NDA Blog

Our Round-up of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019!
Written by NDA Garden Design tutor Gill Lotter The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is always a wonderful source of inspiration. But the amount of gardens and constant information on trends, tips and guests attending can be quite overwhelming. Here, our Garden Design Tutor, Gill Lotter, highlights some of her favourites and ideas that can be…
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Student Spotlight: Ibrahim Mohamad Aljasem
I understand that good designs shape people’s lives, influences their behavior and must always have a purpose. Because of this, everything that I do has the individual, community and environment in mind. The majority of our students decide to follow their creative side later in life after they already have a career aligned for themselves.…
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5 Tips for Working from Home!
Written by NDA tutor Amy Payler-Carpenter Whether studying or starting your own business, working from home can be a great help both financially and practically. However, without a clear line dividing home life and professional life it can be difficult to strike the right balance. It can also be isolating for those who are naturally…
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Wood Cabins – Sustainable Living for the Future?
Ruth, one of our brilliant tutors at the National Design Academy, spent a short time in a wooden “pod” in the Peak District, during Winter last year. She has kindly detailed her experience for us. Enjoy!   Written by NDA tutor Ruth Skrytek With environmentalism being a hot topic issue as of the last decade…
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Wabi-Sabi From A Design Perspective
Written by NDA student, Anabia Hassan   The basic essence of ‘Wabi-Sabi’ as an ideal/philosophy is; the beauty in the imperfect, incomplete and impermanent. As Andrew Juniper very rightly pointed out that “all beauty lies in the sphere of perception”. This, of course, serves as the perfect antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring,…
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