To encourage RCA students to engage with social changes and adopt inclusive and participatory design methods, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design has established The Methods Lab.
This is an interdisciplinary workshop experience for design students and tutors across all disciplines and departments of the College. Two Methods Labs will be held each academic year to engage and inspire.
Projects developed via The Methods Lab could be shortlisted at the RCA summer show for the Helen Hamlyn Design Awards.
The Methods Lab: Exploring Design for an Inclusive World, is a creative workshop to explore new ways to design with people for social change.
It is organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the RCA in partnership with RCA departments, RCA Students' Union and external supporters.
The name originates from a study made by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, John Bound and Roger Coleman in 1999. The Methods Lab study investigated user research methods in design, resulting in around 30 methods.
Methods Lab 2011-2012
This four-day version of the Methods Lab - Ageing in Kensington: designing for our future selves - involved 37 students from ten RCA programmes and the Media Studies department at the Media, Art & Design Faculty (MAD) in Genk, Belgium. It ran as part of the RCA's interdisciplinary week from 31 October to 3 November. More ...
Methods Lab 2010-2011
The five-day Methods Lab ran from 1-5 November 2010 and involved 36 students from nine Royal College of Art departments and the Media, Art & Design Faculty (MAD) in Genk, Belgium. They worked together with creative partners from Age Concern, Kensington, London. More ...
Methods Lab 2009-2010
The opening event for the first Methods Lab - Disguised: a True Design Story, with Patricia Moore in conversation with Jeremy Myerson was held on 9 November 2009. The two-day workshop ran from 10-11 November. More ...