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Plastic Dinosaurs

Plastic Dinosaurs

Short 7 minute talk / intervention into the Talbot Rice Gallery / Exponential event on the 24th of April 2017 that was framed as: “Join an event that accelerates from 10 years to beyond 100 million in just 2 hours, moving from speculative talks to experimental poetic and musical performances. Taking the lead from the […]


Inside the Tent

Inside the Tent

Last year I was invited to develop a project brief for games designers. With a good friend from the BBC we came up with the proposal below. The tent scene in Wheatley’s movie remains a terrifying moment in contemporary horror and even more fascinating because it is set in a time and place that is […]


Things2Things and the KASH Cup

Things2Things and the KASH Cup

As the term the Internet of Things reached peak hype according to Gartner in the summer of 2016, a collaborative project with Elisa Giaccardi (TU Delft), Ron Wakkary (TUE) and the Design United collective offered a chance to pause for a moment before the term tumbles into the trough of disillusionment. Working across the three […]


ArtCasting: Where does it take you?

ArtCasting: Where does it take you?

In 1991, during my undergraduate Fine Art degree at Brighton Polytechnic I was part of a small three-person show entitled ‘Common Ground’. Along with Esther Lane, Ed Harper we set up a small show in the foyer of the Grand Parade site for what I recall was a chance to show off works during the […]


Bodystorming the BlockChain

Bodystorming the BlockChain

Context In April Design Informatics was invited to develop a Lab of Labs for Martyn de Waals Design And The City programme in Amsterdam. Taking place over 48 hours, the workshops were intended to expose ‘contemporary design methodologies, and their relationship with living labs and smart cities’. The team (Larissa Pschetz, Dave Murray-Rust, Hadi Mehrpouya […]


Product Design Friday lectures

Product Design Friday lectures

It is here that I shall keep adding links to PDF’s by visiting speakers who contribute to the Product Design Friday Lecture series… Overview 2016: Image: Agatha Haines Download poster for series: http://www.chrisspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PD-Lectures-Spring-2015.pdf Diego Zamora slides: http://www.chrisspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Emerging-practitioners-Creative-technologies-PD-lecture.pdf Hadi H.Mehrpouya slides: http://hadi.link/presentations/product-design-jan-2016.html Ian Lambert slides: http://www.chrisspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ECA-lecture-05.02.16.pdf


Practising the Block Chain

Practising the Block Chain

For the past year I have been working with Debbie Maxwell (now York Uni) and Dug Campbell (Bitcoin Scotland) to make the blockchain accessible to designers to allow them to ideate through its possibilities. Although hyped, the blockchain represents (for me at least) a way of thinking that challenges some of the control and linearity […]


ThingTank

ThingTank

Way back in September 2013, I joined a week long ideas retreat in Moscow to develop solutions toward the design of new innovation platforms. Funded through the MIT-Skoltech initiative, part of the Skoltech, the week seemed to respond to the following question: “How can an institution or government seed, grow, and maximize technological innovation and […]


Ghost Cinema App: Temporal Ubiquity and the Condition of Being in Everytime

Ghost Cinema App: Temporal Ubiquity and the Condition of Being in Everytime

Last year Chris Barker and I worked on the Cinematic Geographies of Battersea: Urban Interface and Site-Specific Spatial Knowledge project. The AHRC-funded research project was conducted by the Universities of Cambridge, Liverpool and Edinburgh in partnership with English Heritage (EH). The project aimed to complement The Survey of London (EH) work on the parish of […]


PuBliC: Future Everything one day living labs (x2)

PuBliC: Future Everything one day living labs (x2)

During the Future Everything festival February 2015 Design Informatics were invited to develop and deliver a 48 hour workshop for the festivals Future Lab strand. Our proposal entitled PuBliC originally intended to offer a platforms across which Pedestrians, Bikes and Cars (or other road transport) could cooperate toward better travel experiences. In the end we […]


CFP: Algorithmic Practices: Emergent interoperability in the everyday

CFP: Algorithmic Practices:  Emergent interoperability in the everyday

Algorithmic Practices: Emergent interoperability in the everyday RGS-IBG 2015 Sponsored by: The History and Philosophy of Geography Study Group An ever-increasing proportion of the interactions that we have with digital platforms, apps and devices are mediated according to complex algorithms. Whether it be the real time analytics that draw us into playing a game on […]


