A former teacher of mine once used the music videos of Michel Gondry to demonstrate how the general approach to creating software can be applied outside of the computer in fun and creative ways. Or that creating procedures can play just as an important role in film or music as it does in writing code. Or maybe letting us watch these videos was just a Friday afternoon treat, but Gondry has stated that his father was a computer programmer and I know his brother and frequent collaborator Olivier Gondry was also a programmer at one time. So I think there is some value in this comparison and worth sharing! Click the link below fore more videos
Computational Design is the first part of Pilot Year’s Foundations Tier (five short, skills based workshops). This particular Foundation will run full time for the next two weeks and is being taught by Patrick Kochlik and Dennis Paul of The Product from Berlin, Germany.
From the course syllabus:
In this course we investigate the manifold potentials of software. We will look at software as a concept for describing processes, as a medium for describing interactivity, and as a tool for telling stories.
the discipline of applying computational approaches to design problems, whether related to presentation, analysis or aesthetic expressions.
Fundamentally, the goal of this course will be to get each student comfortable with programming and the Processing programming environment will be our tool of choice. But as the introduction above suggests, it will be an exploration of computer code as an artistic medium and programming as a creative process. We will learn strategies for creating computational processes and applying software and systems to design problems. We can take today’s class as a case in point that this is about more than learning how to program — we did not even open our computers!
This week was a crash course in four of the main materials studios at DKDS - glass, ceramics, metal and wood. Although blowing glass might not be so practical for our projects this year, it was fun getting our hands dirty before jumping into our coursework next week. The week ended with our first Fredagsbar (Friday bar) and a game of roundball using bats made in that day’s wood workshop.
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Our first week kicked off with breakfast and a presentation outlining the year to come and concluded with a generous amount of Carlsberg and pizza. The time in between was facilitated by Karen Ward from Toronto, Canada who had a variety of activities designed to encourage teambuilding, getting to know each other and personal reflections about the coming year.
Thanks to Alex for putting together this video so quickly.
September 15th, 2008 is a long awaited date in the CIID calendar. After two years of planning and fundraising we are finally launching The Interaction Design Pilot Year in collaboration with Danmarks Designskole (DKDS).
CIID’s aim is to establish a high profile design education that encourages a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment. DKDS had been investigating new initiatives aimed at internationalising and developing the areas of interaction design & service design, proving to be the ideal partner for the Pilot Year.
Twenty-one students from nine different countries will embark on the intensive, full-time, experimental educational programme funded by the Enterprise and Construction Authority (EBST) and the Danish Ministry of Culture.
Our aim is for students, faculty and staff to work together in a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary studio environment to co-create a new kind of education that is relevant for academia and industry.
The intense one-year curriculum is varied and includes a number of skills-based modules, followed by in-depth investigations in to graphical/tangible interfaces and service design.
We hope that many interesting projects will come in to fruition throughout this inaugural year and that through working together we will create a centre for excellence in design, technology and innovation.
For more information on the course please contact Alie Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org).