On Friday the 25th of November, Anna Bleakly and Abdelrahman Hassan of Medialab Amsterdam participated as finalists in the second edition of the Crypto-design Challenge, which was held at the Paradiso. The competition was posed to help reshape the dominant image of the deep web through design thinking and innovative solutions. 15 out of a total of 36 submissions were selected by a jury to participate in the final event.
Anna and Abdelrahman’s submission was titled ‘The Ustopic Web’ and relied on showing two extreme interpretations of the deep web, a utopic one and a dystopic one. The audience then followed the journey of a fictional Thai activist as she navigates both webverses. The audience is able to slide the screen and alternate between the two webverses, finding a Ustopic Balance (Atwood, 2011).
More information on the submission can be found at Ustopicweb.com
-The Crypto Design Awards event included talks from prolific speakers such as Ingrid Burrington, Tijmen Schep, Constant Dullaart and Hendrick-Jan Grievink. The talks posed important questions about the nature of the deep web, privacy concerns and other social implications of poor design. Of the many critical themes discussed were:
-The dangers of a reputation economy
-The marketing and accessibility of cryptography.
-The relevance of natural language metaphors
-The internet as a semi-public, semi-private space, much like the balcony.
-The physicality and infrastructure of the web.
-Protocol design and web art.
More about the Design challenge can be found at https://cryptodesign.org/about/
We are very happy to announce that the new website for the Business method toolkit is now available here!
Start and grow your own business. Develop a strategy and create impact with the Business method toolkit – a curated collection of more than 25 business methods perfect for lean, agile environments and multidisciplinary teams.
The methods divided into five categories build a fundamental knowledge to create a business. Indications on time, requirements and benefits to help plan and to chose the perfect method. Define a strategy, monitor impact and validate insights for your startup or existing business.
The methods form a common language in multidisciplinary, multicultural teams and projects. Share, translate, document and validate insights. The toolkit inspires to think beyond the usual methods, it helps monitoring processes and makes them transparent. Detailed task descriptions help to divide and assign tasks between team members.
The physical versions of the Business method toolkit and the Design method toolkit are also available to order here.
MediaLAB Amsterdam Final Presentations and Expo, MediaLAB Amsterdam and PublishingLAB students will present their work.
Gijs Gootjes, Director MediaLAB Amsterdam
Marco van Hout
Introducing the global collaboration with the United Nations.
Wednesday June 22nd. Start: 17:00 Doors open: 16:30
Studio HvA, Wibautstraat 2-4
During the 2015 Social Good Summit, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. In 109 locations around the world, people discussed these 17 Global Goals and what they would mean for their lives. This year we will take things to the next level and take action. We, the United Nations Development Programme and MediaLAB Amsterdam, are inviting you to join the first ever#GlobalGoalsJam. Join us to design interventions for the Sustainable Development Goals that matter most to you.
Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow. Let’s#Design2030Now!
17-18 September Global Goals Jam 2016
The #GlobalGoalsJam is a two day event consisting of short design sprints. Creative teams, with designers, developers and Jammers from the local community will work together using a tailored toolkit. The main goal of the Jam is to create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term goals. Results are presented at the main Social Good Summit in New York 18-19 September.
During the Social Good Summit 2016 Marco van Hout and Gijs Gootjes presented the Global Goals Jam (GGJ). A world wide jam, where teams of designers and creators worked in short design sprints on responses to the Sustainable Development Goals. Over 500 designers and creators in 17 cities around world invested over 10.000 hours of direct impact on the Global Goals.
Using SCREAM as a platform to document and share the process and results, the GGJ allows people to build upon the work of others.
Making Creative Teams more Effective
The Complete Process within Reach!