Another new project

Every year in Sweden there is something called Musikhjälpen where through a week long radio-show and various events people, organisations and companies go together to collect money for a good cause. I was lucky enough to win a auction that entitled me to a design workshop at  Zenit Design in Malmö. I got to choose the topic of the workshop myself, and after suffering from severe mound-allergies because of a completely useless London-flat I decided that this was something that could be interesting to tackle.

To those living in London or the UK, i’ts nothing new that many houses are incredibly badly maintained and renovated. Because of single glazed windows, poor insulation and ventilation damp, leaks and mold is a part of many peoples everyday life during the winter months.

Moving to London almost three years a go this was quite a change to get used to, but I eventually did. Until my latest move that is, when winter came so did mold and damp around the bedroom windows. And as it turns out I have developed a mold-allergy. But even without the allergy mold isn’t exactly healthy and should be seriously treated.

During the workshop we brainstormed ideas on how to treat, get rid of and inform people about mold. I now intend to continue working on this issue for a longer time (hopefully). At the moment though it’s just something I can spend my weekends on since Indie Phone is really taking all my focus.

This is what the bedroom-windows looks like most of the time (and no it’s not rain) the water in the images are condensation and it’s all on the inside.
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The ideas that we sketched out
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Thanks a lot to Jonas, Caroline and Mathias for taking the time to do this workshop!

 

Hands Holding Phones

Put together a reference images for drawing hands that are holding a phone. Will try to make this in to a series of images with everyday objects since I find it quite useful when sketching.

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New work, new project

Just got back to London the other day after some well needed Christmas vacation back in Sweden. And I’m happy to say that on Monday i’ll get on the train down to Brighton again. This time it will be to work for Aral Balkan on his Indie phone, can’t express how excited I am about this :) Keep an eye out for Indie Phone, it’s set to Kick-start in 2014.

So that’s what I’ll be doing during the weeks. And to keep me busy during the weekends I have a new project (and another one in the pipeline). This is one of those things I’ve been thinking about for a while but just never gotten around to do. So I’m quite excited that I have finally started getting the materials together and It should be done and online in a couple of weeks or so.

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Some of the material… more to come:)

 

 

My three months at Clearleft

I thought I’d write a summary of my three months (and equally long absent from this blog) at Clearleft. To give it some background; Clearleft is a digital UX consultancy located in Brighton. They approached me at New Designers 2013 and said that they where running a internship-programme. At the time I wasn’t that interested since purely digital isn’t really my speciality. But I sent in my application and a while later I was in a Skype interview with @andybudd (managing director) and this completely changed my mind. It became clear that they where as interested in physical as they where in digital (for this internship). This was followed up with a interview at their office in Brighton where we also took a tour of their brand new soon to be office. On my way home I was definitely persuaded that this was a good project.

2 hours and 30 minutes later I did however realise that a Journey from Brighton to North London takes, well 2 hours and 30 minutes… It also costs close to £500 a month to do this commute, these where two major drawbacks but I decided to accept their offer anyway, and I’m sure glad that I did!  As far as the expensive commuting goes, this wasn’t that big of an issue since Clearleft offered a very descent payment for the internship, something they should have massive props for, especially considering many agencies expect graduates to intern for free or in exchange for travel and some lunch money.

Anyway, the internship… on my first day I met my two team-mates that had along with me been selected because of their mixed skill-sets. There was me(obviously) with my background in Industrial Design, Kilian Bochnig (@kilianbochnig) who was currently studying Multimedia arts in Austria (MMA he called it which confused me at first:) ) and Zassa Kavuma (@zazbot) a robotics graduate from Liverpool University.

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We got handed three briefs to choose from. The one we decided to go with read; “Turn a current active digital behaviour in to a passive one”. This really intrigued me as it’s an area I really like working in. Getting technology and its associated behaviours to take the back-seat and become invisible is going to be a a very important field of work in my opinion.

We started dissecting the brief and mapping out behaviours associated with technology, devices and input methods, looking at existing devices that solved the brief and so on. To get started with the actual work we set a challenge to produce at least 20 concepts a day for a full working week. This resulted in 120 concepts of varying execution, idea-height and feasibility.

