Stage 1: Creativity and Playfullness

This is the beginning of the research of my dissertation and project I was very interested in the idea of creativity and how as adults we don’t “play” as we used to as kids. Kids can turn anything into joy and fun, they are never embarrassed about showing off their games, scrabbles, paintings, and the…

Start of Thesis and Final Major Project

Legs shaking, eyes twirling, and nail biting; this is how it all starts. These are some of the habits that happen to some people that have a problem expressing themselves in social situations. Heart beat racing, sweating, and turning yellow are definitely not a good sign, it’s not because you’ve been jogging but that also…

Speculative Design Final Outcome

What if I can design something that makes people become or act like a tree? Probably adding a Nano technology into their DNA, which requires more scientific research? Or how about a simpler direction by making their clothes and accessories that they use daily to help do the job? I tried to find a textile…

SD Progress

In addition to the different methods to embrace the futuristic ideas, a workshop was made by Hellicar and Lewis who are a design studio that uses art, technology, and design to create installations to give interaction experience for the people using space and technology. It was a paper prototyping workshop with different scenarios that allows designers…

Final Outcome

The final outcome for the Social thing project where I focused on a tribe, People with Dementia. I have done the research (available on the blog), interviews, collaboration, testing, prototyping to understand and develop an object that my tribe needs. It’s the cushion; when you press on it, it plays soothing music to relax and…

Testing Arduino for Dementia

Testing from Mahmoud Al-Hajjar on Vimeo. I have moved forward from last time and have made some improvement and progress but also a step back as the MP3 trigger is difficult to control. In the above circuit, the button allows the light to go on and off as a switch and the MP3 trigger plays…

Prototyping with Arduino

Time to make an object! After all the research was done, I have gathered a lot of information to get me started on producing a social object to my chosen tribe. My prototype was presenting a pillow/cushion (undefined shape) that will include conductive materials (such as aluminium foil and foam) to make the pressing material…

Further Research on Dementia

http://picosong.com/ZuJC As I have mentioned before that I have visited the Muriel Street Care Home in Angel, London and managed to speak to a carer and follow up on that, last week I managed to speak to a carer, team manager, and the activity organizer and in the recording above its a short audio of…

Progress in Physical Computing

After the long research about dementia and discussing the information with carers and family members about the disease and the people, I managed to land on 3 important things that a person with dementia needs. One; dementia people tend to get out of bed and out the house door and wondering around on the streets…

Physical Computing Research

I have been looking into my tribe, people with dementia, and trying to understand the people themselves more than the disease. As a designer, my aim was to find a suitable object that will not solve a problem however it will bring improvement, experience, and assistance to the people. I was trying to find a…

Research Proposal

Title: Where has the creativity gone? The inspiration came after I realized that we, as designers, are missing something or have forgotten about in our ideas and research towards a certain approach; what is creativity and how can we apply it onto design? Field of Study: In this project I will use the idea of…

Physical Computing

The Social Thing Finding a tribe that exists before nations but one could argue that group of people passionate by a certain way of life, thinking, fear that could easily constitute a modern tribe. This can involve either working with them or speculating about them, it can be participatory or can develop a project as an…