In 2007 Quest 1 brought together nine designers from the UK and the Netherlands and two companies, BGB Engineering and Smith of Derby in the East Midlands. The aim of the project was two-fold, to enable the manufacturing companies to explore big picture issues through a process of blue sky thinking; and to support designers to develop extended portfolio experience within businesses.
Quest 1 - in which Arts Council East Midlands collaborated with the Dutch organisation Young Designers & Industry (YDI) - was a knowledge transfer laboratory that travelled between the Netherlands and East Midlands.
It had a simple methodology. Following the selection of the businesses and designers, there were three workshops in the UK and the Netherlands. The first workshop introduced the businesses to the designers and set the ‘quests’.
The second workshop in Amsterdam showcased examples of designers working with businesses in new ways and saw the designers present their first responses and spend time in designers’studios. At the third workshop at The Hub in the East Midlands the designers presented their final concepts to the companies, who were able to choose one idea or concept each to take forward for further working. The designers worked in groups and presented collaboratively.
Jason Taylor's ideas are outlined here.
Jason Taylor (East Midlands)
Jason began his working life as a fitter and turner in a shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. After his apprenticeship he went back to college and this resulted in a Degree in 3D Design, 1st Class Honours.
This led him to set up a business as a Designer and sell a range of interior products through the web, galleries and exhibitions such as 100% Design. He has worked to commission for clients such as Siemens and project managed events for Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative. Since 2000 Jason has lectured on Art and Design courses at Liverpool and Manchester. He has recently set up a social enterprise, called Junkstop