PAIPR is delighted to welcome Ariana Mihoc to the group. Ariana, shortly to complete her MSc with the Cardiff School of Art & Design, is the recently appointed scholarship holder for a Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award. The award was won by Steve and Andy with Dominic Eggbeer, head of PDR’s Medical Applications Group. It will fund research into the uses of PAIPR’s rapid, low fidelity, prototype led ethnography for the development of patient specific medical devices.
Gareth Loudon will run a product and service innovation workshop for public sector managers in Wales next week. Managers will come from organisations including the NHS and the Welsh Assembly Government to the workshop on the 12th of January.
Gareth Loudon will be running a workshop session next week on how technology, communications and networking can play a role for international artists based in Wales. The workshop on 26th November, is part of the Wales Arts International Symposium in Cardigan.
The PAIPR team at PDR, in collaboration with PDR’s Medical Applications Group, have secured funding for a 3 year Design Research PhD Bursary. We’re looking for a PhD student to investigate new techniques for product deployment using rapid prototype based ethnographic appraisal techniques. The focus of the work will be medical product development. The project will utilise PDR’s new user experience observation laboratory in combination with end‐users, scenarios, props and appropriate prototypes, to explore the possibilities of increased development speed and reduced development cost, whilst simultaneously producing better, safer products aimed at the specific and bespoke needs of users.
For more details, and to apply for this position, click here: http://www3.uwic.ac.uk/English/uwicresearch/researchdegrees/Pages/VCDA%27s.aspx
Gareth Loudon’s experience and knowledge in the creativity process has been recognised in the form of a UWIC Teaching Fellowship award to look at how to embed the concept of Deliberate Play into the Product Design curriculum and beyond.
“What will future interactive products be like?”
Product design is a discipline in a state of such rapid change that it is in a constant state of reassessment. One of the ways in which this is most apparent is the field of computer embedded product where the blurred and overlapping discipline boundaries between product designers, HCI experts, usability professionals, ethnographers, computer programmers, electronic engineers and others continue to cause problems for us humans on the receiving end of their efforts. Arguing for a more coherent interdisciplinary approach and drawing on his experience in the field of information appliance development and his research into possible future interaction methods, Steve will review trends, fads, cultures and theories and, by looking both forward and backward, make some educated guesses as to where they may lead us.
Gareth Loudon will be running a product innovation workshop for business leaders in South Wales today. The workshop is part of the Twenty 20 Leadership programme run by UWIC’s School of Management.
Twelve inspiring speakers from across the globe will explore the innovative ways they are using prototypes, including the Turner Prize winning artist, Simon Starling; the NASA space architect, Constance Adams; international business guru Michael Schrage and, interactive jeweller, Hazel White.
Steve will be attending the event as an industry expert. Prototype is being co convened by the Victoria & Albert Museum and Duncan at Jordanson College of Art & Design. It is being held on 10-11 June 2010.
Steve will be representing PAIPR at a joint British Design Innovation (BDI) and University for the Creative Arts (UCA) event. The event brings together a select number of Deans from leading Science, Engineering & Design Universities and directors of the UK’s (world’s) leading industrial and service design & Innovation firms to a pioneering inaugural meeting on February 26th, 2pm to 7pm held at the Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2. Places were awarded on a competitive basis and PAIPR are delighted to be represented.
Gareth will be representing PAIPR at the Technology Strategy Board’s three day workshop in March. The workshop aims to get Designers and Technology Specialists in plastic electronics together to dream up ideas for new products, services and experiences that could be created using the unique properties of plastic electronics. Gareth was one of only 28 experts in the UK chosen from among the applicants to take part in the workshop.