Ghost Gear investigations – week seven – the Net Hack Challenge…

WK 7 – Net Hack Challenge visit – Centre for Sustainable Design, Surrey. As we were undertaking our own Net Hack as part of this project in January 2018, we visited Prof Martin Charter at the Centre for Sustainable Design when he ran a similar event in November 2017. This event sets challenges from different stakeholders to designers as briefs, with recovered nets being the material to be used as part of the solution. As a design studio, we set a brief to the designers to test how they may respond (an in turn, how to word the briefs for our own event) and watched the day event unfold. It was clear that the briefs we give to the designers need to allow for a good level of creativity to be employed (ie, not too prescriptive) and that they had access to seeing the net early on in the process (some were confused as to what they could feasibly do with the material…