From 3rd – 9th September 2015 Goldsmiths’ Department of Design opened its doors to the public for its first ever Design Festival – a week of free events bringing together some of the most significant names in the design industry and showcasing the incredible work of its staff and students.

In the week before London Design Week 2015, Goldsmiths hosted a huge range of events encompassing the full spectrum of design. The festival opened with a public lecture by Maarten Gielen, founding member of internationally renowned design collective ROTOR, who have represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale and have more recently curated events at the Barbican Centre.

Interactive workshops and happenings gave visitors the opportunity to sample craft beer from a mobile brewery, learn to make their own inflatable objects and even speculate on the future of drones in the home.

The Festival included the MA Design programmes’ degree shows where students presented work responding to themes like gender, technology and activism. Design researchers opened their studios to the public, while industry professionals gave talks on their careers, including Ryan Belmont from the NikeLab design studio.


The postgraduate shows took place as part of the festival, under the name MA.DE GOLD, and displayed the work of students from courses in Critical Practice, Design and Environment, Design Futures and Metadesign, Interaction Design, Fashion, Design Education, as well as the Design pathway of the MA in Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship.


Designer and BA Design Lecturer Jimmy Loizeau exhibited his work-in-progress project Illegal Town Planning: Rhyl, which aims to inspire and harness the ideas and ambitions of the local community in a Welsh seaside town affected by the loss of its main industry, tourism.

Our students had the chance to learn how to build a drone in an all-day workshop, under the guidance of Jon Flint, graduate of our MA in Interaction Design, currently at Superflux. The participating students spent the day learning the principles of drone flight and then built their own prototypes under Jon’s supervision.

Our MA Fashion course and the Goldsmiths Fashion Research Unit organised an all-day workshop on the pleasures and politics of fashion education.

One of the most exciting events taking place was the Draw to Perform symposium, curated by artist Ram Samocha, which brought to Goldsmiths a line-up of daring, unique performance art sessions involving, amongst other things, a glue gun, milk and nudity.


Other events and highlights included pop-up alumni shows and talks, a PhD Show and Tell session, an Architectural Inflatable Prototypes workshop with El Ultimo Grito, a mobile brewery and many more.