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Dementia Lab – The Role of Design

Call for Participation (Essen, Germany – 14 and 15 September, 2016): Design educators of all disciplines, design researchers and designers are invited to attend this two-day event on designing together with people with dementia. Design in all of its forms, … Continue reading

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Changing Worlds – Ideologies, Utopias and Ambitions in Science and Technology

The latest issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Sciences (GJSS) has a strong focus on Science and Technology Studies (STS) topics. Its title “Changing Worlds” alludes to multiple meanings as not only are we changing the world – or worlds –, but they … Continue reading

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RETHINK! Gender, Design and Media

Tomorrow (Friday, April 24) designtransfer presents the exhibition BLUE + PINK >>> RETHINK! of the international Gender Design Network (iGDN), as well as projects from the seminar “Gender Troublers” by students of the Berlin University of the Arts: Friday, 24 … Continue reading

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Zwischen System und Chaos im MAKK

Das Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln startet mit der Ausstellung “SYSTEM DESIGN – Über 100 Jahre Chaos im Alltag” ins neue Jahr. Vom metrischen System zum Lego-Baustein, über die DIN-Norm für Papierformate, U-Bahn-Plänen und Regalen bis zu Smartphone Konfigurationen und … Continue reading

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Signatur des Digitalen

Der Umgang mit den digitalen Tools verändert nicht nur unsere Art zu denken, zu kommunizieren und zu produzieren, sondern verändert auch unsere Erwartungen an die Benutzung und die Materialität der physischen Welt. Doch wie so oft gilt auch hier: Nicht … Continue reading

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Kollisionen

Was passiert, wenn Mode und Architektur kollidieren, Design beim Tanz aufschlägt oder Gesellschafts- und Wirtschafts- mit Visueller Kommunikation zusammenstößt? Was, wenn Textil- auf Textgestaltung trifft, Performance die urbane Raumplanung befragt oder Kulturtheorie durch bildende Kunst und Musik herausgefordert wird? In … Continue reading

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F L U G M U S I K (Kollisionen 2014)

Eine Woche lang arbeiteten Studierende aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Berliner Universität der Künste (UdK) zusammen an fliegenden Klangobjekten und klingenden Flugobjekten. Objekte, die schweben, gleiten, geworfen oder katapultiert werden. Objekte, die klingen, singen, knattern und flüstern. Einzige Grundbedingungen: kein Strom, … Continue reading

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PACHA — Kollisionen von Tanz und Design

Im Rahmen der “Kollisionen 2014” (UdK) sah das Projekt PACHA eine Serie von Experimenten und Improvisationen vor. Ziel des Projektes und seiner Teilnehmer war es, sich mit Objekten und Materialien in RaumZeit-Konstellationen zu befördern, deren Wechselwirkungen Klang erzeugen. Aufgrund der … Continue reading

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“Flugmusik” – Jazz Institute Berlin meets Design Research Lab

[Dehnhard & Bieling: F L U G M U S I K] The Jazz Institute Berlin and the Design Research Lab are going to collaborate for early 2014. In the project Tilmann Dehnhard and Tom Bieling are going to work on flying … Continue reading

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Interaction and Interface Design for and with People with Dementia

This Berlin-based project has been running since 2012 and already lead to promising results: Dementia is a syndrome that mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the probability is increasing with age. Current literature and statistics show that … Continue reading

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Exhibition in Edinburgh/UK

On friday, 21st of June, an interesting exhibition starts in Edinburgh/UK. It also includes 3 works, developed in the DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY Project,that was supervised by Tom Bieling in Cairo and Berlin last semester. 21.06.2013 | Opening 6.30 pm | Short Art … Continue reading

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Touching new ways of commincation for 2012 and beyond….

