Design Thinking is a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving which looks at broad and often ill-defined problems. The innovative methodology engages users early and uses rapid prototyping throughout to achieve successful outcomes. You will learn key Design Thinking concepts and apply them to real world examples provided by our partner companies.
These effective problem solving techniques can then be applied across the career spectrum and will be especially useful in solving problems related to the Christchurch rebuild.
The course consists of 2 weeks of full time attendance (9 – 20 December) followed by 9 weeks of part-time project work. For more information visit: http://hitlabnz.org/index.php/education/hitd201-design-thinking or have a look at this video for an introduction: http://youtu.be/Q8iEXhTddYg. Places are limited, so enrol now!
Interaction Records - A New Approach To Publishing Your Work
We introduce a new academic journal: Interaction Records. This journal will focus on Human Computer Interaction and all its related disciplines. Papers submitted to Interaction Records must have been rejected by other publication channels at least three times. Articles will be published together with the original reviews and a response from the authors. This Open Peer Commentary approach will provide a public window into the peer-review process. It will show the “interaction records” between the authors and the reviewers.
Submission can now be made at http://www.interaction-records.org.
Interaction Records embraces the Open Access Policy. All papers will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
UC staff, academic and managerial, as well students from all areas are welcome to participate in a free 2 hour introduction to design thinking workshop. Workshops are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 PM until and including 28 November 2013. This workshop is also open to participants from outside UC. The workshops will be run on UC's campus in Ilam (main and education campus) and occasionally in the centre of Christchurch.
The course outline is the intellectual property of the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Stanford. This workshop will cover the principles and apply some of the design thinking methods as formed by the d.school Stanford. Participants would need to commit for the whole 2 hours, i.e. not plan to come later / leave earlier.
These workshops are run in partnership with industry to explore design thinking as a method that emphasises a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to solving problems or addressing opportunities that are worthwhile tackling. This Human-centred design approach comes with a bias for action, puts the power of iterating, rapid prototyping, and showing rather than telling at the centre. Based on you having experienced d.think first-hand we would be interested in your feedback. These workshops are run by Stefan Sohnchen, Corporate Coach at Tait Communications and temporarily also Adjunct Senior Fellow at UC.
You can register for the event by filling in the form below:
Eduardo Sandoval, our PhD Student has recently recieved an award of the Medal Alfonso Caso from the National University of Mexico.
This is the greatest award the National University of Mexico gives away for its graduate students and the award is given to only one graduate student of each Graduate Programmes the university has.
By winning this award, Eduardo contributed to fund a new research area in the Graduate Program of Industrial Design. Well done and Congratulations!
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) has partnered with the HIT Lab NZ in the new digital multimedia project to bring to life the High Street area of Christchurch. High Street used to be the commercial heart of the City, but the area was devastated in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and now most of the buildings in the street have been demolished.
NZHPT captured more than 100 stories from the 1800's until the modern day, and combined them with photos, news paper clippings, music and video to tell the history of the street. These are presented through the High Street Stories website (see http://www.highstreetstories.co.nz) developed by NV Interactive.
The HIT Lab NZ developed a companion Augmented Reality application for mobile phones that allows people to walk along High Street and hear the stories of the people that used to live and work there. This is based on the HIT Lab NZ's Outdoor AR platform that allows visual and audio information to be overlaid on the real world using smart phones and tablets. Although only released on August 22nd the application has already attracted over 150 downloads and very positive reviews.
The High Street Stories application is available for free for Android devices from the Google Play store, under the name "High Street Stories".
For more information see the press release on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust website: