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.
It is 6am and I’ve woken up a little early. The sun does funny things in Scotland. It doesn’t get hot like the most of the rest of the world and while it forgets to get up in the winter, it forgets to go to go down in the summer. So it’s been light for …
Earlier in the year the Product Research Studio joined up with our wing-commanders in DJCAD Make Space and RS Components to show our university how they could and arguable should operate. To move them from a traditional pre-web thinking institution into the new pull economy where the students lead the co-creation of the teaching and services they want. Ultimately we wanted to ask the question: Can students collaboratively work with their university to make it work in the way they wanted to work?
For the past year or so I’ve been working with Aidan Moseby, Clive Gilman from DCA and my colleague Jon Rogers on a small project for New Media Scotland Alt-w fund. We were one of a number of projects comissioned to complement Ginsberg, a newly-launched app designed to improve health and wellbeing through mood-tracking and self-reflection. A few weeks ago we officially launched Sagacity at Edinburgh Science Festival’s LateLab, alongside Ginsberg itself and a number of other Alt-w projects.