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Devina Ramduny-Ellis <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 12 May 2008 08:00:23 -0400
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Call for Participation
Physical Fidelity in Design: A Shared Exploration
3-4 July 2008
The National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR)
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), UK
Physical Fidelity in Design is a 2-day collaborative learning ‘hands-on’ event, which aims 
to explore the level of fidelity of model required in design, in order to get appropriate 
information without expending too much time and/or money. Often the pressure to 
deliver to very tight deadlines and within tight profit margins implies that physical 
prototypes are frequently not produced or are produced with limited functionality. 
Although our focus is on information appliances, from mobile phones to washing 
machines, we will also investigate fidelity across different kinds of design domains, from 
urban architecture to street wear.

This learning event will include invited talks, introductions to design space exploration 
and prototyping technology, hands-on group design sessions and focussed discussions.

This event will be of interest to people from industry and academia, from product 
designers, interaction designers, researchers in ubiquitous computing, tangible interface 
and cognitive, social and philosophical fields, and indeed all excited by this topic.

Day 1 will start with an introduction to physicality and fidelity followed by tutorial 
sessions on rapid interactive prototyping techniques and idea generation. Participants will 
put these techniques into practice through the design and production of some interactive 
prototypes. The resulting prototypes will be showcased on Day 2 and we will conclude by 
discussing the issues that emerged from the design sessions and the prospects of 
applying these techniques across a broader area.

Submission and Deadline
Places are limited, so we invite prospective participants to send us:
1. A short biography
2. A statement of interest in the event
3. A 1-2 page abstract which outlines their work, experiences and/or projects and the 
issues of fidelity that matter to them.

If you would like to attend this event or have any enquiries, please contact us as soon as 
possible at <devina AT>.
Submissions should be sent to <devina AT> by the 13th June 2008.

We will also hold a poster session during the event and would thus encourage participants 
to bring along a poster to exhibit their work.

This learning event is sponsored by DEPtH: Designing for Physicality, an AHRC/EPSRC 
funded research project as part of the Designing for the 21st century Initiative.

Steve Gill (National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, UWIC,UK)
Joanna Hare (National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, UWIC, UK)
Devina Ramduny-Ellis (InfoLab 21, Lancaster University, UK)
Alan Dix (InfoLab21, Lancaster University, UK)

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