- Fused Creativity
Hi everyone! 👋 We're back to finish this month off in style with a talk by Suzy O'Hara! Suzy will discuss the rise in cross sector, interdisciplinary practices between the arts and Creative industries. Through a series of practical case studies, she will explore the breadth of collaborative models of practice emerging between these sectors, particular tensions, synergies and opportunities that can arise within collaborative co-production and the evolving role of the curator within "fused" creative innovation. Of course, any help in spreading the word would be appreciated as usual! ------------------ Suzy O'Hara is a curator, and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through her research at CRUMB (http://crumbweb.org/), her curatorial practice and her post-doctoral role with Creative FUSE North East (http://www.creativefusene.org.uk/), Suzy seeks to both nurture and understand evolving relationships between the Arts and Creative, Digital and IT sectors, explore new models of collaborative commissioning for the production of interdisciplinary art and creative practices. Suzy recently completed her practice led, AHRC funded PhD at CRUMB, University of Sunderland, entitled “Collaborations between Arts and Commercial Digital Industry Sectors: A Curatorial Practice-led Investigation of Modes of Production”. Her latest projects include; INVENTORS! with Dominic Wilcox (http://tracking.wordfly.com/click?sid=MjE3XzgzOTBfMTQwNDU4XzY5Njc&l=7b945bf8-1007-e611-89f9-e41f1345a486&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ThinkingDigitaleflyerApr2016&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=), a project that turned children’s inventions ideas into real objects by drawing together partners from across art, design, manufacture, commercial business and education; Sunderland 10 x 10 (http://tracking.wordfly.com/click?sid=MjE3XzgzOTBfMTQwNDU4XzY5Njc&l=7c945bf8-1007-e611-89f9-e41f1345a486&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ThinkingDigitaleflyerApr2016&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=), a project by Sunderland Cultural Partnership, that supports North East based artists and creatives and nurtures the development of contemporary arts in collaboration with local Sunderland businesses and Rewriting the Hack (http://tracking.wordfly.com/click?sid=MjE3XzgzOTBfMTQwNDU4XzY5Njc&l=7d945bf8-1007-e611-89f9-e41f1345a486&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ThinkingDigitaleflyerApr2016&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=), the North East’s first Women Only Hackathon that examined the Hackathon format as a site for producing collaborative, interdisciplinary art strategies and explored issues surrounding diversity an increasingly popular model of creative production. Suzy is also founder and curator of Thinking Digital Arts, in collaboration with Thinking Digital Conference. ------------------ Schedule: 18:00: Arrival, refreshments and a networking opportunity. 18:30: Suzy O'Hara - Fuse Creativity 19:15: Q&A 19:30: Social & refreshments* ------------------ *let us know if you have any dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to
- Bridging the Gap Between Design and Development
Hey everyone 👋 this month's event is going to be a little bit different.... We're joining forces with another meetup group to bring members of local creative and tech communities together in an effort to bridge the gap between Design and Development. Our co-hosts, Mobile North East (https://www.meetup.com/Mobile-North-East/), will be joining us on Weds 17th May in our usual location and our sponsors, hedgehog lab (https://hedgehoglab.com/), will be providing the refreshments as always. ------------------ Luke Medlock is our speaker for the evening and he'll be discussing how we can work more closely with developers, before taking part in an open discussion and Q&A. With over six years of experience, Luke has worked with his fair share of developers. Frustrated by inconsistencies between design and development, Luke searched for answers. After quickly coming to the realisation that it wasn’t simply bad communication as he’d first assumed, he soon realised that designers and developers don’t understand each other's work as well as they should do. By drawing upon personal experiences and speaking to a number of designers and developers, Luke found solutions. This led to the creation of the presentation ‘Bridging the gap between Development and Design’ - a talk he has already presented to a number of groups. ------------------ 18:00 Arrival with drinks 18:30 'Bridging the Gap Between Design and Development' with Luke Medlock + Q&A 19:30 Social, refreshments* and drinks ------------------ About Luke... "Luke is a Lead Designer at hedgehog lab. By trade, he is a Digital Interaction Designer, but his passion for design comes from typography and problem solving" You can follow Luke here (https://twitter.com/luke_medlock). ------------------ *let us know if you have any dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to
- Hands-on Workshop: Projection Mapping
