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Matt Ward

Position held:
Programme Leader BA Design

Phone:
+44 (0)20 7717 2290

Fax:
+44 (0)20 7919 7797

Email:
m.ward (@gold.ac.uk)

Website:
http://sb129.wordpress.com/
http://cargocollective.com/DWFE

Matt teaches across the department on both theoretical and studio courses. He’s the Programme Leader for the BA Design and currently runs the second year. Matt is the External Examiner for MA Design Products at the RCA.

His research spans a wide range of interests from speculative design to radical pedagogy. He’s a practicing designer, writer and founding member of DWFE; a post-disciplinary, semi-fictional design syndicate. DWFE’s work searches for meaning in the construction of the extraordinary; they design activities, objects and incidents to reconfigure people’s perceptions.

Matt holds three international patents on the work he did at NCR’s Advanced Research and Development Department on the emerging contexts of the Internet of Things and Urban Computing. Matt has been a research affiliate to MIT Media Lab and Interaction Design at The RCA. He consults for a range of organisations; Nokia, BERG, Dentsu and the Design Council. He lectures internationally about design, technology and education, writes a blog and takes a lot of photographs.

Blog

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A matter of design

This was the introduction text from this year’s BA Design degree show catalogue at Goldsmiths. The basis of this text was a conversation between myself and Laura Potter. The intro is authored by both of us.  VIBRANT MATTER PEOPLE MATTER SOCIAL MATTER MATERIAL MATTER ELEGANT MATTER POLITICAL MATTER DETAILS MATTER MICROSCOPIC MATTER DARK MATTER DESIGN MATTERS …

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Design tutorials: the basics

Within design education, there’s little shared wisdom about how to conduct a tutorial. The tutorial is the bread and butter of design learning; the main pedagogic object of interaction. But we, the design community, rarely share the nuts and bolts of how to navigate and steer a student through a successful project; how to encourage, …

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‘The Matt Ward Manoeuvre’ Part 2: Techniques and tips… exercises in drawing

It was a year ago that I wrote ‘The Matt Ward Manoeuvre Part 1′, with the good intension that I would write this post soon after. As life gets busy, I find myself having done another year at AHO, teaching a new and improved class on design ideational methods. So here are some of the …

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Fragments of my material self: Identity loss in the age of mass consumption

This post was first published on Medium. In March 2011 my Dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia, in the following October he discovered he also had inoperable lung cancer. With a prognosis of 12 months and two terminal conditions, he still manages to struggle on. Those that know me, have seen that the protracted and …

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Design Fiction as pedagogic practice

Over the last couple of years, the term Design Fiction (DF) has gained ground and popularity. It has entered design parlance and has become ‘hip with the kids’. As a practice it’s moved out of classrooms and galleries into boardrooms and research labs. I’ve watched the term grow in popularity, been frustrated with the lack …

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This Space Is Not For Sale

In this post I’m going to try to articulate some of the concerns I have about the commodification of public space through technology. As networked, augmented, technologically mediated experiences start to dominate our lives, how do we make space for non-consumption based activities, how do we design new forms of common space for reflection and …

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The Fate of Things to Come: Making and Unmaking the Future

In 2007 I started to sketch out a book with the very brilliant Mike Michael, it was a lot of fun, but it got lost in busy times. Some of the ideas I’ve presented in different places (at Nokia Advanced Design in mid-2008 and at Design Transfer in Berlin later in 2008), but I’ve never …

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Reflections on a transdisciplinary education

As an educator and a designer, I’ve spent most of the last decade thinking about and doing design education – but I’ve been in the thick of it, on the front line; giving lectures, writing briefs, managing curriculums, directing courses and giving tutorials. So I talk and think about design A LOT – the content and quality …

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My favourite Flatlander: remembering Nic Hughes

On Sunday 7th October my friend Nic Hughes lost his fight against cancer. He leaves a big hole in the lives of those he knew. He was one of the kindest, smartest and most talented men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. The World without Nic is smaller – diminished and less bright – and without him …

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‘The Matt Ward Manoeuvre’ (part 1)

Over the last six or seven years I’ve developed a series of drawing activities and processes that I’ve taught to my undergraduate students. The course emerged out of a need to teach our students a diverse range of ideational processes; activities to adopt and adapt to aid their design practice. Over the years I’ve also …

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