FW: Funded PhD studentship in digital design feedback

Funded PhD studentship in Digital Design Feedback

Title:                  Crowds – visual co-design via rich crowd-sourcing

Key phrases:  Visual design feedback, rich web applications, co-design, crowd-sourcing

Location: This is a collaboration between the Texture Lab and the School of Textiles and Design, Scottish Borders Campus

Heriot-Watt University is inviting applications for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship carrying out research into how rich media mobile & web applications, data mining and crowd sourcing technologies can provide designers with instantaneous and iterated visual feedback from large (crowd-sourced) audiences.

This project is funded by the University’s Creativity Design and Innovation theme and be supervised by staff from the schools of Design & Textiles and Mathematical & Computer Sciences.

This exciting inter-disciplinary project covers a range of research areas from semiotics to design studies to rich web applications as it seeks to bring together these diverse disciplines in a bid to revolutionise our understanding and use of imagery (co-) design process, as web-enabled feedback, and for design itself. It promises to generate a range of highly marketable applications for trend prediction, customisation and sustainability via consumer engagement, as well as offering further insights into the communication potential of visual design disciplines.

The project is suited to a design or art graduate with an interest and understanding in visual feedback and who has basic computer programming skills, or a programming graduate who has interests and experience of the arts or design. The successful candidate will work alongside a team of researchers with specialisms in these areas. Training in developing rich web/mobile applications will be provided, but basic programming skills would be advantageous.

Qualifications: first or upper second class honors degree   (or 2II + good MSc)

Nationality: Open to UK, EU and overseas nationals

Fees:  PhD registration fees will be paid in full

Stipend: In the range 10,000 - 13,500.

Start date:  Could be immediate but September/October 2011 more likely.

Duration: Three years

Location: The student would be provided with working space in both the Texture Lab, Riccarton and High-Mill Scottish Borders campuses.

Closing date: There is no set closing date - applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

Application:  A CV and short covering letter explaining why this post is of interest should sent by email with the subject line of ‘Crowds PhD vacancy” to  either:

Dr Britta Kalkreuter & Mark Timmins
School of Textiles & Design
Heriot-Watt University
Scottish Borders Campus
Scotland TD1 3HF

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Prof. Mike Chantler
School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Scotland EH14 4AS

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Texture lab:
ShoogleIT – examples of simple interactive web and iPad applications:

Dr. Britta Kalkreuter
Programme Director Masters
School of Textiles and Design
Heriot-Watt University
Tel 01896892193
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