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Plot agents
London
Interests: we are nick durrant and gill wildman. we help you make sense of complex dynamic projects • contribute to research, strategy & design thinking & projects • develop original research, strategy & design responses • create brand stories, future scenarios & design strategies • facilitate workshops & worksessions • devise & run tailored workshops • give teams the skills & tools to, & propositions • create new market propositions • prototype ideas • develop & improve new and existing products and services. We know innovation, we find you an approach that works for your teams, your audiences. there are patterns in the way that innovation works, but your situation is unique. we want you to see, & do things differently — so that you can make a difference. we don’t sell you things, we make sure that we leave behind ideas & techniques that you can use in all of your work. so we do a lot of listening to find out how we could work with you.
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Having the pleasure of working alongside some of the fabulous makes in CodeLab - the home ot the Masters in Tangible Interaction Design that Nick has been Track Chair of this year, made me want to capture some of that... Continue reading
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Hackday ingredients. 4 Little Printers sent to us by the lovely Berg, 2 bridges, 9 rolls of paper, mugs, PG Tips teabags and Rich Tea biscuits, on a tray. Mars Bars, paper and sharpies. 15-20 people. 11 people signed up... Continue reading
It's such a great thing to travel, bring ideas back and share them, and then discover something new in the process. Nick and Mary-Lou Arscott shared a really thought provoking peice about working in Doha, the City, the people and... Continue reading
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This weekend we are holding the first Little Printer Hackday at the C0DELAB the Lab where Nick has been running Tinker Lab and Making things interact. This hackday is aimed at developers, designers and writers, and we have journalist and... Continue reading
Nick's work with Ramy El Samahy, Kelly Hutzell and Mary-Lou Arscott in Dohar recently. Continue reading
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Nick's been the track chair of a very interesting community of makers and hybrid peiople, and it has been a great pleasure to get to know this whole community of people here. Masters of Tangible Interaction Design are people who... Continue reading
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HarvardXDesign - a blast of a student conference The weekend of 25/26 January was the first in a Student-run conference that boldly aims to "build a platform of innovation by engaging key stakeholders through the creative process." A group of... Continue reading
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After a summer exploring services for entrepreneurs in London, we got to work with the Tepper School of Business and their Entrepreneurial Bootcamp that started yesterday. They deliberately mix up the disciplines across the CMU campus - and recently more... Continue reading
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*quite a long blog warning* This time last year, I was feeling very worn down from teaching in a new environment, and having developed and delivered 3 new classes - Loops, Happy Lab and Pittsburgh Digital City and trying to... Continue reading
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It's funny. You know how you know that design is different to art. Well it is, and its partly because you get to decide what the art is (as opposed to making something for someone) and you get to decide... Continue reading
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We got to meet Jon Moses recently, ex president of BMG who created Grand Theft Auto, and his terrifying story of losing the ability to control his eyelids, which slammed shut, causing him two years of lack of sight, and... Continue reading
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A fast trip to New York at the end of the semester makes the perfect trip to refresh and revisit good people. A visit to SVA's second year of MFA IXD graduates (and the wonderful Liz Danzico) was a delight... Continue reading
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Due to all sorts of exciting potential, endorsements from the good people here and the ability to spark new things up here in Pittsburgh, we are going to stay another year. Nick is going to be running this. He'll be... Continue reading
Love Pittsburgh through the lens of Stamens watercolour maps. There are some great things going on around here in projects, future projects. We are going to be here for a third year, with new kinds of opportunities. Nick will be... Continue reading
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Coming out of our Happylab experimental class last year, we have a book for sale here and a downloadable version here. It features the 18 students experiments in what design might or might not be able to offer, or what... Continue reading
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We've been quiet for all the wrong reasons, and now back here. It's time for a spring clear out, and a revamp, so until that manifests itself, we're taking a brief pause, known here as Spring Break. So in this... Continue reading
It was a blast to be asked to talk about Transdisciplinary design at the AIGA Pivot conference in Phoenix back in October. Forcing us to think about some of our fundamental ways of working and making them explicit, as well... Continue reading
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Dec 8, 2011
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Tactics for getting people to join in It's critique time here at CMU, but actually its really happening all the time. As well as some of the School of Design's work, we've been looking at the Tangible UI group's work,... Continue reading
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We're appearing at two things in the next couple of months - next weekend we'll be facilitating some of the work at Change Model at Tisch ITP in New York, and at the AIGA Pivot Conference running a workshop session... Continue reading
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Then Starting a new semester at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design, gives us a chance to look back as well as forwards. Just a year ago, we arrived and leapt into the year. This time last year, it was all... Continue reading
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Just back from Games for Change conference in New York. One of the more refeshing and stimulating conferences I've been to, with plenty of interesting perspectives, great case studies, and some brilliant speakers - Jesse Schell from CMU blew us... Continue reading
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Gil Peñalosa of 8/80 Cities in Toronto came to speak at City Live tonight. What a perfect evangelist - so much passion, so many examples of great principles he shared with us all. He beautifully deflected any of the simplistic... Continue reading
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We've had some great visitors this past semster, most recently John Thackara who brought a bushel (or four) to use his delightful gardening metaphor which is working its way around our thoughts. Stimulating ideas about projects and people; throwing out... Continue reading
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We've been running a Happy Lab at CMU - for all kinds of students and all kinds of levels. We've looked at the usual suspects - Seligman, Gilbert, Ricard, NEF, Haque, Layard then Keltner, Brand, Csikszentmihalyi, Shirky, and David Gauntlett's... Continue reading