THE WEEK THAT WAS: GET STARTED WITH PRODUCT DESIGN
Six days of intensive recording, mixing, coding, designing, modelling, making and one exhibition later (at Europe’s largest multi disciplinary arts venue, no less), we’ve made it: twelve unique musical instruments made in just over a week.
I, for one, am exhausted (and only marginally better at Processing). I’m sure everyone who has been involved with the project will agree that we are insurmountably proud of what our young people have achieved.
The workshop in our Pearson Lab was set in motion after the Prince’s Trust received a huge donation of £500,000 from Will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation, to establish STEM programmes to develop digital skills for young people to improve their employability.
Over the course of a six-day workshop, in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust and generously funded by the i.am.angel foundation, Makerversity ran the programme ‘Get Started with Product Design’ with a group of twelve aspiring young creatives at our home in Somerset House.
Across the week, the workshop introduced the group of 17-25 year olds to a range of musical, electronic and digital making skills and they heard from professionals from across the creative industries and expanded their knowledge of the possibilities for employment within product design.
Their challenge? To produce a unique digital instrument each, using their newly acquired skills that would appear for a one-day exhibition on July 3rd, ‘Input > Output’, held at the iconic Barbican Centre as part of the programming for Digital Revolution.
Through sessions run by Makerversity members, the group learnt to record, sample and mix their own sounds…
…they had a great introduction to circuitry and conductivity with the help of Bare Conductive’s electric paint and were wowed by their TouchBoard drum kit…
…they picked up the basics of Processing to code their MaKey Makey kits…
…our wonderful friends from AutoDesk came by to help out with 3D modelling…
…and 2052 opened their eyes to the possibilities of 3D printing!
On top of all of this they learnt to laser cut and engrave…
…and even typeset exhibition graphics!
Will.i.am came to meet the young people at their exhibition on July 3rd spoke to them about their experience of the workshop and even had a listen to their unique recordings through their Electric-Painted, laser-engraved, MaKey-MaKey programmed, 3D printed objects!
Their work from the programme will be on display at the Barbican, named Input Output, for the rest of the summer – go and see it!
A huge thanks to all of our members who ran sessions, helped out with tech or gave talks to the group this week – we couldn’t have done it without you!