Business, Culture & the Environment

Thursday 1st July
12:30 pm
2:00 pm

Final Show 2021

MA 2020/2022
This event will combine a showcase and a discussion of work by graduating students from the Service Design programme at the Royal College of Art. Key themes to be explored during the event are, ‘Sustainable Culture and Practice’ & ‘New Business’. Through these projects we will highlight the importance of tackling wicked problems at a system level and also the effectiveness of service design as a tool to address some of the things that get forgotten and overlooked during programmes of change. The students will be joined by transition designer, Terry Irwin and James Steiner, Design Director at Method London. The main event will be followed by an opportunity to speak directly with the students about their projects.
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Terry Irwin
Professor & Director, Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Terry Irwin is Director of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2009 until 2019 she was the Head of School. Terry has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Her research is in Transition Design, a new area of design study, practice and research that argues for societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Terry, along with Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise developed Transition Design and integrated into programs and curricula at the School of Design in 2014. Terry has been a practicing designer for more than 40 years and was one of the founding partners of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in Berlin, London, San Francisco and Zurich. She served as the Creative Director of the San Francisco office from 1992 to 2002 and worked with Fortune 500 clients such as Nike, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Barclay's Bank, Ernst and Young (EY), Nissan, Sony, and Berlin's Transport company, BVG. MetaDesign worked on projects in the areas of computer software and interface design, brand identity systems, exhibition and way finding and information design.
James Steiner
Design Director, Method London
James is a Design Director at Method London. He has 20 years of experience working in design and innovation, and has worked across a broad range of sectors including: financial services, healthcare, public sector and consumer. During his career, James has worked on the digital transformation of a health ministry, and was part of Visa Collab where he was focused on exploring new customer-centric propositions around technologies such as blockchain, wearables and biometrics. James has also worked at a number of leading innovation consultancies across London and Milan where he led projects for a variety of global brands and organisations. James’ work has won a number of awards including the Business Week Innovation Award, IF Award and IDSA Award.
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