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Are Standards Slipping in UK’s Design Schools?



jonathan ive design museum

Speaking recently at London’s Design Museum he declared: So many of the designers that we interview don’t know how to make stuff, because workshops in design schools are expensive and computers are cheaper. It’s just tragic, that you can spend four years of your life studying the design of three-dimensional objects and not make one. It’s great if the ultimate result was to be a graphic image, that’s fine. But how on earth can you do that if what you’re responsible to produce is a three dimensional object?”

Speaking in conversation with Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, the event was attended by a number of the UK’s leading designers, including Marc Newson – who has recently joined the Apple design team, along with Terence Conran, Ron Arad and John Pawson.

Ive’s comments have caused strong reactions within the design and educational sectors, many of which have posted their heated responses online. However, there is no denying that his comments follow a spate of design course closures in Britain which have been the result of further funding cut-backs.


“Given the funding cuts to design schools just about everywhere, perhaps Apple could donate a meager portion of some of their gargantuanly enormous income to a few design schools to help foster talent and learning. Samsung, their competition, do this well in South Korea and in other countries.”

Red Barbara:

“Plymouth College of Art has just opened amazing new craft workshops alongside a FabLab. Not everyone is giving up on the art of making… we believe in the value of traditional skills alongside new technologies. Come and visit us and support excellent staff and students.

Liana Vouyouka – von Sperber

“This is déjà vu! They are going down the same path they took for clothing education and which we all know was so disastrous!!”

 Read the full interview with Jonathan Ive on DeZeen.com

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