During the past couple of years, I have been doing more and more work within education. From teaching graphic design at Shillington College, lecturing at various schools and universities (including Volda University College and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology) to leading and managing courses and programmes for Berghs and Hyper Island, I have grown a real passion working with the future of the creative industries.
The biggest and most recent educational partner is Hyper Island.
What do I do with them you may ask? Here is a summary:
I am a Programme Manager
Based in Stockholm, I lead and manage the Hyper Island MA Digital Media Management part-time program in in London, with the view of launching it in Stockholm next year.
I deliver the curriculum framework, facilitating the process and together with my team and partners, design rich and challenging learning experiences for our students. This is the 2nd crew in London, and 12th overall on the Hyper Island MA programme. It is a part-time Masters designed for people in full-time jobs. It covers areas such as: design thinking, business transformation, creative leadership, customer centricity, digital technology, and start-up methodology.
The students are all working professionals (average age 30) coming from both client-side (Red Cross, SVT, UR (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company), Disney, IBM, Unilever etc .) and agency side (McCann Madrid, DDB, Isobar, Proximity Russia etc.). Their roles are varied but include CEO, Strategy Director, Head of Marketing, Creative Director, PR, Brand Manager, and freelance senior art directors and designers too! Highly experienced, and very inspiring.
I work closely with the Stockholm and UK Hyper Island teams, as well as the global programme teams across Karlskrona and Singapore.
The programme started in September, and since then I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing industry leaders and guest lecturers:
Lawrence Kitson – Product and Design Lead at UsTwo, London
Andy Young – Service Designer & Design and Innovation Consultant, Freelance
Pascal Raabe – Designer @ UsTwo – 'The Future of our Past, or how to build a time machine'
Holly Brenen – Designer @ UsTwo – 'Designing Keepsake'
Nathan Williams – Service Design Director @ Moving Brands – 'Prototyping'
Cheyney Robinson – COO @ IBM Interactive Experience – 'How to be a change agent'
Sune Kaae – Head of Product Innovation & Prototyping @ Great Works | Startup Grind Stockholm
And there are plenty more in the pipeline...
I am an Industry Leader
In 2015 I was twice industry leader working with the Digital Media Creatives programme in Stockholm. In February, I co-managed the 'Branding & Communication' module with Michael Ericsson from Creuna, where we worked with Kosta Boda as an industry client.
In May, I led the 'Running a Digital Business' module for the same class. This module included 12 real-life clients (including Statsmissionen, Affordable Art Fair, Houdini Sportswear and Rebtel). The students set up six fictional agencies and delivered concepts on two live industry briefs each.
I will be leading the same module in 2016.
I am a Lecturer
I deliver one-off guest lectures for the numerous classes in Stockholm. This year they included 'Introduction to Planning' for the Digital Media Creative class, and 'Personal Branding' days for the Digital Media Creative, Mobile Creative, and Digital Data Strategy programmes.
I have also delivered a guest lecture in Leadership for the full time MA Digital Media Management class in Manchester.
And I am also a Industry Assessor
As part of the Assessment Panel, my role is to support and prepare the students entering the industry and surpass its expectations. Secondly, make sure they have met the formal regulations that are tied to the funding of the program and the awarded degree. And lastly, to quality-assure Hyper Island and the program itself so that it lives up to its standards and the expectations from the industry.
Get in touch if you'd like to know more about Hyper Island, and/or if you're interested in collaborating or partnering up.