Meeting Memo – Monday 23.01.2012

Members present in the meeting – Teemu, Nina, Natalia, Matti & Dipti

Met at 10.15am and we began discussing about project. Matti showed a concept of smart glass.

We discussed the overall research strategies that we would be employing for this project. Teemu discussed many research methods or in other words contextual enquiries. This invovles people, the bus, ethographic research and general enquiry.

Photos and documentation throughout the project is going to be essential.

Quote for designers – People don’t know what they need, but they know what they want.

We also talked about participatory design methods, which invovles structured workshops with users. Using these methods helps trigger ideas.

Questions like what are libraries for? What are library buses for? Such basic questions to the users and to ourselves as designers, help us understand the problems better to find the right solutions.

Initial phases of design research would involve interviews with related people, workshops with users, analysing the results, creating scenarios, prototyping the bus etc.

We all agreed that we are going to prototype the bus (1:1 scale) near the media lab department. After the meeting on the 7th floor in the spatial department we went to the 4th floor media lab department to measure the space for the bus prototype. We then marked out the area on the floor with tape.

The meeting continued on the 3rd floor in Teemu’s lab where we spoke about the monthly team meeting days at Espoo and agreed that Dipti would also go with Nina, Matti and Natalia on Wednesday mornings to meet Eeva and her team.

Meetings every Monday morning at 10am with the Media team and the Spatial team for collaboration. Dipti would set up the blog so that everyone can post weekly updates, inspirational material, pictures etc. there. All team members would also have logins and rights to edit posts and post new material on the blog.


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Copenhagen Zoo Bus

Here is a bus is from Copenhagen advertising the Zoo. The bus does not actually include any “services” related to the zoo but the wrap is interesting.

Some more examples\

Another set of 20 inspirational body wrap for cars or buses. Few buses towards the end.

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Visiting the Espoo Library Office

I visited the Library office in Espoo on 19.01.2012. I had to meet Eeva to find answers to a few questions that I had in my mind. It was a lovely morning and it was snowing heavily that day. So here is some information that I received from Eeva and my experience of seeing the standing bus “Helmi”

Helmi The bus

Took a short peek into the bus Library Helmi. This bus is 7 years old. Took some pictures. As I understood it contained around more than 2000 books and Dvd’s for children. The bus goes to various schools and day care centers in Espoo. It has ‘self issue’ machines. Two tables, one to return the books and other to issue the books. The bus has lots of shelves and one bench for children to sit.

General discussion with Eeva

I Spoke to Eeva about the brief of the project. The project aims at designing a new concept of Library bus service in Espoo. It’s a completely new concept which aims at getting children excited about a library bus. It’s more interactive and could be possible that it has the potential to attract a wider group of audience in the future for example: young people, middle aged women, young parents etc. This bus should be a message to the Espoo city.

Basic Information

Maximum people at one time could be 40 and minimum 25. But this varies from school to school and time to time. The number of classes and attendance differ all the time.

At present they have 26 schools and 90 day care centers.

My Understanding of the Project

The idea for the new bus is to have technical learning tools that will enhance the experience of the bus and combining the library activities in general. This bus is the first of it’s kind in Finland and would be an inspiration for more such models to come on roads for many different audiences. There has to have an element of sustainability. All the available material may not be accessible all the time. Accessibility of tools should be such that children, young people and adult can use them according to their needs and demands.

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