The A level Graphics group went to The London Transport Museum and The Design Museum for reserach into their current projects. As well as displaying life size models of trains and buses and an underground train simulator (which the students delighted in) – the LTM is currently showing the Poster Art 150 exhibition displaying some of London Underground’s greatest and most famous designs and students were given an insight into Art on the Underground and how it played a fundamental role in how our capitals tranport system is seen today.
Our second stop was the Design Museum which is curating the Extraordinary Stories and The Future is Here exhibtions. Extraordinary Stories displays key designs that have shaped the modern world and memorable objects from the Design Museum Collection. Six design stories offer a diverse look at design tracing the history and processes of contemporary practise. The show includes furniture, product, fashion, transport and architecture alongside a selection of prototypes, models and specially commissioned films. The Future is Here gives an overwhelming insight into the ‘new industrial revolution’ and how it will impact our lives. We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and use the objects that we depend on. It is a transformation that will affect commerce, industry, and the way that we all live as profoundly as any previous Industrial Revolution. The exhibition explores how the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and consumer are becoming increasingly blurred and some of these manufacturing techniques were demonstrated in The Future is Here Factory where students were able to see the process and end product first hand. Click here to find out more about this exhibtion.