UFF-UF Identity

Since this summer I’ve been working with the United Faculty of Florida–UF to develop a more professional presence. The tangible materials with our identity is coming together nicely. The major work has been to the website and the the newsletter. My goal is to make a relatively sustainable system and we’re on our way.

I’m always on the lookout for new resources for social research, particularly those that might apply to social design. Today I was reminded of the Research Ethics Guidebook

On their website they write it “is designed as a resource for social science researchers – those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues. It aims to help you find your way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research – signposting you to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process. You might use it for:

  • Your own research…  To help you write a research proposal, apply for ethics approval, or deal with ethics dilemmas that arise during a project.
  • Undergraduate studies…  As a resource for students, for research methods assignments or as a basis for tutorial discussions, or in carrying out undergraduate research projects.
  • Research supervision …  To help your student negotiate ethics at different stages of the research process, and as a tool for reflecting on your responsibilities in relation to ethics in student research.
  • Staff development…   For training of ethics committee members or research supervisors.

A new book by Vijay Kumarbook-cover - 101 Design Methods, Design Professor at IIT.

Unlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

My friend and colleague Florence Babb has been working in Perú for decades. Recently she shared these exciting products (above) she brought back from Perú this year. Not only do they inspire me since I am a big fan of all things popular and love the aesthetic and the typography, which is vibrant and thoughtful. But they’re taking power back through language and visual culture. (more…)

An interesting site on “the relation between communication design and service design, starting from the observation of the existing practices in the field of service design. The critical points and the opportunities concerning the use of communication tools during a service design process also emerged.” Service Design Tools

I recently picked up a book I’ve had for a while: El Super (reviewed by Design Boom) by Kurt Hollander. The essay and accompanying photos on vernacular packaging designed for local markets is interesting. As a big fan of Mexican popular culture I was mesmerized once again and it brought me back to thinking why I love the visual expression, language, and graphics evident throughout everyday items. El Super is inspiring me to get back to the origins rather than the periphery, where I have been hanging out for a while—too many distractions from this. I’m happy summer is coming along.