The Naked Sheep

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I probably don’t blog about my students’ work enough, but this piece I particularly like because it was a collaboration between students who are actually working on different projects. The Naked Sheep is a collaboration between Tina Tomovic and “Anna & Juan“, AKA Josefina Eliggi and Luzius Schnellmann. (Luzius actually works as an assistant to the Design MA in Luzern but is collaborating with Josefina).

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Anna & Juan explores the creation and re-discovery of sustainable, natural dyes and wool production at a local level, while Tina is looking at the nature of souvenirs and interactivity. Tina created as a souvenir idea for the Anna & Juan Pop-Up Store. It’s witty, playful and simple, which I always enjoy.

Tina also created the logo for the pop-up store flyer, which I can best describe as a kind of textile, crochet typography. What am I saying? I can best describe it with a picture:

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DeSForM 2010 – 6th International Workshop on Design Semantics of Form and Movement

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It seems it’s conference season. My colleague, Dagmar Steffen, is organising the DeSForM 2010, the 6th International Workshop on Design Semantics of Form and Movement held here in Luzern in November. Registrations are still open and it would greatly help the planning if they were not all last minute! (I know I’m a terrible last minute attendee to these things).

Luzern is a lovely city to visit and the program has some great highlights. Here is the info:

We invite you to DeSForM 2010, the 6th International Workshop on Design Semantics of Form and Movement.

The event takes place November, 3-5 at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, Switzerland.

The program includes keynotes by:

Excursions include visiting the Net’n’Nest Office at Vitra, Weil am Rhein, and the Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal.

Further information on the DeSForM site and you can register online here.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lucerne!

Teaching Service Design at Lucerne School of Art and Design

Regular readers of Playpen may have notice things have been somewhat quiet around here recently. There are two reasons for this. One is that Twitter has made an unexpected impact on my blogging. I was quite surprised by this, because it is somewhat of a symbiotic relationship, especially as my tweets are over there in the sidebar. I am yet to make a judgement about whether it is a positive thing that I can comment on something in 140 characters or whether it shows an ever diminishing level of caring about putting together a coherent piece of writing. I’m sure this has affected others out there – has twittering bled your blog dry?

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The other, rather more exciting reason, is that I started a new post as a Research Fellow/Lecturer (professor with a small p to you folks in the USA) in Service Design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, part of the Hochschule Luzern in Switzerland. As the title suggests, it is a mix of research and teaching. I am predominantly teaching on the Masters of Product Design and Management, but dip into a couple of BA courses too.

So, expect the posts here to tend a bit more towards services, but I have long seen interaction/experience design with the broader lens that service design affords, so I don’t imagine the content will radically change. Diving headlong into the bureaucracy that working in a public education institution, in another country (especially Switzerland) entails is in itself a pretty good opportunity to experience the complexity of service offerings both good and bad.