Just in time for the Christmas reading list the Social Design Methods Menu by Lucy Kimbell and Joe Julier. A menu, rather than a manual, it suggests approaches and methods for a range of different people and situations, and suggests seven habits of social designing.
1. Tell stories and make maps
2. Work at human scales and connect across networks of people and things
3. Look at both the detail and the big picture
4. Make things to explore, test and learn
5. Imagine scenarios of use, and provoke and inspire alternatives
6. Make the familiar unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar
7. Create designs that are based on the ways people actually do things, rather than focussing on what
people say they do, or what other people think they do
Real the whole piece here
Each year in the UK around 260 children die or are seriously harmed and £5 million is spent “learning the lessons”. The same “lessons” have been emerging since the first UK child death inquiry in 1945 without noticeable impact on child fatalities.
Child Death Review (CDR) processes in the UK have evolved almost exclusively from social work. The Scottish Universities Insight Institute are hosting a knowledge transfer event headed by Alyson Leslie, Linda Walker and Professor Sue Black from the University of Dundee. The aim is to think about child death review processes differently, bringing together expertise from the fields of forensic investigation, psychology, education, design, statistics, policing, law, social work and health.
Next week I’ll be responsible for design facilitation at the first of four CDR events over the coming months at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Recent Master of Design graduates Sara Nevay and Angela Tulloch will be working with me to enable participants to use design techniques to quickly understand the roles of the forty national and international co-participants, mapping their relationship to the child at the centre of the Child Death Review and exploring the information that they collect pertaining to the life and death of a child.
Hazel White, Course Director, Master of Design for Services
Master of Design Studio 7th Floor Matthew Building (come to reception at 1pm and we’ll take you there)
Digital Product Design Programme Director Jon Rogers and Master of Design Programme Director Hazel White will reprise their Petcha Kutcha presentations and students will talk about their projects.
M.Des graduate Jon Gill has been working with schoolchildren in Fife creating QR trails to share the history of their village through stories and photographs. More
Applying design thinking to complex social issues, such as those explored by our Masters students at Dundee, requires a critical, well informed understanding of the underlying issues, a grasp of the broad theoretical approaches and an awareness of where to find current research on relevant themes. A new blog post Social design – research resources by Master of Design’s Professor Mike Press is a great starting point.
Come and join us to see and hear about current master of design projects and tell us how you think designers should be working with the people of Dundee.
The event links in with Totally Dundee: a series of events showcasing activities in keeping with Dundee’s total place approach, involve multi-agency working, early intervention, innovation and/or examples of truly citizen-centred services. Master of Design Programme Director, Hazel White will talk about how masters students can connect with the work already being done in citizen-centred services in Dundee and students will showcase their masters projects in progress. These include:
developing activities with the users and committee of Baxter Park
work with St Mary’s Community Centre
development of co-design tools to enable participation
activities for long-stay hospital patients
jewellery to assist people with complex needs
improving the experience of international students
bringing home to us what our online profile really says about us
The Linking Thinking team will also be with us, on the lookout for new ideas to incorporate into their ideas jam on Friday 25th May.
We’d love to to join us. You can find us here
Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates wishing to pursue research leading to PhD status under the supervision of leading interdisciplinary researchers with an emphasis on Design orientated research , under the terms of the AHRC allocation for 2012/13. Full-time bursaries of £13,590 and PhD fees will be covered by the Studentships for qualified applicants. (Note: only UK and EU nationals are eligible for these scholarships).
Full details are now available at http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/news/2012/05/studentship/
The studentships are offered for commencement in the 2012-2013 academic year within the following research themes of DJCAD and the School of Humanities. The studentships are offered for commencement in the 2012-2013 academic year within the following research themes of DJCAD and the School of Humanities:
- Digital Economy, Futures & Culture
- Visualisation & the Application of Visual Thinking
- Archival & Curatorial, Practice, History & Theory (NOT: Art, Media, and Visual Studies)
- History, English and Philosophy
Please note the following timescales & dates:
Deadline for applications: Monday 4th June 2012 (5pm UK time)
Notifications & interviews: Week beginning 11th & 18th June respectively
Expected start dates: September 2012
We are launching our new Design for Services Programme in September 2012 and we are looking for someone to join our team:
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Service Design
University of Dundee – Duncan of Jordanstone, College of Art & Design
Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties
You will play a key role in developing our research and teaching in Service Design and collaborating with others within DJCAD and the University of Dundee. We have strong interests in the emergent discipline of service design and its role in business, public services and policy development. Our research in this area is currently supported by a variety of grants from a diverse range of sponsors including health care providers, industry and social sectors. We expect you to have research interests that either consolidate or extend this activity. You will make a contribution to teaching at both UG and TPG levels in a studio based teaching environment. Details here
The future ain’t what it used to be…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
You are invited to attend ‘The Future ain’t what it used to be’. We will be showing you how your great ideas, experiences and voices are coming to together to create a new vision for Dundee’s future.
You are welcome to extend this invitation to anyone you think would like to be part of the evening.
This event will be held in the Whitfield shopping centre.