Reuniting despite of exceptional times! REUNION organised in the October 6th is an open event considering the future of design education and collaboration between the Finnish design schools.
The day starts with future oriented keynotes and considerations about the trends affecting design education. Afternoon workshops bring teachers and other staff to work together with two main collaboration themes recognised in the Finnish Design Academy: educational collaboration and visibility on design education.
Due to the uncertain corona situation, unlike informed earlier, the Finnish Design Acadmy do not organise satellites into each school, but the event will be held fully remotely.
Educational collaboration Creating shared studies, has been one of the most vible collaboration forms in th Finnish Design Academy in past years. In the worshop session participants get to know to the work done and experiences of shared studies. The afternoon aims to solve the challeges faced with educational collaboration.
Visibility of design education Has the design education left to the shadow of other fields? Is there misunderstandings of what kind of knowledge skills design education creates? The aim of the workshop is to consider concrete ways to communicate about design education and what kind of visibility activities schools may have together.
Virtual exhibitions are now created one after another. Although virtual form is the only possible way to arrange an exhibition at the moment, the outcomes are something new and innovative. This happened also at the Finnish Design Academy.
Virtual environments have been developed at the Finnish Design Academy since last autumn – and that’s good since the Spring Forum was needed to arrange virtually due to corona pandemic. From the exhibition’s point of view the virtual environments made possible to gather student work from Helsinki and Rovaniemi. Collecting the exhibition in a short time enabled previously developed collaboration between design schools and using 3D software as part of a design process.
— Virtual exhibition unites people all around the world: it’s possible to easily implement whole new kind of collaborative exhibitions.
Anu Kylmänen, University of Lapland
Virtual reality as an exhibition space
The works at this unique collaborative exhibition were made by the Clothing Design students from the University of Lapland and the Industrial Design students from Metropolia UAS.
At the University of Lapland 3D software are utilised as part of clothing design since 2008. Now the 3D models were presented at the virtual exhibition for the first time – thanks to the development work made at the Finnish Design Academy.
The works master’s students of the clothing design were accomplished in collaboration with the Lapland Hospital District and the Lapland Education centre REDU. The assignment was to design representative uniforms for the Managers of the First Aid unit.
In the centre of the project was information retrieval and analysis. The customer was tightly part of the design process: they met several times during the process and for each decision was got an approval from the customer before proceeding. Textile and fashion students from REDU executed the detailed prototypes.
Read more about the makers
Sara Aarni Ella Kinnunen Maria Koivuranta Inkeri Kylämäki Tanja Pohjola Veera Saarikivi
Janina Gotzev Maarit Karttunen Riikka Ylisirniö
Ana Nuutinen, University of Lapland Anu Kylmänen, University of Lapland Karoliina Laxtröm, University of Lapland Tuija Nikkinen, REDU
Associates, Lapland Hospital District
Panu Karjalainen, Head of the First Aid Unit Joni Tarkka, Field Manager Antti Saari, Doctor in Charge
Virtual reality assisting design process
The other part of the exhibition presented the lamp designs by the second-year students from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences made at the LOCAL LIGHT – WITH SOCIAL IMPACT course. The exhibition also presented thesis works utilising VR environments.
The assignment was to create a light inspired from the atmosphere created by a light and locality of the material selections as well as the transparency of the manufacturing process. Physical prototypes of the lamps were presented at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair -furniture fair.
AARRE Anni Vainio
Shape of the wooden Aarre light is inspired by the old storage chests.
Perspex® acryl (ISO 9001 sertified)
Philips Hue light string
Funky Crown Nikita Puolakainen
Self-assembling feature represents the locality aspect of the light.
A plastic base with a E27 LED light is holding the crown-like shape. A shade is cut from a leftover canvas (VPF-Amsterdam).
Hilke Tomi Salo
Hilke table light represents the modern life with a handmade glass shade and a concrete base meanwhile giving a reflection to the future.
Koto Veera Tolonen
Koto is designed so that it can be placed into any side of the lamp. User is able to affect on the direction and amount of the light by turning the lamp.
From the student virtually organised exhibition requires 3D modelling the design and sending it with measurements to the person who upload the products to the virtual space.
At the Metropolia students were able to test their products at the GLUE virtual environment during design process. With the VR controllers user they were able to pick products into their hands and test the design almost like in a real world.
Even if looking a product at the virtual reality is an easy way to perceive the measurements of the product the students recognised that VR environment isn’t quite like a real world. When ability to touch products is missing, it’s needed to consider new ways to present the design. Anni Vainio thinks that it’s important that designer is involved building the virtual exhibition.
– It’s important that the designer is there to make sure that the end result delivers the right feeling and different elements are presented correctly.
Will virtual replace physical?
The industrial design students are not ready to completely forget the physical prototypes since they feel that it’s still an important part of the process. Tomi Salo considers that the producibility is still easier to take into account when making a physical prototype.
— If the lamp would have been designed only at the VR environment and I wouldn’t have needed to produce it, maybe the end result would have been very different.
Development work of the virtual exhibition environment continues in collaboration with the Finnish Design Schools. This exhibition at the Spring Forum hopefully represented an inspirer for the new kind of collaborative exhibitions of the future that are not tied into a certain place nor time.
How is your remote design studies and teaching going? Bring it out! We are inviting you to share your innovations, frustrations and enjoyment from the corona time at the campaign by Finnish Design Academy.
We will share the stories of design students and teachers at our facebook page for the next two weeks. You can also participate at Instagram using tags #remotedesignacademy #[yourschool] #finnishdesignacademy
How to join at Facebook?
Send us a short post and visualisation about your day among design studies via Facebook @Finnish Design Academy or by Whatsapp 044 708 5126.
That’s it! We will share your awesome story at our Facebook page so that other design students and teachers may get peer support or ideas for their own studies. We can share your story with your own name or with a nickname (anonymous).
Just basic things from daily life are very welcome as well as crazy design study practices. Don’t take it too seriously – see the example from Anna:
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