Francesca Dare

Speculative Design – Craft Object & IoT

Speculative design practice allows for the design of objects that aren’t currently possible, but are plausible in a future world. This responsive companion lamp is a craft object that joins the Internet of Things. It has been designed with the following features: Various light options Human presence, mood, and temperature sensors Adjustable lamp arm App …

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Finishing Our CraftTech Lamp and Sharing Online

Once we had completed what we could during our workshop day (see post about working with Neil Fyffe), I completed the woodworking portion of this project at the Napier workshop where I sanded the shade to smooth the shape and remove the top coat finish. I then taped up the openings for the electronic sensors …

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Working in the Workshop with Master Artisan Neil Fyffe

Neil Fyffe is a designer, artist, craftsman and all-around master artisan. His portfolio of work is impressive and his woodworking experience spans more than 30 years. He is a qualified joiner but started his making career as an artist. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1986 with a Master of Arts and set up his …

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Crafting with Components and Code

I purchased an Arduino for beginners kit along with a multi-relay and a PIR sensor. Richard from Proto-pic was very helpful and also provided me with the ” … ” kit. Richard’s electronic components shop sells mostly online at https://proto-pic.co.uk/, but they also have a location in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Due to Covid, they weren’t open …

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Design & Art Lab Podcast

I am joined by guests Kelsey Smart and Kate Litcharska for a conversation on virtual reality, emerging technology and the future of our relationship with a technologically enhanced reality. The primary readings read in preparation for this episode are; Alone Together by Sherry¬†Turkle, The Theory of Affordances by James J. Gibson (Chapter 9), and The …

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