An exhibition of work from Product Design at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2012.
With 70 exhibits from 24 graduating students this exhibition collectively explores the
definition of a product and the role of design within it’s creation.
The exhibition is supported by “Thing is a Dirty Word” – a student produced publication that accompanies the 2012 Degree Show of the Product Design department at the Glasgow School of Art.
Twenty four graduating students offer reflections on their design practice in an exploration of the relevance and meaning of the word ‘product’ in a digital age and service economy. A foreword by Head of Department, Gordon Hush, guest article from design writer Barbara Eldridge – the inspiration for this publication’s title – and interviews with Glasgow based service designers, Snook and student project clients, Alzheimer’s Scotland provide perspectives on the shifting role of product designers, representative of the progressive nature of the course.
Portraits of each graduate, by photographer Ross Fraser McLean, depict the designer ‘on-location’. In a setting pertaining to each individual’s project, the images refer to the immersive, ethnographic, and user-centred nature of the research and design process common to all work displayed in this exhibition.