As a former RCA student himself, Rob is clearly passionate about the role the institution can play in shaping designers who will go on to create products that build compassion, give agency to communities and focus on both user and planet orientated solutions. We feel this film successfully capture’s Rob’s heartfelt approach to his tutoring work, his accomplishments as a commercial designer of products, and the benefits he and his teaching colleagues reap from their interaction with a cohort of international students.
Visually the film delivers an engaging variety of products associated with Rob’s career - from tea-bag squeezing cups and headlamps for Bolivian miners, to mountain bike parts and the DIY My Naturewatch camera. The sequences of him constructing one such camera and the real-world example of the camera in use at the Knepp Estate add texture to the film.
Of course, the tone of a case study which you write yourself is likely to be modestly self-congratulatory. In the absence of hard stats that would prove our video’s efficacy, you’ll just have to take our word on its quality. Or better still, watch it and judge for yourself. But we do hope that this video encourages students to apply for Rob’s course. After all, the planet needs considered, sustainable design for the myriad of products we use each day, and if those products give us agency and support our communities, well that’s got to be a very good thing.
For news on the My Naturewatch project visit the RCA’s dedicated webpage.
For information on The White Stork Project, which is working to restore a free-living, breeding population of white storks in southern England by 2030, visit their website.