NordiCHI Exploring incentivisation in design

NordiCHI Exploring incentivisation in design

Participants: Edinburgh: Chris Speed, Siobhan Magee, Debbie Maxwell, Mark Hartswood Birmingham: Julia Hibbert Dundee: Jayne Wallace UCL: Connie Golsteijn Glasgow: Gregor Doverty This interactive multidisciplinary one-day workshop brought together researchers and practitioners interested in exploring the ethical, economic, and material entanglements constituted by incentivisation. Points of departure involved discussions of, on the one hand, designs […]


Toilet matters

Toilet matters

A short blog post on the ongoing implications for a family home as it becomes reconstituted through the addition of data that is streamed from smart objects. Living in an environment that is equipped with an Internet of Things involves the placement of multiple sensors that record change in conditions, in order to construct a […]


Design Informatics Seminars

Design Informatics Seminars

This terms talks at the centre… Download poster here Research Seminars Semester 1 T-Room, Floor 1, Evolution House, ECA Thurs 18 Sept 4pm Mark Sorsa-Leslie Location Based Design / Edinburgh Thurs 2 Oct 4pm Cris Simonetti Social Anthropology / Aberdeen Thurs 9 Oct 4pm Clare Petherick Illustration / London Thurs 16 Oct 4pm Hadi Mehrpouya Power […]


“Is Your Marmite Watching You?”

“Is Your Marmite Watching You?”

Design Informatics took part in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with the Beltane Public Engagement Network. It showed a new and improved version of Take Me I’m Yours which we have previosuly shown at the Expanded Narative Symposium and at Ubicomp. Is Your Marmite Watching You? explored what it might be like when all of the […]


Producing Data: Practices, Materialities, Values

Producing Data: Practices, Materialities, Values

An interdisciplinary symposium 3rd – 4th September 2014, University of Edinburgh Hosted by: Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh Organisers: Chris Speed, Gian Marco Campagnolo, Siobhan Magee and New Media Scotland The term ‘data’ is ubiquitous across our homes and workplaces, academic and mainstream media, political discourses and ethical disputes. Sometimes its […]


The Haggle-O-Tron: Design intervention in secondhand retail

The Haggle-O-Tron: Design intervention in secondhand retail

The Haggle-O-Tron: Design intervention in secondhand retail adapted from the DIS workshop by Chris Speed, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh Mark Hartswood, School of Informatics University of Edinburgh Eric Laurier, School of Geosciences University of Edinburgh Siobhan Magee, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh Martin de Jode, CASA University College London. Andrew Hudson-Smith, CASA University College […]


CoGet

CoGet

So a brief summary and documentation of the CoGet workshop at Future Everything in March 2014. Across the connected city small things play a large part in sustaining the flow between people and places. Cups of tea, bottles of water, books, four way plug adaptors, bicycles, computers and many more objects are the ‘things’ that […]


A Rhetorical Approach to Gameful Design

A Rhetorical Approach to Gameful Design

A Rhetorical Approach to Gameful Design Paul Coulton, ImaginationLancaster Thursday 1st May 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Design within Lancaster Universities open and exploratory design-led research lab ImaginationLancaster. My primary activity is embodied as ‘research through design’ and in particular to the design of novel hybrid physical/digital […]


CoGet @ Future Everything

CoGet @ Future Everything

We are experimenting with our social logistics software CoGet at Future Everything in March: http://futureeverything.org/events/coget-things-move-people-around/ Based upon the research from the Sixth Sense Transport project that combined social networking with locative media to support collaborative travel practices, CoGet makes a further leap toward a future in which objects borrow our daily routines to move themselves […]


Haggling and ‘fairness’ in the Internet of Secondhand Things

Haggling and ‘fairness’ in the Internet of Secondhand Things

Siobhan Magee, Design Ethnography, Design Informatics Thursday 27th March 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House Which idioms and practices do people in Manchester use to talk about and/or construct the respective values of technologies, secondhand things, and social relations? What does it mean for smartphone-enabled practices to inspire designs in which smartphones are only minimally […]


Mark Selby talk Experiencing Data

Mark Selby talk Experiencing Data

  Experiencing Data Mark Selby, Centre for Design Informatics Thursday 13th February 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House We have always used technology to document and record the world and our experiences within it. Digital technologies now allow us to do this on an unprecedented scale, creating vast data sets that cover almost every aspect […]


John Wood Talk

John Wood Talk

Metadesigning; Surviving by re-designing design  John Wood, Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths Thursday 30th January 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]


Mark Kobine talk

Mark Kobine talk

So what do you Do? Mark Kobine, ECA / Independent Designer Thursday 23rd January 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]