Here's a roundup of some key info from our last workshop:
POSTERS. Submit your A1 sized posters tomorrow morning, so we can send them for printing tomorrow afternoon. Please try to keep the file size low enough to send by email (under 20MB) and if you can't, let us know soon and we will try to solve it.
YOUR POSTER DISPLAY. You will need to be at your poster/display table from 10-12:30. Arrive at around 9:30 to give yourselves time to set up the table and posters, etc. We will visit you every table with Prof. Tuula Eriksson btw 10-11:30 and discuss your design project, ask questions about decisions you made. Everyone in your Design Group needs to be present for this visit, and at least two of you need to be with your poster the whole time. This day, along with your submitted Design Project Portfolio and Individual Insight short paper, form last of the assessment in the course.
THE REST OF THE FESTIVAL. Check out the schedule online at http://www.csduppsala.uu.se/2015/cemuse-sustainability-festival
or on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/368335716624291/
All the best,
Alejandro & Lakin
This week is our final class together. It's been quite a trip so far! As you know it's not quite over - we'll finish with a great day on Thursday the 28th.
This Wednesday during regular class time we be working on your poster design, and showing some examples of various poster designs, including some student work from last year. We will also take part in a final course evaluation including both an active and written evaluation which is really important to the course and gives us all a closing to our work together.
PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER IF POSSIBLE.
This is the first and only time in this whole course we use this word explicitly but it's important you know that... this workshop is compulsory (mandatory, non-skippable, must-be-there, your life depends on it)! 🙂
See you there,Alejandro & Lakin
Time is running fast and the Design Project is more than half way through! During the last weeks you have been working in your design project and there are still a few weeks left before you will submit your poster and the final portfolio. As you saw during the Peer Review 2, different groups are in different points in the process and that’s fine. However, it is time to consider what is left for you to do and decide how and when you are going to do it.
Read and explore the points 6 and 7 of the Design Project to get more inspiration, and remember that you have tools and exercises for idea generation, etc. in the Design Project Space that you can use.
As we told you during Peer Review 2, next Wednesday, May 13th, we will have the Update Meeting with the examiner, Tuula Ericsson, professor in Landscape Design and Architecture, and with a lot of experience working with design projects. She will be with us to know what you are doing and to be familiar with your projects before the Sustainability Festival. She won’t be there to examine you during the Update Meeting but to give you feedback in your process. See her as a valuable resource to solve doubts and improve your design process. She will be from 10 to 15 minutes with each group and she will make suggestions and comments. As you have been doing during the Peer Reviews, present your problem, how your process is going and show her your preliminary results, solutions and/or prototypes and also prepare questions and doubts for her.
For the Update Meeting the class will be divided in two. One half will meet at 17:15 and the other half 18:35. The groups will be working in the class and Tuula will share up to 15 minutes with every group in the order you have here:
- Group 9: Food+Agriculture
- Group 4: Green Home
- Group 8: Fantastic Five
- Group 3: Resolve
- Groups 7: WWW – Wasted Without Waste
- Group 6: Natural Spaces in the City
- Group 5: Fresh Outta Food
- Group 2: Mobile Energy
- Group 1: Sparks
Have a nice weekend and good luck with your design project!
Lakin and Alejandro
Peer Review 2 happens tomorrow during regular class time. Peer Review 2 will take a different and more exciting form to Peer Review 1, with the whole class involved.
All Design Groups will be present for the whole session (as opposed to last time groups had specific meeting times a time booked). Instructions are on the course portal under 'The Design Space' tab.
Remember to send your Peer Review 2 preparations to your peer group! (Same peer group as last time).
See you there,
Alejandro & Lakin
We are in the middle of the phase of the course when we meet less often, but shortly we will start to meet again every week in the lead up to your final designs and presentations at the festival on May 28. Below is some information about the Design Project, and instructions for Peer Review 2.
In Peer Review 1, we focused on your design problem and your first steps in the project. Peer Review 2 is next Wednesday, 6th May (Peer Review 2 was scheduled for 13th May but has been changed due to availability issues with our examiner Tuula Eriksson. Instead, the Update Meeting is now 13th May). You will still be sharing directly with the same groups as you did in Peer Review 1, but we will radically change the setup of the room, so expect a new format in which all Design Groups in the course will be present and participating. For this you will need to again be ready to talk about what you have done so far, but with important differences. Make sure all your Design Group members are present.
In the Design Project description you are asked to submit a Portfolio containing several components, (which closely mirror the steps we ran through during the weekend workshop) as listed below. Different groups are at different points in their process which is to be expected. But it's worth checking to see where you are, considering how much time we have left. If you are still on your problem definition, you'll want to get moving or ask for help (please do!).
