Brief Encounters Workshop at DESIGN 2012 Conference in Dubrovnik

To gain additional information on how designers perceive working in distributed teams and the challenges they face with new technologies as part of their work environment, the Brief Encounters team held a half day workshop at the DESIGN 2012 conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

23 participants from academia and industry attended the workshop held on 21st May. Similar to the first BE workshop in London, the participants were asked to outline one of the creative conversations they had in the past months. The major question this time was, how the use of technology helped/challenged them and if there was something that they were actually able to do through the use of technology that they otherwise couldn’t do.  Surprisingly, the participants of this workshop identified similar challenges as the participants of the workshop held in London. The four challenges they identified and worked on solving them in the second part of the workshop were: intimacies, trust, use of artefacts and visualisation in distributed design teams. The analysis of the results of the workshop is currently under way.

 Photo Gallery from the workshop

AHRC Digital Transformations Workshop at Cotswold Conference Centre

AHRC in collaboration with Bronaċ Ferran (the Guest Curator, VISUALISE public art programme Creative Exchange Knowledge Hub, Royal College of Art) organised an excellent two day workshop for current Digital Transformation project holders. The workshop was held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May 2012 at Cotswold Conference Centre. It included activities and discussion which highlighted the importance of the research within this area and that by its nature, Digital Transformations is an area of research that engenders a certain amount of risk-taking.

 Photo Gallery from the event

AHRC Digital Transformations Projects Meeting at University of Westminster

The meeting which was for Principal Investigators of AHRC Digital Transformations projects was hosted by the University of Westminster on Monday 30 April 2012. The meeting was attended by project holders and AHRC representatives. David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications, and Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute, at the University of Westminster did a fantastic job hosting the meeting.


The list of attendees:
Peter Aspinall, London South Bank University
Erik Bohemia, Northumbria University
Andrew Burn, Institute of Education
Chamion Caballero, London South Bank University
Henry Chapman, University of Birmingham
Tom Cheesman, Swansea University
Paul Dwyer, University of Westminster
David Gauntlett, University of Westminster
Nicolas Gold, University College London
Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University
David Hopes, University of Birmingham
Smita Kheria, University of Edinburgh
Mark Llewellyn, AHRC
Sophia Lycouris, University of Edinburgh
Suzanne Martin, Heriot-Watt University
Julian McDougall, University of Wolverhampton
Andrew McPherson, Queen Mary, University of London
Didem Ozkul, University of Westminster
Hester Reeve, Sheffield Hallam University
Julia Round, Bournemouth University
Eyal Sivan, University of East London
Claire Squires, University of Stirling
Bronwen Thomas, Bournemouth University
Wendy Timmons, University of Edinburgh
Penny Travlou, University of Edinburgh
Christie Walker, AHRC
Dorothy Williams, Robert Gordon University
Beth Williamson, Tate

Brief Encounters Steering Committee Meeting at University of Lancaster

On 3rd May the second Steering Committee meeting was held at the Imagination Centre at University of Lancaster. Its main aims were to analyse the outputs of the first BE workshop and to determine the structure of the next workshop. Additionally, the BE team discussed the structure of the additional workshop to be held at DESIGN 2012 conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The final result of this 1 day meeting was a list of challenges that the participants of the first BE workshop determined as being most relevant for working in distributed design teams. Some of the major ones were: the use of artefacts to aid communication at distance, building trust and intimacies in distributed design teams and expanding the skills of the designers to enhance the communication experience in at-distance collaboration.

On the basis of these challenges the steering committee members developed a schedule outline for the second workshop. The morning session will host presenters from industry, who will address the identified challenges. The participants will then split into group to start tackling the challenges. After the reporting session, the morning part of the workshop will close. In the afternoon, the match making session is intended to determine common interests and potential bidding partners among the workshop participants.