Global Design Camp: a collaborative student project between MMU and HKDI

15-19 July 2019
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

The challenge: How do we bring 30 students together from opposite sides of the world and support them develop solutions for ‘The Ideal City’? in 5 days.

This summer 30 students from multiple design disciplines from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) came up with creative design solutions for their ‘Ideal City’ in the Global Design Camp, a 5-day workshop organized by the Design Council of UK and facilitated Jonathan Ball, product designer and design strategist, from 15-19 July at the MMU campus.

Prior to the summer camp in Manchester, students from HKDI and MMU had already met and discussed the project virtually, and started their research on five challenge areas, namely Health, Places, Food, Work and Networks. Upon arriving at MMU, international design teams were formed according to each of the challenge areas and students from across the globe began sharing their visions with their team members.

Throughout the 5-day journey, concepts for their ‘Ideal City’ were developed through discussions, sketches, notes, and prototypes.



The last day of Global Design Camp featured an exciting presentation of each group’s creative proposals. Here are some of their very innovative ideas:

‘Time for Change’ was a watch designed for the homeless that would provide individuals with access to shelter while enabling them to earn points by upskilling in key areas and put these points towards food, new clothes and other necessities.

One group focusing on the challenge areas of ‘Food’ created a ‘YUMM Passport’ for children through which they could earn rewards upon completing different key skills, such as food waste skills, cooking skills, food growing skills, planet knowledge etc.

“It was an exciting experience to work with teammates with different ethnic, cultural and design backgrounds – from fashion, product and architectural designs, to visual communication, transmedia and advertising design. Together we shared and listened to each other’s perspectives, and came up with a design that would respond to the needs of a diverse population,” expressed by one of the participants.

Students of Global Design Camp are developing their initial concepts into gallery-ready exhibits, which will be displayed during Design Manchester in November and Business of Design Week in Hong Kong in December.

Read More:
“What happens when you bring 30 students together, living 5,976 miles apart, and ask them to design ‘The Ideal City’ in just 5 days?”
By Jessie Johnson, Design Council UK
https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/news-opinion/what-happens-when-you-bring-30-students-together-living-5976-miles-apart-and-ask-them
HKDI: http://www.hkdi.edi.hk
Manchester School of Art: https://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/

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