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Brainstorming vs Brainwriting February 12, 2009

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Recently BNET1 laid out the case against brainstorming and plenty of readers chimed in to complain about how ineffective the technique is for generating quality new ideas (and a couple also leaped to its defense). Those who aren’t fans get some support today on the British Psychological Society’s blog, which reports, “research shows that people actually come up with more ideas working on their own than they do brainstorming together.” But if brainstorming is ineffective, what actually works? How about Brain

Writing::

Briefly, it involves four group members writing ideas on slips of paper in silence. Group members pass the slips of paper between each other, reading others’ ideas and inserting their own. Ink color indicates who owns which ideas and when a paper slip has four ideas on it, it is placed in the center of the table for all to see. This is repeated up to 25 times. The second stage involves group members withdrawing to the corners of the room and recalling as many of the ideas generated so far as possible – the rationale being that this encourages attention to the ideas generated. The final stage involves group members working alone for 15 minutes in an attempt to generate yet more ideas.

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(Image of human brain by Gaetan Lee, CC 2.0)

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Job Opportunity: Visual Designer June 10, 2008

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IBM/Lotus Product Design team is looking for a person with strong visual design skills and a good working knowledge of web based applications as well as basic graphic design.

Please note that this is a contract position not a permanent IBM slot.
It is a full time position so availability would need to be generally in the 9:00 to 5:00 time range.

Any recent graduates looking for work would be a great fit. The contract is
expected to be about a year – however, it could last longer or turn into something else down the line.

Anyone interested send resume to:

“Ramona D Lewis” <lewisrd@us.ibm.com>
r a m o n a l e w i s | Lotus User Experience Design Project Manager

H: 919-461-2403 (best)
Cell: 919-656-6496
W: 486-0845

Please let Ramona know you found this posting through Lee Cherry + Pat FitzGerald out at the NCSU College of Design.

Good Luck.

HASTAC Digital Media + Learning Awards February 21, 2008

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HASTAC17 INNOVATIVE PROJECTS TO SHARE $2 MILLION

A mixed reality game for high school students in Los Angeles and Cairo to learn about the real-time impact of air pollution in their neighborhoods. A web application that aggregates news and nonprofit needs, where every news story is linked to real-world actions that users can take. A mobile musical laboratory that allows students to explore new ways of making music with laptops and local area networks.

These are three of the 17 projects that will receive up to $238,000 in funding as part of the first ever Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). Selected from a pool of 1010 applications, the winning projects are expected to produce promising innovations in the use of digital media for formal and informal learning. For details, go to http://www.dmlcompetition.net/

Design Intercom February 19, 2008

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E V E R Y O N E W E L C O M E !
Please plan to attend
INTERCOM
design+research+exchange
Monday, February 25, 5:30 p.m.
Leazar Hall 311+312
NC State University, College of Design.

An evening of informal presentations and discussion among College of Design colleagues on current and anticipated research projects. Your participation supports and stimulates the vital design research activities in progress, and fosters the nascent pursuits among us.
Presenters List 

Design Intercom

Hosted by the SREE committee

intercom + design research exchange January 17, 2008

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intercom

Submit a 250 word summary using the attached Word file “intercom_submission.doc.”

7 minute presentation on any research agenda: funded/unfunded, big ideas/inklings.  All proposals from faculty will be accommodated. Graduate+PhD Students are welcome to attend this event.

Direct inquiries and summaries to Vita Plume, vita_plume@ncsu.edu.
General & Technical info: Lee Cherry 513-1259 or lee_cherry@ncsu.edu

INTERCOM: February 25, 5:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE
Hosted by the SREE Committee.