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13 MARCH 2011

The process of conceptualisation can be seen as an emergent process that involves the constant re-projection of prior understanding onto new and changing circumstances

"An inspiring new website for digital culture and creative practices has been created by School of Art & Design academic Simon Perkins. The Folksonomy – – is a knowledge commons and social bookmarking tool for digital culture and creative practice. The brainchild of Simon Perkins, as part of his research, the Folksonomy simplifies the process of clipping references and features photographs, videos and published documents. The Folksonomy is simultaneously a device for engaging with and a product of digital culture. It acts as a teaching tool for supporting the generation of ideas and digital culture creative practice. The research project is of a broader practice that extends from creative technology and design teaching and is focused on the nature of knowledge construction within digital culture environments. One of the unique aspects of the site is the way content is categorised, as it simultaneously belongs to multiple and sometimes contradictory categories, encouraging the viewer to make new discoveries. This sits in stark contrast to the more traditional logic conventionally employed by libraries and computer operating systems where books and files are organised according to a linear, centralised and hierarchical form. Simon says: 'The process of conceptualisation can be seen as an emergent process that involves the constant re–projection of prior understanding onto new and changing circumstances. The Folksonomy tool aims to support this type of tactical interaction through its use of linking and association.'"

(Steve Goodhew, 2010, p.140–141)

Fig.1 Simon Perkins (2010) 'Stellarscope Constellations'.

2). Steve Goodhew (ed.) (2010). 'OPEN: 50 RESEARCH PROJECTS exploring the boundaries of creativity', College of Art & Design and Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University.



Simon Perkins
03 JANUARY 2004

The Virtual Heteroglossia: Supporting Design Enquiry

"The Virtual Heteroglossia is collaborative research tool that has been created to support practitioner–researchers, re–situate research activity within their established design enquiry. It helps them establish linkages between their work and other works in the field, in a manner that is sympathetic to the concerns of creative practice.

The Virtual Heteroglossia has been trialled in an undergraduate programme at The Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia in 2004. The trial was undertaken as part of a general effort to support students with the evolution of their research enquiry and the establishment of peer discussion networks.

The design of the tool has been modelled on the popular Weblog technology because of its ease of use and commonly understood affordances. Contributors using the tool collaboratively assemble and contest a shared collection of exemplar works. The collection is able to evolve over the course of a project to establish a common knowledge repository and shared conceptual reference."

(Simon Perkins, 2005)

Simon Perkins (2005). "The Virtual Heteroglossia: Supporting Design Enquiry", First International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, Common Ground Publishing.

[The tool was trialled in the "Design Project A" (KIB805) undergraduate course unit of the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Communication Design) (KI32) degree.]



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03 JANUARY 2004

netMemory: nascent Constellations Project

I created the 'netMemory' tool in December 2003 as a support for Agnes Hegedüs' 'Object Memory Archive' project. The tool was designed as a scrapbook for collecting and sharing useful ideas and references during the conceptualisation process for the OMA project. While the netMemory tool can be seen as the logical starting point for my Constellations Project its usefulness to the OMA project was limited and so was removed shortly after being created.



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