We had some friends over for a little Australia Day party on the weekend. My contribution was a pavlova, pictured above. It’s the first time I’ve ever made one and it came out pretty good. There were also Tim-Tams, vegemite rolls and a bottle of Hardy’s – all courtesy of Ben and Sarah.
I haven’t posted much about work in the past couple of weeks. It’s been pretty busy. Last week we had a research seminar at Sandbjerg for the SPIRE centre. It ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I only joined for the second day. Wendy and I ran a little workshop to tighten the proposal for our edited volume. The results were encouraging and we will meet later this week to put together a call for participation for the people who could not attend. I also introduced the SPIRE blog, which I recently set up. Hopefully it will turn into a place where we can start to build more of an online identity – something that’s been sadly lacking so far.
On Thursday, the first and second year students presented the results of their Design Specialization course. This is a three week course where the students are able to set their own topics and objectives. They are free to either work alone, or in a group. I think it’s a pretty interesting concept for a course and the results were very impressive. I supervised two of the groups that presented, one was called ‘Software as a Design Tool’, where the aim the students had was to get some hands-on experience using software such as Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. The students decided to combine their efforts to produce a video for the Segway track at Danfoss Universe, a local science park. The other project was called ‘Scrumgy’ and the purpose was to redesign an existing product (a networked media player) and rebuild it as a working prototype. It was really wonderful to see the dedication that all the students brought to their projects and the quality of the work that they produced in such a short period. We took some videos of the presentations they gave with the plan to put them up on YouTube, so once they’re up, I’ll add a link.
The week before last, I had a three-day teaching seminar organized by the University for new teachers. It was also at Sandbjerg, so I feel like I’ve almost spent as much time out there as I have at my office in the last two weeks. Learning about teaching is very important to me and the content seemed good, but unfortunately, the whole course is run in Danish and my Danish skills weren’t really up to the task. Hopefully the later parts of the course, where a mentor comes and works with us personally on our teaching will be more valuable.
There’s also quite a bit happening this week. Today and tomorrow, some researchers are coming down from the Interactive Institute Design Research Unit for a workshop titled “intangibles of everyday living”. The idea is to look for common research interests and possible cross-overs across some current and upcoming projects. Should be interesting.
…And of course, the thesis continues.