Learning Design Through Social Science

 

About Learning and Design

About Learning and Design book cover, designed by bruno / Andrea Codolo.

The book, About Learning and Design, has just been published by Bolzano University Press.  The book is an edited collection of contributions and interviews with design practitioners and academics, including an interview with me conducted by Alvise Mattozzi. In the interview we discuss the value of teaching Science and Technology Studies to design students.

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Feral Experimental

The Energy Babble, designed by the Interaction Research Studio, is currently on show as part of the ‘Feral Experimental‘ exhibition taking place at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. The show catalogue can be downloaded from here.

The Energy Babble deployed in the home of a member of a local energy community, New Cross.

The Energy Babble deployed in the home of a member of a local energy community, New Cross.

An exploded view of the Energy Babble showing the various components that comprise the device.

An exploded view of the Energy Babble showing the various components that constitute the device.

 

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Big Bang Data

The Prayer Companion, designed by the Interaction Research Studio, is currently on display as part of the ‘big bang data‘ exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

big bang data flyer

‘big bang data’ flyer.

big bang data

The Prayer Companion on display at ‘big bang data’.

 

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The Aftermath of the ‘Social’

An attendee reading the programme for Inventing the Social

An attendee reading the programme for Inventing the Social.

Martin Savransky has written a commentary to Inventing the Social symposium for CSISP Online. The page on CSISP Online also includes audio recordings of the symposium sessions (thanks to Joe Deville) as well as photos taken by Laura Cuch as well as myself.

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Speculation in Social Science

Last Friday I participated in a conference session at the British Sociological Association entitled ‘Speculation in Social Science: Novel Methods for Re-Inventing Problems’. The session was organised by Marsha Rosengarten, Michael Halewood, Jennifer Gabrys, Martin Savransky and myself as part of the Unit of Play.

University of Leeds Roger Stevens Building, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

University of Leeds Roger Stevens Building, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Here’s the session blurb from the conference handbook: “In this panel members of a research cluster within the Unit of Play, Goldsmiths, will collectively discuss and develop approaches to speculative research and practice. Speculative approaches to research and practice are emerging across multiple fields as a way to develop not simply descriptive engagements with topics, but rather to make propositions that invent new possibilities for research and practice. Speculation may be considered a fitting response to a dynamic world that cannot be held, observed and acted upon without effect. Relatedly, its intention to engage with the dynamic and, hence, transformative nature of ‘things’, including the way in which distinctions between ‘things’ are situational, contingent and, therefore, always in process invites us to consider what we might seek in our research effect/s. In this session, we present some of the methodological premises for devising a mode of speculative research and, through reference to a series of empirical ‘problems’, offer a series of context specific illustrations of what novel methods – textual, visual, aural, digital – might do. In contrast to the usual order of selecting methods, it is their prospective doing that will be discussed as the guide to their design. Our key concern will be to address the question: What might a speculative research approach offer to the re-inventing of otherwise seemingly near intractable ‘problems’?”

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