Monthly Archives: November 2007

Week 9 – ID Practice (PDE4210)

London Zoo Research and Analysis….. more information to follow! 


Week 9 – Current Issues in ID (CMT 4210)

Talk by Suzette Keith on Design for All and designing for older drivers.The Development Of A Participatory Research Methodology With Older Drivers. by S. Keith et al. in Proceedings of TRANSED 2007.The link above takes you to the online version. I would also like to add that Suzette has provided an online version of her paper and should be praised for maintaining the very principles of education and that, I believe is too share our research with everyone rather than these hideous ‘charging for papers’ sites which I have found too seriously restrict furthering my understanding of many academic research subjects, why should I/We have too pay for current research? so thanks Suzette, I will certainly do the same, if I get the chance.

The same praise should go to Carlyn Worstell, who helped immensely, with our research at London Zoo.   Another interesting paper regarding PD methodology can be found here

Week 8 – ID Practice (PDE4210)

Research and Analysis for London Zoo….. More information to follow!


Week 7 – Current Issues in ID (CMT 4210)

There was no session this week and I can’t remember why, perhaps someone could let me know via my comments (please)?

We really can walk or even run on water when when it’s absolutely necessary!! 

Week 7 – ID Practice (PDE4210)

Now I know why there was no theory session, because we went to London Zoo today to rapidly research some design issues identified since the Gorilla’s have taken up residence in their new £5.3 million enclosure. These problems have been highlighted by the ZSL team who look after the exhibit, our brief was to identify and elaborate on the human factors possibly responsible for some abnormal behaviour regarding Bobby, Zaire and Effie, London Zoo’s 3 Western Lowland Gorilla’s.

We met the Head of Mammals who took us on a tour through the new enclosure, we then set about our Rapid Ethnographic research using 3 iterations of video filming from multiple cameras, both semi-subversive and documentary style filming was used together with a fly-on-the-wall mediator who filmed the entire process with a critical eye guiding the researchers throughout the three iterations to use different techniques and to concentrate on the human subjects rather than focussing on the Gorilla’s behaviour.

You can click here for a sample of our filming converted to a Flash movie. This was taken from the other side of the enclosure on full zoom and you can really hear the acoustic channeling, the building is like a big horn with all the noise directed down to the Gorilla’s, can you imagine the noise generated by 18,000 people in one day passing through Gorilla Kingdom, what an incredible oversight.

Week 6 – ID Practice (PDE4210)

We attended a lecture given by Bob Fields at Ravensfield, the home of the Interaction Design Centre, where the IDC meeting at Hendon was held in the morning.

Bob demonstrated the ‘Phidgets‘ – a kit of sensors and other bits and pieces that can be used in interesting novel interactive prototypes, and the MERL Diamond Touch – a touch sensitive tabletop display surface, not entirely dissimilar from  Microsoft Surface.

Then we went to Cat Hill for the Final Cut Pro workshop in the afternoon.

I have also prepared Andy Bardill’s Introduction to Interaction Design as a Pdf document which I believe he delivered on the first session.

Andy also provided a useful paper on Prototyping which can be found here

Week 6 – Current Issues in ID (CMT 4210)

A quote (below) from Sengers paper is a good indication of what ‘Reflective Design’ is attempting to highlight and is a good foil to the previous weeks paper regarding Ludic Design, however I think the ethics and morality of designing, play a very minor role in most commercial design practices where it would appear that Interaction Design is still a relatively new and emerging perspective.

 “We argue that ongoing reflection by both users and designers is a crucial element of a socially responsible technology design practice”.  Sengers et al.