Blog posts for March 2012

The Guild and the Garret March 30, 2012, 12:49 p.m.

The recording of the inspiring conversation between Dougald Hine and Ben Vickers, "The Guild and the Garret" at Timelab last weekend is now available from the internet archive. 

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Germination X at Loading Bar, Falmouth, UK March 30, 2012, 11:09 a.m.

Where better for doing a game focus group test than in a games cafe? We had a fantastic turn out last night - we actually ran out of space! This was the third Lirec focus test using Germination X, but the first I've been physically involved in, and the biggest public event about this game I've done since last year's draw your own plant spirit at Pixelache, way back at the start of the project.

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I+C+i // Debat "Reptes i necessitats de l'educaciĆ³ actual" March 29, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

Video of the debate "Reptes i necessitats de l'educació actual" is now online (original version in Catalan, Spanish and English)

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Act Otherwise March 23, 2012, 11:24 p.m.

A short yet insightful wander through contemporary modes of storytelling, physical naration location based games, identity, automation and spoon making.

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Kunst in de keuken 3 March 19, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Edible pictures at de Wimpel.

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FoAM in Kwintessens "Food Design" March 16, 2012, 3:01 p.m.

An overview of some of our food related work is featured in "Kwintessens", the magazine pubished by Design Vlaanderen. In the article "Speels, kritisch en intensief", Lut Pil covers our approach to food, design and social interfaces with Open Sauces, the Dream Team dinners and Cinédélices.


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GerminationX: soil conditions, glowing plants and empathic spirits March 13, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

The last week has been a fairly intense code sprint on Germination X, based on feedback from the second focus study by SICS/mobile life in Stockholm.

In order to get a more interesting world, and shake things up a little, soil conditions now vary quite dramatically. Some areas are friendlier to plants, and some very much harder to grow in than before. We've talked a lot in the design process about having different types of plants for different soil types or whole regions, this is a step in that direction.

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Exploring and Designing our Future Robot Companions March 5, 2012, 4:57 p.m.

John Paul Bichard's just-completed LIREC documentary deftly rises to the challenge of outlining the project's sometimes bewildering complexity and diversity while at the same time tracing the underlying connections between its many facets. Wrapped in beautiful graphics and pleasing production values, it will surely appeal to those with no prior knowledge of the LIREC project or its background, even while it conveys some of its technical breadth and depth.

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