folks interested in playing LARPs as research activities, have a look at this workshop! (even if, like me, you can't travel to California for DIS 2019, the Background section has some nice references & examples)

Friends looking for a postdoc, take a look at this opportunity in Utrecht "Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities"

Is there space for criticality outside academia? Master Digital Design meetup on March 27, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: "What’s the role of critical designers in today’s digital world?" with Shaowen & Jeff Bardzell (Indiana U. USA), and Henk Haaima (Mirabeau)

Just published "Research Through Game Design. Interactive Stories from a Submerged Amsterdam" We share SUBMERGED, a cross-platform project that combines game design, interactive narrative, and urban exploration with the objective of empowering citizens to produce their . Following a "Research through Design" practice, we describe our process for creating SUBMERGED, we synthesize some critical insights from our experience

We are hiring a lecturer (asst. prof. in USA system) in Design Literacy.

S/he will work at the M.Sc. Digital Design at the Amsterdam U. of Applied Sciences, a new and ambitious program that aims at combining a Research through Design/Making approach with applied education.

S/he is expert in design processes and will face the challenge of "bringing on the same page" a cohort of 24 students with diverse background (from UX/UI, to Product, to Fashion...).

Call for : The Reader (maker culture, critical applied research methodologies…). Proposals (500 words max.) due before December 14th, 2018

Dear all, maybe you know the ACE Advances in Computer Entertentainment conf. It used to be a legit conference but its new General Chair has a history of behavior that culminated last year after his keynote at FDG, with some tweets from him that were so bad to prompt the steering committee to issue a statement
Now the ACE2018 conference invited Steve Bannon, a divisive political figure as keynote

"I Just Cut my Finger in a Ninja Fight: The Semiotics and Hermeneutics of Band-Aid". Through the of the band-aid we will show the theoretical and practical shift from to in the field of design.

The Research Studio at Goldsmiths published Energy Babble, a booklet documenting the creation of "automated talk radios obsessed with energy". PDF, with essays by Andy Boucher, Bill Gaver et al.

One year after publication, I'm finally allowed to share freely the full text of "Rethinking in Through Anti-Ageist Playful Interactions".
I'm very proud of this paper, and especially of its methodology at the crossroads of interaction , pragmatist and .

Interested in designing that make people think about how does it feel to age? Have a look at

Want to work on #virtualreality #VR and, who knows, #worldpeace? There is a #PhD #scholarship available at the Nanyang Technological University Interdisciplinary Graduate School under my supervisor, Vivian Chen. Project details here: #gradschool #academia #games #gamestudies

The Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation proposes ways to achieve critical distance from the software systems that surround us, with speculative tools for the (mis)use of software empowering users to resist embedded paradigms and assumptions.

women in STEM : Ada Lovelace Day coming up! Show more

This is a really interesting PhD thesis by David Cuartielles on Platform Design, which "is a study of different viewpoints on the creation of digital systems, and how they converge in platforms designed, built, and managed by communities."

Folks into interactive , take a look at this article on mapping the forms of . Hartmut Koenitz is a friend with whom I love to disagree, but this time I have nothing to critique. Truly well done. Give it a look

idea of the day: adopt a dog, call it .

"Where's Budget? Have you seen Budget? Where did it go? It was here two minutes ago..."

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