Students on the RCA‘s Design Products course chose a “platform” on which they want to focus from pretty much the beginning of their two years at the college. Each has it’s own philosophy, process, set of tutors and so on. It’s a pretty big decision for them to make, as far as I can tell, since it helps dictate much of the way they work until they graduate.
Platform 12 stands out for me mostly because one of the tutors is Durrell Bishop, a graduate from the same course as me at the college, and a design star. He’s famous for emphasizing the connection between virtual and physical items through his marble answer-phone project, now 16 years old (see the Ideas section of Durrell’s site).
At the RCA’s interim show earlier in the year the students presented a the results of a project called Radio Active. Their brief was basically to disassemble and reassemble a radio, rethinking it’s interactions. I was really struck by the diversity of output by the students and was happy to find this page with shots of each of the resulting projects.