Dundee visit
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The Product Design and Interactive Media Design students at Dundee University are participating in Microsoft’s Design Expo (part of the 2009 Faculty Summit) for a second year in a row. These are 2nd year undergraduate students (see my notes and the student presentation from last year), working to combine the brief we’ve set around “Work”

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Robots that need help
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I really likethis idea by Kacie Kinzer of “robots” ( she calls them tweenbots) that rely on the kindness of strangers to get from A to B. "The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination

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An overview of our TechFest 2009 booth
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As I mentioned earlier, a bunch of us from the Socio-Digital Systems team are in Redmond for our annual TechFest 2009 event. This is our big chance to show our work both to Microsoft employees, and also to the press and industry partners. The press day was yesterday. Today and tomorrow we present work to

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Bill’s book
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Designboom did a book report on Sketching the User Experience by Bill Buxton. I was happy to supply scans of my sketchbook for it, and it’s very odd to now see mind maps and collages that I put together quite a while ago gracing the internets. Kudos to Henry Hong-Yiu Cheung for insisting my pages

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Whiteout
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Wow. What an amazing idea for a game. The unfinished Swan is set in a totally white maze in which you have to blast black paint to reveal the detail and find your way out.   The Unfinished Swan

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Royal Mail Games
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Really liked this project by Harriet Russell testing the capabilities and, to some extent, sense of humour of the Royal Mail. She sent 130 envelopes each of which represented an address in some cryptic way, from crosswords (see below) to anagrams. Only 10 didn’t get through. “Despite fears of a Royal Mail backlash, Russell found

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Close button
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Lovely example of real world user interface use, this time to vent against unsightly street advertising.  “Through their blog, the leaders of the movement (which started in France) give instructions on how to order the little red “X” boxes, designed to look just like the click-out boxes in the corner of pop-up windows. Participants are

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Should we stop designing for purpose and use?
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This sentiment from Lebbeus Woods, on the meaning and purpose of architecture really resonates with me when it comes to thinking about technology. He’s talking about how people should adapt to space, rather then space be totally pre-conceived with use and purpose in mind. I think the same can be true with technology. STONEHOUSE «

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A sort of philosophy
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A year ago Richard Harper asked me to put together a short document on how I thought we should approach our work in the Socio-Digital Systems, from a design point of view. Recently, a colleague who was visiting us in Cambridge at the time asked me to post the document somewhere public because he’d mentioned

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Getting your hands dirty
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I did my undergraduate degree in Industrial Design at Brunel University in West London. I call it a jack-of-all-trades in which we did masses of hands-on as well as theoretical work. In the workshops we did welding, sand casting, jewellery, plastics, woodworking, metal work. In our electronics labs we designed and built our own PCBs,

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