Artists impression of The Digital Space

Opening today! (26 November) The Digital Space is a new creative learning hub for the London College of Communication (LCC). Inspired by LCC students and designed by interior design and architecture studio Penson, who created working environments for Google and Facebook, the Digital Space is an open-plan creative and collaborative working environment equipped with the specialist technology and software creative disciplines demand.

A collaborative, creative learning environment
The Digital Space will include 80 computers with course specific software installed and a separate teaching area with a further 25 Macs. Support with technology and software will be provided by technicians on hand at all times. And a bespoke presentation area will feature regular ‘tech talks’ from technicians and industry professionals to ensure students get the best out of the technology available.

The Digital Space provides the perfect space for both group and independent working with coffee bar style  benches for laptop users, break-out areas for relaxed meetings and private pods for group working.

Digital Space floor plan in development

Inspired by LCC students, For LCC students

LCC FdA Graphic and Spatial Communication students Lindy Staadecker and Chanelle Bevis-Walker, and BA Interior Design graduate Mari Lember were instrumental in the design of the Digital Space. Given a brief to research and sketch designs for the Digital Space the trio approached the student community using social networks to establish exactly what they wanted.

Student designer Chanelle says “most responses were about computers with the right software for courses being really important. And group working areas were needed, because a lot of the time even when you’re not working on group projects you’re sitting with classmates and sharing ideas.”

In developing the spatial design, they looked at Google offices with their open-plan format and “play areas” to encourage creativity for inspiration.

“We wanted a creative space. When you’re designing you’re always working in your sketchbook, even when you’re on computers you’re using the two simultaneously. This is going to be such an inspiring place to work,” says Lindy.

Discipline specific software suits

Computers arranged in four clusters, each with a discipline specific software focus.

  • 3-D Modelling: Windows 7 PCs: MS Office 10; Adobe Creative Suite; 3d Studio Max; Microsoft XNA Developers’ Tools inc’  Visual C# & Kinect SDK; Android SDK; Unity;
  • Essentials:  30 Macs with core software: MS Office 11; Adobe Creative Suite; QuarkXPress; iWork; iLife
  • Post-Production: 20 Macs with core software plus: Cinema 4D; Adobe Creative Suite; Final Cut X; Logic Studio
  • Design:  10 Macs with core software plus: Cinema 4D; Vectorworks

Technical Support

Technical support will be readily available, so that students can learn new techniques, or find help with troubleshooting.  Two technicians will provide support in the Digital Space at all times.

Tech Talks
Advice and tips will be provided in the form of regular presentations from technicians and industry professionals in the bespoke presentation area. Students will benefit from ‘tech talks’ about how to get the best out of a piece of technology, or how to use the most intricate features of professional software. The space will also be somewhere industry professionals, tutors and students can share best-practice and ideas.