Rebecca Sarah Black + Ruby Coyne


This Friday we have two remarkable young designers joining us.

Rebecca Sarah Black is a contemporary jewellery designer maker based in the multi disciplinary studio space of Process Studios in Edinburgh. A JMD graduate of DJCAD, she hand carves bovine bone and works precious metal into statement, sculptural and wearable jewellery. Since graduating, she has developed her work and her craft business to stock both a commercial collection which is available online, and mix this with her statement bone work in shows and markets throughout the year.

We are also delighted to welcome Ruby Coyne, fashion graduate of Gray’s School of Art and currently based at Wasps Studios here in Dundee. She is the energetic force behind the label Dreamland Clothing that has quickly secured an enviable presence in the fashion market. An energetic entrepreneur, Ruby also manages an additional label Dreamland Vintage which was “….a way of generating income whilst studying, keeping at the back of my mind that this would help build the base of what I want to do.”

These two design entrepreneurs you will find inspiring and instructive as they chart their respective paths from art school to enterprising practice.


Lauren Currie


This Friday Design Enterprise will welcome one of Scotland’s most dynamic service designers, design activists, educators and entrepreneurs. Lauren Currie graduated from DJCAD in both Product Design and our Master of Design programme. With Sarah Drummond, she established Snook, which has a world reputation as an innovative social design agency. She has been an advisor to the Chinese Government, has spoken at conferences and events throughout the world, and has a well deserved reputation as an inspiring speaker. She also writes for the Herald. In September 2014 The Observer newspaper put her on the front cover of the Review section as one of the nominated Top 50 Radicals – people who are changing Britain through social innovation.

She was recently appointed Programme Manager for MA Digital Experience Design at Hyper Island Manchester. Hyper Island is an international private university level education provider covering design, leadership, digital business and a range of other specialisms. She will be running a two hour workshop with us that promises to be a unique and valuable experience!

Here is a recent talks she has given…


Dundee: enterprising city of design


Creative enterprise is about innovation, collaboration and finding new opportunities. We are seeing this in abundance in Dundee, and this session brings together a hugely talented panel of speakers who are behind some of the city’s key recent initiatives to discuss how Dundee has justifiably become UNESCO City of Design. Speakers include CEO of Creative Dundee Gillian Easson, Andrew McMahon, owner of the Bonviveur Group – a hospitality company based in Dundee that runs bars, restaurants and outdoor events – and founder of the Social Enterprise Food on Friday and now driving the Young Champions initiative, Anthea Reid.

Handbook of digital storytelling


The Handbook of Digital Storytelling is a grerat resource that provides a readable and clear introduction to “anyone who has an interest in using digital media literacy skills for storytelling”. Produced by a team from the University of the West of Scotland, including Jennifer Jones (design mentor at Dundee Service Jam 2016), the guide takes you through blogging, video, podcasting and social media. It’s a good grounding, particularly if you’re new to this. Later in the semester we add detail to this, and of course there are the tutorials that provide more detailed advice and tuition in specific tools. The handbook is a free download from here.

Marble Boy joins us!


This Friday 26 February we be joined by Dundee entrepreneur Jamie Shankland who established the social enterprise Marble Boy clothing line two years ago. Under the headline People not profit: Dundee clothing company plans to give away all proceeds in 2015 – The Courier covered the launch of his company back in December. More background on Jamie and the company can be read on this STV feature. Finally here is Jamie himself:

An inspiring social innovator who bridges local creative talent with the needs of communities and a well honed fashion business strategy, there is much to be learned from Jamie’s visit. So do your homework on him and his company, and come prepared with some questions. And the other thing about Jamie is that he has another highly lucrative business in the oil industry that helped to launch Marlbe Boy.

Ali McGill – leading entrepreneur

This week we welcome a special friend of Design Enterprise. Alasdair McGill is former Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee. In terms of the economy of the East of Scotland, he’s a real local hero. Currently Finance Director for GS-Group and Managing Director of Ashton McGill, he’s also co-founder of innovative golfing start-up and Director of Family Golf & Leisure Ltd. Formerly he was Accounting Director of FW Accounting. A brilliant entrepreneur, Alasdair also is a massive friend of and support to the creative sector, and has worked with people like Kate Pickering and Lauren Currie.

We are very fortunate in having him provide both a guest lecture early in the module, then conduct a workshop on using the Business Model Canvas. You will find his insights, inspiration and ideas invaluable!

This is what designers can do


“Design does much more that make pretty things. And designers don’t make things for the sake of making things. We create human-centered value.”

A blog post by Louise Schenk makes the case powerfully that we should stop looking at design in a “thing-oriented way”, and instread look at design in terms of its potential to “create value by solving human problems.”

This makes us look at your own employability radically differently by shifting away from vocationalism, and opens up new ways of looking at design’s role in enterprise. This is an essential read for Design Enterprise!