I am currently running a research networking project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to try and help improve the health and well-being of people living in rural communities in India through the establishment of a multidisciplinary international collaboration and the application of user-led design research methods such as ‘design thinking’.
Key collaborators in the project are the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India; Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, Wayanad, India; the Centre for eHealth and Care Technology at the University of Agder, Norway; and the Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
I presented some of my new research work on ‘Real-time Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability Measures to Track and Help Improve Levels of Attention and Relaxation’ at the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference in Singapore in June.
I gave a talk at the end of June on ‘Community Creativity in Venture Creation’ at the Singapore government’s commercial arm of their Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) – Exploit Technologies
I was recently invited to give a talk on ‘Integrating design ideas into
the creative curricula’ at the ‘Creativity in STEM Education’ Higher Education Academy event held at Imperial College London in June.
I gave a talk in June on “Applying User-Led Design Methods for Improving Healthcare in Developing Countries” at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) engagement event, hosted by the British Academy and Research Councils UK at the British Academy in London.
I am currently involved in a seven month project to develop a production ready version of the Trauma Pack to meet the needs of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The aim is to make the Trauma Pack available for deployment in large-scale humanitarian emergencies. The work is supported by the Wales Life Sciences Bridging Fund.
I spent a few days at the University of Agder in October together with the research team at the Centre for eHealth and Care Technologies discussing usability research and user centred design challenges and opportunities in the context of eHealth.
I presented a new model for supporting creativity called our LCD (Listen, Connect, Do) Model at the R&D Management Conference in Stuttgart in June 2014. The model builds on the ideas of Design Thinking by Kelley et al at IDEO and on Theory U by Scharmer at MIT. You can find more details on these ideas at: http://www.centreforcreativity.co.uk/project/lcd-model/
I attended the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity in Glasgow this week where I presented a paper entitled ‘Play, Autonomy and the Creative Process. Some pictures of the trip below. Good to get an update of what’s happening around the world in terms of design creativity research as well as on how the commercial sector is applying design creativity.
As part of the Skillset Academi+ training for the creative media industries in Wales I ran a four day training course, together with Matt Leighfield on designing and building an effective web presence from the 25th – 28th June. See more details at: