D is for DesignJanuary 24 2018 – February 11 2018
D for Design presents a selection of projects, milestones and experiences that have shaped David Swann's design research practice.
David is Professor in Design, and Subject Leader for Product, Furniture and Interior. He is a double graduate of the Royal College of Art (MDes Industrial Design-1991 and PhD- 2011). His design research is grounded in global healthcare challenges. In 2014, David won the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design’s World Design Impact Prize. In the same year he was selected to participate in the UK’s inaugural GREAT Festival of Creativity, a showcase for British innovation. David's ABC syringe resides in the London Design Museum and Science Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne.
David’s new research supports the scaling up of Warchild’s eLearning initiative to provide basic education through gamification to vulnerable children, former child soldiers, children in remote areas, displaced children and street children. In Sudan it is estimated that 1.8 million primary school-aged children have no access to primary education.
A second project is U-Think. An innovative platform project that explores the use of SMS text messaging to develop creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills in young learners- 21st century skills that are a cornerstone of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.