Inside the head of a designer


So I have been finally getting round to updating my project blog. It’s been a busy week of presentations and projects. I’m in the midst of setting up a new blog for my final year project which looks at the commuting journey between Edinburgh and Glasgow and how bicycles can be implemented to improve journeys from main stations to places of work and home.

In the meantime I have been updating, a project that looks at creating a tool to help people learn sign language.



Anticipation for new project
February 28, 2009, 8:09 pm
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In my search for online resources for the new project starting on Monday, details will follow, I found this video. Amazingly executed.  After being knocked over once by a woman opening her passenger door and not checking her rear view mirror, I think this is a must for everyone to see.

RSA – 2020 challenge for public services
February 27, 2009, 5:45 pm
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I would like to attend this, unfortunately I have a review next Wednesday, unless I can reschedule it.


“In a major speech, Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, will set out his thinking on the priorities for public service policy in the coming decade. Through investment and reform, substantial improvements have been made to public services over the last decade and the pace of reform, in creating new Academies, establishing Foundation Trusts and transforming welfare, is accelerating. But over the next decade new trends will change the nature of demands to which public services will have to respond. These trends are likely to include: a more diverse population, new sources of risk, the information revolution, an ageing society, and profound behavioural challenges (e.g. in relation to public health or the environment). All this at a time when the economic environment will be much tougher and public services will have to achieve even more within tighter public spending constraints. Liam will consider how, in the context of these challenges, reform in the next decade will need increasingly to transfer power from the centre to citizens, front line deliverers, and communities. He will draw on the inspiration of an earlier generation of Labour thinkers and social innovators to look at the role community based social entrepreneurship could play in achieving better public services and how the state can help enable this.”

The power of social networking
February 27, 2009, 2:13 am
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Lauren Currie and a skype version of Kate Andrews give a talk about the power of social networking. Here’s an excerpt;

“University of Dundee Master of Design student Lauren Currie, and design writer Kate Andrews explore the power of online social networking, and demonstrate the tools students they use to move ideas forward, form networks with practitioners around the world, and build a reputation before and after graduation.

“For the designer to become a producer, she must have the skills to begin directing content, by critically navigating the social, aesthetic, and technological systems across which communications flow.” (Ellen Lupton, 1998).

In highlighting the creative people all over the world using social networking to their advantage, Lauren discusses the dynamic, conversational value of online networking and shows how ideas of teaching and learning need to move away from the confines of the studio towards other, often ad-hoc and virtual, venues.

Joining from London via video conferencing, Kate Andrews, design writer and networker extraordinaire, shares her own insights into the potential offered by new technology.

Focusing on the new possibilities and opportunities the digital world presents, this talk will demonstrate that the world has changed and is changing, and that design courses must change with it if they are to stay relevant. “

I must agree with what they have said about the importance and power of a blog as networking and contact tool. I have to agree, and with my project blogs have had great feedback through them. During my research stages I often send people a blog link so they can become familiar with the project, which means often when turning up for an interview they have started to think about what they can bring to the project and answers to questions I will be asking. Secondly it is a fantastic way of gaining feedback at different stages of the design process.

I also really enjoyed a couple of comments from I think some tutors at Dundee relating to it being a outlet. I do use my blogs often as a way of unloading my head of thoughts and putting them down, and I find this a great way to reflect on my day or days work and think about what to do next.

It’s very exciting to be online at the moment.

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Global Oneness
February 25, 2009, 8:27 pm
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A wonderuful video and project via Kate Andrews and Facebook

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February 19, 2009, 7:47 pm
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Stop motion at its best.

February 19, 2009, 5:31 pm
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