Brutalism at NorSC

As might be clear from the image attached to this post, as well as throughout our website, we have an interest in brutalist architecture, concrete and “ugly” buildings. This post will explain why, a social computing and human-computer interaction group, has pictures of concrete everywhere. Our fascination with brutalism is actually grounded in the works…

Design fiction

One of my areas of interest is that of design fiction. Design fiction covers a large range of potential techniques, approaches and stances. It ranges from fiction about the design of digital technologies to the fictions about design. Typically design fictions are intended for small audiences. One use of a design fiction is to help…

ARCOM 2016

I had the pleasure of attending my first Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference (ARCOM) this week. The conference brings together academics and practitioners to develop, promote and discuss research topics around the construction industry sector. Although it was the 32nd annual conference, it was the first year that a theme had been adopted….

Hacking The Future of Money

Postcards from Brett Scott’s talk at Den2016 in Newcastle. There is much excitable talk in financial technology circles about the coming age of digital finance, cashless society and financial automation. It is often presented as disruption, but how deep does this disruption really go? Much financial technology innovation is merely the creation of new user…

CHI 2016

The CHI 2016 conference was held this year in May in San Jose, California, USA, which, sitting at the foot of Silicon Valley seems an apt place to host a conference about human-computer interaction. NorSC had a strong representation of main track papers, as well as alt.chi papers and involvement with workshops. I had the…