirafflesarchive.org
Buwert, P. (2016). Designers are seizing Wall Street – but can they improve your life?
Designers are seizing Wall Street – but can they improve your life?
Firth, R., Jennings, T., Cochrane, R., Taks, M. & Van de Graaf, P. (2015). Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies.
‘Work on the move’ is a design, process-driven methodology, which uses multiple locations within an outdoors setting and movement between locations, all of which function as l...
Lambert, I., Firth, R., MacLeod, M., Forster, S., Innes, M., Winton, E., …Titley, W. (2014). Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014. ISBN 978-1-908225-02-3
Welcome to the third issue of the Journal for Design Practice & Research.
The last 18 months has been an extremely busy time for us. We have continued to grow as a team, with...
Vones, K. (2013). Towards the Posthuman: Materiality and process in the creation of stimulus-responsive jewellery objects. In All Makers Now?. ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3
The idea of creating a jewellery organism that comes alive on the
body has fascinated and inspired my research ever since learning
about the potential inherent in smart materi...
Ledendal, M., Christie, R. M. & Vettese-Forster, S. (2013). Thermochromic dyes and sunlight activating systems - An alternative means to induce colour change.
The general purpose of this work is to investigate the potential of a mobile phone to capture soil colour images and process them, returning the corresponding Munsell colour c...
Kalkreuter, B., Vettese-Forster, S. & Huang, Y. C. (2010). Relating Innovative 2D Ideas into 3D Garments in Terms of Structure, Using ‘Sculptural Form Giving’ as an Intermediate Step in Creation.
This research focuses on finding a fashion design methodology to reliably translate innovative
two-dimensional ideas on paper, via a structural design sculpture, into an inter...
Lambert, I. & Firth, R. (2010). Projects for Multi-Disciplinary Teams: Engaging Students across Design Disciplines in a Shared Undergraduate First Year Curriculum.
On undergraduate design courses at Edinburgh Napier University, two thirds of the first year curriculum is shared. Working in open studios, students are able to gain awareness...
Lambert, I. & Firth, R. (2009). Lost in Translation: Teaching Product Design Across Cultural and Language Boundaries in China and the United Kingdom
This paper will explore strategies for transcending cultural and language barriers by two British design tutors when teaching in design studios at a Chinese university. Ian La...
Rodgers, P., Rogers, J., Anusas, M., Milton, A., Pengelly, J., Whittet, C., …Kasprzak, M. (2007). Product Scotland: bringing designers, anthropologists, artists and engineers together. In Proceedings of Engineering and Product Design Conference, 377-382
This paper describes the work of Product Scotland, a collaborative network of product designers, anthropologists, artists and engineers based in Scotland. One of the key aims ...
Lambert, I. & Firth, R. (2006). Pencils Don't Crash. ISBN 0-9553942-0-1
While the title might suggest otherwise, this is not a polemic against CAD. The aim of this paper is to examine how the emphasis on drawing in design education has changed and...
Kerlaff, P. (2016). Now I Sit Me Down by Witold Rybczynski, Review Paul Kerlaff. Interiors.. doi:10.1080/20419112.2016.1242267. ISSN 2041-9112
A simple but profound point opens Now I Sit Me Down: that chairs illustrate a kind of democratic manifestation of our relationship to things. Unlike architecture, and to a les...
Vettese Forster, S., Anastasiadou, C. & Calder, L. (2016). Making Tourist Experiences Through Personalisable 3D Printed Souvenirs. 3D-Printed Materials and Systems. IV
Gift shops are common in most museums and galleries that provide visitors with shopping experiences as well as the opportunity to transform their intangible experience of the ...
Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity set up with the purpose of protecting and enhancing the historic sites of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns in keeping with its UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Royal Zoological Society would like to work with academics and students at Napier University to scope a new and innovative event that attracts a new audience to Edinburgh Zoo. The aim of the event...
The project will require the customisation of a mobile vehicle to fulfil the physical and social requirements of data collection from the public, considering the practical, emotional and aesthetic req...
Kirkwall is the capital town of the Orkney Islands. It has a population of around 8,500 people, but Orkney has over 140,000 visitors every year. The majority of visitors are in the summer months and J...
Arts & Humanities Research Council
This project proposes to offer an alternative approach to the contemporary heritage souvenir experience through the utilization of 3D scanning and printing and online, remote interfaces between the mu...
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) would like to create a light show at its Edinburgh Garden during the dark winter months of November and December 2014 that will bring the gardens alive in the...
This project will produce a design of a new feature that will be integrated with the company’s current slug barrier product. The feature will add the ability to automatically water and fertilise crops...
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Higher Education Academy
The scheme provides the opportunity to experience Scotland’s new education system Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), first hand. Secondary school visits will engage with teachers and pupils and consider...
The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh would like to explore an opportunity to try to attract more visitors to the gardens during the dark winter months. They came up with an idea of setting up possible ...
This follow-on project will continue the relationship between the company and the academic who worked on the original innovation voucher project. New concepts will be created for all the visual elemen...