Adventures in Design: giant comic strip installed at V&A Dundee
- Murray Robertson
- 5 August 2015
Work from Will Morris and David Mackenzie depicts the everyday relevance of design
A 150m-long comic strip has been unveiled at the waterfront construction site of V&A Museum of Design Dundee.
From a shortlist of emerging Scottish design talent, comic illustrator Will Morris and graphic designer David Mackenzie were selected for their Adventures in Design.
Iconic Scottish designs featured on the strip include the Falkirk Wheel, Harris Tweed and Genes in Space, a mobile game from Dundee-based game developer Guerrilla Tea that harnesses player power to analyse real genetic data in collaboration with Cancer Research UK. All are examples of the everyday relevance of design, how it solves problems, improves lives and enriches the world.
Other Dundonian designs featured include Keiller's marmalade, Maggies Dundee and Lemmings (created by DMA Design, now Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar North).
Morris, author of award-winning graphic novel The Silver Darlings said: 'We were thrilled to have the chance to tell short stories that illustrate how design can find its inspiration anywhere and in turn inspire wonderful new ideas. Comics felt like the perfect way to tell those stories, especially with Dundee's amazing heritage. For someone used to seeing their work on an A4 page it's extraordinary to see it at this massive scale.'
Mackenzie, a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design said: 'Having studied here in the city it's wonderful to come back and create this giant artwork designed to involve audiences with V&A Dundee. Scaling up from our usual size has been an interesting challenge, but one we've relished.'
V&A Dundee, the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London, is expected to open in 2018.
Adventures in Design can be seen at the construction site until 2017.