Early Lab

Nick Bell, UAL Chair of Communication Design, recruited UAL students to be part of a trans-disciplinary, cross-university ‘early-lab’ tasked with scoping out a new vision for the design of a local NHS youth mental health service.

Professor Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perella (3D Design tutor at Camberwell), secured a commission with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Early Intervention Service. This project gave an opportunity for student designers to experience being involved in processes early (long before they are usually invited) so that their contributions might have a greater chance to deliver resilient and sustainable outcomes. Trans-dsiciplinary, collaborative, complex socio-ecological challenges met responsively with people where they are, in their places.

A trans-disciplinary team of students from across the UAL were able to work with a group of young mental health service users. The lab began with preparatory workshops in February 2015, followed by a field trip in Norfolk at the end of the spring term (video above).

Watch interview shorts of the participants on the Early Lab 01: Film Shorts page.

Read our UAL news article about the project