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24 MAY 2013

DRS AGM & Symposium 2013: The Value of Design Research

"You are warmly invited to attend the DRS 2013 AGM and Symposium at Loughborough Design School, UK on Monday 17th June 2013. This year symposium's theme is 'Value of Design Research'. We are fortunate to secure three prominent design researchers to address this year symposium's theme."

(Erik Bohemia)

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2013 • AGM • clamshell devices • collaborative research project • Daria Loi • design researchDesign Research SocietyDRS • emergency ambulances • ethnographically informed study • Georgina Follett • health carehospitalIntel CorporationLoughborough • Loughborough Design School • Loughborough University • paramedic equipment • Sue Hignett • symposiumUK • Ultrabook • University of Dundee • UX innovation • V and AVictoria and Albert Museum

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2010

The Innovation Portal: supporting Scottish industry

"The purpose of the Innovation Portal is to promote and foster productive knowledge transfer between the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, the SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute) and Scottish industry. Its aim is to improve the competitiveness of local businesses by bringing together innovative companies with scientists, technologists and engineering experts keen to apply their expertise to the needs of industry."

(The Innovation Portal)

[1] Universities Scotland, 'Innovating our way out of recession'

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competitive advantagecompetitivenesseconomic recessioneconomyengineering • engineering experts • enterpriseexpertise • industry expertise • information resourceinnovation • Innovation Portal • innovative expertise • knowledge transferknowledge-based economylocal businessscientistsScotland • Scottish Crop Research Institute • Scottish industry • SCRI • SMEtechnologistsUniversities Scotland • University of Abertay • University of Dundee

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Simon Perkins
11 OCTOBER 2009

Charmed: A Case Study of Interactive Jewellery

Hazel White's "work investigates how interactive jewellery can be integrated into our lives. Whilst most studies into wearable technology have focussed on how the technology can be miniaturised, the Charmed project looks into what exactly it is that users want from this technology – from storytelling to transportation devices to whatever else they may think of – and how it can be incorporated into users' everyday wardrobes in a way that allows an emotional involvement of the sort we might associate with 'ordinary' jewellery.

In order to address the question, Hazel has developed a series of 'charm' jewellery incorporating bracelets, necklaces, pins, or even keyrings. The charms were then given to a variety of different participants – from technophobes to technophiles, and from jewellery wearers to non–wearers – along with a pack that allowed them to log their responses. The participants themselves were allowed to choose the type of jewellery they received and how it would be worn, leading to a greater engagement with the pack and the project.

Through interviews with the applicants, Hazel was able to demonstrate that a user centred approach – working closely with the people who would wear the jewellery and responding and adapting according to their observations, values and needs – can lead to suggestions for interactive jewellery which can be experienced on multiple levels: from cultural, social and personal resonances to the narrative carried by the object and the physical interaction with the jewellery."

(AHRC, UK)

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AHRCbraceletcalm technologycase study • Charmed • creative practicedecorative artsdesigndevice • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art • emotional involvementenquiryexperimentationfashionform • Hazel White • industrial designinteraction • interactive jewellery • jewellery • keyring • narrative • necklace • objectproduct designresearch • technophile • technophobe • theory buildingUKUniversity of Dundeeusability • user centred approach • user-centredwearable technologies

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Simon Perkins
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