It's the 2nd December, 2013 and after a scenic trip, I’ve arrived in Scotland’s fourth-largest city, Dundee. Famous for Jute, Jam and Journalism, as I had been forewarned, the city is going through a major re-development. The vast waterfront presently being a construction zone for Dundee’s new Victoria and Albert Museum.
I’m here at the invitation of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design to be a guru for the day. Lending my advice and guidance to students studying Digital Interaction Design and Product Design. After getting over the disappointment that this doesn’t involve ceremonial robes or a badge of honour, I get stuck into meeting the fifteen of the sixty students I’ve been allocated.
Among the group I meet Scott with his paper prototype of an app to teach cardiology and Ruben who hopes to uses transducers to bring back the pleasure of music to those with hearing loss. Andrew who is looking into new ways of teaching braille and Francis who has a rust removal machine for bicycles. A favourite was Chris’s idea of using the ritual of cooking as a way of breaking down social barriers.
All the students showed real passion for their projects and it was impressive to see how they considered people and real-world problems in their work. As I look forward to seeing the results in the new year, I’d like to thank Graham and Chris for the invitation.