After the positive feedback from February's hands-on workshop, we're excited to welcome Lalya Gaye from Attaya Projects (http://www.attayaprojects.com/) to our IxDA community to host a projection mapping workshop. You'll need to be quick as there are limited places! RSVPs open 22/03/17. Attendees will be refunded. ------------------ In this workshop, you will learn some of the basics of projection mapping and work in groups to project on simple, everyday objects. Please bring objects with you to the workshop, preferably ones with simple shapes and non-shiny surfaces. ------------------ About Lalya... Lalya Gaye is an artist, designer and engineer based in Newcastle where she runs the collaborative digital media art practice Attaya Projects. Lalya builds interactive art installations, provides consulting in interaction design and digital technology, and delivers creative electronics workshops. She works primarily with sound, light, metal, interactive technologies, and urban space. You can find out more information about Lalya and Attaya Projects here (http://www.attayaprojects.com/). ------------------ 18:00 Arrival 18:15 Workshop starts This session will be approximately 2 hours long, with a break for pizza and drinks in between. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to. ------------------ Please note RSVPs open on Wednesday 22nd March at 10AM, with a limited number of 15 places. There will be a waiting list in case any attendees are unable to make it. We have decided to charge a small refundable fee of £3 for this workshop. Everyone who RSVPs 'yes' and attends the session will be reimbursed shortly after. We have introduced this so the workshop can run at full capacity, making it a more valuable experience for everyone involved. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!
- Design Fiction: Report from the Department of Deniable Plausibility
Hey everyone 👋 we've scheduled this event is a bit later in the month than usual but you know what they say - better late than never! We're very excited to be joined by Professor Mark Blythe (https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/b/mark-blythe/), who will be talking to us about Design Fiction. We live in fictional times using technologies imagined by H.G Wells, Gene Rodenberry and Charlie Brooker. Designers are now drawing on the techniques of writers and film makers to present products and services that don’t quite exist yet. ------------------ 18:00 Arrival with drinks 18:30 'Design Fiction: Report from the Department of Deniable Plausibility' with Mark Blythe + Q&A 19:30 Social, pizza* and drinks ------------------ About Mark... "Mark is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research is concerned with the digital revolution we are stumbling and tumbling through and how this changes the ways we live, work, make art and grow old. He likes to write about himself in the third person, like Caesar." ------------------ *let us know if you have any dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to
- Hands-on Workshop: Crafting Digital Textiles
We can't wait for our first meetup of 2017. You'll need to be quick as there are limited places! RSVPs open 24/01/17. Attendees will be refunded. ------------------ On February 1st, we're joined by Teresa Almeida who will be running this exciting workshop, blending traditional textile practices with modern day electronics. In this session, you will be introduced to the basics of soft circuitry and you'll learn how to sew electronics. The experience includes designing your own 2 e-textiles patches, which will be part of a collective interactive quilt. Your patches will be yours to keep or swap, pending functioning design of fabric switches and sensors. We will cover analog/crafty layouts but if you're more technically inclined, please feel free to bring along an Arduino or Lilypad and laptop and join that in to the mix! ------------------ About Teresa... Teresa has been researching and designing wearables and e-textiles for over a decade, applying craft skills and technique to explore aesthetics of interaction and interactive materials at hand. Her work is featured in Make: Wearable Electronics (2014) Fashionable Technology (2008) and Future Fashion (2010). She recently finished her PhD at Open Lab, Newcastle University, where she focused on designing technology for women and the body. Teresa is currently a UN Women's Empower Women[masked] Champion for Change investigating critical-humanistic approaches to designing technologies that support socio-cultural change and break taboos. You can find more information about Teresa and her work here (http://banhomaria.net/). ------------------ 18:00 Arrival 18:15 Hands-on workshop starts This session will be approximately 2 hours long, with a break for pizza and drinks in between. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to. ------------------ Please note RSVPs open on Tuesday 24th January at 9AM, with a limited number of 20 places. There will be a waiting list in case any attendees are unable to make it. We have decided to charge a small refundable fee of £3 for this workshop. Everyone who RSVPs 'yes' and attends the session will be reimbursed shortly after. We have introduced this so the workshop can run at full capacity, making it a more valuable experience for everyone involved. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!
