‘KeepForget’: stuur Winterslag een kaart of sms (in Dutch)

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday April 14th 2014 at 11:15

‘KeepForget’ is een artistiek onderzoeksproject dat focust op het vertalen en transformeren van locatie-gebonden herinneringen, verhalen en boodschappen in tastbare objecten zowel voor de privé-sfeer binnen als de publieke buitenruimte zoals de pleintjes, straten en lanen van Winterslag.

Wij, Andrea Wilkinson, Laura Braspenning en Niels Hendriks, onderzoekers en ontwerpers van de MAD faculty op de C-mine, werken aan dit project in Winterslag en willen graag bewoners, bezoekers en iedereen die Winterslag een warm hart toedraagt hierin betrekken. Bijvoorbeeld door jullie wensen, dromen, verhalen, individuele en gedeelde herinneringen en ervaringen in Winterslag met ons te delen in een ontmoeting of via een kaart of sms! Ga dus snel naar www.keepforget.be en stuur Winterslag een kaart of sms!


MAP-it mapping sessions: ‘Innovative health(care)concept Sint-Huibrechts-Lille’

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday April 14th 2014 at 11:05

For the research project ‘Innovative health(care)concept Sint-Huibrechts-Lille’ – which entails the construction of a new health(care)concept in Neerpelt (specifically, the sub-municipality Sint-Huibrechts-Lille) – a series of MAP-it mapping sessions are being organized in order to ensure an increased involvement of different (living-)target groups in the construction of the health(care)concept. Local embedding in and interaction with the neighborhood are central, which means that the new health(care)concept will cover a large and broad target group (namely, the whole neighborhood). By now, three MAP-it mapping sessions have already taken place in which local residents, but also experts, care givers and representatives of social organizations participated.

Each MAP-it session focused on a different aspect of the health(care)concept. The first MAP-it mapping session, which took place on Wednesday March 12, 2014, departed from the wishes and needs of the care receivers. In the second mapping session, which took place on Wednesday March 26, 2014, the care giver was central. And the third MAP-it mapping session, which took place on Wednesday April 2, 2014, focused on the interaction between the future health(care)facility and the neighborhood. Recurring themes were voluntary work, the exchanges of services and meeting places. The picture below shows one of the mappings of this latter MAP-it session:


Two more sessions will be organized. On Wednesday April 23, 2014, we will focus on the care network (in the neighborhood) and on Wednesday April 30, 2014, we will map the spatial aspect of the future health(care)concept. Eventually, the findings from the five MAP-it mappings will form the first input for the final design proposal for the future health(care)concept in Neerpelt.

Deelnemers gezocht voor onderzoek naar nieuwe TV toepassingen

Posted by Rinze Leenheer on Friday April 11th 2014 at 09:42

Kijk je regelmatig TV samen met familie of vrienden? Dan is dit een kans om samen met hen mee te doen aan een leuk onderzoek en zo een Fnac bon te verdienen. Voor een onderzoek naar nieuwe TV toepassingen zijn we op zoek naar groepjes van 2 tot 4 personen die allen minimum 16 jaar oud zijn en vaak samen TV kijken (gezinnen, vrienden, …). Het onderzoek vindt plaats op 28 of 29 april (tijdstip zelf te kiezen) in het Centrum voor User Experience Onderzoek in Leuven (http://soc.kuleuven.be/com/mediac/cuo/contact.htm), en zal ongeveer een uur duren. Er wordt een Fnac bon voorzien t.w.v. 25 euro per persoon. Ben je geïnteresseerd? Vul dan volgend formulier in: http://bit.ly/1gPUXHs.

TraPIST: Extreme ideation

Posted by Jorick Vissers on Tuesday April 8th 2014 at 15:31

On Friday, April 4th, we traveled to Izegem. The purpose of this trip was an ideation session at Televic, one of the partners in the TraPIST project, which is about pro-active, multi-source information apps for train passengers. The aim of this particular session was to diverge, which means that we wanted to come up with as many ideas as possible for travel applications that provide train passengers exactly the information that they need, at the moment they need it.

Foto_sessieThe group of participants consisted of 24 persons with varying backgrounds, although most of them had a technical background. We wanted to make sure that the technical knowledge of the participants would not restrict their creative thinking, and the ideas would go a step further than just another rail company app. In order to do this we chose to utilise a fairly new approach called Extreme Brainstorming, which was created by some of our colleagues. With this approach, we provided the participants with ‘extreme’ inspiration input in the forms of extreme concepts and extreme personas aiming to take their ideation one step further.


Besides our aim to generate as many wild ideas as possible, we were interested in the impact of the ‘extremeness’ of the input we provided on the creativity of the participants. Therefore, we divided the participants in 2 conditions. One condition used realistic personas (e.g. fictitious characters representing four types of train travellers) and the other conditions used extreme versions of these personas (here we used well-known characters from movies and TV). In about one hour time, 80 ideas were generated, which we will now analyse how original, appropriate and feasible they are and to assess the impact of the two types of personas.

To be continued!


Media ID sneak preview @ MiX-event

Posted by Jan Derboven on Wednesday April 2nd 2014 at 15:49

The Media ID project has been showcased at the event celebrating the 2-year birthday of MiX, the Flemish Media Innovation Centre. This news about Media ID has also been picked up by Datanews.