London Design Trip 2018

20th November 2018

‘Work hard – play hard’ is a phrase often associated with city lifestyles, so when the 20 A level Product Design students from KCC travelled to London for a three day Design Residential, as well as days criss-crossing London to visit the Science Museum, Design Museum, Brunel Museum and Conran Shop, the evenings were filled with visits to the Free-jumping trampoline park at the O2, an evening meal in China Town and a trip to the Top Secret Comedy Store on Drury Lane.  Each night they returned tired, but happy, late to their city Youth Hostel accommodation in the city’s Docklands area.

The new Design Museum in the revamped Commonwealth building off High Street Kensington, is a beautiful space with an amazing display of artefacts on the theme of ‘Designer: Maker: User’ and the handling collection workshop was a springboard for the yr.12 students’ next design project on LED lighting. One day was spent attending a series of lectures in a 900 seater lecture theatre near Westminster with A level Design students from all over the UK.  There were inspirational lectures from four different international designers, explaining their designs ideas- their successes and failures - and reinforcing so many of the concepts and theories that we teach students in school.  Most impressive was that of the ‘Gravity’ team who have developed micro jet turbines for jet pack use, pretty close to the Iron-Man character.  The trip was intended to expose KCC A Level students to the very best that the world of design has to offer and to inspire them in their own work this year.  Mr Luckhurst, who organised the trip, said “Our students exceeded all expectations during the trip and were a credit to the College and their families.  I look forward to supporting them further in their Product Design studies as they are a talented group of students and I expect great things from them”.  For more information on the Product Design course or the work of the College, please contact us at

Written by Martyn Luckhurst
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