I'm hiring:

1) a lecturer (equiv. asst. prof.) in Design Research (0.7fte, 3,5 days/week) hva.nl/vacatures/1107273/Lectu
ATTENTION: this lecturer must hold a PhD at the time of hiring.

2) a lab assistant who is well-versed in creative technologies (0.2fte, 1 day/week) hva.nl/vacatures/1113962/Lab-A

3) a studio assistant who is an empathetic "people-person" and can coach students in their design processes & team dynamics (0.4fte, 2 days/week) hva.nl/vacatures/1107320/Studi

and . In Qatar, last Friday it became compulsory to download and use the EHTERAZ contact tracing app. Amnesty International raises the alarm not only about the fact that the app is extremely invasive (using GPS to track everyone's location) but was also not secure, with a known vulnerability leaking highly sensitive personal information, including the name, national ID, health status and location data of more than one million users.


in practice, Westworld season 3 is a high production-value design fiction. The story is messy and convoluted, but the bits of mundane, everyday technological experiences are priceless

Friends interested in social justice and design, have a look at this "Radical Care" zine. It's an open access PDF, and you can also request a very special limited-edition print for free

"It is a cooperative future-thinking effort from the MoneyLab network, a collective of artists, designers, researchers, geeks and activists dedicated to the task of experimenting with more equitable, diverse, and sustainable futures for finance and economy."


many are robots of various types. This one is an autonomous rover designed to roam a supermarket or a warehouse, while blasting UV lights that (should) kill viruses. I do wonder about the effect of UV radiation on fresh foods...


Something totally unrelated to Coronaviruses. Dogs obey commands given by social robots: as far as dogs are concerned, social robots have some human-like authority, Yale researchers suggest


Public spaces are deeply changed by social distancing measures. So far, Taiwan has been exemplar in how they controlled the virus. Taiwanese baseball league is still playing, but without live audience, and they're using cardboard fan cutouts as a


Dealing with social distancing is not only a matter of reorganizing one's life, but also of saying no to hugs and physical contacts. This is particularly hard for people with a compromised immune system, or otherwise particularly at risk. For , Olina Terzi found the Knuffelscherm (literally the Cuddlescreen?), currently in crowdfunding phase.

Give it a look at knuffelscherm.nl/ and perhaps pitch in to help keep COVID-19 out of assisted-living homes.

today's is a playable simulator by Marcel Salathé & Nicky Case, explaining with interactive visualizations some future scenarios and different approaches to contain the virus.


This is a that is also a zine, called "Urgency Reader 2: Mutual Aid Publishing During Crisis". It is an experiment in instant publishing, with a call for contribution that was announced on March 18 2020 and remained open for the following 10 days. It contains reflections, sketches, patterns for face masks, provocations, speculations, and stories. The result is


The metro trains in Milan, quite close to the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, will have stickers to remind passengers of what is the "safe" distance to keep. I guess that visualizing a relatively abstract notion (stay at least 1.5 meters apart) into something that's more embodied is a challenge for many


The future of air travel in the times of COVID-19? I think it's quite interesting to see that many designers and vendors (like Avio Interiors, linked here) focus on to fix (?) minute issues rather than the larger system of air travel. I'm not saying that focusing on quick solutions is per se always wrong, but perhaps a broader rethinking is in order...

For a fresh twist on design cards, take a look at Fabricating Alternatives, an online tool that uses machine learning to extract data from articles you feed it and generate a custom deck of inspiration cards. The website also comes with games and workshop activities to use your newly-generated cards for, but I'm sure most of you already know how to use design cards ;-) fabalternatives.design/

From the fine folks at Imagination of Things & Baltan Labs

another item for the collection, a multipurpose object to push buttons, open doors, pull levers and even carry shopping bags! This one is not for sale, and its author Matteo Zallio released it as an Open Source / Creative Commons thing to 3D-print, adapt it and use it

here is another example of a curious ritual that could (?) become commonplace in a lasting pandemic: sterilizing your smarphone

I keep encountering various objects that I've begun to call
This is a proposed solution, still at a concept phase, for social distancing on the seaside.
The proposal itself seems....questionable but I find it fascinating to see how COVID19 touches every facet of design in public spaces.


Something not related to the Coronavirus!

If you're interested in games, civic media, and citizen participation, you should give a look to this large review study by Lobna Hassan and Juho Hamari, "Gameful civic engagement: A review of the literature on gamification of e-participation" (open access)


I've begun to notice a number of new weird ads on my socials during the pandemic, and I've decided to keep track of them. This is called Heygienic, and is a stick to press buttons without touching them with a finger. Also, it seems to be in two colors (for him and for her?)

(I'm not linking to the page itself, I don't want to spread spam, but it's one google search away...)

I would be interested in pitching a curated series of invited blogs (approx. 1000 words each) with first-person reflective accounts of how social distancing affects the way people perceive mundane technology. Suggestions for good venues to pitch it?

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