Archive for February, 2009

Platform to change….sustainable changes by you and me

February 17, 2009


Yesterday we started our first industry project on the CIID pilot year. I have chosen to work on the project run by Mikael Fuhr from the DSB vision Lab and the Live|work team based in Oslo. Our project is called a “Platform to change”

“DSB finds itself in a key position in the climate crisis issue. Partly by coincidence , since trains are the “right” choice of transport from a co2 emission point-of-view, and partly because DSB has a strong environmental policy and record on purchases, materials and waste disposal and even architecture.

That key position could be used and expanded: In addition to acting responsibly as a business, DSB could take upon itself the obligation to lead in promoting awareness of how to deal with the climate crisis. Not solely in the field of train transport, but in general by helping and hosting the collection and sharing of knowledge and ideas in Denmark.

The Brief

In this project we will ask you to design a platform for action where danish citizens can create a cooperative partnership with DSB  and provide a new sense of ownership to transport solutions. This will fundamentally change DSB’s role as a provider of transport to a group of passengers, into a relationship where DSB and travellers are equal partners providing transport services together. DSB can act as the initiator of such a platform, both from a vale perspective and from an infrastructural perspective. DSB sees this as a long-term opportunity, and not  as a short-term business.

Key Themes

Service design, experience prototyping, sustainability,public transport, transportation, grassroot actions, platform, touch-points, service blueprint, user journey.


“Meet the food you eat” on Treehugger

February 16, 2009


Today Adam, Sid and i were super excited to see that our Project had been featured on Treehugger, this was really great for us, as throughout the project we had used this website as one of our keys sources of information, data and inspiration. Since the end of our TUI project we have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback we have been given with regards to our idea. It’s really great to see people getting excited about sustainability, and really caring about how their actions are having an affect on society.  I am also very excited to say that i think we will be exhibiting our project at the NEXT conference in april, run by the Innovation lab…i will keep you updated with that though!

150 days of learning at CIID

February 12, 2009

Today and tomorrow  midway reviews for the CIID pilot year are happening! and it just so happened that it has been 150 days to the day since we started at CIID! The key aim for our individual presentations was to reflect on our learning curve on the pilot year……our presentations were designed in such a way that we hoped to raise questions and discussion with our examiners who were Simona Maschi CIID founder, course director, and all round super star! Joachim Sauter founder of art+com , Martin Frey an interaction designer at Ideo (Munich) and David Mellis (CIID)

The day was filled with reflection, learning and feedback. It was great to hear an objective view on our work and our approach from our external examiners (Joachim and Martin) and i especially enjoyed listening to everyone else’s presentation, to hear what have been their high points, low points and key learnings for them on their personal CIID journey. This is what i presented, plus a few video’s to help tell my story (previously posted specific to projects)

TUI Prototyping video

February 11, 2009

A quick video/slideshow of our prototyping for our TUI project. It includes initial rapid models, to electronic prototypes to more resolved laser cut forms. These prototypes are what predominantly shaped and developed into our final idea.

Prezi for presentations….

February 11, 2009

After just looking at Adam’s blog, he reminded me of the presentation we had prepared  for the final TUI crits, but unfortunately due to time restraints we couldn’t use it. So  for documentation purposes, or if you want to take a look click here! We used a web based tool called prezi to build it….its wuite interesting if your bored of the classic powerpoint!


Screen shot presentation, taken for adam’s blog

“Meet the Food we eat” video

February 11, 2009

Now our TUI project is over we have had time to get our prototype up and running and make a video of it.

Spectacular Sticky note experiment

February 10, 2009

and for all you post-it note lovers check this it too

digital media in bonnie scotland

February 10, 2009


Today i came across an organisation called Distance Lab

“Distance Lab is a creative research organisation bringing together digital media technology, design and the arts to redefine and overcome the disadvantages of distance in learning, health care, relationships, culture and other domains.

Working with briefs from industry and governmental partners, Distance Lab generates ideas and builds prototypes that inspire and can lead to new innovative products and services.

The Lab is headed by Dr. Stefan Agamanolis, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and one of the founding research directors at Media Lab Europe, its former sister lab in Dublin

Inspired by the culture of the MIT Media Lab, Distance Lab is an interdisciplinary work environment full of radically creative scientists, designers, artists, and engineers from all over the world. We are concentrating our efforts on the theme of distance.

We don’t just philosophize and write about the future, we invent it. We emphasize the development of working prototypes and demonstrations of new technologies.

Our projects range from technology and design solutions that can be commercialised in the near-term to more far-reaching experiments that inspire and challenge assumptions about how we use technology and how we will deal with various forms of distance in the future” via Distance Lab homepage

When i found this page, i was super excited firstly due to the great work they are doing, but secondly that they are based in a rural part of Scotland. Anyone who knows Scotland will know this is a rare occurrence to find a design company that is doing meaningful work and tackling it through new and innovative technologies. I would love to visit these guys if/when i return home. Some of their research topics that they are exploring currently are:

Can we develop compelling distance learning experiences that are more than “lectures over television” ?

Can we create inexpensive solutions that allow people with health problems to be robustly cared for over a distance and have a better quality of life no matter where they reside ?

Can we combine communication technologies and architectural design to create new kinds of work and living spaces that span multiple geographical locations ?

Can we create new systems that enable distributed knowledge and expertise to be aggregated and exploited more seamlessly ?

Can we devise new modes of communication that enable distant family members and loved-ones to feel a greater sense of awareness and togetherness between each other ?

I especially love this last one, it is something i extremely interested in for exploring during my thesis project!

Nine year old writes iphone code

February 10, 2009

Amazing article via BBC news (spotted on nick’s twitter feed!)

“A nine-year-old Malaysian boy in Singapore has written a painting application for the Apple iPhone.

Lim Ding Wen created the finger painting program, known as Doodle Kids, for his two younger sisters aged three and five.

The program allows iPhone owners to draw images on the handset’s touch screen using just their fingers.

The program has been downloaded more than 4,000 times from Apple’s iTunes store in less than two weeks.

While most children of his age are painting or drawing with crayons, Lim Ding Wen has been programming.

Lim, who is now fluent in six programming languages, first started using a computer when he was two-years-old, discovered programming aged seven, and has since completed more than 20 programming projects.

His latest application, Doodle Kids, allows users to draw pictures using their fingers and then clear the screen by shaking the iPhone.

“I wrote the program for my younger sisters, who like to draw,” said Lim. “But I am happy that people like it.”

Lim wrote the original application on his computer but has now adapted it for use on an iPhone”

Last weeks bookmarks….

February 7, 2009