In case you hadn’t noticed, design innovation and funerals has been obsessing me for the past decade. So I’ve spent the past year really digging into this by studying for a Masters in Design Innovation (Service Design), with a focus on funerals, at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.
The big news today is that Barbara Chalmers, Founder of Final Fling now has a Masters – with distinction – in funerals.
“Well, in reality, it’s an MDes – a Masters in Design Innovation, Service Design – and my final project was on funerals, so I consider it a Masters in funerals,” said Barbara. “I just found out on Friday at our degree show that I achieved a Masters – with distinction – in funerals (as I call it) and I couldn’t be more delighted.”
In August 2012, Final Fling teamed up with Snook – the fab young service designers who graduated from art school on a mission to change the world. Barbara Chalmers and Lauren Currie hosted the day. A couple dozen people from health, care, hospices and charities came to Glasgow’s Lighthouse to explore the question: “How can we do death better?”