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Month / February 2016

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  • Growbots

    Carl DiSalvo talks about communities of practice and collaborative design processes. The Growbot Garden workshops consist of discussion and prototypes, both dialog and making. He explains: “Speculative design and engagement design is public design: it takes place in public, with the public, it is a construction of public (using John Dewey’s idea of public as…

  • Designerly-ing words

    Designerly words was a methods and processes session lead by Julia Lockheart, whose research focus on design and language. (mmmm what a juicy thing to research!) The process to make designerly words is as follows: Join a group of 3-5 people. Individually identify words (relevant words; words that you find problematic, intriguing, fascinating; words you…

  • Pre-positon

    The last time I thought about prepositions was when studying Spanish. This image was helpful. I haven’t thought about them since those days, but now they are all I think about. Preposition: “a word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause, as…

  • Postcards from situated learning

    I made postcards to illustrate some of the key situated learning theories. I found this a really useful practice for bringing ideas in text to life. Also, I found that in the process of choosing a postcard I had to think carefully about the text (more so than just reading and highlighting), and got a…

  • Story blocks

    I spent a few days working with a writer to explore and research some methods in storytelling. The aim was to develop narrative for the phonebook. In the end we made many -components- of stories, but not actually any stories. I also looked into some writers experimenting with narrative from such as Eric Zimmerman and…

  • Story strings

    I’ve been reading lots of children’s picture books as “research” for the phonebook project. I’m particularity drawn to this wonderful picture book by William Wondriska. It has no words but makes many connections. This looks a little bit like a diagram that our tutor Jenny drew illustrating the learning process.

  • Creative-learning-design-process

    We have been asked: what is the creative process and how does this impact on learning? hmmm. that’s a toughy. errr….hmmmm….I kind of know, I mean yes I know. But can’t really express it. I think it is about discovery, funness, squishy tactile, dialogue, playfulness, making things…. Maybe making a thing would help? *gets paper…