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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 […]


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


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 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]


Design Informatics Research Talks Winter 2014

Design Informatics Research Talks Winter 2014

Download the PDF here Research Seminars Semester 2 T-Room, Floor 1, Evolution House, ECA – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]


Dancing with Robots Workshop at TEI2014

Dancing with Robots Workshop at TEI2014

If you’re heading to TEI 2014 in Munich in February, please consider joining us on the Sunday 16th 9.00-18.00: see bottom for signup details ­Studio: Dancing robots Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh Larissa Pschetz, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh l Jon Oberlander, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh Alexandros […]


Breakfast ‘things’

Breakfast ‘things’

Crude network of objects and services connected during a Speed family week day breakfast. Surprisingly limited, but then we have to be out and on the road quite quickly. I expect that weekends would be much more complex… PDF here


7-9pm

7-9pm

6.45 Steph leaves to the train station to go out for a drink with a friend in town, leaving me with my son (Eric 10), his friend who is sleeping over for a treat (Ollie 10), and my daughter (Mary 7). Eric and Ollie and playing out the front with Nerf guns, armed and completely […]


Showertime

Showertime

Shower routine… Auto-ethnography of my shower routine for the HAT project   1. Get the shower running. It’s a Mira shower running from a combi boiler downstairs in the kitchen so it takes approx 2 mins to get up to heat. It’s a nice simple shower, possibly the best I’ve ever had – it has […]


From Wolpertingers to Co-Things

From Wolpertingers to Co-Things

The first in the series of Design Informatics Research Talks is by me…! From Wolpertingers to Co-Things Chris Speed, School of Design Thursday 19th September 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House This presentation will use case studies from recent RCUK funded projects to explore the shifting role of artefacts within social networks. These include: collaborative […]


Design Informatics Research Talks

Design Informatics Research Talks

The Design Informatics team are pleased to invite you to the Research Seminar programme for this semester. You will see from the poster that we have a mix of Intra-talks from members of the Schools of Design and School of Informatics, and Extra-Talks from like-minded folk from across the UK. We have scheduled the Intra-Talks on Thursday afternoons […]


Design Fictions and the Domestic

Design Fictions and the Domestic

Part of my initial work for the HAT project involves scoping some of the Design Fictions that feature domestic systems that engage with the human and in some cases non-human. The concept of domestic may be at times obvious, at others it may be tenuous but I hope that I can reveal these in short […]


Rob van Kranenburg talk and workshop

Rob van Kranenburg talk and workshop

To be or not to be human in the smart city Rob van Kranenburg, Head of Public Domain at Waag Society & Founder of the IOT Council Talk 4.30pm / 11th January, Inspace, University of Edinburgh Rob van Kranenburg Rob van Kranenburg wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing […]


Research Video!

Research Video!

Ok here we go. This is what happens when you agree to do a minute to video during the middle of a festival show:  


RepRapUp

RepRapUp

On the weekend of the 19th / 20th March, a group of technical midwives assembled the parts of a 3D printing machine that were printed by it’s mother at University College London in February of this year. The build was part of the PayItForward – Altruistic 3D printing project. Basically it means that someone with a […]


Ghosts are back…

Ghosts are back…

The war memorial at Haymarket, Edinburgh remains ‘somewhere’ else. This doesn’t stop the ghosts haunting the site.


WIRED

WIRED

So TOTeM reaches WIRED in a very strange interpretation of the project:


Digital Landscape Conference

Digital Landscape Conference

Delivered paper at the 11th International Conference on Information Technologies in Landscape Architecture, To be honest I remain a cultural / digital geographer in amongst a smart but very focussed community of scientists who tend toward the particular the use of computers to further model the world. Some great stuff, but limited interest in the […]


Tales of Things Launch

Tales of Things Launch

The large TOTeM project that uses www.talesofthings.com as its public interface launched last week. Press already is good: New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18766-barcodes-help-objects-tell-their-stories.html WIRED (Bruce Sterling) http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/04/spime-watch-tales-of-things/ The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/apr/15/barcodes-geotagging-victor-keegan Trailer for Tales of Things from digitalurban on Vimeo.


Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay

Concept The primary idea behind this revised proposal is to focus upon the two important elements in the brief: 1. People who have donated 2. The architecture that their donations are contributing toward With this in mind we propose a simple solution to present the architecture through the names of those who have donated. The […]