New BDes(Hons) Interaction Design

1000 days past, and 20 days hence

I’ve not written on this blog for several months. I’ve been wondering if it might be time to retire it.

Anyway, changes are afoot…

Exactly 1000 days ago (as it happens), I started a job teaching design at Edinburgh Napier University. I’ll be leaving Napier on 2nd December, and 20 days from now I’ll arrive in Bangalore, India, to start a new job teaching at a college there.

Needless to say, the prospect of moving 5000 miles away to live and work in a hugely different culture is both daunting and exhilarating. And given that it’s below zero in Edinburgh just now and we’ve just had an early snowfall, moving to the heat is going to be pretty weird.

But if anything is going to get me blogging again, it will probably be the experience of living and working in India. I’ve set up a new site for hosting a blog but it still needs a bit of work: I’ll also be reviving my flickr stream and posting photos on there.

The New Design Dilemma: Specialisation vs. Diversification (D&AD Blog)

Universities are not Businesses (Times Higher)

Lego Felt Tip Printer

//via @loadsofpeople

What the world really needs is more of this kind of awesomeness.

Interview with Rob van Kranenburg on the Internet of Things

Fritzing – beyond Arduino

CMOS Synthesizers

Split again, and Maribor

Just over a year ago, Marc Owens and I were atelier leaders for a wonderful 6-day Interaction Design Workshop for Croatian students from the universities of Split, Zadar, Rijeka and Zagreb. It was a really intense but rewarding week, with a great bunch of people, and I still have very happy memories of the experience — not to mention looking forward to returning to Croatia’s beautiful Dalmation coast at some point.

I really can’t thank organiser Ivica Mitrović enough for his outstanding support during this event, including taking us out to dinner every night, and then out clubbing with the students most nights after that… Hvala lijepo, Ivica!

Anyway, in typical web tradition, the documentation for this workshop — the 4th in the series — is now online. Check it out.

Meanwhile, over in Maribor, Slovenia, there’s currently a call for participation out for their 2nd International Interaction Design workshop — deadline 15th April. This is also organised by Ivica, along with the equally wonderful and friendly Sara Božanić.

I would have loved to be involved with this, but unfortunately I’m going be very busy with Edinburgh Napier’s degree show at that time. I’m very pleased though that students will be in the hands of Jim “Halfman” Kosem (half 100% Slovenian, in fact) along with Dash MacDonald and Demitrios Kargotis, aka DASHNDEM. I’m sure you’ll all have a ball.

After this there’s also the Magdalena festival of Creative Communications, which takes place 13-15 May. If you’re a student under 30 and working in graphics, motion graphics, packaging or communication they also have a competition you might want to enter.

Stewart Brand – How slums can save the planet

Why HTML5 is worth your time