17th March 2005 St Patrick’s Day and many of us are NOT in a pub…

It's a strange year. I haven't had time or energy for months now to take a break, go to Guerin's and just live for a while. This St Patrick's Day several of us IDC:ers are busy writing research grant proposals, papers, budgets, etc. It's crazy!...

26th February 2005 Sad day in interaction design

Jef Raskin, the author of "The humane interface - New directions for designing interactive systems", possible creator of the Mac, etc., passed away today. He was a good warrior, striving to remove clicks and key strokes, to enhance user experiences.We'll all miss him....

18th February 2005 Where is the new building?

We need to update the IDC web site so that visitors don't go to the wrong (and dreadful) place.I took a couple of shots of the new building the other day:Especially the evening shot shows clearly where the activity is at night ;-)...

15th February 2005 The move: We made it!

Finally, we're in. OK, there are many things still not working and we'll discover - day by day - that new circumstances will require new working procedures, but, overall I think it feels really good to finally have escaped teh CSIS building....

14th February 2005 Moving times

So, finally it's time to actually move to the new building. We should keep track of:1. How many boxes are lost.2. How many computers they drop.3. How long it'll take to get everything writed again.Still, I'm looking forward to the whole thing. It'll be great...

10th February 2005 The disappearing sink – Un-building a building

Today we discovered that they had removed the sink, water supply, etc., in our new premises. The whole worktop surface had been replaced, looking like there had never been a sink there! Last week when I checked, while it was still there, it worked fine!...

28th January 2005 Have you stopped typing?

What's happened to our, normally, dynamic group? I've checked your personal blogs (no action) and this one has gone stale. We should be trashing out current issues here! - The move to new building. - New curricula - Will you get paid next month - Writing new exciting proposals -...

15th November 2004 A toast to Tony’s success

Long-term IDC member Tony Hall successfully defended his thesis today and was awarded the PhD! Tony's thesis is entitled "Disappearing technology, emerging interactivity: A study of the design of novel computing to enhance children's learning experience in museums", and deals with the application of a framework...

5th November 2004 Irish Electric Showers

This is really a mystery of lack of design and usability. I’ve just encountered a newly installed Centon Generation M888EP Multipoint Step Control device. It has a built-in pump to provide enough pressure to make you believe that you’re not standing outdoors on a soft...

18th October 2004 Forthcoming IDC seminar

IDC Research Seminar Friday, November 12, at 2.00PM Venue to be confirmed. Programme 2.00-2.30 Ian O'Keeffe "A Video-Driven Soundtrack Composition System Utilizing Video Stream Event Detection And Automated Music Generation" Current soundtrack composition practice relies either on the use of a contracted composer to write from scratch or...

24th September 2004 DAWN 2004 is on!

Want to try on augmented jewellery, experiment with interactive drama, experience time travel, explore wearable technology, visit an interactive art gallery, listen to electroacoustic music, and much more? Visit DAWN 2004: Interactive Media Exhibition: 23-25 September, 10AM-5PM in the C Block, opposite entrance to library Music Technology concert:...

17th September 2004 Congratulations to Luigina and Enrique

Major congratulations are due this week to Lui and Enrique as we have a new PhD and MSc respectively! Here are a couple of pictures from the big day on Wednesday! ...