Guest post: Lab Stars Design Sprint by Celina Mctavish

The Week 16 team showing off the lab before the sprint

The Week 16 team showing off the lab before the sprint – the lab that needs the added sparkle!

This event is one of the “Belonging” projects at Edinburgh Napier University, where students are encouraged to get involved in developing their community.

On the 15th of May 2019, Celina McTavish (3rd year DMID student) conducted a design sprint to gather students` ideas on what “belonging” means to them and how we can use these ideas to bring a sense of community to our lab. The session was organised in four steps  with eight students who regularly use the lab.

We began with an  ice-breaker followed by a 20-minute brainstorming session where students were asked the following:

  • How would you describe “belonging”? (Write this)
  • What does “belonging” look like to you? (Draw this)
  • What are some objects that could create a sense of comfort and inclusion in a room? (draw or write)
  • What can enhance students` connection with the university? (draw or write)
Capturing ideas on what "belonging" means

Capturing ideas on what “belonging” means

Some of the ideas – it’s going to be tricky to please everyone!

Students engaged with the brainstorming session by writing and drawing their thoughts on post-it notes. To try to encourage more interactions with this session, everyone came up to the front of the room and helped organise the post-it notes into sub-categories. Grouping the ideas helped to reveal keyword answers to each question.

Celina and Wilf collect everyone’s ideas

Following this brainstorming session,  prototype sketches are being created that will be used to develop  real solutions for the lab. The design sprint is focused on collectively designing an environment that emits a sense of belonging to a community with a goal of enhancing student connection with the university.

Celina works with the group to identify key areas for development.

Celina works with the group to identify key areas for development.

Thanks to Celina Mctavish for writing this post.  There will be a follow up showing the detailed plans for the lab soon.  

Featured Project: Dancer by Karissa Lane

This gorgeous 2d animated piece has been created by Karissa Laine for the 2D animation module.  As you can see from the sample of her storyboards below, a lot of time went into ensuring the movement of the creatures was just right. You can see more of Karissa’s work here https://klaine.myportfolio.com/

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Dr. Richard Hetherington.  Thanks to Karissa for allowing us to feature her work.

 

Featured Project: Mate & Jones by Alarik Jägerhorn

Mate & Jones is a an animation by Alarik Jägerhorn, one of our second year Digital Media and Interaction Design students.  This quirky story showcases the Alarik’s art style perfectly as the concept image below shows.  You can see more of Alarik’s work here – https://www.instagram.com/alarikjagerhorn/ and here https://www.artstation.com/alarikjagerhorn 

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Dr. Richard Hetherington.  Thank you to Alarik for allowing us to share his work.

Featured Project: The Treat by Jutta Kuismanen

This intriguing animation was created by Jutta Kuismanen for our 2D animation module run by Dr. Richard Hetherington and Andrew McKelvey.  The brief asks students to create a 1-2 minute animation showing the interaction between two characters.  The model sheet below shows some of the development process that Jutta used to ensure her characters would work well together on screen.  You can see more of Jutta’s work here http://juttakuis.wixsite.com/portfolio

Many thanks to Jutta for allowing us to feature her work.

Year 4 students show off their projects

Beth helps a participant try out her Virtual Reality project.

Here are some images of the recent year 4 poster presentation day, the student’s chance to showcase their projects.  We had some guests from Shopify to judge the poster competition and present the prizes.  They were particularly impressed with the range of projects produced, but finally settled on Manon’s “CultureMapper” app which aims to engage young people with cultural experiences.  She followed a Design Thinking process and involved her users at each step to create an appealing prototype.  We’ll be sharing some of the projects in more detail over the next few months.

Manon receiving 1st prize for her poster

Luka was awarded second prize

Gabriele received 3rd prize for his work on using technology to cut down food waste.

Thora discusses her project with lecturer Jon Mortimer

A close up of Rachele’s Augmented Reality project in action

This work was produced as part of the 60 credit honours project, overseen by Dr. Tom Flint.

Thank you to Elena (year 3 Digital Media)  for taking the photos.

Rachele’s poster prize success at BCS Ada Lovelace Colloquium

Rachele with her wining poster

Rachele with her wining poster

Rachele Cavina, one of our final year BSc Digital Media students has come home with first prize in the final year category at the BCS Ada Lovelace Colloquium.  The event happens in April every year and brings together female students of Computing from across the country.  She used the event to showcase her honours project, which uses  Augmented Reality and animation to visualise DNA heritage.  You can see more of the project here – https://reci1996.wixsite.com/rachelecavina/copy-of-interactive-map

Rachele discusses her work with other delgates

Rachele discusses her work with other delegates

Rachele was joined at at the event by Mari-Nikol and Elena, two of our year 3 students who also presented their work.

Thank you to Rachele for allowing us to share her work.

Featured Project: The Shellycoat by John Alder

These amazing images come from a recent project by our 4th year Digital Media student John Alder.  The 4th year are asked to revisit an old project and improve it to make it suitable for their portfolio.   John took a 2D character design from year 2 based on the Scottish myth of the Shellycoat and developed it into the 3D model seen here.

You can see more of John’s work here – https://www.artstation.com/jsalder

Many thanks to John for allowing us to feature his work.

Featured Project: Blending Spaces in New York

We’re pleased to be able to share the video celebrating the Blended Spaces project we have been working on with Farmingdale College in New York State.  You can find out more about the project and exhibition here – https://blendedspaces.tumblr.com/

Dr. Tom Flint is currently making plans for next year’s joint project – this time the students from Farmingdale will be visiting us in Edinburgh in August.  Watch this space to see what happens!  If any current students want to be involved this year in Edinburgh and next year in New York please get in touch with Tom.

Featured Project: Sleeping Knight by Mat Michniewski

Mat is one of our year 4 Digital Media and Interaction Design students.  This piece shows off his skills in integrating additional visual elements and effects into video.

You can see more of Mat’s work here- http://matmichniewski.com/

This work was created for Visual Effects Storytelling, one of the year 4 modules on the Digital Media and Interaction Design course.  The module is run  by Dr. Richard Hetherington and Andrew McKelvey.  Look out for more great work from our students soon.

Many thanks to Mat for allowing us to share his work.

Featured Project: Motion Graphics by Barna Imre

Barna Imre,  one of our year 3 Digital Media and Interaction Design students, describes his motion graphics projects as “kafkaesque nonsense”.  The piece has a strong visual style and challenges viewers to look a little more deeply at his work to discover some of the cultural references within.

This work was created for Motion Graphics, one of the year 3 modules on the Digital Media and Interaction Design courses.  The module is run  by Dr. Richard Hetherington and Andrew McKelvey.  Look out for more great work from our students soon.

Many thanks to Barna for allowing us to share his work.

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