At the moment I’m studying Interactive Media Design & Management at Hyper Island at their very first UK school outside Sweden. The experience to date has been amazing, and it’s clear to see that the work has been designed with notable industry collaborators to create highly employable agents of change.

Through working on live briefs we have a continuous connection with industry, and have produced work for brands including Google, McCann and Oxfam, as well as collaborating with Manchester based agencies LOVE, The Neighbourhood and CodeComputor Love.

Here at Hyper Island we believe the how is as important as the what. So, it’s really important for us to constantly learn, something we all want to bring into industry. To constantly develop and improve we think that openness is key and we achieve this through regular reflection and direct feedback. We learn through mistakes as much as success.

Want to learn more? Sure you do. Here’s Hyper Island on a wall for you…

Hyper Island On a Wall from Hyper Island on Vimeo.

And finally here’s a fun little video we made which gives you a little idea of the studio and what we’re all about. You can spot me (and my handwriting) at start…

Heading to the Island…

Hyper Island is an education centre that has been established in Sweden for the last 16 years, and more recently New York, specialising in technology, creative problem solving and strategy. This year, with the support of NESTA, they are bringing the school to Manchester and I’ve secured a scholarship, starting very soon.

It’s exciting, as I believe in this way of learning. Learning by doing on a path that has been created by major industry partners, including BBC, Sony and Saatchi & Saatchi amongst others. Real briefs and real work, without text books or teachers. I’m one of only twenty-five, and through the studio we’ll learn from each other. Fellow students all have solid ‘real world’ experience behind them ranging from graphic design to project management and everything in between.

Want to find out more? Sure you do:

Hyper Island arrives in Manchester from Hyper Island UK on Vimeo.

It goes without saying that I’m pretty lucky to be offered such a remarkable opportunity. It also goes without saying that I wouldn’t be in this position without my work at FutureGov, where I’ll still be working on a part-time basis. I’ve known for a while that Dom and Carrie are fascinated by this type of training – graduate schemes that create flexible, intuitive, collaborative innovators, rather than the next version of the existing.

You, you lucky people, can follow my journey right here, where I’ll be pulling in projects I’m working on, lessons I’m learning, things I’m thinking and the stuff I’m doing. In  addition there are a few FutureGov projects bubbling away that I’ll be part of, as well as coming back to London for this, which I’m rather looking forward to.

So suitcase packed I’m ready to go. A new adventure ey? Wish me luck…

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