- IxDA North East Christmas Social
As it’s not long until Christmas, we thought we’d do things a bit differently this month. We’d love it if you could join us for an evening of conversation, demonstration and celebration, with mulled goods and festive snacks a plenty. The IxDA North East Christmas Social is a chance for the interaction design community to come together, get to know each other and share creative thoughts. Feel free to bring along any work you’d like to show or demonstrate and get feedback from fellow IxDA members. Let’s use this as an opportunity to celebrate creativity within the North East and the exciting community we’re part of while enjoying a festive jar. P.S. Christmas jumpers encouraged.
- Valuable interactions between brands and people
Speakers from Layers Studio (http://layers.studio/) James Hanson (Co-founder & Designer), Andrew Donaghy (Co-founder & Copywriter) Valuable interactions between brands and people James and Andrew will discuss their lean approach to design and digital projects, as well as how they see Layers Studio’s three creative disciplines acting together to produce better experiences for brands and their people. James Hanson _ Co-founder & Designer James has been a designer in the North East for more than eight years. Taking fantastic experience from stints at Liquid and Design Bridge, he has progressed quickly throughout his career, making steps from Junior to Creative Head in the space of four years from 2009. James has a wealth of experience with international and local businesses, specialising in branding and digital design. His thirst for knowledge and new challenges fuels a deep passion for creating design that is visually appealing and properly functional. Andrew Donaghy _ Co-founder & Copywriter A versatile copywriter with well-rounded experience: His formative years, career-wise, began with ITV and BSkyB in London. He then went onto become Essays Editor and Editor at Large for Under The Influence magazine between 2012 and 2014. Returning to Newcastle in 2013, Andrew started life in the world of ‘creative agencies’ as well as surfing in the North Sea and so on. From small agency to in-house writer at The Great Run Company, to bigger agency – Gardiner Richardson, in 2016, he became the Co-Founder & Copywriter of Layers Studio. As always pizza, beers and soft drinks will be provided. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to cater to them :) 6pm - 8pm
- IxDA with NorSC - IxD with no boundaries!
Start - 6:00 6:00 - 6:30 : Networking, beers and soft drinks 6:30 - 7:30ish : Enrique and Tom from NorSC (http://www.nor.sc) will both talk about their research group's wildest and most interesting topics! Abstract: Northumbria Social Computing (NorSC) Lab is a new research group at Northumbria University interested in human-computer interaction, social computing and cutting-edge interaction design. With research covering topics such as adversarial interaction design, alcohol & HCI, design fiction, post-capitalist computing and the Dog Internet, Enrique Encinas and Tom Feltwell will present a whistlestop tour of the research conducted at NorSC. About Enrique and Tom: Enrique is a PhD student and member of NorSC (Northumbria Social Computing) at Northumbria University. Enrique’s research focuses on the region of the design spectrum where fiction is present. Previously he has worked, in commercial semi-conductor research in Taipei, as a telecommunications engineer, and collaborated with artists at Media Lab Prado Madrid. Tom is a Research Assistant and PhD student, and member of NorSC at Northumbria University. Tom's research centres around online stigmatisation and marginalisation, and ways to challenge or highlight such behaviours through the design of digital/online technology. He has also worked as a researcher at University of Lincoln, exploring the use of data visualisations by game designers. 7:30ish - 8:00 : Social, networking + Pizza! (let us know if you have dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to :) )
- Design Sprints
