Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Inspirational or overly sentimental ?
Personally I'm stuck between the two, but it is very effective and pretty to look at . . .
The RSA also have a new, short Design Directions project based around healthy workplaces with particular attention to the ageing population in our workplaces. If you're at a loose end you can see the brief here.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 4 May 2009
The brief asked how designers could help to tackle issues of loneliness and isolation in the older population and I responded by exploring how two different groups of people could be bought together to provide a multi - generational network. I made a quick, short animation to help explain my concept to both the workshop participants and the interview board.
The results of the competition have yet to be announced, but in the meantime my project is moving forward. I was approached after the RSA workshops by a Community Centre in Tower Hamlets who are interested in piloting the scheme and I'm looking forward to meeting with them to discuss how a service, such as The Hub, could be designed to meet their particular needs. KS
Monday, 27 April 2009
The idea for the project came from designers of the Sarajevo-based Kulturanti association, which hosts the workshops together with the Helen Hamlyn Centre (HHC) at the Royal College of Art in London. The project was awarded a grant under the Creative Collaborations project fund of the British Council.
Local partners and workshop participants are the following companies and organisations: Librag, Association of Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Canton Sarajevo, Pismolik, the Center for Self-Reliance and the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo, as well as the Association of Blind of Canton Sarajevo, Association of Paraplegics and Persons with Infantile Paralysis of Canton Sarajevo and Kulturni Front from Belgrade.
I will post again after the workshops, in the meantime you can find regular updates here.
If you know of similar projects that we can refer to as case studies, please post them as comments. Thank you! GG
Sunday, 26 April 2009
I do like the logo though - a map of Bucharest over a tree trunk.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Shift.ms is a newly launched social support network, with an online presence, for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. It was designed with the full involvement of 'Ms'ers' and most of the information, news etc. is user generated, making it a bit of a great example of co-design. With my growing interest in how alternative and 'designed' communities grow and are sustained it will be interesting to watch how Shift.ms develops and in what direction.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
As my house is made of mud and I sometimes imagine that bits of it are going to collapse I thought it was a good idea to find out more about cob, how it's made and how to use it if indeed my house did start to fall down. Having a home made of clay, straw, sand and earth felt a lot safer after my Autumn trip here to spend a day learning how to make a pizza oven. Making a pizza oven was great - but seeing their cob extension was better - I've been dreaming of building an extra room on the side of our house ever since.
However - the general opinion around here seems to be that I need to start with something that requires less structural integrity - so today we started on the oven instead. We've begun by making the base - scrapping together all the bricks and rubble that we could find in the garden, using some leftover sand and lime and praying that we haven't broken any golden rules of bricklaying ( I consulted books - but none of them told you how to build a circle!) . It looks alright - it's sort of straight and the top is level. The next step is to backfill it with rubble and find some suckers who want to come and tread mud in return for the promise of a pizza - one day soon.
And btw - the base is straighter than it appears in the picture - I hope.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
Include 09, the Fifth International conference on Inclusive Design hosted by the Helen Hamlyn Centre and held at the Royal College of Art, London, 5th-8th April 2009
Include 09 will feature Breakfast Design Debates from leading designers and design commentators, interactive workshops lead by designers that focus on Inclusive Design, paper presentation on current research in the area and research workshops lead by leading academic research teams in the field.
Evening events include:
Gala Dinner with guest speakers Professor Roger Coleman and Professor Patricia Moore and a Private View of the Healthcare on the Move Exhibition
More information on Include and Include 09 registration GG
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I was thinking about bones and remembered that I wanted to show you this toy that a friend bought us from Iceland. It's a reworking of a traditional Icelandic game by designer Lóa Auðunsdóttir and is made up of a set of tactile bone shapes that each represent a different animal on a farm. There is an official website here. - but I think is better explained here.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I'm driven mad by the Post-It notes that collect around my home - especially when I can't find the exact one that I need. The Very Important Post-It Note solves this problem by sticking out like a sore thumb.
Artist/Designer Julia Lohmann
on Thursday 19 February 2009 at 2pm
in Seminar Room DS2 in Duke Street, Norwich
Julia Lohmann is a multidisciplinary designer. She is interested in unusual and undervalued natural and man-made materials. Lohmann probes our attitudes towards the world that sustains us. Her work is exhibited worldwide and part of major private and public collections, e.g. the MoMA, New York. She teaches at the Royal College of Art in London and is part of the MA Design team at NUCA.
Julia Lohmann will be speaking about her work, followed by a Q&A session. For more information see www.julialohmann.co.uk
I'm posting all my newspaper objects at Yesterday's Evening News, a new one every Tuesday and Friday, while higher resolution photos and other projects go on my Flickr account.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
I've made a home for my images, work in progress and other things that need a place to reside.
Find them here.
I've also started a flickr group for all things recycled, repurposed and remade - you can find that here.
Please feel free to add things you make and things you find.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
Tokens and stamps were traded for food and these coins were given as change. This website has a lot more details.