Photograph: CPF Collection
Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
Since August this year, I have been working with GBDM on an interpretive design project in Whitehead, Northern Ireland. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, which has been restoring and operating steam and diesel trains since the 1960's, have received Heritage Lottery and NI Tourism funding to transform their workshops at Whitehead into a visitor attraction so that members of the public can see first hand how locomotives and carriages are restored.
The work is continuing at a steady pace and we are developing design concepts for interpretation panels and multi-media exhibits throughout the workshops. The work is fascinating and we have access to the archives and objects of the society to bring the displays to life. The new visitor centre is due to open next summer.
Breakfast like a King
Breakfast like a King is an initiative originated by Lord Provost Bob Duncan and the trustees of the Burgess Committee supported by Dundee City Council and Dundee & Angus College.
Having visited a number of primary schools, the Lord Provost was dismayed at how few children had eaten a nutritious breakfast before coming to school. Research has shown that eating breakfast can help children concentrate in their learning.
The project will have a trial run in 2016 in six Dundee primary schools with children in Primary 4 being tasked with creating a healthy breakfast - fit for a King. The child with the best recipe from each school will be invited to Dundee & Angus College to make their breakfast with the overall winner given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the Food & Flower Festival next September.
We are very pleased to be able to support this initiative by providing branding and promotional materials for the competition.
Healthcare - designed in Dundee
Following on from the Open Change Academy workshops, I began working with Rod Mountain, an ear, nose and throat surgeon based at Ninewells Hospital. Rod is particularly interested in how design can impact the delivery and improvement of health and social care in Dundee.
He has begun to work with student designers at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and is building partnerships with other interested parties in the design, medical and enterprise sectors.
Rod tasked me with developing a brand for the work. Initial research carried out by students suggested a ball or circular image would be appropriate. The finished design suggests movement and flow of ideas from many different stakeholders.
Following the completion of the branding we have commissioned an animation from Vivomotion to explore the ideas further.
Open Change Academy
During August I had the opportunity to take part in two half day workshops focusing
on service design thinking. The workshops run by Professor Mike Press and Hazel White look at how design practices can be applied to improve everyday situations such as retail, social services and healthcare.
We were encouraged to “see the world with fresh eyes”, emphasize with others, test ideas through prototyping, and collaborate. In groups we were sent out on practical exercises to map customer journeys; mindfully observing what is working well and not so well, looking for opportunities for improvement, and at user perspectives.
We also looked at what is required to change cultures; to be open to ideas, to have permission to challenge the status quo, to innovate, and to ‘imagine the future’.
Overall, it was two afternoons well spent in the company of lots of inspirational people from many different backgrounds. I look forward to putting in to practise many of the principles learned.
Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce
We continue to work with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce as they develop new products and services for their members.
Over the summer we have developed branding for the High Noon Lunches which feature prominent speakers. The branding was rolled out across promotional material for the event including social media and press adverts, programme and pull-up banners.
We have also worked closely with the Chamber team to develop marketing material for their business showcase event and AGM, and we continue to support them by producing their business cards, stationery, member certificates, folders and wall planners.
Mary Slessor Centenary Exhibition - Mill Girl to Magistrate at Verdant Works, Dundee
It was a privilege to collaborate with GBDM on the exhibition celebrating the life of inspirational Dundee woman Mary Slessor. Mary, who started her 'career' as a mill girl
at 11 years old, became a missionary in Nigeria at the end of the 19th Century. She lived among the tribes, learning their languages, challenging their extreme superstitions and customs, and rescuing many women and children from death. When Nigeria became a British Protectorate, Mary became the Empire's first female magistrate.
One hundred years later, her influence and legacy lives on - she has become known as “Mother of all the peoples” and thousands gathered in Nigeria to celebrate the centenary
of her death. In Dundee a commemorative stone was erected in her memory whilst the exhibition, running until November 1st at Verdant Works, tells her story in more depth.
A Foundation set up in her memory is working to provide educational and employment opportunities in Nigeria maryslessor.org/
Women Ahead Awards 2015
We were delighted to sponsor the Young Woman of the Year Award at the Women Ahead Business Awards held at the Apex Hotel on Saturday 7th March. We very much enjoyed interviewing all the finalists and send our congratulations to the winner Steffie Arnold of Arnold's Catering.
The photograph shows all the winners with the judges and Women Ahead Chair Deborah Miller. Once again, we provided a package of design which included the Call for entries leaflet, online promotion, event programme, table plan, certificates and trophies.
Go Rural - Year of Food & Drink, Scotland 2015
We recently completed an A2 folding leaflet for Go Rural to highlight the fantastic variety of food and drink producers that are working throughout Scotland. The Go Rural initiative supports farmers and encourages 'city-dwellers' to get out to the countryside. We also designed a report celebrating the milestones of their first year. www.goruralscotland.com