16de Zilvertriënnale 2010 & Zilvertalenten 2011 in Zilvermuseum Sterckshof

Posted by David on Sunday June 19th 2011 at 21:33

De deputatie van de provincie Antwerpen heeft de eer u uit te nodigen op vrijdag 1 juli 2011 om 19 uur voor de opening van de tentoonstellingen 16de Zilvertriënnale 2010 en Zilvertalenten 2011 in het Zilvermuseum Sterckshof.

Graag antwoord op info@zilvermuseum.be

Zilvertriënnale | Zilvertalenten
2 juli – 28 augustus 2011
Open van dinsdag tot en met zondag, 10.00–17.30 uur
Gesloten op maandag

 

Deadline submission Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012 postponed

Posted by David on Sunday June 19th 2011 at 10:03

For reasons of their own, the organizers of the Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012 have decided to postpone the date for submitting a representative presentation of the participants’ work to NO LATER THAN 29 June 2011.

Call for entries_SSA_2012

 

Open Call for the Bat-Yam Biennale, 2012

Posted by ilse on Thursday June 9th 2011 at 13:44

The Bat-Yam Biennale is pleased to announce the open call for participation in The 3rd Bat-Yam Biennale: Urban Action, due to take place during October 2012.

Following its two former editions, “Hosting 2008″ and “Timing 2010″, the theme chosen for the third Biennale is “Metamorphosis“.
We call on anyone interested or involved in urbanism to respond to the theme of metamorphosis and suggest an act of intervention in Bat-Yam’s northern areas.

Proposals should express innovative ways of thinking and present outlines for the development of an enhanced and beneficial living environment for the city and its residents.
The Open Call for “Metamorphosis 2012″ can be found online, along with detailed information on the submission process as well as sights and sounds from the urban space were the Biennale will take place.

Extended deadline notification: Due to recent requests, we have added a second submission date: July 10th 2011*.
Proposals should include a written abstract (up to 2 A4 pages), CVs of the team members (up to half an A4 page each), and a signed letter certifying that they have read and agreed to the Terms and Regulations. Visual materials may be added in a PDF file.
* Applications submitted until June 15th will be examined in the first selection term.

Questions and applications may be addressed to the following e-mail: batyam.biennale@gmail.com

For more details, go to: www.opencall-batyam.org/english/

Deadline for submissions: June 15th 2011. Replies will be given during: August 2011

Methods of the design process: an inventory

Posted by Barbara on Tuesday June 7th 2011 at 13:21

Abstract

Ergonomics, usability and user-centred design are principles that are well known among designers. Yet designers often seem to fail to meet the users’ needs, designing things people don’t understand or know how to use.  To have a clear view on the causes of this failure it is necessary to know what steps designers take during the design process. This research aimed to understand the methods used by designers in practice during the design process. A total of 151 design cases of students in product design were analysed.

Autors:

Barbara N.E. KOK,   Media Arts and Design Academy, KHLim, Genk, association Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE

Prof. dr. Peter VINK ,  Dept. of Industrial Design, Delft university of technology, NL

Dr. Karin SLEGERS,  Centre for User Experience Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/IBBT, Leuven, BE.

Fultext mail to: barbara.kok@khlim.be

Tools for more user friendly design: do they really improve the quality of the design?

Posted by Barbara on Tuesday June 7th 2011 at 13:14

Abstract

There are many tools to improve the quality of design, jet designers often seem to fail to meet to the users’ needs, designing things people don’t completely understand, or know how to use. The aim of the research described in this paper was to understand the relationship between the design process and design tools that were used on the one hand, and the quality of the product on the other hand.  In this research the design processes of students of the Master Product Design education of the Media And Design-faculty (KHLim, Belgium) are studied. This study is limited to the design of tangible products. Seventy-five design cases of student designers are studied.  In this study, first, all the techniques applied the students’ design processes were listed. Second, for each case the techniques that were used were mapped. Finally the relationship between the use of those techniques and the quality of the designed product was assessed. The grades given for the product (not the process) were used as indicator for the quality of the design.  22 cases are grade by a jury (who had no knowledge of the design process) or by users. This might be perceived as a weakness (53 cases graded  by the supervisors, the grades of the product could be  partly influenced by the process).  Since  there was no significant difference in grades between the cases grade  by a jury or user  and the cases graded by the supervisors only, this bias is ignorable. The following categories had a positive effect on the evaluation of the product: doing a state of the art research of non-relating products;  problem solving through literature study or by consulting specialists; conducting an ergonomic and functional study (study of ergonomic guidelines, performance study etc.); designing  by drawing and by making tangible models;   user analysis and user involvement ; gathering per group feedback;  having critical attitude towards the found information and feedback. The effect of the use of design tools could not be analyses since it was only reported in two cases. Why design tools are hardly used should be studied as well as the effect of design tools on the quality of products. Furthermore research should be conducted about the strength of the correlation of each individual method  as well as the correlation between the methods themselves, for these analysis more cases are needed. Using student cases instead of cases of professionals might be considered a weakness of this study because the cases do not include professional designs. However, since professional evaluations of the quality of the designs were already available and because it is difficult to obtain the design processes of professionals, these cases provided an unique opportunity to study the relationship between the methods in design process and the quality of the final product.  In addition, such student cases are representative of the way young professionals work because, young designers apply the design techniques and methods they learned during their education.

Autors:

Barbara N.E. KOK;  Media Arts and Design Academy, KHLim, Genk, association Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE

Prof. dr. Peter VINK; Dept. of Industrial Design, Delft university of technology, NL

Dr. Karin SLEGERS; Centre for User Experience Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/IBBT, Leuven, BE.

Fultext mail to: barbara.kok@khlim.be

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