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.
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.
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:
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
Just recently came back from a conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design (DESIRE’11) in Eindhoven where I presented some of my latest research work. You can see more details on the research here.
Congratulations to Baz and the team at Rikoset for being one of the winners of the Best of Welsh Design Awards last night in Cardiff.
Rikoset (one of the companies I am involved in) has been shortlisted for the Welsh Design Awards 2011 in the Product and 3D Design category.
I recently gave a talk at the Cardiff Design Festival on ‘The Importance of Play for Creativity and Learning’. You can see some images from Jorge Lizalde on the series of talks.
I recently set up the Centre for Creativity and Innovation with Gina Deininger to bring together our knowledge, experience and new research studies.