I’m writing this in the morning on a train from Utrecht to Amsterdam. I’ll be making this trip more often the coming weeks, since I signed a contract with Layar on tuesday. I’ll be reinforcing their UX team, doing interaction design on existing and new parts of their service. As is often the case with these kinds of engagements, there’s not much more I can say at this time. I’m sure there will be interesting things to show and talk about later on though.
In the time that’s not being taken up by Layar this week I’m getting going with project Tako. I’ve been calling the organizations selected for the project and scheduling meetings. The first one — with the people behind Uitgekookt; a culinary festival — is set for this friday. It’s a rare opportunity to talk about how you can bring a playful perspective to (in this case) cooking and food, I’m really looking forward to it. More meetings will be happening next week.
Also on friday, I’ll attend an evaluation of the Mount Everest project, which was wrapped up last weekend. I went over to the faculty to see the pieces the students had created and was blown away by the creativity and talent on display.
If I had to pick one favorite it’ll have to be the group that set up a spoof shop — called Extremely Safe — where you could come in and have your picture taken at a hazardous location of your choice. It was a playful service — you really did get that photo, plus a sheet of helpful pointers for telling the tale of your travels to friends and relatives — but once you were in, an impromptu performance took place too, commenting on contemporary obsessions with breaking rules and pushing limits.