WISE KIDS launches research on digital literacy of 13/14 year olds in Wales

Sangeet Bhullar launched the findings of a large scale research project undertaken by WISE KIDS, called Generation 2000 that studied the online and digital media habits and digital literacy of over 2000 Year 9 pupils 13 and 14) from across Wales.

“The research led by WISE KIDS and co-funded by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Logicalis and S4C explored young people’s online experiences in a social and educational context.”

My role was to help in the research planning and data analysis.

People’s Journeys – CEWN Funded Project

People’s Journeys is a new collaborative project being undertaken by Gareth Loudon and Dr. Spencer Jordan from Cardiff Met exploring how mobile technology can address issues of alienation and estrangement within our cities, specifically through the spatial mapping of community ‘teithiau’ or ‘journeys’. The project is funded by the Creative Exchange Wales Network.

You can see more details on the project and Spencer’s other work at:

http://spencerkjordan14.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/peoples-journeys-cewn-funded-project/

Rikoset Launch limited edition Elite Shin Guards

One of the ventures I am involved with is Rikoset – and Rikoset has just launched a limited-edition Elite Shin Guard.

“Designed in collaboration with a number of Premier League players, every pair of Rikoset Elite shin guards has been beautifully handcrafted. At only 4mm thick they are one of the thinnest shin guards on the planet, while the Kevlar shell definitely makes them the toughest. The scientifically developed shape is designed to fit close to the leg to allow extra freedom of movement while maximising protection.”

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For press coverage – see:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2387699/Bullet-proof-shin-pads-launched-Rikoset.html

For details on Rikoset – visit www.rikoset.co.uk

Workshops for Samsung’s design students and staff

I spent the first week of July in Seoul, South Korea running a 3-day summer school programme on creativity with design students at Samsung’s Art and Design Institute (SADI) as well as running a seminar on creativity for designers at Samsung Electronics. The aim of the three-day summer school programme was to introduce the students to the factors and processes that affect creativity and to highlight tools that can be used to help improve creativity and problem solving abilities. The three-day programme culminated in an egg race design challenge. The seminar to design staff at Samsung Electronics focused on how organisational culture affects creativity and what can be done to further support creativity at an individual and organisational level.

SADI Creativity Poster  SADI Office  SADI Workshop

Samsung

 

Postgrad course at the University of Agder, Norway

I ran a course together with Professor Frank Reichert from March through to May at the University of Agder in Norway for research students and staff on how to write successful project applications. The course was run in three blocks. The first block of work in March covered idea generation, research methodologies and proposal writing. During April we introduced project planning and management, negotiation skills and budgeting. In the last sessions in May we covered areas such as confidentiality and intellectual property, dissemination, marketing and network building. It was a great experience to bring together a range of topics and try to help research students and staff develop high quality research proposals and funding bids.

 

  

Participation in Tiree Techwave 4

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.