Offset 2016

Since 2009 Offset, Dublin’s creative get together, has ballooned into a design event of international renown. Punching well above its weight since year one it should rightfully be mentioned in the same breath as that other stellar annual conference that up to recently took place in Dublin 4. While it doesn’t share that event’s scale or swagger it has brought heavyweights to Dublin that may otherwise … Continue reading Offset 2016

Interaction Design Education Summit 2016

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Interaction Design Education Summit in Helsinki. It was part of the IxDA Interaction 16 event but these two days were focussed on design education. I wrote this piece on the Digital Skills Academy blog. I possibly reported on Andy Budd’s talk a little uncritically. His discussion centred on the failings he perceives in design education, particularly in … Continue reading Interaction Design Education Summit 2016

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UX and AI at UXCamp Dublin 2016

I was only able to make the morning session for UXCamp Dublin (20/02/16) but very glad I could.  If you’re not familiar with BarCamp it’s essentially a flatter, more ad-hoc style of conference. Flatter in that it dispenses with much of the speaker / audience division (since anyone can be a speaker) and ad-hoc since much of the schedule is arrived at by consensus before kick off. Overall this UX event was very well … Continue reading UX and AI at UXCamp Dublin 2016

Learning Tech Labs – Technology in Schools

The most recent Learning Tech Labs event took place on February 10th in Google, Dublin. Its focus was firmly on secondary education and technology. As was noted by an attendee, the distinction between technology education and technology in education is often muddled. The first speaker of the evening was Claire Conneely, Google Ireland’s Education Programme Manager who discussed Google’s education programmes for students and teachers and their commitment to interest in … Continue reading Learning Tech Labs – Technology in Schools

CSS: currentColor

In the absence of widespread support for native CSS variables we can still take advantage of one type of variable – currrentColor. This permits inheritance of the color property to other properties in the element’s rules as well as the child elements. This way we only need to set the color value and it’s updated everywhere it’s used. There’s good support for this and even though the use … Continue reading CSS: currentColor

Learning Tech Labs January Meetup

Last week in the Science Gallery Learning Tech Labs hosted its monthly MeetUp bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, developers and those interested in the implications of technology in training and education (the distinction between the two is best characterised by Ken Robinson – most parents would be happy to know their child is receiving sex education in school; less so training). We often hear of the benefits … Continue reading Learning Tech Labs January Meetup

Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design

In “Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design” author Barry M. Katz chronicles hardware and software development from the under documented perspective of designers who “waged an ongoing guerilla campaign to to gain a hearing from the engineering overlords”. Within the book there are two examples of early computer design and the hardware and interaction design they changed . It’s tempting to think of hardware and … Continue reading Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design