Design Museum launches Digital Design Calendar to bring the museum into homes around the globe

The Design Museum has launched a new calendar of online content to bring design into the homes of over 5 million of its digital followers across the globe.

Its new digital calendar includes lesson plans and activities for children at home with the Young Design Museum programme, a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions for adults in new Learn with the Design Museum series and a roster of Instagram Lives with leading designers called #DesignDispatches. Partners include BBC Studios, Royal College of Art and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; and collaborators include designer Ron Arad, fashion designers Christopher Raeburn, Amanda Wakeley and Bella Freud, designer Morag Myerscough and interior designers 2LG Studio

The programme will deliver the museum’s mission to make the impact of design visible by connecting design with people’s lives and passions online during the temporary closure of its landmark building
Starting from 1 April 2020, the Design Museum will be launching a new calendar of online activities, from brushing up on your design history and virtually visiting the studios of leading designers to learning sessions for all ages.

Divided into four key strands – Young Design Museum, Into the Archive, Learn with the Design Museum and #DesignDispatches – the Design Museum will inspire home learners, from schoolchildren to adults.

Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director said:

“We feel that it is more important than ever to connect to people’s lives and passions at a time when much of the population is in isolation and seeking meaningful engagement. This is a moment to reach out, to be responsive and to ask questions. We hope that our new Digital Design Calendar will connect with those at home looking for inspiration.”

#DesignDispatches kicked off last week with a live studio tour from Christopher Raeburn, which organically generated over 21,000 views. The series will continue with the Design Museum’s Director, Tim Marlow, in conversation with a wide range of leading designers and architects. Every Saturday, viewers can enjoy a snapshot into the lives and work of familiar faces from the world of design, fashion and architecture.

Whether you’ve found yourself in charge of your children’s school day, or are simply after some creative fun to fill an afternoon, check out the museum’s family and school resources brought together online under Young Design Museum. These activities will bring the world of design to life through everyday materials and household objects, including a collaboration with BBC Studios Hey Duggee.

Get behind the scenes of the museum’s exhibitions, past, present and future, as well as insights into what’s going on across the design world with the Design Museum’s new Into the Archive series or why not use this time to upskill with the new free Learn with the Design Museum programme – which kicks off with top tips and reads from responsible fashion designer Christopher Raeburn.

Recognising the difference good design can make to inclusivity, access remains at the heart of the Design Museum’s ethos and therefore its online programme. Over the next few weeks, the museum will be partnering with designers and organisations who share this value and promote design for all.

Design Museum launches Digital Design Calendar to bring the museum into homes around the globe
1 April 2020 #DesignFromHome @DesignMuseum

Each week the full programme will be updated on the Design Museum’s new Digital Design Calendar page here.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine Founder and co-publisher Art of Conversation and founder of the platform @worldoffad