Dear friends Liebe Freunde Caras amigos A healthy, successful and happy 2012 to all of you (especially those we haven’t met this year)! Euch allen (insbesondere denen, die wir in diesem Jahr leider nicht treffen konnten) sowie einen sicheren Rutsch … Continue reading

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HangUp (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“HangUp” is a tool that accounts certain human conditions or situations, where people can not use their hands while being on the phone. For example deaf people need both hands for sign language. But also non-deaf people are often confronted … Continue reading

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Mobile Alert Recognition (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Mobile Alert Recognition” is an application that identifies auditory alerts through signal recognition and informs the user about important events. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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TRANSNATURAL (Amsterdam, march/april 2011)

[transnatural; exhibition/symposium, amsterdam 2011; campaign: Lucy McRae] Technology was the means by which mankind seperated itself from nature, and escaped its limitations. In the 21st century we move beyond the animosity between nature and technology. In a lot of areas we … Continue reading

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Human Enhancement – The Role of Art and Design

Already mentioned before, but in context of certain art and design positions in terms of human enhancement technologies we would like to draw attention again to some of the RCA (Royal College of Art, London) projects in this field: The Methods Network was … Continue reading

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Abilities speak louder…

[VSA Arts of Colorado : Andrew Zareck | Art Direction and Design] The Access Gallery + Studio at VSA Arts of Colorado conducted the “Special Needs Poster Project” GIVING VOICE. In this collaborative project, young people with disabilities were paired … Continue reading

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Phantom Recorder

British Designer Revital Cohen comes up with this vision: “When a limb is lost, the mind often develops a phantom sensation. The phantom owner is suddenly endowed with a unique and personal appendage, invisible to others and sometimes capable of … Continue reading

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Medic Esthetic – Good ol’ Shoe

In her project Medic Esthetic, Gwendolyn Huskens of Design Academy Eindhoven deals with the beauty of imperfection, using medical materials like synthetic plaster, bandages and stainless steel in white and skin tones, to make these shoes. A quote from this project: “The esthetics … Continue reading

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Tuuli Mattelmäki speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 23nd of august)

Another Talk, another interesting guest speaker: On august 23 (Monday), Tuuli Mattelmäki from Aalto University Helsinki comes to talk at our T-Labs’ Research Colloquium. Here topics will range from design probes, empathic design, co-design to service design and design for … Continue reading

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Graham Pullin speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 9th of august)

We are happy to have Graham Pullin as a guest speaker at our next Research Colloquium at T-Labs on monday, 9th of august. Graham will talk about aspects from his book, as well about some of his latest projects, e.g. … Continue reading

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Key Wheel

Anybody knows what happened to the OneHand Keyboard by Caracol? About two years ago they came up with a concept for a centred “keywheel”, which was supposed to allow you to quickly spin any key you like to push…

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Vibes, Rings and Visors

Korean Designers Kim Min-hee, Kwang-seok Jeong and Hyun-joong Kim come up with a concept for a clock, called “vibering”. The idea behind it: The clock and the corresponding rings “hear” noise and might warn (e.g. deaf) people who wear them. [vibering] So … Continue reading

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Experience research live at 4010

Next Week (April 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.) we will present some insights from our research process of the project speechless. Entrance is free; refreshments will be provided We are looking forward to seeing you there! Presentation “Speechless – Researching … Continue reading

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Reading Chart

Flipside of our latest flyer for a workshop on interaction and visual impairment… [Designabilities // Tom Bieling]

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THISABILITY vs. DISABILITY

What a pity, that we missed last year’s electronic art exhibion thisAbility vs. Disability – Looking at Disability through Creative Senses in Seoul. The exhibition presented ten interactive electronic art installations examining themes of human capability through creative transition of … Continue reading

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PROAESTHETICS by FRANCESCA LANZAVECCHIA

Francesca Lanzavecchia’s thesis project ‘pro aesthetics supports’ explores the perception of disability through its artefacts. In her project she redesigned common medical artefacts associated with disability such as neck braces, canes, crutches and back braces. [The aid-object grows to accommodate the … Continue reading

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Braille Interpreter

A majority of blind people (e.g. elderly) can not read braille. Designer Hyung Jin Lim promoted his idea for a braille interpreter… via yanko

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Design Beyond Disability (Eindhoven)

Interim Presentation of the Design Beyond Disability Project at the domain Health of Industrial Design at TU Eindhoven: Watch the Clip here! And here is their final project presentation. See! In the same project (obviously another team) dis some user … Continue reading

