Andy Stirling Robertson


This Friday we are joined by Andy Robertson . From a textile background, Andy has an exciting range of experience that has led him to consider what is really important: re-designing business models for a circular economy.

“I’m a freelancer doing a mix of business design, coaching, making textiles and facilitating workshops. Most of those things I learned to do by accident. My work focuses on design that imagines answers to our social and environmental challenges. I’m into circular economy fashion and design for experiences, not stuff. I’m curious about art, design, football and far away places, and I look for projects in those spaces. My best jobs so far include a year long lecturing post at The Glasgow School of Art and consultancy work for the craft sector in Pakistan.”


Ryan McLeod – Slurpp

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This Friday we have Ryan McLeod in for our afternoon inspiration. Ryan runs Slurpp, a design studio based in Dundee, Scotland. They focus on creating beautiful and meaningful digital experiences that help clients solve their problems.

You may also know Ryan from his Creative Chit Chat podcast, where he hosts conversations with some of Dundee’s finest design talent. If you’re not listening already, go check it out. Your ears will not be disappointed.

Kirsty Thomson – The Circle

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Friday’s second guest lecture comes from Kirsty Thomson of The Circle.

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee.

We provide affordable offices, co-working and community space.

By bringing organisations together, we are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.

Kirsty is our Founder and Chief Executive Office. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations for 17 years. She is also Managing Director of Along Came Kirsty, a Third Sector consultancy that has been running for five years with four members of staff and hard-working volunteers. A graduate of the University of Abertay, she is a trustee of the Abertay Students Association.

Joanne Mcfadyen – Tea Green

Friday’s guest speaker is Joanne MacFadyen an award winning Scottish jeweller currently based in Dundee. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a bachelor of design degree with honors in 2010 and completed a Master of Fine Art in 2012. 
In the summer of 2014 Joanne set up Tea Green Events, hosting unique pop up events to showcase the wealth of creative talent based in Scotland. Inspired by a desire to champion high quality hand made items created in Scotland by independent makers.
Her personal work is lead by a love of experimenting with materials and techniques and driven by a wide eyed attitude to the world. Identifying Predominately as a jeweller, but also as a maker & doodler, Joanne works with a precious metals, precious metal clays, enamel & gemstones to create mainly one off pieces.

Fun Makes Good

This week, Friday 3rd February, we will be welcoming Eleanor Young, the woman behind Fun Makes Good, to talk to us about her company and it’s journey from start-up in 2009 to the present day. She’ll be shedding some light on the different markets she designs for; with her range of ready to buy homewares, bespoke commissions, collaborations and large scale projects. Just how do you juggle these different elements? You can ask her on Friday.

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…