GSA Degree Show 2010

Glasgow School of Art Product Design Degree Show. I have attached a few photos of my project display.

In Product Design we fund, design, manage and build our entire show by ourselves. We source all of the materials needed and put all the plans together.

Project boards – Top being ‘GetBumpin’ an intervention to promote sexual health, middle, a National Information Network providing up-to-date information on groups in your local area. The bottom project focused on the move to cloud computing. There is concerns over data security within the cloud due to the clouds ability to hold large amounts of data, errors and incorrect information is bound to be present. There is also the problem with customers not knowing where their data is stored or how many times it has been replicated. With my service the customers own their own data allowing vendors to view as well as the control to shut off their data at any given moment.

 


Cloud Computing – Thematic Project

What are the benefits of cloud computing?

  • Significant cost savings.
  • Reduced energy comsumption.
  • Greater business flexibility – public bodies can host their specific computer systems on the cloud and source capacity on a rental ‘on demand’ basis, avoiding the cost and delays involved in purchasing and running their own datacentres.

Is it secure?

  • There are concerns over data security within the cloud. As the cloud has the ability to hold large amounts of data, errors and incorrect information is bound to be present.
  • “Customers may not know where their data is stored or how many times it’s been replicated” – Analyst Chenxi Wang.
  • “Cloud computing decouples data from infrastructure and obscures low-level operational details, such as where your data is and how it’s replicated.” – Wang.

‘Clean up your digital dirt.’ – We share much more valuable information on the internet that we realise.

The internet is a rich ground for identity theft.

This does not easily mesh with a life

that creates it’s own digital shadow.



I then started by thinking how can you protect your digital shadow? Could you hide it? Disguise it? Shield it? Or scatter in different directions?

But the compulsion to broadcast our every move and the era of reality TV has encouraged this need for the personal to become public and the idea of retracting your “Digital Shadow” when you are not using it wasn’t very popular. People “need” and “want to” be out there.

So the need then changed to removing the inappropriate data, your “Digital Dirt” from the “Digital Shadow”. As well as constant monitoring of any information which appears on that person.

Key Reading – Danah Boyd is a Social Media Researcher. Her research investigates everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement.

Privacy isn’t about secrets, Danah Boyd says;  “Privacy Is Not Dead. People of all ages care deeply about privacy. And they care just as much about privacy online as they do offline. But what privacy means may not be what you think.”

“Privacy is  about having control over how information flows. It’s about being able to understand the social setting in order to understand the social setting in order to behave appropriately. To do so, people must trust their interpretation of the context, including the people in the room and the architecture  that defines the setting. When they feel as though control has been taken away from them they need to do the right thing, they scream privacy foul.”

So as I see it, young people don’t care about secrecy but they do care about control.

I need to design something that puts the user in control.

I then came across Vendor Relationship Management. Which changed my thinking for my design outcome.

People own their personal data and make it available to certain organisations. These tools are currently in development.

It would ultimately mean the numerous private or public sector organisations would no longer need huge amounts of information about individuals in massive databases that they spend time and money on trying to manage, protect and analyse.


My Service Proposal. How would it work?

 

 

 

Customers put their information into their own personal digital vault which is under their complete control, no copies will be taken and stored elsewhere. Completely secure.

Organisations would no longer need huge amounts of information about individuals in massive databases that they spend time and money on trying to manage, protect and analyse.

The customer owns their own data
entering relationships with vendors on their terms, allowing them access to their

 

personal digital vault. The customer is able to set their preferences as to which companies or categories they are
interested in. Depending on their needs or interests.

Built apon what service they wish more information can be put in.

Your TV channels, internet use, car stats, health stats, utilities by using a smart
meter and web, phone and mobile phone use could all be hooked up and constantly feeding into your data.


 

Different Services require different information. Over time more and more information is added about you and your life style and because this information is yours, you have control of who you give it to.

Customers put their information into their own personal digital vault which is under their complete control, no copies will be taken and stored elsewhere. Completely secure.Organisations would no longer need huge amounts of information about individuals in massive databases that they spend time and money on trying to manage, protect and analyse.The customer owns their own dataentering relationships with vendors on their terms, allowing them access to theirpersonal digital vault. The customer is able to set their preferences as to which companies or categories they areinterested in. Depending on their needs or interests.Built apon what service they wish more information can be put in.Your TV channels, internet use, car stats, health stats, utilities by using a smartmeter and web, phone and mobile phone use could all be hooked up and constantly feeding into your data. Different Services require different information. Over time more and more information is added about you and your life style and because this information is yours, you have control of who you give it to.

