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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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Die Zeitlichkeit des Entwerfens

Am 31.5. spricht Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis am Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der HU Berlin zur “Zeitlichkeit des Entwerfens”.  Beginn 18:15 Uhr. Hörsaal 207 – Dorotheenstraße Dorotheenstr. 26 – Berlin

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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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Design and Organization

  In order to design, Designers need tools, such as pencils, dremels, notebooks, software or brainstorm-sessions. In order to mediate between the ‘uncertain’ and the ‘real’, Designers also design tools, such as guiding systems, urban structures, services or interfaces. The … 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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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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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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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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Lennard J. Davis speaks at our Research Colloquium

We are happy to have Lennard Davis as a guest speaker at our Research Colloquium next monday. Lennard will speak on the interconnections between science, medicine, technology, and culture, arguing that to separate these categories, as has been historically done, … 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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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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Selfexperience Day

Last week, we went out on the street trying to find our way and find out more about being blind in public. We called it our selfexperience day, on which we explored orientation and navigation in Berlin with a white … Continue reading

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Sense Parcour (Workshop Review)

In our Sense-Parcour-Workshop (17 august 09), we discussed and experienced the “sense” with kids and teenagers, that actually don’t have visual or accustical impairment. What is it like, when you can suddenly not hear or feel any more? How about … 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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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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Sound as Sight – Sight as Sound ||| Sound as Vibration – Vibration as Sound

[sound as sight – sight as sound] [sound as vibration – vibration as sound] In the bsd project on designing adaptive environments, the project team base some of their architectural planning thoughts on language and sound communicated at multiple scales.  These scales … Continue reading

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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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The Elephant’s Memory

[Elephant’s Memory – Alphabet] Since we are also interested in altervative and augmentative communication, we still kind of like this KHM project, called The Elephant’s Memory. A pictorial language consisting of more than a hundred and a fifty combinable graphic … Continue reading

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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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