Playful communication devices designed by the Interaction Research Studio keep you connected with loved ones

Yo-Yo machines prototypes

The Interaction Research Studio have recently launched Yo-Yo Machines, a project developed with UK Covid 19 research funding to support people separated from friends and family and help them maintain connections while they are physically separated by pandemic restrictions.

The devices are very low cost (around £25 a pair) and people can build them at home by following simple instructions (like a recipe) to assemble off-the-shelf components. They can be made with paper plates, cereal boxes, jam jars and other household items. Continue reading “Playful communication devices designed by the Interaction Research Studio keep you connected with loved ones”

Found in Translation: Yue Qiu

This year’s MA in Design: Expanded Practice degree show, “Found in Translation” is taking place online starting December 7th until the end of the month. The Design blog is taking a closer look at some of the work created by the class of 2020; today, Yue Qiu (Rachel).

A simulation of cutting the cucumber

What’s your project about in a nutshell? 

In brief, this project is about using the cucumber as the primary tool to explore the complexity of the world, especially engaging this element in different dimensions as well as the time and space, and building simulacra in various kinds of ways. Meanwhile, it is about doing unconscious training and exploring the correlated action logic, as well as looking for my methodology of creation, combining the framework of “Orders of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard, and designing a website as my outcome to organize the whole process. Continue reading “Found in Translation: Yue Qiu”

Found in Translation: Priscillia Chauveau

This year’s MA in Design: Expanded Practice degree show, “Found in Translation” is taking place online starting December 7th until the end of the month. The Design blog is taking a closer look at some of the work created by the class of 2020; today, Priscillia Chauveau.

Priscillia Chauveau

What’s your project about in a nutshell?

My project is about music, objects and interaction. I called it “From digital to analogue”. It is working on different levels. It is looking at materiality, sound and layers. When I was doing my project, my main common thread was experimentation. My show is about challenging the vision, the hearing and the feelings of my audience. It should be a participative show, performed by spectators. Continue reading “Found in Translation: Priscillia Chauveau”

Found in Translation: Duarte da Costa Ferreira

This year’s MA in Design: Expanded Practice degree show, “Found in Translation” is taking place online starting December 7th until the end of the month. The Design blog is giving you a preview of the work created by the class of 2020; today, Duarte da Costa Ferreira.

Duarte da Costa Ferreira profile photo

What’s your project about, in a nutshell?

“Sustainability” and Climate change can be hard to process and attack all in one go, so this project focuses on Water. And following that idea of breaking things down, instead of doing one big final project I approached it by making a series of smaller design interventions. These all exist in the realms of Futuring (a philosophy that goes one step further than sustainability, since to sustain is to maintain the same, and to Future is to act in a redirective manner that actually adds to the planet), Speculative Design and Water. From a game, to imagining a world where Water becomes the new currency, these projects aim to pose questions about how we want the Future of Water to be, and how we might engage people in these conversations. Continue reading “Found in Translation: Duarte da Costa Ferreira”