New improved Coroflot site
Coroflot.com, the online portfolio site from Core77 has re-launched with a whole new design and feature set. Highlights include: unlimited upload, public & private sets, image tagging, networking, and of course personalized job alerts. The best thing is that it's still 100% free for designers to create a portfolio.
Our favorite new feature is CoroSpy, a real-time feed of site activity.
Homepage here: http://www.coroflot.com
Love your MP
'If anything, his friendliness meant that I forgot to pin him down to writing a letter to Tony Blair.'
The email I recieved from Friends of the Earth this morning headlines with 'Not All MPs are Cowboys' - declaring that going to see your MP need not be a 'terrifying' experience nor ' turn into a gunfight'. Then moves on to 'Love Your MP' - linking to Irma's testimonial that MP's aren't, in fact, so 'scary'. They include a guide to lobbying your MP including a step by step guide as to how to meet your MP, when he/she might be on holiday, and what to do when you eventually find yourself face to face.
New IID in Copenhagen
Simona Maschi and Heather Martin will head up the new Institue of Interaction Design in Copenhagen. Whilst it is early days yet, the Institute is set to include a school and research lab and will incorporate an integrated plan of teaching, research and consulting. The school will open officially in September '07. After the closure of IID Ivrea last year it's great news to hear that a new Institue is on the horizon.
HCI conference workshop on designing with and for the elderly
The HCI 2006 Conference includes a workshop on designing for the elderly 'aiming to challenge our preconceptions of older users, address their distinct set of needs and explore innovative methods for designing for elderly with elderly' See the HCI conference website for details and registration
Date: Monday 11/09/2006 09:30
Carbon Credit Cards
Today David Milliband proposed 'credit cards' to ration individuals carbon usage - as we did in our future currents project. The idea is currently standing third in our list of ten policy recomendations with 329 votes.
Read the full article in the Independant after the jump.
Kitchen Cabinet on the Radio.
Listen again to Hilary Cottam on Radio 4's Today Programme disscussing Kitchen Cabinet with Kate Hoey MP.
Kitchen Cabinet: New Ideas for connecting people and politicians
It's a busy time at RED and we'll overdue for an update on our Kitchen Cabinet Project.
Tommorrow morning we are holding a Westminster Design Workshop with the Parliamentary Design Group. We'll be sharing our intitial research and working with MPs to generate fresh thinking on the ways MPs can make their hard work visible to constituents, how they can better communicate their role and how they can better interact with constituents between elections and outside of times of crisis.
We're going to be spending next week in Doncaster where we'll be testing out the ideas from the workshop and with the constituents and constituency office of Doncaster North. At the end of it all we'll produce an open resource of ideas that will be avaiblable for all MPs to use in their constituency.
Read more here
RED energy talk @ Dott Newcastle
Tomorrow for Dott I'll be talking about the RED energy project - the ideas we developed last summer and the energy service that our associate Robin Murray is prototyping with London. Keep up to date with Dott events on the new Dott website.
DESIGNS OF THE TIME (DOTT07): EXPLORERS CLUB
What would it mean, in practical design terms, to make one just one household, in a real place, carbon neutral? We'll discuss this scenario at the next Designs of the Time Explorers Club on 11 July. Many of the greenhouse gas emissions that come from residential households could be reduced if we made our houses more efficient, generated our own energy, switched suppliers, or simply switched off devices. But cumulative energy use is invisible, and alternative energy solutions tend to be offered by multiple, fragmented suppliers. They are therefore hard to procure. The evening will explore the design components of a whole systems solution to this challenge. Leading the discussion will be Chris Vanstone from RED at the Design Council, and Stephen Dormer from the Eaga Group. The event is at the Robert Stephenson Centre in Newcastle, UK. Tickets are free but you need to reserve by emailing Beckie Darlington by the end of this week: email@example.com