Projects (Participant & Researcher)

Project Title: Making Indigenous Stories Accessible to the Youth Through Electronic Games

Keywords: Indigenous, Storytelling, Electronic Games

This project aims to connect the current everyday experiences of the youth with the oral heritage of their respective communities. This project builds on the results of the previous Blue Skies funded project that resulted in the collection of stories from diverse communities made available in the form of printed wordless picture books.

Countries: South Africa
Project Duration: January 2019 –  2021

Funded by National Research Fund (NRF), South Africa


Project Title: PARTY: Participatory Development with the Youth

Keywords: Service Design, Marginalised Youth, Developmental Cooperation

Description: PARTY is a four year international and inter-sectoral project coordinated by the University of Lapland. The project focuses on developmental cooperation thorough research and innovation staff exchanges and sharing of knowledge between researchers, the target group, local actors in Southern Africa and international aid organisations.

Countries: Finland, Italy, United Kingdom, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland 
Project Duration: February 2015 – December 2018

Funded by European Commission, Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Scheme (RISE)


Project Title: Design & Making: The Story of Food

Keywords: Design History, Evolution of Design, Food

P1040059Description: An amazing collaboration with the Cape Craft and Design Institute [CCDI] and Iziko Museums’ Social History Centre to develop and design an exhibition focused on the evolution of food and design associated with food.

Venue: Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant St, Cape Town
Exhibition run: May – October 2014

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Project Title: My Dream World

Keywords: Service Design, Design Process, Youth Development, Social Development


Description: My Dream World project aims to increase the involvement and inclusion of young people in Namibia and South Africa using innovative service design tools. Service design is a new approach, in which customer’s experience becomes the main focus when developing new services. My Dream World project focuses on considering the solutions, which prevent the exclusion and promote health and well-being of young people. The aim is both to raise young people’s voices to the heart of the development as well as to co-develop agile and user-oriented design tools for services together with the partners. Participatory tools increase the social equity in poor and remote regions. The project serves as the starting point for the proposed multi-disciplinary installation “My Dream World”, which simulates services that are developed by young people. The installation, and an additional proposed Cape Town based workshop, will be presented in Cape Town during the World Design Capital 2014.

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Project Title: UFISA | User-centred design for Innovative Services and Applications

Keywords: User Centred Design, Service Design, Design Process


Description:  This project ”UFISA” facilitates the development of joint education between universities in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia) and Finland. Altogether, there are 7 core partner universities that join their activities around an important multi-disciplinary area of education and development. Both technical and societal: user-centred design of information and communication services for communities. The education provides benefits for the communities in Southern Africa through innovative ICT-based prototype services. The universities benefit from the communities by being able to provide international teaching in real-life settings tied to the well-functioning living labs in Southern Africa. This is a two-year project from from August 2012- August 2014.

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Project Title: Think Tank

Keywords: Design Education, Critical Thinking


Description: The aim of the Think Tank research project is to investigate whether the Industrial Design learning environment supports and develops the skills that the students need for their profession. The project was completed in collaboration with lecturer and researcher Veronica Barnes. Research was completed within multiple learning environments and both the Ennis-Weir and Cornell critical thinking tests were investigated. The importance of critical thinking in the design profession was explored in relation to the design process. Concepts relating to Generation Y students, the practice of listening, reflection and explicit critical thinking process underpins the research. Findings from the project were presented at conferences during 2010 – 2012.

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