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June, 2020

The Good News #12

Hello? Is it Good News you’re looking for? You’re in the right place! We’ve gathered some of our favourite recent news stories to put a smile on your face.

NASA x Mary W Jackson
NASA is renaming its headquarters in Washington DC in honour of Mary W Jackson, its first ever black female engineer. Jackson – whose life was dramatised in the film Hidden Figures started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The building will be just one of a number of facilities across the US that have been renamed to reflect the work done by women of colour across NASA. A road near the headquarters, for instance, was last year named “Hidden Figures Way”, in recognition of Jackson and other colleagues whose histories were part of the film. It’s positive to see a world-renowned organisation taking steps to recognise the people of colour who have contributed to its success.

Plymouth College of Art
As graduations across the world have been cancelled, art and design graduates have been faced with a conundrum of how to display and draw attention to their final pieces. Plymouth College of Art have come up with a creative solution to the problem. They have formed a collective of graphic designers who are about to graduate and take their steps into the next chapter their lives. Bold PCA will host a digital design show, allowing viewers to enjoy their incredible final collections from the comfort of their own home. The site launches on Wednesday 1st July here. You can follow Bold PCA on Instagram and get a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Design by Will Thurstan 

Scandinavian furniture and houseware chain IKEA is hoping to transform the way we think about the space in our homes.  IKEA and its external research lab SPACE10 have curated 18 different digital experiences from design and technology studios as part of a new web-based platform called Everyday Experiments. Each experiment uses technologies including augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and spatial intelligence. The first of the experiments is a design prototype Point and Repair. Developed by Amsterdam-based studio Random it lets you gesture at a piece of worn or damaged furniture and see a variety of personalised solutions on how to upcycle it depending on the damage. This could include tutorials on how to repair it yourself or send you over to a page where you can order parts. Another of the experiments is Extreme Measures which is a speculative design prototype that uses LiDAR to help you visualise and measure the space in your home by filling nooks and crannies with inflatable elephants. Why the elephant(s) in the room? To get you to think about the available space in your home. Like lots of augmented reality-based projects Everyday Experiments is exciting but unfortunately nowhere near the stage of coming to a home near you within the next few months. However, the project does hint at some amazing possible future uses of AR that hopefully aren’t too far from our grasp. Read about more of the experiments here.

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