Call for participants

Posted by Katrien on Monday April 29th 2013 at 09:17

The research group Social Spaces and FabLab Genk invite you to participate in a workshop for the project Bespoke Design (Design op Maat).The project ’s goal is to (re-)design self-management tools for diabetes type 1, specifically focussing on the design of tools and the interactions with these tools.

In this way, the project aims to complement current tools that are predominantly developed from a medical perspective.Self-management in diabetes is of vital importance, but is also very difficult and radical. People often relate diabetes to older people. However, diabetes type 1 it often starts at a young age. Consequently, we value the integration of these tools in a person’s daily life.

How can we redesign the glucose meter for use in public places?
How can we design a modular toolkit for self-management tools in order for people to adjust it to their own needs?How can we design for motivating self-management?
How can we use smart technology to support self-management (sugar supply, remembering to always have the tools at hand, remembering to measure blood sugar level)?

The workshop will take place on May 28th from 11am to 6pm at FabLab Genk.

We provide for sandwiches at lunchtime.

We follow an open philosophy. This means the designs that are developed in the workshop will be shared openly on the blog. By doing so, we want to stimulate other people to re-use everything that is made in FabLab Genk.

If you are interested in participating, please register for May 20th by sending a mail to r designopmaatgenk[AT]gmail.com

Workshop on participatory design for persons with impairments at Interact 2013

Posted by Niels on Friday April 12th 2013 at 09:28

Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at Interact 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop will be held on Tuesday September 3rd.

Workshop on participatory design for users with impairments

Involving people with impairments in the design process is very challenging, especially when impairments affect cognitive functions or communication. People with such impairments may have substantial problems with thought processes and communication, including understanding abstractions, sequencing thoughts and actions, understanding symbols, and interpreting social cues. Many participatory design techniques are based on these processes and are therefore not usable, or need to be adjusted for people with impairments.

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to exchange experiences with participatory design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people with impairments. Since many of these techniques are highly focused on specific target groups, a further aim is to extract general principles and to generate guidelines for involving users with impairments in the design process.

Who should attend?

Researchers and designers who have been involved in one or more design-oriented project(s) involving users with impairments are invited to participate. After this workshop, a call for papers will be launched for a special issue (on the topic of the workshop) of the journal CoDesign.

Important dates

  • May 15: application deadline
  • May 24: notification of acceptance
  • September 3: workshop date
  • September 4 to 6: Interact main conference

Further information & contact

Please visit our project website for the workshop’s programme and to apply for the workshop: http://interact2013impairmentsworkshop.wordpress.com/. For more information and questions, please contact Karin Slegers: karin.slegers@soc.kuleuven.be

We hope to see you in Cape Town in September!

 

Niels Hendriks (Social Spaces) & Karin Slegers (CUO) are two of the organizers of this workshop.

 

Digital Humanities

Posted by Katrien on Wednesday April 3rd 2013 at 08:56

Following the successful first run of interdisciplinary Digital Humanities initiatives in 2012, the Leuven Arts Faculty, in association with the Doctoral School of the Humanities, organises another Digital Humanities two-day event in 2013. The programme consists of a public lecture by a prominent international DH expert, and a workshop presenting current Leuven research and developments.

The principal guest this year is Peter Lunenfeld, professor in the Design Media Arts Department at UCLA. His research interests include media philosophy, art history, design theory and digital humanities. Het is the author of various books on the role and the use of computers in arts, media and culture and has co-authored the recent state of the art handbook Digital_Humanities (MIT Press 2012).

The workshop the day after the public lecture features DH initiatives in the Humanities and in Science & Technology at Leuven. It starts off with a lecture by Stefan Gradmann on the role of the library in DH. Gradmann was recently appointed as Director of the Leuven University Library; as a literary scholar, he is also a member of the Leuven Department of Literary Studies; as a leading expert on DH, he will play a vital role in the further consolidation and development of DH in Leuven.

After the workshop presentations, Peter Lunenfeld and Stefan Gradmann will formulate response reflections and engage in discussion with presenters and participants.

Attendance is free.

 

Programme and registration can be found here

 

 

 

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