Marek and I delivered a novel paper prototyping workshop together at the Arts Council of Wales Annual Conference. This technique, pioneered by Joel and Pete, challenged delegates to design simple prototypes for a “creative future” smile detector application. There were 50 delegates, divided into 10 teams, with only 45 minutes to create a paper prototype for their concepts. All the teams rose to the occasion, and managed to explain their ideas in less than a minute, with smile powered cars, air travel (air smiles!) and charity collections, raising smiles all around.
We are thrilled to announce that our project, Somability, which is being hosted with Cardiff School of Art and Design and co-design partners, Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence with Artis Community, has been awarded funding through the Rayne Foundation. The ideas for Somability came about following a design Lab that we ran with adults with learning difficulties, which involved them taking part in stimulating, creative, movement activities in their day care settings. Our experiences from the lab inspired us to try to find ways to offer these communities access to recreational activities that use the same affordable technologies as the wider population, with musicality and rhythmic, dynamic movement as the primary mode of expression. We are grateful to Tim Leroy at Novatec for donating laptops and Andrew Spooner at Microsoft for donating Kinect cameras.