Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Dott 07 case studies published by the Design Council

The Design Council have recently published a set of case studies from Dott 07. Follow the links below to find out about how designers in Dott 07 addressed challenges in education, energy, food, health and mobility.

The Designs of the Time (Dott 07) Festival, took place on the banks of the Tyne River between 16-28 October 2007.
The festival showcased the projects of the Dott 07.
Photo by me.

Alzheimer 100

Led by thinkpublic asked, What practical steps can be taken to improve daily life for people with dementia – and that of their carers?

Design and Sexual Health (DaSH)
Led as a partnership between Options UK and Northumbria University's Centre for Design Research asked, How can sexual health services be made easier to access and use – and less stigmatised?

Low Carb Lane
Lead by live|work, found out, Leading a lifestyle with low environmental impact is a great intention, but can low income households afford it?

Move Me
Also led by live|work questioned, How can people from a small rural community – where public transport is infrequent and expensive and not everybody owns a car – get where they need to go without the need for new cars and roads?

Led by Engine saw that, Schools are often isolated from their community and don’t always provide a space that’s conducive to different sorts of learning and includes facilities for different community groups.

New Work
Led by Enabling Concepts with live|work saw that, Working in a very small business can be difficult. So can working people help each other solve the practical everyday problems?

Urban Farming
Led by David Barrie, Debra Solomon and Zest Innovations identified that, Global food systems are not sustainable. How can design help to create food within city limits?

EcoDesign Challenge
Led by Nick Devitt asked, How can young people concerned about the environment take practical action to improve their immediate surroundings?

Friday, 7 August 2009

From talking to Twitter: 10 Levels of Intimacy in Communication by Ji Lee

This week I have been thinking a lot about how much Twitter has lodged its place in daily life. Ji's impeccable timing with this visualisation sums up more than I can say in words. Here's his neat graphic on 10 Levels of Intimacy in Communication.

Click on the image below to see more detail or visit Ji Lee's website, Please Enjoy, for this and more witty truths.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Universities exploring Service Design- An update

In October last year, with the help of many others, I compiled a long list of Universities exploring Service Design. In February this year, Jeff Howard's Design for Service weblog tracks developments from US Service Design education. Leave a message for Jeff if you know of any other service design courses or universities not present on either lists.

Monday, 3 August 2009

LTA Newsletter | July 09

I don't think I posted one from last month, but here's an update of what I have been up to in the month of July, and some progress on my research and thinking regarding the PhD.

Click on the image below and you'll be able to read the text. The blue links won't work with the jpeg, they only work with a pdf version. If you would like to be emailed pdfs of my monthly research updates, please email me at fiorucci [at] hotmail [dot] com.