Collaboration with Industry
The RCA partnered with Huawei, a global leader in information and communications technology solutions, to explore the company’s future identity, experience and product design directions in response to major changes taking place in telecommunications enterprise ...read more.
In a project initiated by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for Visa Europe to design prototypes for a contactless payment device for charitable giving, the RCA partnered with TCS to introduce Visa representatives to the concepts of design thinking, co-creation and inclusive design in the development of new products and services ... read more.
The Royal College of Art lunched a new Design Innovation Lab in September 2015, developed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation. By bringing together the RCA’s academic and research expertise with TCS’s technological and business insights, the lab creates ideal conditions for testing and honing design ideas. Specifically, TCS and its clients have the opportunity to gain access to the RCA’s academic expertise and advice in the development of design projects, while prolonged contact with world-leading industry expertise opens up new avenues of enquiry to the College’s researchers ... read more.
Meissen Table Fountain
A unique eighteenth-century porcelain table fountain, made by Meissen only around 50 years after they had invented European porcelain, was reassembled at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the first time in 150 years. The fountain has been reconstructed by RCA ceramicists Dr Steve Brown and Professor Martin Smith, working alongside V&A curatorial and conservation staff ... read more.
Hyundai approached the RCA to engage in a six-month collaboration of ‘open innovation activity’ with its School of Communication, to bring new thinking to its goal to become the world’s ‘most loved’ automotive brand. Hyundai are a forward-thinking company – they combine technological progress with human experience, and promise to create products that will help consumers share ‘precious moments’, ‘enrich our lives’ and create ‘clean mobility technologies’ for the future. They believe that change comes from innovative thinking, and that this can come equally from fresh approaches by outsiders or experienced employees. In this context they were open to young, creative RCA students providing ideas to enable Hyundai to become a favourite consumer brand ... read more.
Riverlight / St James, Future City
Developer St James, part of the Berkeley Group, partnered with the Royal College of Art to open a new permanent project space at Riverlight – an iconic, river-fronting residential scheme comprising over 800 apartments across six pavilions. Designed by architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners, Riverlight is located in Nine Elms, in London’s South Bank regeneration area. StudioRCA at Riverlight is run by the Royal College of Art as a test-bed and exhibition space for academics and students to engage with public audiences ... read more.
The Royal College of Art teamed up with technology company Intel to host a funded technologist-in-residence, to open up technology and make it accessible to non-technical specialists, and to build a networked community that will share ideas, projects and new social directions for electronics. Based within the School of Design’s Mechatronic’s Lab, the Intel technologist-in-residence offers technical tutoring and – more importantly – develops a culture that frames electronics in strategic and social contexts, encouraging researchers and students to consider the implications of emerging technologies ... read more.
Redesigning the Ambulance
This award-winning design project led by the RCA's School of Design and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, began with the designers joining ambulance crews on callouts during 12-hour shifts. Key insights were translated into sketch designs, and a full-scale test rig was mocked up in cardboard and foam. Front line paramedics, clinicians, patients, academic researchers, engineers and designers then worked together in a co-design process to develop and evaluate proposals ... read more.
The Creative Exchange (CX)
The Creative Exchange (CX) is a £4m Knowledge Exchange Hub led by Lancaster University in partnership with Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art. The programme connects design research excellence with businesses, service providers and citizens. CX responds to changes in the design, creative and media-based industries, and the rise of the digital space. It explores new forms of engagement and exchange in the digital media, design, broadcast, performing and visual arts, and gaming sectors, focusing on the public digital sphere and notions of participation, experience, personalisation, connectivity, narrative and identity ... read more.
Inclusive Design Workshop with the British Council
An inclusive design workshop for sheltered manufacturing devised by RCA senior research fellow Julia Cassim, took to the international stage as a travelling exhibition after winning three Croatian design awards ... read more.