Yesterday I drove all the way to
for the first Lola day school. I managed to see a little more of Oxford than I was expecting but the day went really
well. Just a shame that there were only
2 people from my tutor group in attendance – 3 tutors and their groups made up
the session so we had the chance to work on three very different sides of
design – photography, problem solving and my favourite; the making of
Fantasmagorical Machines. Oxford
We were given a choice of machine to make, things like a machine to make a mountain out of a mole hill, or a machine for weighing up your options or, in my groups case, a machine to help you find cloud cuckoo land. Of course with only an hour to work on it no one was expecting a fully working machine, but I was impressed with all the prototypes that were produced.
We ended up creating a compass which would take your thumb print and then calibrate to find your very own version of cloud cuckoo land. We added a light to help with navigation and a button on the lid which would fold everything away when we were finished with it so it would travel in a pocket or bag. If I’d been working on my own it probably would have been a little more minimalist, but these are all part of the challenges of design.
I can’t wait to see what they get us doing at the next day school.