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Legs and Crutches

Vilnius based Designer Mantas Lesauskas comes with a two topic-related objects. The first one is called JIS IRGI STALAS (engl. = “It’s also a table”), in which he seems to draw a parallel between human and artificial disabilities, or rather shows a … Continue reading

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2007_Tact

A great number of blind people use watches whose glass can be lifted so that blind people can know what time it is from the position of the needles, their fingertips slipping over the dial. But once the needles are … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (Review)

Our Workshop with with deaf Teenagers at the StreetLab (13 august 09) was interesting and fun. We had two Sign Language Translators to support us. We talked about specifics and properties of Deaf Life. What are typical problems for Deaf … Continue reading

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StreetLab Trailer

Yesterday we celebrated the opening of StreetLab. Enjoy the trailer:

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Deaf Music Experience

With his concept for ‘Siento’ (span.: I feel), Design Student Ufuk Yüksel of Fachhochschule Cobur Yüksel convinced the Jury in 2006. We haven’t seen or tested it. And the only information we have, is the german description the design center … Continue reading

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International Sign Languages and Multi Touch – A playful learning tool

Found this one. Source unknown…

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Out of norm – products for special needs

In 1978 the vienna based “Institut für soziales Design” developed this construction as a telephone for special needs… [ISD, “Außer der Norm”, aus: wien aktuell, Heft 6, Juni 1978, S. 12, 13]

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Deaf StreetLab (13 august)

On thursday, 13th of august, we will do a co-design-workshop with deaf kids at the StreetLab. Together in playfull workshops, we are going to explore the properties of deaf communication. Furthermore we will develop expedient and sensible product- and service … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses! Review of our Co-Design Workshop with Kids from Neukölln(Berlin)

Our yesterday’s kids-workshop on navigation and (mobile) communication by different senses (see post below!) was awesome: We had a full day outdoor workshop with kids between the age of 3 to 12 years. It was difficult to count them, but we guess during … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses – Workshop with Kids

Less than two weeks before we start the StreetLab, we and our colleagues take part at this nice open-air festival in Berlin called PLATZSPIELE, where we provide several workshops with kids (28.7., 30.7., 2.8, 4.8.). On thursday july 30, we … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Wheel

[Photo by Juan Carlos Noguera] A social design project on wheelchairs from Guatemala recently caught our attention. Read the whole article on design21…

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Tangible Photography

The korean designers Son Seunghee, Lee Sukyung and Kim Hyunsoo came up with an idea for a camera for samsung, that has been awarded with the 2008 red dot best concept (category: life science). The concept is based on the polaroid … Continue reading

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StreetLab features workshops for deaf and blind kids (amongst others).

[StreetLab; Berlin] (German): Neukölln (Berlin) wird vom 10. – 30. August zum Zukunftslabor für mobile Kommunikation – Kinder und Jugendliche gestalten die Zukunft der mobilen Kommunikation gemeinsam mit Design-Forscherinnen und Forschern der Technischen Universität Berlin Ort: Wildenbruchstrasse 88. Im Rahmen der … Continue reading

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Hearing for all. Solar-powered hearing-aid battery charger.

[by Godisa] Some might know this product from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90% exhibition. The solar-powered hearing-aid by godisa comes with:   Charge battery with free solar power Fully charged in 2 – 5 hours Recharged … Continue reading

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disability and virtual reality

As Tom Shakespeare (PEALS, University of Newcastle, UK) mentioned in his talk at Vienna University (9 may 2008), the www offers various opportunities for social integration to bodily or mentlly impaired people. The communication through the internet offers chances of … Continue reading

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StreetLab – free summer workshops for young kids on communication and design

StreetLab, a summer project of the Design Research Lab,  offers free workshops for and with youg kids and teeanagers from 10th to 28th of august in Neukölln (Berlin). The workshops will contain creative examinations around the topic fields communication, perception, (social) … Continue reading

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E-Braille-Book

d-Vision (Israel) comes up with this USB fed Ebook for the blind or visually impaired. As the company claimes, it will “allow scrolling through text and switching between different files stored in it’s memory, as on any flash memory stick.”

