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Week 6 – The Poster Machine

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


On the Saturday of the Innovation Dublin week we ran a creative workshop called The Poster Machine. The idea was very simple and fun, and broke down into 3 easy steps:

  1. Jot down the answer to a thought provoking question (for example: When did you last surprise yourself? or What is your wish for Dublin?)
  2. The Blue Peter moment – build your answer to the question using pipecleaners, lego, paint, glue, lollypop sticks, balloons, crayons, coloured paper, crepe paper, etc.
  3. Take a photo of what you’ve made so that the photo be one of many images on the wall forming a collage or mural of images, wishes and colours.

As we had handed flyers out in St. Stephen’s Green to many families with small children, the workshop quickly became a throbbing hive of inventive activity as people, both young and not so young, got stuck into creating. The really interesting point was that this idea was so simple and so effective. Fun, creation and play connected people in a light and spontaneous way.

» Sophie

Week 6 – Listening to learn

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Learning 1

A huge learning this week was how to present to and communicate with the public, bearing in mind that they may have no prior knowledge of the projects and where they are located. If you can’t explain the idea clearly, maybe there’s something not quite right about it. In addition, managing and delivering information in bite sized chunks is vital in order not to loose your audience.

It was also very interesting to see how people react to visuals (posters, maps, photos, printed text) in relation to spoken word. The idea of presenting without any visual support would be very challenging and argues for the importance in getting communication right.

Another very important learning was how to listen attentively and be able to interpret the feedback and suggestions given. Two way dialogue brought a lot of insightful information from many different people.

» Sophie

Week 6 – The sounding team

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


On Thursday morning the sounding team payed us a visit. The sounding team is comprised of a variety of people with experience working in a number of areas. This team are invited to give critical feedback on all of our work. By doing so, they help us to see our projects in a more grounded and realistic context.

Learning how to receive criticism is central to how we work. In order to improve what we are designing for the people who will be using it, it is vitally important that we be able to: ask the right questions; listen carefully to what’s being said; and re-think the idea accordingly. Inviting people to challenge our thinking helps us to improve our ideas and enriches our work.

» Sophie

Week 6 – Innovation Dublin

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Inspiration picture

This week, we relocated from our studio on Ormond Quay to No. 15 St. Stephen’s Green. For the next 10 days we will be going public as part of innovation dublin. On Wednesday, having spent Monday and Tuesday moving, we opened our doors, inviting anyone and everyone to collaborate and contribute to the projects we are working on. So far, the curiosity, feedback and enthusiasm from the public has been overwhelmingly positive which was very encouraging. A big thanks to everyone who has participated!

» Sophie