A few weeks ago we took a long weekend trip down to London to house, cat and rabbit-sit for my parents while they were on holiday. Even though I grew up in London, I still seem to act like a tourist every time I venture back 'home'. We saw a show, went to the Hard Rock Cafe, went to Buckingham Palace, drank some overpriced gin - the works.
While we were down there I wanted to visit a venue I used to love as a child because of how interactive and playful it was. The Science Museum brings back great memories of human sized bubbles, floor pianos and 'cool space pencils' in the gift shop. You could imagine my disappointment when the twenty one year old Ciara searched floors high and low for these such attractions but was met with legitimate educational exhibitions. I felt cheated.
I was about to give up on my old childhood memory when I spotted an exhibition that spoke to the product designer in me.
Making the Modern World
'The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some iconic items that have shaped our society.
Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Stephenson’s Rocket, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model and the first Apple computer.
You’ll also find thought-provoking objects such as penicillin from Fleming’s laboratory, a porcelain bowl salvaged from Hiroshima and a clock that will tell the time for the next 10,000 years.
Visit this exceptional collection to follow the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day.' (source)
If anyone reading this is an inspiring designer, engineer, manufacture, tech-y or just appreciates industrial design I would highly recommend this exhibition. The Science Museum is classed as a free venue however they work off donations so I would suggest parting with a beloved fiver so they can keep on providing shows such as this one to the public. I would love to ramble on about each and every thing I found fascinating but seeing as this such an easily accessible day-out I would suggest just seeing it for yourself! However, I will provide a few mentions to some my favourites:
At the exhibition there was a model of an early prosthetic arm that made me realize how far we have advanced in medical technology and product design. We are at a stage where utilizing skills in computer aided design and 3D printing can produce bespoke and custom-made prosthetic limbs that are much less intrusive that the model seen here.
The power of prosthetic limbs are easy to overlook if you are not the one in need of them. Yet, with events such as the Paralympics currently going on in Rio, undeniably resources such as these give people, and even animals, a second chance when life has dealt them a difficult hand.
The Nostalgia of 'Big'
'Old School' Manufacture
In my masters I would love to become more knowledgeable about the manufacture style of design as I have often viewed it merely as part of the criteria or a compulsory slide I would leave for last. Although I have not always been the biggest fan of this stage in the product life cycle, seeing older models of the printing press and especially the lathe, having looked into them extensively in the third year when researching wooden materials, I feel inspired to get myself up to date on 'how things are made'. I could sketch all the beautiful designs I wish, but if they are not plausible more manufacture, the concept is futile.
I love to collect my thought's in this blog so that when I may be uninspired later on, I can refer back to this post's and note down what I was enjoying learning about in the months prior. I will most likely do a post about the London Design Show and share my experience of the day on here.
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