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Hello everyone – it’s great to see your projects coming along so nicely! Anne is away on Thurs & Fri this week, but Catherine is available if you have any questions.

Just a few reminders for next week:

We’re meeting in the atrium at 10am on Monday morning to set up.

All the display equipment has been requested, so we just need to put everything in place.

There will be a seating area with a screen for the presentations, and the exhibition will be all around us.

It shouldn’t take us very long to set up, but you have until the end of the day to make any minor adjustments to your exhibit.

Also, don’t forget to clearly display your project description and email your individual written reflections to Anne or Catherine no later than midnight.

On Tuesday, everyone should meet in the atrium no later than 10:45am.

Please be sure to bring your presentation with you so that we can load all files/sites before the presentations begin promptly at 11am.

(Tip: Your visual/verbal presentation can build on the one you gave for your proposal, so it shouldn’t require much extra work.)

Each group will have 30 minutes for their presentations, a quick tour of their exhibit, and discussion.

By end of day Friday, please remove your projects from the exhibition area.


Hi everyone! I’ll go over this in detail in today’s lecture, but here’s a reminder of our schedule for the rest of the term, and some guidelines for this week’s presentations.

Wed 1 June / Thus 2 June (in tutorial)
Group presentations
Fri 3 June (by midnight)
Proposal reflections due
Tues 7 June
Proposal assessment + final project statement template emailed to group
Mon 20 June (10am start)
Exhibition set up
Mon 20 June (by midnight)
Email personal reflections
Tues 21 June (11am start)
Final presentations & critical reviews
Fri 24 June (by 3pm)
Exhibition clean-up complete

The reason for this week’s presentations is to receive constructive criticism on your project proposal and/or work in-progress. The more detailed information you provide, the more specific and useful this feedback can be. Each presentation should include:

  1. A clear explanation of inspiration.
  2. A clear statement of intent.
  3. Detailed sketches, plans and/or prototypes of the design.
  4. A simple use scenario.
  5. A list of exhibition display requirements.

Each member of the group must deliver part of the presentation & briefly explain their role in the project development. (You will each receive individual marks for this part of the project.)
Each group must email their presentation to Anne by noon on the day of their tutorial presentation.

And last, but not least, please answer the following questions in your written response to the feedback you receive:

  1. What are the strengths of your project?
  2. What areas need to be improved?
  3. What tasks are required to complete the project, and who is responsible for each task?

Good luck & have fun! If you need anything, please email Anne or Catherine to make an appointment during the week of 13 June.

“Maybe there’s something healthy in telling our stories immediately and in making experience as ephemeral as a bird’s own tweeting is, so we can move on to something else [but] if I’d been able to share those things quickly, if I’d been able to tweet them or make them my status or even speak them to someone I knew, I might not have hung onto them…

The Importance of Unwritten Postcards by Steve Himmer

I mentioned in class that there are books on reserve in the library that you might find interesting and helpful for the final project. (If your course outline says “excerpts” that just means that you only need to read the interesting bits, and not the whole book.)

  • Antonelli, Paola (ed). 2008. Design and the Elastic Mind. Museum of Modern Art.
  • Bagnara, Sebastiano and Gillian Crampton Smith (eds.) 2006. Theories and Practice in Interaction Design. Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Dunne, Anthony. 1999. Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience and Critical Design. RCA.
  • Dunne, Anthony and Fiona Raby. 2001. Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects. Birkhäuser.
  • Lorenc, Jan, Lee Skolnick and Craig Berger. 2007. What is Exhibition Design? RotoVision.
  • Sterling, Bruce. 2005. Shaping Things. MIT Press.
  • Thackara, John. 2005. In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. MIT Press.

I’ve also just learned that Moggridge’s Designing Interactions is lost, so if you’d like to take a look at it you can borrow my copy or check out the website.

You can also check out the following website/blogs:

Auger Loizeau
Christien Meindertsma
Core 77
Dunne & Raby
The Interrogative Design Group
The Near Future Laboratory
RCA Design Interactions
We Make Money Not Art
The Why Factory

And please feel free to share your own sources of inspiration in the comments!

Hi everyone –

As you know, your photo essay is due today. Please don’t forget to email me a pdf copy of your book or a zip file of your website. You do NOT need to send me a copy of your presentation.

The presentation schedule will be posted outside my office as VS 318 by 10am.

If you are scheduled to present today, please be in the lecture classroom by 12:30. Presentations start promptly at 12:40.

See you there!

Please bring all your work in progress to this week’s tutorial for feedback.

At this point you should have:

  • a selection of 10-14 photos
  • draft captions for each photo
  • a draft project statement
  • sketches/mockups of your final book or website

We’ll briefly go over the presentation guidelines and then focus on one question/concern for each student, so please decide beforehand how the group can best help you. If you would like to arrange one-on-one feedback consultations, please be sure to contact Anne or Catherine as soon as possible.

Next week’s schedule

Monday 9am: Please email Anne a .pdf of your book’s content, including a photo of the final product OR a url and .zip file of all your web content.

Monday 10am: The presentation schedule will be posted outside Anne’s office & VS 318.

Monday 12:30pm: Presentation set-up. Presentations start promptly at 12:40.

Wednesday/Thursday: Presentations continue.

In today’s lecture I presented a very quick overview of critical design, as described by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby. To see a wide range of critical design projects, be sure to check out their website, as well as Design Interactions at the RCA and Creative Tools for Critical Times.

After next week’s presentations, we’ll be moving onto Project 3. In preparation for that, please be sure to read Carl DiSalvo’s article “Design and the Construction fo Publics” and watch Tony Dunne’s presentation on Design for Debate:

Anthony Dunne // Dunne & Raby from Innovationsforum on Vimeo.