Archive for June, 2008


Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The Dashboard got a little plug on the designnotes blog. So if you’ve come here from there, welcome.


Thursday, June 26th, 2008

If you’re interested to hear what others are saying about the Dashboard, take a look at this blog which seems to compare it to some kind of military design weapon. Charge!

The Dashboard, center stage at KMDI

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

For a variety of reasons, I was asked to give a presentation at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto yesterday. As I’ll take any opportunity to force others to hear me talk, I readily accepted.  The first half of the talk focused on The Dashboard while the back end was about how the Dashboard was used during the Costa Rica project.

What was, in several timed performances, a 20 minute presentation turned into nearly an hour.  People were interjecting, asking questions, and challenging assumptions.  All good fun.  Since KMDI is essentially a collection of scientists, it was funny getting their reaction to the less clinical world of design.  I’m also not sure people were always happy when I answered queries about user-centered design by waving the Dashboard around…

Regardless, the giving the talk was a good time, and it was, I hope, the first of many more.


Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

We’ve given the User Guide an update. We encourage you to download it and have a look because that’s where the meat of this project is. There are jokes too. Mostly the changes are writerly things and typos, so, if you’ve already downloaded it, skip it this time.

Ok, so it’s one day after the launch and were already getting some really interesting comments back. There are some really smart people out there and it’s nice when they take the time to write. Perhaps we’ll do a blog post summarizing some of their thinking in the near future. We’re still on Dashboard 1.0.6 but we’re already wondering about a system upgrade. Keep the comments coming!


Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Dashboard website went properly live today. We’ve got a press release and everything. So now it’s over to you. We’re wondering what you make of it. Go on, we can take it…


Monday, June 23rd, 2008


Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Teresa Miller, design maven, grabs a new analog Dashboard fresh from the 3D printer.


Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The Dashboard was used publicly for the first time last week. At a design charrette for the Chateau Masson community in Windsor, Ontario, Luigi Ferarra, Program Director IWB, whipped out the analog slider to explain the design intent for the three days. Setting the slider to co-create he called on everyone needed to work together to achieve a good result.

The Institute Without Boundaries was asked to host a design charrette for Chateau Masson, which is a community facing enormous social disadvantage but is being transformed though a partnership with the students from the University of Windsor’s Social Work program. The Institue was asked to explore options for a redesign of the building to meet very different needs of the residents and improve security and health.

Attending he charrette were graduates from the Institute, the faculty, students from the University of Windsor, CMC, representatives of the City of Windsor and the residents of Chateau Masson.

This is, we hope, the first of many instances when Dashboard can help inform social design projects. We’ll keep you posted.


Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The current issue of Arbitare describes a series of projects in which architecture can be a form of political action. Perhaps we’ve fried our brains but it’s hard to read about these projects and not immediately plot their positions on the Dashboard.

Here’s just one example:

Arbitare writes about how the Edi Rama, Major of Tirana, Albania, “coloured the fronts of houses, palaces, entire blocks. In the beginning, Rama himself chose the colours – bright, sharp, clashing colours which broke with the grey paint of the ex-communist city. This urban performance took just a few weeks to achieve a form of success. People suddenly began to discuss publicly – in the street – about which types of colours to use. They were debating the public image of the city, about how buildings should present themselves and about urban life in general. And in this way the kaleidoscope wave invented by the mayor spread out – taking in new buildings and involving new “performers” – such as artists and international architects. In just a few months, the colour project transformed the apathy of Tirana’s citizens towards collective spaces – overturning the inertia of 50 years of communist government during which the public sphere was the expression of the power of an elite, censorship and violence. Tirana’s colours were not just a decalcomania to stick on some buildings, but a new form of social communication.”

This is a great story but also a super example of how selecting different Forms can generate creative results. They transformed an Environment by holding down the Communication button too. Of course, now it’s hard not to think about how Tirana might be transformed but selecting other functions on the Dashboard…

Putting it out there.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

We intend to keep the world updated with Dashboard related news here.