W16 - Bunnys are hiding, eggs?

The week was intense as it should be. Monday we finalised our Science Outreach brief. I'm glad that we managed to narrow our end-user down to school kids because we all believe that it's both meaningful and challenging to tell our next thinkers what's happening now and hopefully will influence the society as a whole.
Besides, I was aware of the writing style of the brief, aka how to write a clear, elegant article in an indirect manner. I learned that when writing something(or brainstorming), it's better not to kill any ideas in the first place. You have to expand first and then decide which parts are necessary to keep. And being efficient and clear on the words is never an easy task. Thus I'm reading a book called <Style, towards clarity and grace> and recommend everyone to read it if you wanna achieve a simple but elegant writing style. "A 280-page writing on writing" quoted my teammate. Writing is never a crash course and that's why I'm trying to form up the habit of updating the blog weekly. I have faith.
 

This was the exercise we did with Mattias Low on storytelling. We were asked to created a less than 30 secs pitch to describe our concept. I first extracted some nominalised key words in logic and then expanded them into short sentences with logical conjunctions(left bottom corner handwriting). This is one way to clarify your writing but I still need to read the "styling" part. Kevin's handwriting was in the opposite corner with long sentences combing all the information at once. We had a discussion about this and finally went for the short version. I was impressed by how precise the words he chose to use and this is what I have to improve.

Brainstorm session on each touch point in the library system

Brainstorm session on each touch point in the library system

Prototype of a desk in library to display the trace of the book

Prototype of a desk in library to display the trace of the book

Siri's workshop

It's definitely worth to see what the second years are working on recently even you know that you are running out of time. Siri's thesis is about library experience: a sharing, recommendation system that brings the trace of a book available and meaningful for book consumers. The information is provided under different content: public places for downloading ebooks, library interactive artefacts for social book community and a mobile app facilitating throughout the entire service blueprint. I like her approach and concept a lot and cannot wait to see the final results on UID design talks.

Mattias presenting our low-fi frames. Yes we were not presenting because the frames should talk for themselves.

Mattias presenting our low-fi frames. Yes we were not presenting because the frames should talk for themselves.

10-Frame pacha-kucha in the afternoon. Each frame has 10 secs and the tip is not to talk about something that can be seen. Talk about another dimension in 10 secs.

10-Frame pacha-kucha in the afternoon. Each frame has 10 secs and the tip is not to talk about something that can be seen. Talk about another dimension in 10 secs.

The outcome was fantastic because suddenly every word you choose to say must be efficient and the sentences have to be constituted in a comprehensible way.

The outcome was fantastic because suddenly every word you choose to say must be efficient and the sentences have to be constituted in a comprehensible way.

Storytelling

We were with Mattias for two days workshop on storytelling. He introduced a "3-frame model"(begin-development-end) of storytelling and later expanded into a "7-frame model" (2-3-2) in order to present more details of a story. The limitation of frames worked really well because you are forced to choose something important to demonstrate. 

The video is about an pacha-kucha exercise we did. It was a challenge to come up with ideas, frames, narratives and presentation in 1.5 hour. I briefly rehearsed the presentation once and Kevin said I was shaking during the presentation. It was less than 10 secs a frame and I lost the perception of time when presenting. But it is definitely a useful skill to extract the essence in the concept. 

Fancy Fika. The first word you should learn in Swedish is definitely Fika.

Fancy Fika. The first word you should learn in Swedish is definitely Fika.

It turned out to be a body alphabet game afterwards.

It turned out to be a body alphabet game afterwards.

Then Thursday we had a fancy Fika serving by Niklas. Plus first tutoring on service design, finally.
We went through a few topics including: service structure (something you can argue later because we don't have the time to fix everything, a zoom-out version of our final deliverable), form and medium (the interactive artefact affects the information provided, probably we can try to brainstorm on solely the medium next week) motivation & incentives (why the service gonna work in reality).

After school

I went to Stockholm for Easter vacation with Tais and Mady. We had a lot of fun back in a big city, consumerism and civilisation. I'm better in documentation this time. Pictures help me to remember what I did.

I would love to be a security!

I would love to be a security!

Overpriced Starbucks in T-centralen. I got a heart but still my name was so confused that the coffee guy didn't know if it was XU or TU.

Overpriced Starbucks in T-centralen. I got a heart but still my name was so confused that the coffee guy didn't know if it was XU or TU.

A random stripe tribute exhibition

A random stripe tribute exhibition

Command bread, which in Sweden meant landmark at the beginning.

Command bread, which in Sweden meant landmark at the beginning.

DUDE....

DUDE....

DUDE....

DUDE....

A legendary abandoned lift on hips island.

A legendary abandoned lift on hips island.

And the marvellous night view up there. I would love to drink something here in the summer.

And the marvellous night view up there. I would love to drink something here in the summer.

Fav part 1: trying to break into a shopping mall without a single entrance. This was my fav place in Stockholm with all these socialism buildings around. Mady said that was because I missed Berlin.

Fav part 1: trying to break into a shopping mall without a single entrance. This was my fav place in Stockholm with all these socialism buildings around. Mady said that was because I missed Berlin.

Fav part 2: a Ben Jerry's ice-cream bar in Gamla Stan and it's cheaper than US according to Tais.

Fav part 2: a Ben Jerry's ice-cream bar in Gamla Stan and it's cheaper than US according to Tais.

Pink sunset on Riddarholmen. The most beautiful stuff in the world is free.

Pink sunset on Riddarholmen. The most beautiful stuff in the world is free.

I'm gonna buy this dictionary back home I promise. This was in the flat that we borrowed from airbnb. I felt ashamed because the host knows more than I do in Chinese characters. If I was taught this way, I would probably end up studying linguistics.

I'm gonna buy this dictionary back home I promise. This was in the flat that we borrowed from airbnb. I felt ashamed because the host knows more than I do in Chinese characters. If I was taught this way, I would probably end up studying linguistics.

Bored like a lizard under sunshine in Skansen.

Bored like a lizard under sunshine in Skansen.

Impressive VASA museum AKA I don't know how to fit the entire ship in my camera.

Impressive VASA museum AKA I don't know how to fit the entire ship in my camera.

BTW I'm reading a new best-time killer <Zizek's Jokes>. He's a genius in contemporary critics, not because he is truly original, but for the way he illustrates abstract principles in philosophy and usually it starts with a, joke. There is a saying that if you are a good joker, then you are naturally a good philosopher (because you know the contradictory parts by heart and you are able to recreate and reuse them in the context).

One of the popular myths of the late Communist regimes in Eastern Europe was that there was a department of the secret police whose function was (not to collet,but) to invent and put in circulation political jokes against the regime and its representatives, as they were aware of jokers' positive stabilising function (political jokes offer to ordinary people an easy and tolerable way to blow off steam, easing their frustrations).