Designing the Future of TV Accessibility

Designing the Future of TV Accessibility was a full-day workshop in Aberdeen on the 26th of May 2016 at Robert Gordon University. The event was composed of two distinct sections . First was a morning brainstorming session about the problems people face with watching television, and how they can be fixed. In the afternoon we …

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Social Printers

2016 is full of political activity including local political elections and the EU Referendum. This provides a perfect opportunity for further research into the behaviour and needs of people who watch political programmes, such as TV debates, and political panel shows. The first event in the year is the Scottish Election election which is due …

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A Mirror on IoT and Ourselves

For centuries we have looked at ourselves looking back at us through mirrors. We all have our own very special relationship with ourselves through the magic of the ‘looking glass’. It might be a 3am reassuring conversation that all is well. It might be a motivational speech as we clean our teeth. We might give ourselves a telling off after an argument that we wished we hadn’t had. The mirror opens a mental world to our telepathic selves – after all it is only when we look at the person in the mirror can we truly read their thoughts. The mirror provides a space and time for being together with just yourself. Is there anyone that knows you like the mirror knows you?

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Making Community: The Wider Role of Makerspaces in Public Life

We’re very happy to have had a paper accepted into CHI 2016 based on the makerspaces survey we carried out in the early stages of In the Making. Through site visits and interviews at makerspaces and similar facilities across the UK, we have identified additional roles that these spaces play: as social spaces, in supporting wellbeing, by serving the needs of the communities they are located in and by reaching out to excluded groups. Based on these findings, we suggest implications and future directions for both makerspace organisers and community researchers.

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British HCI 2016

Quite a few of us from the DJCAD studio attended British HCI, including  Nick Taylor, Daniel Herron and I (Katerina Gorkovenko). As part of the programme I took part in a day long workshop which explores the future of TV, a Doctoral Networking Day during which we “bonded” through the art of paper critique, and …

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Four Makerspaces and a Shed

Over the past three months, I’ve been doing site visits to maker and hacker spaces across Scotland. For the first phase of In the Making, we’re surveying existing facilities in the UK to identify what opportunities and challenges they might present to disabled users. I wanted to share here some early findings about the different types of spaces and a particularly inspiring visit to Westhill Men's Shed.

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