Archive for the ‘Research Associates’ Category

Dr. Yukari and Dr. Asahi

July 10th, 2013

yukari & asahi

Congratulations to Dr. Yukari Seko (and her son the honorary Dr. Asahi) on her graduation from the Communications and Culture program. Dr. Seko worked in the lab as lead graduate student on the “Voices of Digital Natives” research project.

Cardboard toys

August 15th, 2012

The EDGE Lab’s artist in residence, Sae Kimura , created a miniature dollhouse. All the details on the house were made by adding or removing layers of cardboard. She wanted to make a piece that would not need to be painted and used the textures and colours that were already present in the cardboard.

Photos taken by Elizabeth Wilfred (Summer Intern 2012).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Torontoist EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

October 7th, 2011

EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

Noah Kenneally, a member of the adaptive design team and student of Jason Nolan, has been helping extensively in this process. After watching an in-class video about the Adaptive Design Association—whose New York storefront was Nolan’s introduction to the cardboard revolution—Kenneally approached his professor with an offer of assistance. With a background as a community artist, Kenneally has been “building stuff out of cardboard for years” and jokes that “cardboard has chased me into academia.” The skill-set has proven useful.

“I got a grant this past summer from the university’s office of the vice-provost for research and innovation to run my own research project, which I decided to run in conjunction with the stuff that I’ve been doing with Jason,” Kenneally explains. The project, which tests models of learning based on hands-on interaction, allows Kenneally to run workshops to test his curriculum theories in addition to passing along design techniques.

“It’s such an important part of what’s going on in adaptive design,” he says of the information-exchange process. “It’s really a collaborative process between the designers and the folks who are building, and the people for whom the objects are being made. They’re really involved in the process, which forces specific people to meet specific needs. So, the learning of those skills becomes a relational, face-to-face thing.”

n.blog » manuality and craft

June 15th, 2011

[n.blog has some nice comments on the lab’s presentation at the Subtle Technologies conference this month. Great work Alison and Noah!]

I should probably not separate what I consider “manual” from “craft”. however, there was something very ingenuous,  concrete and…well evoking the  “working with hands” in the projects presented by the EDGE laboratoryI was very impressed by the material being produced at the EDGE adaptive lab at Ryerson university. Led by artist /pappetteer and early child education student Noah kenneally, and early child educatiion professor Alison Gaston , the lab is committed to adaptive design, that is to fornitures, toys and chairs that can be used by children with disability. in fact, the problem with these children is not just the inability to do certain activities that other “normal” kids can participate in, but it also lies on the forced isolation and invisibility these kids are condamned to. By building ad hoc tools that will allow these kids to actually participate in the same activities as the other children, the EGDE lab noted an increased awareness and acceptance of chldren with disabilities by the rest of the children. having the right tool then means also facilitating interaction between differently able children as well as acceptance and inclusiveness, which would be otherwise denied.

via n.blog » manuality and craft.

Ryerson Today: Classroom innovation grant recipients announced

January 31st, 2011

Ryerson Today announced the Classroom innovation grant recipients including two Jacqui and Melanie’s projects in collaboration with the EDGE lab:

  • Jacqui Gingras, School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, “Digital Narratives in Food & Nutrition Education”
  • Melanie Panitch, School of Disability Studies, Faculty of Community Services, “Out from Under: a virtual learning environment”

Congratulations and we look forward to working with you.