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Makeright – Making bags to make good

HMP Thameside, London
24th November 2016
The MAKERIGHT range of anti-theft bags designed by inmates was launched with an exhibition at Serco’s HMP Thameside. Designed by Marcus Willcocks, the exhibition showed the path to setting up the programme at the prison and the design thinking and making that went into the bags. Many of the inmates were present at the launch and spoke about their work to the visitors.

Female Slenderness and the Case of Perverse Compliant Deception – or Why Size Matters…

Window Gallery, Central Saint Martins
31st October - 14th November 2013
Based on the essay by Lorraine Gamman (Professor of Design) and featuring illustrations by artist Lucie Russell (external researcher at Central Saint Martins), the exhibit serves as a visual response to current ideas relating to fashion, food and the female form.

Getting Ahead of ATM Crime 2

Covent Garden
5th April 2013
This event and exhibition was organised by police in Westminster in partnership with colleagues from Westminster City Council and DACRC and was held as part of Covent Garden Crime Prevention Day to raise awareness of ATM fraud. The event featured the ‘ATM Challenge’ where members of the public were invited to enter a PIN into a dummy ATM devised by DACRC, to see whether they could avoid the number being observed. This gave people a useful insight into the sophisticated technology criminals use to gather people’s personal details to steal from them. Officers from The Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit delivered crime prevention advice and practical tips for people to stay safe.

2012 Design + Crime Conference

University of Technology, Sydney
12-13th December 2012
The DACRC team co-curated the design exhibition at the 2012 Design + Crime Conference, University of Technology Sydney. The conference and exhibition brought together professionals and academics from diverse backgrounds to explore new ways of preventing crime, increasing safety and making places functional and friendly. It was structured to deliver design strategies and practical solutions to current, complex situational crime issues.

The Way You Make Me Feel

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
12-14th Sept 2012
DACRC showcased their work on empathy at the ‘Design and Emotion; Out Of Control’ conference. The work looked at design responses that help resolve conflict. MAID student responses were also shown as they were set a brief by DACRC to undertake design work and create design objects, systems and services, that help others to experience each others’ viewpoint; to create objects/tools that promote or catalyse empathy linked to participatory models of design.

Getting Ahead of ATM Crime

Covent Garden Piazza
30th July 2012
This event and exhibition was organised by police in Westminster in partnership with colleagues from Westminster City Council and DACRC and was held to coincide with the start of the Olympics to raise awareness of ATM fraud and what visitors to London can do to avoid becoming a victim. The event featured the ‘ATM Challenge’ where members of the public were invited to enter a PIN into a dummy ATM devised by DACRC, to see whether they could avoid the number being observed. This gave people a useful insight into the sophisticated technology criminals use to gather people’s personal details to steal from them. Officers from The Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit delivered crime prevention advice and practical tips for people to stay safe. DACRC also showcased the work of design students as well as artists and design research staff who came up with new and cost-effective solutions to tackle ATM crime.

DESIS Green Camden

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
14th June 2012
The DESIS GREEN CAMDEN exhibition ran as part of the degree shows at Central Saint Martins. The exhibition showcased final outcomes of the BA Product Design / MA Applied Imagination student project of the same name, which sought to facilitate community services delivered by residents and other social actors, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and improving quality of life in the London Borough of Camden.

Design Against ATM Crime 2

Covent Garden Piazza
14th July 2011
Following the Design Against ATM Crime exhibition unveiling on 16th June at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, a smaller exhibition, sponsored by NCR and supported by the Metropolitan Police took place during Crime Prevention Week.

Design Against ATM Crime 1

The Front Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
16th - 21st June 2011
The Design Against ATM Crime exhibition at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) showcases the work of design students as well as artists and design research staff. Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) and NCR worked with the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), Royal Bank of Scotland and LINK on a design brief for BA (Hons) Product Design students. The challenge set was to come up with new and cost-effective solutions to tackle ATM crime.

When Central Met St Martins

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
11th January – 26th March 2010
An exhibition showcasing a range of work from across all of Central Saint Martins’ disciplines; film making and acting, fashion and textiles, fine art and photography, costume and theatre design, graphic and product design, jewellery and ceramics, architecture and environment, including exemplars from the Design Against Crime Research Centre.

Putting the Brakes on Bike Theft

New London Architecture, London
16th December 2008 – 30th January 2009
An exhibition featuring many of the original exhibits shown at the Barbican Centre (October 2008), re-contextualised and redesigned for New London Architecture, aimed at an architectural audience. The exhibition was displayed for six weeks showcasing bike parking designs that make life easier for cyclists and harder for bike thieves. New work created for this event included upgraded visual material and a video installation of designers talking about their designs. The exhibition was also redesigned for the Innovation Centre Gallery, Central Saint Martins to coincide with enterprise events (September 2008 and February 2009).

