Interaction Research Studio launches ProbeTools exhibition

When: Exhibition open 11th June – 12th August 2018, launching drinks reception Thursday 14th June 2018, 7pm

Where: Ace Hotel London, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

You are invited to the exhibition of the Interaction Research Studio project ProbeTools!

ProbeTools are unconventional cameras and audio devices for user research. They’re easy to make, customise and use, and open-sourced so that designers and researchers can employ them in their own studies. ProbeTools are a design-led approach to engaging with settings aimed at producing inspiration rather than information. They involve presenting people with open-ended, even absurd tasks in the hope that their responses will provide fragmentary illumination of their lives, thoughts, hopes and fears. The exhibition will be held in the Lobby of Ace Hotel London and is free entry. RSVP to j.molinera[@]gold.ac.uk.

 

2018 BA Design show reaches out to local communities

This year’s BA Design graduation show “Museum of Design” (MOD) is reaching out to local communities and young people in the Peckham area! The programme of events will include a panel discussion on Saturday 9 June, and an education day on Monday 11 June, where secondary school students from South East London will be invited to learn about the social and political functions and forms of design.

The events are intented to challenge the limited model of design education in schools, by demonstrating a range of practices through a private tour of the show and a series of workshops based on work from the exhibition.

The show itself will be structured into categories such as education, space, narrative and identity, which will address different political and societal concerns. The designers will engage with audiences as museum guides who conduct tours; as panelists in discussions; as educators in workshops; and as performers in live productions.

MOD is open to the public on 8-10 June; the Press and Industry Private View takes place from 6pm on Thursday 7th June 2018. Drinks at the event will be courtesy of sponsor Orbit Beers.

PhD student Tom Keene wins Warden’ Public Engagement Award

At the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards for 2018, Goldsmiths Design PhD student Tom Keene was the winner in the Postgraduate Researcher category.

Tom won for for his project Database Estate, which documents the Save Cressingham Gardens Estate activist campaign fighting Lambeth Council’s plans for demolition.

The awards recognise and celebrate the work Goldsmiths researchers at all career stages did with members of the public in 2017.

The Interaction Research Studio is promoting positive engagement with nature

The Goldsmiths Design research group Interaction Research Studio and the Design Products Programme at the Royal College of Art are currently working together on myNaturewatch, an EPSRC-funded project which aims to promote positive engagements with nature in the UK.

The myNaturewatch team are designing prototypes for digital devices that collect visual and audio content about wildlife around the UK; you can find out more from their website or follow them on Twitter.

And since we’re talking about engagement with nature, the Interaction Research Studio are also working with ornithologist Jamie Dunning on designing ‘sunglasses’ for puffins for a study of their bills’ ultraviolet properties:

Stay tuned for more news about their work as the projects develop further.