Design for Island Life explores what it means to live and work in the Outer Hebrides, and identifies future opportunities from these research insights. It pioneers a new form of social design practice, moving beyond the walls of the studio and into the lives and communities on the Outer Hebrides. Looking at citizenship, culture, and technology throughout this design research journey, we proposed Storywave - a collaborative digital platform for reimagining Hebridean futures.
Many young people leave the islands but maintain a strong connection to Hebridean culture and Storywave gives them and their communities the opportunity to leap over this geographical distance and be involved in a collective future. This design concept is the result of close collaboration with Hebrideans on Lewis and in Glasgow, and of using co-design to identify opportunities that might be of interest and value to the islands.