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An Introduction to Value Sensitive Design

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:11:51 +0000

At a recent Tech Solidarity NL meetup we dove into Value Sensitive Design. This approach had been on my radar for a while so when we concluded that for our community it would be useful to talk about how to practice ethical design and development of technology, I figured we should check it out. Value … Continue reading An Introduction to Value Sensitive Design



‘Playful Design for Workplace Change Management’ at PLAYTrack conference 2017 in Aarhus

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:52:52 +0000

At the end of last year I was invited to speak at the PLAYTrack conference in Aarhus about the workplace change management games made by Hubbub. It turned out to be a great opportunity to reconnect with the play research community. I was very much impressed by the program assembled by the organisers. People came … Continue reading ‘Playful Design for Workplace Change Management’ at PLAYTrack conference 2017 in Aarhus



Books I’ve read in 2017

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:25:36 +0000

Returning to what is something of an annual tradition, these are the books I’ve read in 2017. I set myself the goal of getting to 36 and managed 38 in the end. They’re listed below with some commentary on particularly memorable or otherwise noteworthy reads. To make things a bit more user friendly I’ve gone … Continue reading Books I’ve read in 2017



Prototyping the Useless Butler: Machine Learning for IoT Designers

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:52:55 +0000

At ThingsCon Amsterdam 2017, Péter and I ran a second iteration of our machine learning workshop. We improved on our first attempt at TU Delft in a number of ways. We prepared example code for communicating with Wekinator from a wifi connected Arduino MKR1000 over OSC. We created a predefined breadboard setup. We developed three … Continue reading Prototyping the Useless Butler: Machine Learning for IoT Designers



Design and machine learning – an annotated reading list

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:23:11 +0000

Earlier this year I coached Design for Interaction master students at Delft University of Technology in the course Research Methodology. The students organised three seminars for which I provided the claims and assigned reading. In the seminars they argued about my claims using the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. The readings served as sources for backing … Continue reading Design and machine learning – an annotated reading list



Status update

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:21:56 +0000

This is not exactly a now page, but I thought I would write up what I am doing at the moment since last reporting on my status in my end-of-year report. The majority of my workdays are spent doing freelance design consulting. My primary gig has been through Eend at the Dutch Victim Support Foundation, … Continue reading Status update



‘Hybrid Writing for Conversational Interfaces’ workshop

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:11:11 +0000

On May 24 of this year, Niels ’t Hooft and myself ran a workshop titled ‘Hybrid Writing for Conversational Interfaces’ at TU Delft. Our aim was twofold: teach students about writing characters and dialog, and teach them how to prototype chat interfaces. We spent a day with roughly thirty industrial design students alternating between bits … Continue reading ‘Hybrid Writing for Conversational Interfaces’ workshop



Curiosity is our product

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:44:19 +0000

A few weeks ago I facilitated a discussion on ‘advocacy in a post-truth era’ at the European Digital Rights Initiative’s annual general assembly. And last night I was part of a discussion on fake news at a behaviour design meetup in Amsterdam. This was a good occasion to pull together some of my notes and … Continue reading Curiosity is our product



‘Machine Learning for Designers’ workshop

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:18:35 +0000

On Wednesday Péter Kun, Holly Robbins and myself taught a one-day workshop on machine learning at Delft University of Technology. We had about thirty master’s students from the industrial design engineering faculty. The aim was to get them acquainted with the technology through hands-on tinkering with the Wekinator as central teaching tool. Background The reasoning … Continue reading ‘Machine Learning for Designers’ workshop



Design × AI coffee meetup

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:14:20 +0000

If you work in the field of design or artificial intelligence and are interested in exploring the opportunities at their intersection, consider yourself invited to an informal coffee meetup on February 15, 10am at Brix in Amsterdam. Erik van der Pluijm and myself have for a while now been carrying on a conversation about AI … Continue reading Design × AI coffee meetup