Our Steering Group

Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V&A Publications) and a new anthology entitled The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press), and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism, to be held at the V&A in 2011.

Glenn Adamson

Linda Barron

Linda originally graduated in fashion design from St. Martins School of Art, working with Missoni in Milan for several years, consulting in New York and Paris, before founding Barron Gould with partner, John Gould, in 1984.

Barron Gould are colour, finishes and process specialists, focusing on opportunities where product, service or communication can be unlocked through innovative use of technology. Past clients have included DuPont, Herman Miller, Kodak, Motorola, Philips, and Exxon Mobil.

For the past 10 years the consultancy has been developing technologies that work seamlessly with computer-aided design, eliminating traditional analogue interventions and enabling rapid manufacturing on an industrial scale with mass customisation potential. Their latest venture, Formtexx, driven by the demand for free-form architecture, is developing new methods of cost-effective production of compound curved panels to meet exacting requirements of accuracy, surface quality and timely delivery.

Linda is a founder of the Materials and Design Exchange, part of the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, where she now consults as a Design Mentor. She is also on the Advisory Board for C4D, a partnership between Cranfield University and University of the Arts London.

Linda Barron

Dinah Eastop

Dinah Eastop, PhD, FIIC, ACR. Consultant in Conservation and Heritage Studies; Visiting Research Fellow, University of Southampton; Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, UCL; member of the project team for the International Research Network for Textile Conservation, Dress and Textile History, and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow (2010-2012).
http://www.textileconservationcentre.co.uk/

Dinah Eastop

Geoff Hollington MA(RCA)

design and innovation consultant

Geoff Hollington is a leading product design consultant and commentator.

He studied Industrial Design and Environmental Design, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1974. In product design Geoff has worked with many international corporations and brands; he also writes and lectures extensively on the future of design and manufacture. His products have won international awards and are held in museum collections. As consultant to the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network he has joined government trade and technology missions and chaired conferences. Geoff is currently working on projects in healthcare products, advanced manufacturing, lightweighting and waste materials re-use; he also sits on a number of public sector boards and committees.

Geoff Hollington MA(RCA)

Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik is an engineer and scientist. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. He is Head of the Materials Research Group in the Engineering Division at King's College London where his main research area is self-organising materials, see his academic webpage for information about this work.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human.

In 2003 he co-founded Materials Library which has been actively researching the senso-aesthetic properties of materials to understand why materials feel, smell and taste the way they do. This work has resulted in collaborations with designers, architects, artists, as well as many museums, such as the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and the Wellcome Collection. For full details of these projects see www.materialslibrary.org.uk.

Mark regularly gives popular lectures on engineering including talks to public, festival, and school audiences.

Image credit: copyright Charlie Bibby/FT Magazine

Mark Miodownik

Kaori O’Connor

Kaori O’Connor B.Litt, PhD is a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, UCL, where she works on fibres, food and fashion; on culture and innovation; on age-related design and on materiality and the law. She is the leader of the Blue Project, which focuses on marine materials, scapes and resources, and marine-social interactions past, present and future.

She won the 2009 Sophie Coe Prize in food history for her study of the Hawaiian luau, broadcasts regularly on social dynamics and cultural trends, and acts as a consultant to firms that have included Dupont, Unilever and Logitech.

Her recent and forthcoming academic publications include ‘How Smart is “Smart”: T-shirt, Wellness and the Way People Fell about Medical Textiles’, Textile 8:1, March 2010; Lycra; How a Fiber shaped America (2011, Routledge); Feast: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Feasting (Berg 2012) and T-Shirts: What T-Shirts Say and Do (Routledge 2012).

For further details see her academic page.

Kaori O’Connor

Margaret Pope

Margaret Pope sources materials and products for design consultants and architects. Her recent research has included sourcing materials and furniture for the award winning Ashmolean museum in Oxford for Rick Mather Architects. Working with Pentagram she has researched and sourced materials ranging from projects with international airlines, luxury hotels for both graphic materials and material finishes.

Margaret Pope is also a consultant to a number of universities helping to develop their material libraries and collections. She hosts material clinics at Central St Martins, University of the Arts and London Metropolitan University and is a guest lecturer at many other universities. She spoke at the ARLIS Art Librarians conference in Cambridge at their 40th anniversary celebrations in July 2009.

Margaret Pope

Camilla Sundwall

I trained as a product designer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduated in 2008, and my work has a key emphasis towards materials, their specific properties and possible applications.

After graduating I worked working as a designer and materials researcher for Chris Lefteri Design Ltd. He is a product designer who has come to specialise in materials and works with a range of worldwide clients with the aim to bridge the gap between the design community and the material industries.

I am currently working as a project manager at YCN, which is a multi-disciplinary design studio, mostly active in graphic and identity design but also acting as an agency and representing a bit over 100 creatives. In 2009 YCN started to branch out into 3D design, and I joined to coordinate this expansion. During my time at Central Saint Martins I gained great insight into human centred design and branding strategies. Through my work experience I have developed great knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes and the possibilities of innovative use of materials. In my final year project Music of the Spheres I focused on perceptions and senses, and I have a passion for understanding how materials and objects around us affect our bodies and minds.

Camilla Sundwall

Sophie Thomas

Sophie is the founding director of thomas.matthews, the UK pioneers in sustainable communication design, since 1998. She is co-founder of the social enterprise Three Trees Don't Make a Forest, set up in 2008 to educate and inspire communication designers through practical tools and advice and greengaged an organisation that creates events and networks to encourage the debate around sustainable design that launched in 2008 at the London Design Festival. She plays a vocal part in promoting sustainable thinking through education and business and writes regularly for the design press, is included in Who's Who, sits on a number of advisory panels for sustainable design and is a trustee for the UK Design Council.

www.thomasmatthews.com
www.greengaged.com
www.three-trees.org

Sophie Thomas
 
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