Design in Public Space

Silesian Castle of Art and Enterprise, Cieszyn, Poland
13th September – 26th November 2008
The exhibition, curated by Katarzyna Jezowska of the Polish Design Centre, was aimed at designers, urbanists and municipal bodies who provide and decide upon equipment for public space. It included design exemplars created by the Design Against Crime Research Centre. This year the overall event was focused on the issue of “safety”.

Safer Sustainable Cities

Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea
6th June 2008
An exhibition, which was part of Safer Sustainable Cities seminar, was hosted by Swansea Metropolitan University in partnership with the Design Against Crime Research Centre, co-organised by Chris Thomas and held at the Grand Reading Room in the Welsh School of Architectural Glass. The event focused on the contribution of designing out crime to the creation of safer, sustainable cities and was attended by 50 delegates from local authorities, police and academic bodies from England and Wales.

Designs Against Crime stakeholder exhibition

Home Office, Marsham Street, London
24th January 2008
The Home Office’s Acquisitive Crime Unit – who are partly responsible for the formation of the Design Technology Alliance, asked DACRC to create an exhibition aimed at a diverse stakeholder group who the Home Office have targeted to Design Out Crime. DAC product exemplars, including those from the Bikeoff project, formed part of this exhibition. The leaflet announcing the formation of the DTA (originally created for the Tent event at Truman Brewery) was also circulated at this brief installation at the Home Office.

Socially Responsive Designs Against Crime at Tent London

Truman Brewery, London
20th – 23rd September 2007
Following on from the success of the ECCA exhibition, Design Against Crime exemplars featured within this exhibition designed to communicate the socially responsive design agenda (exemplified by DACRC) to a design focused audience that paid to attend the weeklong ‘Tent’ design event at the Truman Brewery. A leaflet announcing the formation of the Design Technology Alliance, organised by the Home Office, was created for this event to introduce The Alliance to a design audience. This communication featured the Bikeoff butterfly stand as the illustration of how best to design out crime – in a way that doesn’t look criminal!

ECCA conference exhibition

University College London
17th July 2007
The Design Against Crime Research Centre were invited to showcase Design Against Crime exemplars at the ECCA International Conference to communicate, to a crime prevention and criminology audience, the contribution practice led research has to make to designing out crime. Gamman, Thorpe and Ekblom also gave papers at the conference, where attendees were invited to review the designs.

Holborn Unlocked

Lethaby Gallery II, Central Saint Martins, London
22nd – 25th May 2007
A student exhibition on bicycle parking design solutions. The benefits of an integrated approach to transport and land use planning are advocated within TfL 2025 Transport challenges for a growing city. Holborn Unlocked explored how this policy might be creatively interpreted on street, in relation to future cycling infrastructure. Using design as a discourse to raise debates about cycling, security and public space, the Design Against Crime Research Centre presented this exhibition to call on providers, planners and designers to explore the creative potential for cycling infrastructure to improve the users experience.

Cityscape

Earls Court, London
27th February – 1st March 2007
This exhibition was primarily a “trade show” and produced lots of enquiries about Bikeoff bicycle stand designs at Cityscape, one of the UK’s biggest events dedicated to sustainable urban design and the public realm which brings together thousands of visitors, exhibitors and speakers who are interested in sustainability, design, construction and the built environment.

Designs Against Bicycle Theft – Love your Bike

Cochrane Theatre, London
14th February 2007
Product launch event and exhibition to coincide with Valentines Day. Seven new sculpturally attractive yet functional bike parking designs were unveiled for ‘on street’ testing at the junction of Southampton Row and Theobald’s Road – a hot spot for cycle theft according to Metropolitan Police (Holborn) data. The research booklet and design catalogue, Design Against Bicycle Theft, accompanied the press launch of the anti-theft bike stands. As part of the product launch event mini cycle security exhibition featured in the Cochrane Theatre bar gallery.

Reinventing the Bike Shed 2

New London Architecture, London
30th October – 11th November 2006
This exhibition curated by Adam Thorpe (Bikeoff), Stephanie Laslett and Jason Cornish (Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects) and Andrea Casalotti (Velorution) showcased the finalists of the “Reinventing the Bike Shed” international design competition, which sought radical new ideas for bike parking, and also illustrated some of the challenges of urban cycling. The competition called for pioneering and beautiful bike storage solutions for urban living, on any scale and for any end use. The winners were announced at the Private View of the exhibition on 31st October 2006. The image shown is one of the two winners in the student competition. Judges: Wayne Hemingway (Red or Dead), Jon Snow (Channel 4 News), John Grimshaw (Sustrans), Vicky Richardson (Blueprint), Adam Thorpe (Bikeoff), Jason Cornish (Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects), Andrea Casalotti (Velorution).

