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  • Violence and Aggression in Healthcare Violence and aggression suffered by healthcare workers “has become a significant problem in healthcare professions” [3], causing both physical and mental consequences for workers and wider systemic issues for the healthcare industry as a whole. Violence, in this context, is defined as “violent behaviour that is intentional, or not intentional due to illness or injury, […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • A New Recycling System Metro Vancouver is a “political body and corporate entity operating under provincial legislation” which consists of 22 municipalities [1]. One of their services is to manage solid waste and recycling; people in this jurisdiction throw away nearly 1.5 million tonnes of garbage every year [3]. In order to help people produce less garbage and recycle […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • The Hometown Project: our hometowns as centres of opportunity, making and culture Inspired by our hometowns of Prince George, British Columbia, and Medicine Hat, Alberta, we chose to focus our thesis project on how these small cities can become places that support more local culture and economies, especially since their reputations aren’t typically associated with these ideals. Both of these places have populations of around 60–70,000 people […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • The Air We Breathe: connecting through air quality monitoring Air quality is an inherently important aspect of both personal and environmental health. This is a problem that many Canadians struggle with due industries’ proximity to residential areas. This project focuses on two communities in Ontario, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia, which are next door neighbours to Chemical Valley, Canada’s largest refinery of petrochemical products. Health effects […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • The New Clothes: Rewriting Wardrobe Scripts “People need not only to obtain things, they need above all the freedom to make things among which they can live, to give shape to them according to their own tastes, and to put them to use.” —Ivan Illich. The New Clothes is a project that engages consumers in constructing new meaning, value, and potential […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Packaging Systems for Transportation I found myself one day at a standstill in bumper to bumper traffic heading up Clark Street in Vancouver and noticed the Skytrain fly right over us and envied the riders as I looked at the sea of big semis and trucks that I was stranded in. It was at that moment I had an […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Design as Activism: to resist or to generate? Over the past few years, I’ve been sitting in audiences and on the occasional stage hearing two common criticisms of design activism. In this article I hope to convince you that these criticisms are misguided. You should not accept their implication that designers should shy away from or be afraid of activism. My goal is […] 2 responses May 1, 2014
  • Meta-designing Design Education Today the types of services, forms of media, and methods of creation a designer will confront in their future career are as broad in scope as they are uncertain. It’s no longer reasonable to study only a discrete area of specialization that may, four years later, be largely outdated. Design education has begun to focus […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Gender and Clothing: Garments that encourage performativity and play All clothing is gendered, but for some it becomes a place of anxiety and social pressure. Whether masculine or feminine, there is often a strain to fit into certain expressions of genderidentities. Gender Performance Clothing is a project aiming to create garments that encourage active performativity and play, allowing for a more fluid experience of […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Emily @ GROW: design research in the model of the technology accelerator This research project springs from fundamental questions of orientation facing the Social and Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr University in terms of industry partnerships: What is the nature of partnered research now, especially as it pertains to art, design and digital media? What does partnered research look like in the framework of startups […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Evolving the Book: challenges in ebook design for literary classics The way we read has changed. For most twenty-first century readers, reading is a multimedia and multi-platform activity; a cognitive and material interweaving of texts, images, texts as images, and images as texts. The problem in this change, as I see it, is not that contemporary users of textual artifacts do not “read” in the […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Book Design for Open Humanities Press: a case study in print-on-demand and electronic publishing In June of 2009, I received an email from Tammy Lu, a Canadian visual artist then based in Bournemouth, UK, inviting me to participate in the design of a new series of books for the open-access academic publisher Open Humanities Press (ohp), to be entitled New Metaphysics. Now four and a half years later, this […] No responses May 1, 2014