Shit.. This place is amazing.
Sir Kenneth Grange is British Industrial Design royalty.. One of the most influential British designers of the 20th century.
And we just had a casual chat today about what we’re working on..
We have just had lectures from the most INCREDIBLE designers at the top of their fields.
Simon Terry – Innovation & Brand Director/Owner at Anglepoise®
Jason Bruges – An incredible, internationally recognised London based lighting experience designer.
Joe Wentworth – Half of London based (RCA Alumni) product design studio Donald Wentworth.
Martin Charlier – IoT experience product designer.
Prof. Jeremy Myerson – Co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the RCA
Chris Lefteri – Materials designer.
For our latest/last assignment before the Christmas break, we are working alongside Anglepoise®!
Asking and answering questions about the future of LIGHT.
Unfortunately I won’t be posting any of my work about this assignment on here though (I’m not allowed), but if you are interested, please email me.
The password for the video is: swopt
Swopt is a platform for sharing, connecting people in the surrounding areas of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, neighbours swap objects and services they want, for objects and services they need.
As a platform, it could be in the form of an app, a website, or could be in a more physical form, such as a board system in a community centre.
Swopt is local, to create and connect neighbours in a city where you don’t normally know your neighbours.
Swopt utilises trade, to remove money from the situation. This helps people in the community to find value in services, items and space, that they may not have seen as valuable before. Yet, when you add the context of someone else needs, something as simple as a nice home cooked meal, or the use of a back garden has the potential to be valuable.
Community members set up a profile with their location, items they have to trade, services they can provide, space they may have to use or tools they have to lend. They have the opportunity to negotiate the value of items or services through profiles, then decide on a time and a place to meet. For new connections a chaperone would join the swap to mediate the trade and ensure both traders feel secure in the swap, once traders are familiar with each other they do not require a chaperone. New members can view the data map showing all the trades and connections made to inspire new trades that are perhaps less obvious so that it is inclusive of the whole community. An option for extension at this point may be a physical community space created for these swaps, or simply an opportunity to get more people to meet up at the cafes and local spaces with the use of a physical platform for profiles.
Our latest two week platform project ‘Exploring Emerging Futures’ has been quite intimidating, and seems to come in multiple stages; which is good, as the first brief was so broad we struggled to narrow down to what we really needed to achieve. So today we got stage two:
To produce a design response to the following two questions:
- What needs do the local community (Queen Elizabeth Park in East London and surrounding boroughs – Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest) have in the attainment or operation of a thriving and sustainable neighbourhood that could be responded to by using IoT (Internet of Things) technology.
- If data is being generated, what can be created of social, economic or environmental value; how can a neighbourhood be productive, and what will be produced?
Today we officially started our new brief (see post below) that is running for the next 2 weeks, and we had coders and technicians in from Intel with a new piece of tech kit for us to learn to help with our new brief – A Grove Arduino.
It’s pretty much a system that you plug into your laptop and then plug different systems and sensors into it – to read the light level, temperature, sound level of the space around you etc.. It can also connect to a online system so you can monitor this information as it come in, in real time.
(The team – Ashley and Victor)