Reinventing the Bike Shed

The Arches, Tooley Street, London
16th – 25th July 2006
The exhibition was staged during Architecture Week as part of the London Architectural Biennale in June 2006 before the Bikeoff second externally funded project started. It was shown the Arches at Tooley Street. The exhibition, curated by Adam Thorpe of Bikeoff and Ansel & Associate was delivered with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Sogol Architects and Southwark Cyclists, was the first to address cycle theft, cycle security and cycle parking, with a focus on the role design can play in reducing cycle theft and increasing cycle use. The exhibition provided a forum for stakeholder seminars addressing these issues and launched an international design competition in collaboration with Blueprint magazine and Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects, and catalyzed work from other designers, who entered the competition. Judges of this work included Adam Thorpe, Wayne Hemmingway and Jon Snow.

SAFE: Design Takes on Risk

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
16th October 2005 - 2nd January 2006
Design Against Crime exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Our Stop Thief chairs were purchased for their permanent collection. The first major design exhibition at MoMA since its reopening, SAFE exhibition, curated by Paola Antonelli, featured around three hundred objects and prototypes designed in order to protect the body and the mind from stressful or dangerous situation; prevent and respond to emergency and provide a sense of comfort and safety.

INDEX: 2005

Main square, Copenhagen, Denmark
23rd September – 13th November 2005
Design Against Crime were awarded two ‘Top Nominations’ at INDEX: 2005 awards in Denmark. One of the biggest design and innovation awards, INDEX: was initiated by the Danish Government and city of Copenhagen. Ninety six nominated top designs including the award winners, and Design Against Crime’s Karrysafe and Grippa products, were displayed in the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen.

Bike Fest 2005

Trafalgar Square, London
12th June 2005
Linked to London’s annual cycle-themed extravaganza, hosted by Transport for London (TfL). Design Against Crime Research Centre took the opportunity to create a short exhibition and participate by educating cyclists on best crime prevention practice for ‘on street cycle parking’ using design.

Anti Crime Wave: Secure Design for Safer Travel at Designer’s Block

Salone de Mobile, Milan, Italy
9th – 14th April 2003
The Design Against Crime Research Centre enabled British designers Adam Thorpe and Joe Hunter from Vexed Generation to produce Europe’s first range of crime proof bags and fashion accessories. The stylish products, marketed under the brand Karrysafe, were shown at Milan’s Designers Block. The products were developed during research led by Dr. Lorraine Gamman making a big impact on UK media. They were specifically designed to protect their owners from pickpockets and muggers, preventing the four most common street crimes: dipping, lifting, slashing and grabbing. On display were the Karryfront Screamer, HoodSack, Scroll Top Backpack and Shoulder Bag and PhoneSafe and BodySafe.

Anti Crime Wave: Secure Design for Safer Travel

Victoria and Waterloo stations, London
22nd – 24th January 2003/ 28th April – 2nd May 2003
Design Against Crime is keen on raising awareness of crime issues, involving the users to help make a difference and change manufacturing attitudes. The Anti Crime Wave was installed at Victoria and Waterloo rail stations in London, giving passers-by information regarding crime issues. It also encouraged them to fill in a comment form in order to inform DACRC what they thought were the crime issues that needed to be tackled first.

Vexed not Victimised: Karrysafe Bags & Anti-Theft Accessories Not to Die For

London Institute Gallery, London
6th – 15th August 2002
The Designers from Vexed Generation and the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, sponsored by the Design Council, have collaborated to produce the Karrysafe range of cutting edge bags and accessories that are intended to foil thieves but not look criminal.

Don’t Tempt Me

I Saloni, Milan, Italy and Primavera del Disseny, Barcelona, Spain
4th – 9th April 2001/ 24th – 28th April 2001
Inaugural international Design Against Crime exhibition funded by the Design Council and the London Institute, Zeus Studio (Milan, Italy) and Studio O’Flynn (Barcelona, Spain). This exhibition showcased a range of ingenious products mainly by young British based designers that combine fresh stylish design with simple, effective crime resistant features. They prove that anti-crime design can make a difference across a range of design territories, from hi-tech gadgets to wearable tech, from handbags to cafe chairs. The main theme of the show was linked to Protection issues raised by personal protection of individuals as well as homes – also the protection of customers by clients and corporations through intelligent use of technology.

In the Bag and Off the Wall

Design Museum, London
December 2000 – January 2001
Exhibition of anti bag-theft design responses and ‘In the Bag’ CD Rom (distributed by Design Council).

Stop Thief! at Designer’s Block

St. Pancras Chambers, London
4th – 7th October 2000
Inaugural Design Against Crime exhibition which featured five popular restaurant chairs customised by designer Jackie Piper, creating anti-crime seating. The chairs were adapted in a simple stylish way to enable the users to secure their bags while relaxing in busy bars and cafes. The chairs were trialed in London with major restaurant chains in Covent Garden.