Lecturer: Rob Eales

Partners: Victorian Farmer’s Federation

Wednesday 9.30 until 12.30 and Thursday 5.00pm until 8.00pm

During this studio we will be working with the Victorian Farmers Federation and regional communities in Victoria to explore how to overcome the social and economic isolation that comes with low to no Internet access. If we sidestep the idea that the government will fix it, then what can you, as a designer, propose. In between the big solutions there will be gaps and opportunities to propose new ways to overcome current issues. Possibilities include activating communities, using what exists in different ways or reconfiguring the current system with new technology.

We will be looking at the current situation surrounding Internet access in regional Victoria from the perspective of networks, including community, infrastructure and technology networks. Then we will look for Problems, Patterns and Gaps to discover opportunities for design interventions. This is a research driven studio and you must be able to show how your outcomes are informed by your research. We will be using problem definition, system mapping, research methods and community engagement in the research phase.

Your final outcome will be a product and/or service developed to the detailed concept phase, including for example, infographics, specifications, images, diagrams, models and reports.

If you have a passion for developing the electronics and code for your design concept you are advised to do this studio in parallel with GRAP 2570, Electronic and Interactive prototyping, but this is not a pre-requisite for this studio, nor will it have any bearing on the final grades.