The most successful final project work demonstrated a close working relationship with a range of different stakeholders at different levels throughout the project. Well resolved projects had multiple cycles of design iteration, with failure being seen as part of the learning.
A number of projects were strengthened by the production of a design brief, which helped give focus, even if it changed and developed in response to changing circumstances.
Although co-design and a sense of community was discussed, it would have been good to see more evidence of skill-sharing between the MDS community – there was a good deal of support given by some, but this was not always reciprocated -it is important to realise that skill-sharing means exchanging different skills, not ‘like for like': so help with proof reading could be exchanged for anything from graphic design work to keeping the studio environment tidy and clean.
As was notably stated in one presentation “unlike other forms of design, service design is not done in the studio” and projects really flourished when you overcame any apprehension and connected face to face with the people with whom you were designing with and for.
Without exception everyone achieved a good masters standard.
Individual feedback to follow.