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Mediating Deaf Experience

In their project on designing adaptive environments, the Beverley School for the Deaf has collected a series of simple diagrams illustrating the DEAF experience.  These aim to mediate ideas of communication, interaction, education, interface, ethics, etc.  “The first four address … Continue reading

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Camera outta sight

So far, we have only found articles, that seem to copy the blog-entry on yankodesign aobut this  samsung project for a camera for the blind. So let’s hear, how yanko cites the samsung designer Chueh Lee: “Touch Sight is a revolutionary … Continue reading

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Braille Watch (by David Chavez)

Usually digital clock devices operate with sound to communicate the time, thus inhibiting the user from checking their watch unnoticed. Chavez’s braille watch instead displays a real-time readout in Braille, to be scaned with the fingers to check the time.  more info: dexinger

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Concept: B-Touch – Mobile Touch Phone for the Blind

  In their design study the conceptioners of the B-Touch claim to develop a feature of a touchscreen display that caters for Braille, thanks to blind touchscreen technology and a combination of voice systems as well as programs to make it fully … Continue reading

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Braille Tatoos

Nothing wrong with a bit of fun. That is why we also want to share Klara Jirkova’s (UdK, Berlin) idea of the Braille Tatoos with you. And here is, how Jirkova describes the realization: “implants creating embossed text in braille … Continue reading

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Touch Messenger

Samsung’s “Touch Messenger”, a mobile handset featuring a Braille touch pad, features 12 Braille buttons which enable the user to read and write messages.  The Touch Messenger comes with a 3 x 4 button grid keypad and a lower Braille screen that can be … Continue reading

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“Seeing Shoes” and special glasses.

From Hong Kong Polytechnic University comes a set of shoes and glasses that have an embedded computer, which can locate objects within close range through echo-location followed by a vibrating warning signal that is sent to the one wearing those shoes and glasses. … Continue reading

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Handtalk

 Inventors from Carnegie Mellon have come up wit this glove namede Handtalk, that is intended to convert hand movements into text. The glove senses the movements through the flexor pads which detect dhe different patterns of motion and the way … Continue reading

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X-Watch

Damian Kozlik (Poland) comes up with “X – watch”, as a universal and integrating L.E.D. timepiece. It can be used by sighted and blind people. The dial is compounded of Leds. The mechanism of the watch (IC board) is placed under … Continue reading

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Diaspon

As one of five rather poetic projects for blind people, italian designer sovrappensiero presents this one. Diaspon is supposed to “translate” sunlight into sound. How and if that works, he does not really tell. We still find it worth it, to show … Continue reading

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Hearwear – Design concepts for hearing aids.

We unfortunately missed this exhibition of RNID, UK’s charity for deaf people and design magazine Blueprint  at Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the futuristic hearing aids, that were shown at the exhibition called Hearwear, are still shown here.  The concept products on … Continue reading

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Feel Music through speaker!

In 2005 Product designer Shane Kerwin has created a device that allows deaf people to “feel” music with their fingertips through an audio speaker. With Vibrato, a speaker is connected to five different finger pads. When music is played, it … Continue reading

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Tactile Photography

We somehow still like this project of James Patten, that he presented with in collaboration with Mariliana Arvelo as part of a project about the deafblind community in Boston in 2005.  Patten and Arvelo created tactile photographic prints, produced through a CNC … Continue reading

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Voice Stick for the Blind

The Voice Stick scans and then reads out the words. This concept seems like a good thought, although we are not sure about how a blind does know the orientation the paper, book or newspaper.  What about portraits? What about languages? … Continue reading

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Amphibia – Font for both blind and seeing people.

(Foto: DesignHelps, Merz&Solitude 2007) Amphibia / Schriftentwurf / 2006 “Amphibia” is a font, meant to be read from both blind and seeing people. Although (at least for the seeing people) it seems not very usefull for body text, the concept is still … Continue reading

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Mygo – guided by cane.

In 2007, design student Sebastian Ritzler developed a concept for a cane full of features called Mygo. It contains a sensor-camera combo to measure the ground below it and give the user real time feedback via a wireless headset. The cane also … Continue reading

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