Photos © Philip Blaikie

Thing is a Dirty Word is a publication that accompanied the 2012 Degree Show of the Product Design department at the Glasgow School of Art. I worked alongside Philip Blaikie on the creation of the publication.

In Thing is a Dirty Word the graduating students offer reflections on their design practice in an exploration of the relevance and meaning of the word ‘product’ in a digital age and service economy. A foreword by Head of Department, Gordon Hush, guest article from design writer Barbara Eldridge – the inspiration for this publication’s title - and interviews with Glasgow based service designers, Snook and student project clients, Alzheimer Scotland provide perspectives on the shifting role of product designers, representative of the progressive nature of the course.

Portraits of each graduate, by photographer Ross Fraser McLean, depict the designer ‘on-location’. In a setting pertaining to each individual’s project, the images refer to the immersive, ethnographic, and user-centred nature of the research and design process common to all work displayed in this exhibition.

You can read the publication in full here.