Breaking Through: New projects from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

15 September 2014 to 25 September 2014 | 10am – 5.30pm

Battersea, Dyson Building

Free Admission

This exhibition explores how current research by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art is translating into new products, services and systems – and breaking through to achieve impact in the market, public discourse and policymaking.

Breaking Through demonstrates how emerging ideas can shape alternatives futures in areas as diverse as energy use, office life and ageing populations – when ethnographic research and people-centred design are considered in tandem. From designs for a new London taxi to innovations in healthcare and developments for digital communities, there is an emphasis on user push rather than technology pull as the driving force to improve people’s lives through design. 

Curated for the London Design Festival 2014, Breaking Through features projects with international industry partners to bring new concepts to market, as well as government and third sector collaborations to influence thinking and enhance public services and social inclusion.

Research work in the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – the RCA’s largest and longest running centre for design research – is undertaken by new RCA design graduates (working on the Helen Hamlyn Research Associates programme), by PhD students and more senior researchers. Projects by all three groups of researchers are represented in Breaking Through.