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 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.
Some photos from the weeklong course I recently ran for Norwegian PhD students on research planning at the Metochi Study Centre in Lesbos, Greece.
We took a group of product design students up to the Tiree Techwave at the end of October 2012. The Tiree Techwave is ‘a hands-on making and meeting event exploring the edges of technology’.Tiree is a remote island in the Hebrides of Scotland.
The aim was to see if the change of a physical and social environment has an effect on the student’s ability to learn new design skills and to explore new design ideas.
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:
As part of the Skillset Academi+ training for the creative media industries in Wales I ran a four day training course on user-centred and experience design from the 11th – 14th June. See more details at: http://skillsetacademiplus.org/en/course/user-centred-and-experience-design
Recently ran a 2-day workshop at UWIC for Mothercare on ethnography and new product development. Plan to run similar workshops in the future.
I am attending a 3-day interactive workshop next week (1st – 3rd March) run by the UK Technology Strategy Board that is “to find end-use applications and associated designs that can be used within plastic electronics and produce demonstrators with potential for real commercial value … The Technology Strategy Board has allocated up to £3m to fund industry-led collaborative demonstrator development projects arising from the workshop.” Should be an interesting and fun experience.