Hi all! Back from a short break until last Wednesday. If you are into art and/or heritage and/or hiking you might consider having a look at esch2022.lu, loop22.lu, minetttrail.net; the place we went.
Not so much to share on last week for that reason. I attended Dutch Digital Day like every year since I was part of the program team again. Or more part of a reference board, almost all of the credits for the program are for Monique I think. It was a good mix. The event as a whole was the first one in person after corona and has to find its mojo again a bit I think. Or I need to find my connection of course…
On Friday evening I visited the opening of a new exhibition at Brutus: Wild Summer of Art, not so much related to the themes of this newsletter but if you are into art in Rotterdam style, it might be worth having a look.
Events for the coming time
With the summer started the event season is coming to a break of course. I am looking forward to the inaugural lectures of Anja Overdiek and Tomasz Jaskiewicz this Wednesday of course. Both much related to participatory design research and with Tomasz, I coordinate the research program Cities of Things Lab 010.
The Amsterdam UAS Communication and Multimedia Design has its yearly Golden Dots awards and a special celebration of 20 years CMD. Check it out.
So far for now.
News for this week
Art and memes. And with lots of artificial this week…
Where Is Design Fiction?FUTURING – Julian makes this nice exploring emails on topics. Like this. Where is about what it is. “Design fiction brings a particularly expressive richness to the interpretation. It gives teams a chance to ‘feel’ and ‘handle’ the future. Design fiction artifacts become touch points to the future. They are not gee-gaws or things done ‘just for fun’.”buttondown.email • Share
New PET-like plastic made directly from waste biomass – EPFLMATERIALS – “EPFL scientists have developed a new, PET-like plastic that is easily made from the non-edible parts of plants. The plastic is tough, heat-resistant, and a good barrier to gases like oxygen, making it a promising candidate for food packaging. Due to its structure, the new plastic can also be chemically recycled and degrade back to harmless sugars in the environment.”actu.epfl.ch • Share
Scientists Are Trying to Grow Crops in the Dark | WIREDARTIFICIAL – It is always a interesting balance between disconnecting nature from the natural principles adding an optimizing layer, and at the same time bringing nature more near to us in cities. “One way to do that might be to grow crops in the dark using electricity provided by solar panels, which are many times more efficient than plants at turning sunlight into energy.”www.wired.com • Share
There were a lot of people I know from academic design at DRS conference. Let me pick one of the papers that were presented.
Metaphors for designers working with AI
“This paper has set out some ideas around the use of metaphors when carrying out design with and around AI technology. It maps out some of the ways that metaphors are used generally, and picks out the use of abstractions and conceptual metaphor that characterize discussion around computer science.”
Murray-Rust, D., Nicenboim, I., and Lockton, D. (2022) Metaphors for designers working with AI, in Lockton, D., Lenzi, S., Hekkert, P., Oak, A., Sádaba, J., Lloyd, P. (eds.), DRS2022: Bilbao, 25 June – 3 July, Bilbao, Spain. https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2022.667
Iskander Smit is an innovation director at tech and innovation agency INFO, visiting researcher and lab director at the Delft University of Technology coordinating Cities of Things Delft Design Lab, and chairman and organizer of ThingsCon Netherlands.
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