“Counting Sheep” project awarded a Marsden Fast-Start research grant

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in Everyday Life

I’m very privileged and excited to announce that “Counting Sheep: NZ Merino Wool in an Internet of Things” has been awarded a three-year research grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand‘s Marsden Fund Fast-Start programme. “The Marsden Fund invests in investigator-initiated research aimed at generating new knowledge. It supports excellent research projects that advance […]

Cultural discomfort as design challenge?

Given my Webstock Mini presentation,”iPads Are For Ladies: A Brief History of Feminine Hygiene Products,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I instantly clicked on a link to Steve Portigal‘s “Lunapads or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Discomfort” post at Core 77. I have to say that I found the […]

NZ farm jobs: Shepherd

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Position description: Typically these positions involve assisting the Farm Manager/Owner in all activities on the farm, usually as part of a small team. It is advantageous (but often not essential) to have your own working dogs. Suitable candidates: These positions suit most entrants into the New Zealand Drystock industry, as they provide an opportunity to […]

Radio NZ: Sounds Like Us

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 in Material & Visual Culture

After yesterday’s post on Radio Canada and design, one of my students pointed me to Radio New Zealand‘s Sounds Like Us design competition supported by Weta Workshop and New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa. “Open to all New Zealanders, the objective of the competition is to design a radio that captures the essence of New […]

CBC + Radio Canada

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 in Material & Visual Culture

I was searching the Canadian Design Resource for my next lecture, and came across a concept radio by Toronto-based designers Science + Sons that shows how great culturally inspired design can be. RADIO CANADA: our home and native waves Materials: Maple, Aluminum, Electronics Size: 8″ x 4″ x 4″ “This radio console design was inspired […]