For a detailed insight into the Lab's recent and ongoing projects, please view this PDF file.
Our collaborative projects often have a real-world subject focus and try to ensure that collaboration is being undertaken for the desired outputs and not just for its own sake. The DesignLab is attempting to align digital design education through the creative arts with the wider world and relates all projects to Professional Practice modules where feasible.
The projects are driven by student-led experience. We want to ensure that students can continue their creative practice. Artswork is looking at best practice in the field and will build on what we already do well and share with each other what we do well. We are also about making best practice public so that teachers, students and employers understand how best practice works.
The DesignLab is working with clients ranging from museums to media businesses placing particular emphasis on emergent uses of mobile and networked technologies, particularly streaming, locative and mobile media. So far our projects have involved Foundation students from Design for Digital Technologies, Interaction Designers from all three years of the BA Hons in Graphics and MA students, as well as cross-disciplinary work with other Artswork Labs and outside agencies.
Examples of current projects range from Masterclasses by leading practitioners in Typography, Photography and Film-making, which are recorded on HD Video and streamed from a new website; We have classes with Russell Warren Fisher, Rupert Bassett, Andrew Haslam Bruno Maag and Phil Baines and the programme will continue to accumulate a unique online resource using streaming media. Other live design briefs for web and mobile technology include an interactive map pilot for all the UK CETLs to be used by the subject Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), a website for the Meadow project, a live website for Possession, a student curated exhibition at the Holbourne Museum; a collaboration on web and mobile materials to support the Floral Frock Exhibition at the Costume Museum; a collaboration with the Department of English to create an interactive experience of Iain Bank's Crow Road in Western Scotland; a commission to create a homage to John Betjeman in video for his anniversary celebrations in Bristol and a commission to create an online artefact for Electric December in collaboration with a local school.
The Lab is also developing long term relationships with media partners in the region for student placements and joint research. One example is with Touch Productions to examine new methodologies of production for digital materials, and is engaged in an initiative driven by Knowledge West to use broadband and Bittorrent technologies in developing peer to peer exchanges of digital materials.
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