Workshop Cultural Probes
In May we did a workshop on the use of Cultural Probes in design research for our colleagues of the research group Social Spaces.
Although Cultural Probes have become an umbrella term, they prove a useful point of departure for discussing design research and the adaptation of methods from human centred sciences in design. While we believe experimentation with methods is essential for design research to grow but also emphasizes the need for a shared vocabulary and debate within the design community we discussed the use of Probes in Not Quite 100: what actually happened, some of the problems encountered, and some of the results, and maybe provide valuable insights for other design research designs within our Social Spaces group.
Mapping the Euregional fablab
On Friday 11th of June the research group Social Spaces was invited to organize two mapping sessions at the i_beta festival in Heerlen, the Netherlands. This festival revolved around innovation and new trends in the world of e-culture and creative economy. Organized by Social Beta – centre for e-culture, the i_beta festival focused especially on the challenges the Meuse-Rhine Euregion faces today and on the role e-culture can play in solving these problems. During the two mapping sessions the participants, all coming from various disciplines, designed a Euregional fablab. They discussed how they would imagine a(n) (e-culture) fablab in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion and what key values it would represent.