Contextual Empathy,
the Indian Train Network

Design ethnography project comprehending the ‘train experience’ in India Throughout history, artefacts are situated hand in hand with their cultural contexts, e.g. provenance of food and geographically considered clothing. For India, this is their railway network. Railways are the lifeblood of India’s transport system; they are the largest in the world and, “along with post ...

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Bee Lab, Citizen Science

Researching and implementing the Open Design and Citizen Science partnership The Bee Lab project aims to use the power of technology and Open Design to enhance the practice of beekeeping – making it easier for beekeepers to care for bees in today’s unpredictable environmental landscape. Using the principles of Open Design, we are bringing together ...

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Open Design / Citizen Science Toolkit

Design toolkit instigating concept generation and project opportunities The creation of mass-produced quality assured products for manufacture has previously remained within the context of professional practice. Digital manufacture presents opportunities for producing products in low volumes, catering to bespoke requirements. This phenomenon can benefit parties where the manufacture of goods has previously been financially impractical, ...

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How can I instruct you?

Untrained users designing instructions for the maker movement Open Design is driven by the capability of people to translate and communicate their instructions and concepts clearly for wider repetition. The work manifested in a design activity engaging over 7,000 members of the public to design instructions for tea and fire making. The output was an ...

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Where could all this go?

Researching the public’s response to open monitoring The territories of Citizen Science, Open Design and Digital Manufacture present new opportunities for the public or laypersons to create personal sensing or environmental monitoring equipment. These activities rely on the access to parts and the knowledge to implement them. A drop-in workshop of five minutes was created ...

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What is good design?
p.s. I am 8

Using HCI and user centred design to improve literacy Developing the school’s approach to product design. Teaching skills, including: design critique, brief writing, analysing objects, ethnography, defining functionality, literacy, inclusive design and social connotations. This process encouraged literacy, creativity, development of opinion, development of articulation and in the confidence of the participants. This project culminated ...

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New Dynamics of Ageing

The Photostroller, provoking conversations through digital interactions Interaction to engage mixed audiences in communication and activity. Focusing on spirituality and daydreaming, and designed for the inhabitants of a traditional care home, the devices look beyond stereotypes of frailty. Instead they help elderly people make connections with the world that are of interest and use to them. ...

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HCI engagement

Downloadable teaching resource for HCI / Design thinking (Key Stage 3+) The design team were approached by Google to comprehend the question ‘how do we encourage future generations into Human Computer Interaction’? The team decided that the best path was to created downloadable resources that can aid Key Stage 3 teachers in the United Kingdom. ...

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Clip It On

Researching the opportunities, pitfalls and benefits of 3D printing for onsite retail As 3D printers continue toward ubiquity, the cognitive load associated with operation and their physical characteristics, previously limiting them to the office or studio environment, are negated through compact machines and intuitive interfaces and the opportunity for their deployment in scenarios outside of ...

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Communication Through Play

Using everyday interaction to address childhood bullying During a research programme in primary schools, the issue of bullying and how staff were trying to combat it with communication and developing an understanding of those around us was highlighted. Through observation of the playground and children’s natural behaviour, we created an interaction to facilitate communication an ...

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