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Read press coverage for staff, alumni and students from the Department of Design.

Sydney Schaefer and her drinks booth at the 2017 BA Design show

 The work of our students, alumni and staff has often attracted media attention. Here is a selection of recent press stories related to the Design department at Goldsmiths:

  • PhD student Matthew Plummer-Fernandez designed a sculpture made of 400 miniature empty homes, as a comment on the UK's housing market. The work was unveiled as part of the first York Mediale digital arts festival and appeared in BBC News online on 27 September 2018.
  • Professor Bill Gaver and the devices created by the Interaction Research Studio for MyNaturewatch, a joint project by Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art, appeared on the BBC Two programme Springwatch on 11 June 2018. 
  • The project "Illegal Town Plan for Rhyl" by Jimmy Loizeau and Matt Ward was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Varoom magazine, edited by the Association of Illustrators.
  • PhD students Tobias Revell and Anna Williams, as well as alumna and Interaction Research Studio member Naho Matsuda appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Fix, in which 12 of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems. (August-September 2017)
  • The graduation project of Sydney Schaefer (BA Design 2017), for which she used her own saliva as fermentation agent for alcoholic drinks was featured in The Times (June 2017, subscription required)
  • Leah Thomas (BA Design 2017) appeared on BBC One in a segment focusing on the development of her graduation project, a series of robots imitating the behaviour of a cat (June 2017)
  • Hisham Matar, graduate of Goldsmiths Design's first ever MA in Design Futures, was awarded the Pulitzer prize for biography for his book "The Return", as well as the Rathbones Folio Prize. (The Spectator, April 2017; The Guardian, May 2017)
  • BA Design alumnus Justin Ramsden, currently employed by LEGO in Denmark, was featured in the Channel 4 programme "A Big LEGO Christmas" on Boxing Day 2016
  • Alumnus and visiting tutor Tearlach (Tee) Byford created and directed "Driving Sideways", a series of short films on drifting for Channel 4 (July 2016)
  • A group of first year BA Design students made news in the Huffington Post with their project displaying tampons as luxury items, as a protest against VAT imposed on feminine hygiene products (March 2016)
  • BA Design student Lena Asai appeared in a piece on biohacking on BBC Science Focus (January 2016)
  • Alumna Marion Lean was part of the team that worked on Pillow Talk, a device connecting users with a loved one’s heartbeat at a distance. Pillow Talk was featured in Wired and The Daily Mail, amongst others.  (November 2015)
  • Alumnus Hefin Jones was chosen for Designers in Residence at the Design Museum (July 2016)
  • In The Guardian’s league tables for 2016, the Design Department at Goldsmiths was ranked first in the UK (May 2015)
  • Two Goldsmiths Design graduates, Lukas Valiauga (still a student at the time) and Chang Hee Lee, were on the 70 Ones to Watch list selected by the Design Council on the occasion of its 70th anniversary (February 2015)
  • Novice Art Blogger, an ‘art critic’ bot created by PhD student Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, appeared in several media outlets. (January 2015)
  • The Orrb wellness device, a device created by alumnus Lee McCormack, was featured in Wired (January 2015)
  • Design duo El Ultimo Grito (which includes Professor of Design Roberto Feo) created the backdrops for the 2014 Gwanju Art Biennale (September 2014)