There is then an incentive for the companies to give you important and valuable information and advertisements, not just junk mail. As at any point you can cut the company off viewing your data.

Companies would offer great deals and treat you amicably in return for access to your data.

• • • • •

With people concerned about Government and private companies using cloud computing to save money, as well as the concerns over data security within the cloud due to the clouds ability to hold large amounts of data, errors and

incorrect information is bound to be present. There is also the problem with customers not knowing where their data is stored or how many times it has been replicated.

With this service these problems are no longer an issue.

*DigitalVault Thematic Project – Click to view my process booklet.*


AroundMe – Self Initiated Project

AroundMe.co.uk is a National Information Network providing up-to-date information on groups in your local area. I’ve tested it, developed it based on a particular community in Rosyth (along-a-side Health Visitors and Parents).  Having clients out and about reduces social isolation and postnatal anxiety and depression.

Please click the link to view my project process booklet

*AroundMe Self Initiated Project – Click to view my process booklet.*


RSA Project an Intervention to Promote Sexual Health.

*Project Overview – Click to view.*


RSA Project an Intervention to Promote Sexual Health.

research process journal
*RSA Research Booklet – Click to view my research work.*

*RSA Developement Booklet – Click to view my design work.*


Working with the ALISS Project

This Thursday and Friday, Snook and Futuregov are running a two day ‘intense’ camp to build an engine which provides better information and support for people living with LTCs.  It runs from 9-5pm on Thursday and 9-4pm on Friday.  By bringing together a range of talents, we hope to build an engine which uses the Internet to improve information online and offline and new ideas for services.

Thursday and Friday saw me making the decision to get involved with an outside project, working as a designer at a co-design workshop put on in conjunction with the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS). The event was looking into the future of a project called ALISS – improvingAccess to Local Information to Support Self management – which aims to provide a platform for linking up individuals with long term health conditions, providing information and access to existing local support groups that are currently out there, but not easy to find.

What is Aliss? – Click to view a video by the people behind the workshop.

The workshop itself contained a hugely diverse mix of people, from individuals with long-term conditions, designers, as well as many people from organisations in the public and private sectors including NHS workers, all of whom were needed to contribute to the overall design process.

Aliss Project

Aliss Project

Aliss

Aliss

I went along not really too sure what to expect and from a personal perspective, the idea was quite daunting once I realised that myself as a designer was required to facilitate and lead my designated group through the design process. The initial problem was that I wasn’t briefed to what was expected or how to use the design tools which were given to us on each table. And in fact I’ve no experience of co-design beyond group-work on previous projects at the Glasgow School of Art. Initially I found that while I was expected to lead people with no design experience at all or any understanding of service design, through the design process was a little scary!! I had a member of my group with some aspects of learning difficulties and while not wanting to dampen their spirits and enthusiasm, keeping them on task was really challenging.

This was the 4th session of workshops for ALISS. The initial phase of research were undertaken in three consecutive workshops in Glasgow,Edinburgh and Perth respectively.  “We’ve been blown away by the ideas generated in our workshops, and now hope to fully develop them into small prototypes and give them a glossy shine.  With your help!” Many of the people in my group found it hard to come into a group at this point, picking up of a half finished idea and already established research. Although by the end of the first day things were coming together nicely!

There were about 6 groups in total, each were allocated a designer being current or former students at the Glasgow School of Art Product Design course.

Once I settled into my role I began to get a handle on things, and we began the design process, which proceeded over the two days. Working together, we explored our allocated area. My group focusing on an idea of a “buddy system” using the design tools given we filled out a business plan which thanks to Lauren and Sarah (Designers working with ALISS) was fairly easy to fill in.

local up to date information is key

local up to date information is key

Discussing with my group

group work

group work

discussing our ideas

discussing our ideas

our service ideas

our service ideas

The workshop was certainly an eye-opening experience, I learned about successful co-designing, as well as how to explain design process to people with no design history. I enjoyed seeing my group members go away feeling proud that they accomplished something out of their normal day to day life.


Photography Course with Paul Smith.

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Paul Smith's famous work with Robbie Williams

I undertook training in: Composing and taking photographs, Adobe Photoshop, Manipulating images, Printing and finally Mounting an Exhibition.

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