-1 page problem definition
-Design requirements (design needs)
-Written summary of final design
You are also asked in the project description to record and document your activities throughout your design process (interviews, photos, behaviour observation, pages showing idea generation, basic prototypes, etc.). For Peer Review 2, we will focus on these activities. In preparation for the peer review, answer the questions below briefly and email them to us in a Word Doc or PDF at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to your Peer Design Group (the same group you were paired with in Peer Review 1) by Tuesday, 5th May at 13:00. Make sure you're on time so your peers can be prepared for the discussion.
-How have you been going about your design process?
-What methods/actions have you tried?
-How have you conducted research and talked to people?
-If you have started idea generation or prototyping, how have you done it?
-What are your next steps?
There is no 'right answer' to these questions, as Design Projects vary greatly, however, you need to be ready to share and discuss. If you think it useful for the discussion, bring with you some documentation of what you have done, for example photos, paper from idea generation sessions, etc.
The following Wednesday we will have an update meeting with Professor Tuula Eriksson, who is also the examiner for the course, in which you will present your work so far and get some feedback and advice from her. Check the course portal again next week for mor detailed instructions on this.
Have a Happy Valborg,
Alejandro & Lakin
Hope everything is going fine with you!
As you have probably seen, you all should have an email in your inbox regarding the Peer Review 1 that it is coming next Wednesday, the 22nd of April.
In this email you have a link to the instructions for the Peer Review, the schedule for every group (you can also find a copy in The Design Project Space), and the initial document from the group you are going to review. Read the documents and prepare what you are going to explain about your process and what you can ask about the other group project. It will be a good moment to share experiences and check your challenges, doubts and difficulties.
Another update from the course: the lecture slides from Camilo Calderon on Participatory Design are now available under “Lecture Materials”.
Have a nice weekend and see you next week,
Lakin & Alejandro
Hope you had a great weekend and you started the week with energy.
In the The Design Project Space, you have a document with a summary of the groups, topics and selected books. We have received most of your problems and the 2nd book choice via email but not all of them. Have a look into the document and if your group has a " * ", please send us the missing information as soon as you can (deadline April 15th at 14:00h).
This week we won’t have class but, as the previous week, we will be available at CEMUS to help you in your process. As we told you, different groups will be in different stages of the process. Some groups might need help to finish with the problem formulation and others might be collecting information and researching about the topic. However, remember that next week is the Peer Review 1 and you should be able to explain what you have, where are you in the process and where are you heading to (more info to come) to other groups and the course coordinators in order to get some feedback and keep working.
Good luck with your project and email us if you have any question!
Lakin and Alejandro
Thanks for a generally productive session on Wednesday. Those who came seemed to make progress, and for the most part a good vibe for the projects is in the air.
If you missed either Seminar 2 or Workshop 2, Make Up Tasks for both are now on the course portal under 'assignments and instructions'. Any questions, email us on email@example.com
Alejandro & Lakin
Hi everyone, and Happy Easter!
Tomorrow's lecture 'Why Sustainability Needs Fiction: Design Fiction and The Future' will be pushed forwards in the schedule to the end of April/start of May (Date TBA). This is so you can all focus on starting immediately with your Design Group on your project work after the Easter break.
Tomorrow in class time (17:00-19:30) we will instead have a co-working session with your Design Groups at the CEMUS Library/Lab/Lounge. In this session you can together continue to work on the four steps from Workshop 2 (5W+H, "how might we....?", group assumptions, who could we talk to?), and to otherwise plan. Material from Workshop 2 is now on the course portal. Course coordinators will be available for any discussion, questions or help with this you may need (email us beforehand if you want to book a meeting at a specific time, otherwise we will be free). Attendance is up to you, however this will likely be a good time to meet with your group, as you all have this time in your schedules.
Also a reminder, you must submit a document which shows the problem your Design group will work on and the progress on the above-listed four steps by Friday 10th April. It is OK if this is not perfect or a 'work in progress', but you need to submit the progress you have made. Also include the title of the second course book book your Design Group has chosen from the provided list, or selected yourselves.
See you then, and apologies for late posting of this message,
Alejandro & Lakin
This video below is included the links and short articles in the Course Reader for the Weekend Workshop. Take at least 30 minutes look over those before you come, and you'll get more out of the workshop.
This video is a little taste of the essence of what we will do in the Weekend Workshop. It's meant as a fun intro, and we will do many different things in our workshop (with better fashion and no voice-over). See you there.
Alejandro and Lakin