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#6 The Speculative Designer

I first met Anab when she gave my undergraduate class a lecture in 2006. I've been following her ever since and had the pleasure of finally meeting her in person last month. Anab's work lives in the intersection of emerging technologies and everyday life. Anab and I have been talking about the potential ways to expose the DXD students to the complexities of designing with technology. Here's what she has to say... 1. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

2014 has been a challenging year for us at Superflux. We have been reminded yet again of how important it is to maintain conviction and belief in the work we do, in the face of unforeseen external pressures. We are grateful to have come out on the other side with our values and integrity intact, and with a deeper commitment to our responsibility as designers, as our work extends out into the real world.

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2. What’s your burning question of the moment?

How can our work at Superflux play a meaningful role in influencing new, alternate ways of understanding our relationships with technology, broaden perspectives and infiltrate the status quo? How can we engage with new audiences, and at different scales? How can I prepare my young child for the dauntingly complex world that he will find himself in?

3. What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Currently reading Keller Easterling's Extrastatecraft which is great, other highlights include the project by activists who released Choco Pie-Filled Balloons Into North Korea, Kate Crawford's piece on the Anxieties of Big Data, Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies, Disobedient Objects show at the V&A, a recent visit to Detroit and watching my son learn to talk.

4. What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Enjoy this precious time as a student to truly explore your ideas, skills, and think about the world you'd like to design for.

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here:#5 The Digital Maker#4 The Craftsman#3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

#6 The Speculative Designer

I first met Anab when she gave my undergraduate class a lecture in 2006. I've been following her ever since and had the pleasure of finally meeting her in person last month. Anab's work lives in the intersection of emerging technologies and everyday life. Anab and I have been talking about the potential ways to expose the DXD students to the complexities of designing with technology. Here's what she has to say... 1. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

2014 has been a challenging year for us at Superflux. We have been reminded yet again of how important it is to maintain conviction and belief in the work we do, in the face of unforeseen external pressures. We are grateful to have come out on the other side with our values and integrity intact, and with a deeper commitment to our responsibility as designers, as our work extends out into the real world.

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2. What’s your burning question of the moment?

How can our work at Superflux play a meaningful role in influencing new, alternate ways of understanding our relationships with technology, broaden perspectives and infiltrate the status quo? How can we engage with new audiences, and at different scales? How can I prepare my young child for the dauntingly complex world that he will find himself in?

3. What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Currently reading Keller Easterling's Extrastatecraft which is great, other highlights include the project by activists who released Choco Pie-Filled Balloons Into North Korea, Kate Crawford's piece on the Anxieties of Big Data, Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies, Disobedient Objects show at the V&A, a recent visit to Detroit and watching my son learn to talk.

4. What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Enjoy this precious time as a student to truly explore your ideas, skills, and think about the world you'd like to design for.

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here:#5 The Digital Maker#4 The Craftsman#3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

Two today!

Redjotter is two today!

This post I wrote two years ago was where it all began. ( hat tip and a smile to Arne ) this year has been pretty hectic ; completed my Masters degree, started up two companies, moved into a new flat in Glasgow, spoke to alot of policemen and went through a pot of red nail varnish ... but it's the people who read what I write, support me and inspire me everyday that make all this possible so thank you very much and here's to another year of redjotter! Bigger and better!

redjotter goes to london with MyPolice

As promised I would like to introduce you all to MyPolice.  The video below tells the story of the web-based service that fosters constructive, collaborative communication between communities and the police forces which serve them.

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You can follow MyPolice ventures on our blog. Sarah and I are traveling to Coventry to present at The Policing 2.o Conference:

"The NPIA Citizen Focus and Neighbourhood Policing Programme is organising the first national conference for the police service in England and Wales looking at the impact of social media.

'Policing 2.0 - the Citizen and Social Media' will include presentations from forces who have been early adopters in using social media and speakers from outside the world of policing who will discuss the wider impact.

The emergence of cheap and accessible information technology and the increasing importance of the Citizen Focus approach means that police forces are beginning to use social media sites such as facebook and twitter as part of their communications and engagement strategies. At the same time citizens are looking to social media as a platform to comment on, or engage with policing."

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I also have the Festival of Interdependence, Service Design Drinks, Future Gov and Mindapples to look forward to...and of course spending time with my most lovely London friends...you know who you are :)

I have been overwhelmed by the recent support I have received online and offline - huge big thank you to everyone for your advice, comments and RT's :)

Making Service Sense

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Last Friday, 11th September I had a remarkable day! Firstly, I discovered I had been awarded a distinction for my MDes degree! ...and secondly the exhibition of my work opened at Dundee University.

Making Service Sense is a service I have created hypothetically created during my MDes programme and with these foundations intend to turn into a reality. Making Service Sense offers young graduates a new way of accessing the world of service design, through a variety of methods and mediums.

The five core objectives:

1. To act as a knowledge bank.
2. To offer vibrant and relevant insights into the industry.
3. To provide a comprehensive pathway into service design.
4. To build connections between practitioners and graduates.
5. To grow and develop in a co-design manner - with the help of its users.

For the week of the Master of Design show Making Service Sense was articulated through a brand (logo design by Chris Clarke), a pack of 40 case study postcards, business cards, a process map, a 200 page design synthesis (all designed by Kate Andrews) and an interactive exhibition space!

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The exhibition space had four elements:

1. Take a seat
2. Join the conversation
3. Ask the industry
4. Read about the service

The space was conceptually designed to mimic what happens in this web space, in that my catalysts fuel further questions. On Friday evening, I harvested questions in real time - I put a question out to the service design community via twitter, but no one at the exhibition needed to touch a computer. I acted as a filter between the complexity of questioning about service design vs. industry experience vs. internet information. This is more than being a moderator it is about being a facilitator. I am the service design filter. I am Making Service Sense.

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So what is next?

I have learnt a lot over the past 12 months and hope to visit universities to talk about Redjotter and the journey I have been on during my MDes. I have also been invited by Tamsin at Engine to share Making Service Sense with the team in London next month!