It’s been a shorter week than usual due to Easter (which was a nice long weekend with friends and family, by the way). I’ve divided up my time equally between work at Layar — which for me has entered its last phase; a few more weeks to go and then I’ll be handing over — and “other stuff”, being:
- Some prep work for This happened – Utrecht #6. The line-up is shaping up nicely and we have an awesome sponsor again. Announcements will be made next monday.
- An appearance at Visible Cities #03 which was all about urban games. I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Michiel, James and Juha; sharp folk all around. Some notes will probably find their way to the Hubbub blog soon.
- Teaching at the HKU. Which can more or less be summed up by the tweet I posted afterwards: “Really pleased with the hands-on mentality of my design students. Feet in mud, head in clouds, as it should be.”
- And now, on friday, some loose ends to tie up before the last weekend of my life as a twenty-something kicks off.
So there you go.
Is it march already? Time flies.
I’m on my way to Amsterdam again. Around 10 hours earlier, I was in a train in the opposite direction, coming back from Visible Cities #02. This turned out to be an evening well spent. Some nice examples of AR projects were shown but in particular Ole Bouman of the NAi’s perspective on the changes architecture will go through under the pressure of new technologies was enlightening. He came across as both critical and knowledgeable, passionate about the field with a solid grounding in its history. Inspiring. Finally spending an evening in TrouwAmsterdam — eating a burger and drinking a beer in the space where printing presses used to run — was another plus.
I’m at Layar a lot this week again. Still can’t tell you too much about what’s going on there. But it continues to be both a challenging and fun engagement, so that’s good.
Apart from this, I spent a day brainstorming new game concepts for one of the Netherlands’s big lotteries, with which they’re hoping to reach a younger generation. It’s always a challenge to immerse oneself in a new context that fast, but it went well. Lots of nice ideas came up and the workshop was facilitated in a tight manner. Participating in these things always results in useful insights for when I run my own sessions.
I do feel slightly exhausted from all this, not in the least because what should have been a two hour review of proposals on monday morning with my students turned into a three-and-a-half hour marathon session. They’ve had to submit their graduation project proposals now, so I’ll soon sit down and do a final assessment of them. Then they’re good to go.
And so will I.