Hi all! Please note that this event is on a Tuesday, normal first Wednesday of every month will be resumed after this event. In September's event we will be discussing design sprints! As usual, we will have 2 speakers coming in to give us their points of view and share their experiences. Beer, soft drinks and pizza will be provided! Start - 6:00 6:00 - 6:30 : Networking, beers and soft drinks 6:30 - 6:45 : Introduction to Creative Fuse with Mark Bailey (https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/b/mark-bailey/) (@MarkDesignTutor (https://twitter.com/MarkDesignTutor)) Creative fuse is a project involving all 5 of the North East's Universities. The universities plan to work with the 12 local authorities in the North East, businesses, artists, cultural organisations and partners to research how the CDIT sector can ensure it has the right skills for a sustainable future. Next Nicholas will talk about Design Sprints, a method they will employ in the Creative Fuse project. 6:45 - 7:15ish : Talk, Nicholas Spencer - Design Sprints Nicholas Spencer (https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/s/nicholas-spencer/) is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader for Multidisciplinary Innovation MA/MSc. He leads a team of academics from across Northumbria University’s expertise to run design-led collaborations at INNOVATE, the University’s multidisciplinary unit for external engagements. Recently work focuses on leading organisations toward greater resilience by developing pathways to transformative innovation explored through multidisciplinary co-creation. Nicholas’ expertise is in innovation leadership applied through mindful, distributed and networked design activities. Through his work he helps organisations develop innovation readiness and responsible approaches to developing, mapping and considering innovation strategy. @Nick_Thinking (https://twitter.com/Nick_Thinking)& #NU_MDI 7:30ish - 8:00 : Social, networking + Pizza! (let us know if you have dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to :) )
- Creativity & Ethics of user centric design
We were delighted with how our launch event went, thanks to all who came and made it a success, it was great to meet you all! If you couldn't make it last time, we'd love to see you at this next event. We learned a lot from the first event, which we are using to make our second, Creativity & Ethics of user centric design, even better. Start - 6:00 6:00 - 6:30 : Networking, pizza, beers and soft drinks 6:30 - 7:15ish : Katharine Roff (https://twitter.com/KatharineRoff) from Act Positive (http://www.actpositive.co.uk/) 7:15ish - 7:45 : Film maker Reuben Abraham (http://intrinsiclines.co.uk/) 7:45 - 8:00(+) : Social, networking, drinks (let us know if you have dietary requirements you'd like us to adhere to :) meat, veggie and vegan pizzas are provided as standard) Bios Katharine Roff (https://twitter.com/KatharineRoff) is Director at Act Positive Ltd and a specialist consultant in Emotional Intelligence who’s had her fair share of luck and adversity in life. She believes in positivity, creativity and energy to make new things happen. Katharine’s professional experience has been gained from diverse industries including oil & gas, construction, theatre, retail, education and Health; it was no accident that she stepped in to each of these experiences and she now owns and manages a company which supports culture change through people. Katharine has a firm track record in facilitating diverse learning programmes, leading teams and achieving sustainable behavioural change. Trained in Drama, accelerated learning, coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Emotional Intelligence, Katharine focusses on developing communication, emotional intelligence and behaviour to support outstanding performance. Talk description: How user focussed are you? When do you make the sophisticated simple in order to engage clients? what can you do to increase creativity in yourself and others? Katharine will share a few of her experiences about engaging clients, guide us through some thoughts about how to really understand the user experience and demonstrate some techniques to develop new ways of thinking and creating. Reuben Abraham (http://intrinsiclines.co.uk/) One thing that sets Reuben apart from many film makers is his ability to focus on the human drama, be it a news story, brand or service. It's all about telling stories. Reuben produces projects from concept to deployment for broadcast and digital media, in both factual and commercial genres. Following successful work with the BBC, Reuben now creates media for commercial clients such as Renault, TATA, Glaxo-Welcome, AQA, Ernst & Young, ABN Amro, Thomas Cook & Procter & Gamble. He brings stories to life for charities, the NHS and hospital trusts. Its important to Reuben that his work gets to the heart of the matter, that clients can deliver extraordinary messages, enlighten and motivate audiences through media.