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After several screening and merging processes we where left with six concepts that we split up so that we where in charge of working up two each and present these to the Clearleft team. After a very tough vote, a concept called social radio won. During the process we constantly had drop-ins from “friends of Clearleft” that spent an hour or two mentoring us and helping us forward with the project. This with the addition of the Clearleft team meant we had a pretty solid knowledge and expertise resource.

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This was during the next month developed to Chüne. To see and read more about the actual outcome visit our website: http://www.chune.co.uk

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One thing that I have skipped is the Clearleft annual event; Hackfarm. This is where the whole company goes away to a remote location to work on alternative stuff for a week. It was great that the wanted to even bring along the interns on this years trip. We went to Skendelby Hall in Lincolnshire. It was an amazing week of inpiring project, great company, amazing food and loads of drinks and games.

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So to sum up, my experience as a intern at Clearleft has been nothing but amazing, sure the commuting took some time to get used to but apart from that there is nothing to complain on, Clearleft is by far the nicest company and working environment I have come across. All I can say is, if you are thinking about applying for next years internship programme, then DO IT, and if you aren’t thinking about it, well maybe you should start thinking! :)

The Future of News

A while ago I worked on a project for News UK, the project which was managed by the Central St. Martins Innovation Centre employed eight graduates from MA-Communication Design and MA-Industrial Design.  Below is a sample of some of the concepts that we presented to News UK and that where later exhibited at their Innovation Café (which is featured in Wired )

All concepts have been produced by Kate Brangan, Josef Clinch, António Felizardo and Emma Kalkhoven from MACD, Masami Lavault, Pierre Papet, Yuhan Wan and myself from MAID. The tutor on the project was Dr. Matt Malpass

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Boris e-Readers

What is it?
Shared access e-readers on public transport, in partnership with Transport for London.

Why?
Everyday, thousands of free newspapers are printed and thrown away, cluttering public transport carriages and causing hazard on the tracks.

How does it work?
E-reader credit can be topped-up on Oyster card, allowing to borrow e-readers during commuting. Free news might be the basic content accessible on the e-readers. Times subscribers would have access to their Times e-newspaper, with personal preferences uploaded on their Oyster.

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Brand Gesture (Part I)

What is it?
A unique, recognisable tablet gesture.

Why ?
The prestige of holding up a Times newspaper disappeared with the emergence of digital formats. Yet, some tablet or mobile gestures have recently become so familiar that we can identify what the user is doing (playing Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja).

How does it work?
A simple tilting gesture is repeated each time the reader turns a page (back and forth) and opens the menu. The frequency of the action allows surrounding onlookers to recognise the brand.

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Brand Gesture (Part II)

What is it?
An augmented tablet cover, which serves as a controller for the Times or Sun app.

Why?
The tangibility and associated gestures of reading a physical newspaper has been lost during the transfer to digital formats. There is an opportunity to merge these gestures with those of gaming to create new, subtle branded interactions.

How does it work?
The reader rolls the cover in one hand to launch the app, squeezes the ‘roll’ once to skip to the next page, twice to go back to the previous one. Slightly sliding the cover reveals or hides additional content.

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Receipt News

What is it?
Receiving a short news article on the go, printed on the backside of paper receipts.

Why?
The consumption of news is deeply associated with routine rituals. Printing news on often unused paper surfaces embeds the diffusion of information even deeper into readers’ habits.

How does it work?
When buying coffee, a personalised news article will appear on the back of the receipt, taking into account the content preferences stored on the reader’s credit or debit card. With contactless payments being the new standard, this becomes a very simple and quick experience.

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Edible News

What is it?
Daily updated edible news in pill form.

Why?
The concept of edible news is rooted in the habit of taking vitamin supplements – the consumption of news is part of our daily routine and contributes to our intellectual health and well-being.

How does it work?
Recent research on microscopic biological processors from the Imperial College London shows that bacteria can be programmed to act like microprocessors, transmitting information and performing actions. When placed on a news charger, the pills containing the harmless programmable bacteria are loaded with current news. The content can be tailored to the interests of the news eater.