Library Bus Project - Thesis work in progress

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Re-conceptualising the Espoo City Library Bus service for the children of Espoo, Finland in collaboration with LeGroup (Learning Environment Group), Department of Spatial Design, Aalto University and the City Library of Espoo. The bus aims to integrate new media technologies for exciting experiences. The project proposed five themes to revolutionise the library bus service. The bus is scheduled to start operating in 2013.

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Library Bus Project - Thesis work in progress

  1. 1. Designing the Espoo Library Bus 2012 - Teemu Leinonen - Dipti SonawaneCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  2. 2. Workshops with Children - Activity - Analysis CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  3. 3. Workshop with the 3-4 year old children ACTIVITY 10 children Imagine a world full of books Their favourite books What can books do? Interacting with Petri the book Drawings for the book Played with the book AIM Observe children’s interactions Abstracting the reality of a book Questions for enquiry Finding child’s perception about books Interaction with Petri the book Stroytelling and play Personification of the book CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  4. 4. What are their favourite books? Princess Anniina ballerina Star Wars (Ballet books) Dinosaur Moomins Books that come Spiderman with a CD Favourite books Sleeping Beauty No favourite book (reads a lot books Atla book (German based on facts) book about a bird)CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  5. 5. What do they want to see in Petri the book? Robots Rainbows Play Sun Princess Dinosours Hills Birds Things they drew inside the book Mouth & eyes Analysis - Drawn towards nature - Bright colors - Lots of pictures - Technology - InteractiveCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  6. 6. What do they want Petri to do for them? Motor or Make them Teaching Ballet dance car driver Princess Playing teacher Fight as Darth Wader from Star Wars Things they made Petri the book do Do magicCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  7. 7. Analysis Attention span is very low at this age Curious to know about the book and everything new in general Accepted the reality of Petri the book (except one!) Wanted to touch, feel and interact with the book Excited to draw on Petri the book but didn’t turn the pages to draw beyond the first-page Needs lots of engaging activities to hold attention Express themselves more through role-playing and imaginative storytelling Props help them open upCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  8. 8. Workshop with the 6-7 year old children ACTIVITY 17 children imagine a world full of books Books they know or like Telling a story Big book with iPad Do something to make it work Book starts working Drawing and iPad apps AIM Observe children’s interactions Abstracting the reality of a book Integrating digital into analog media Finding children’s perception about books & technology Interaction with touch device (iPad) Stroytelling and play Finding content that interest them CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  9. 9. What books have they seen? Tennis Cooking Donald duck Risto Rappaaja Thriller Space Joke Ella ja Kaverit Urpo ja Turpo Dinosaur Car Boat Animal Kalevala Books they know Maikki ja kellari Knife Egyptian Mummies Novels Books in series City Banana Koiran Seikkailu Junior Woodchucks knowledge Vaahteramaen Eemeli GuidebookCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  10. 10. Where do they get books from? Bookstore Library Library Bus Friends place At home and a lot Places they Borrow from a friend get book Go visit a friend and readCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  11. 11. How do they get the big book to start working? Smile Mouth & eyes Music Close and open Show the big book a the book broken book and it will help to fix it Stories Their ideas to get it to work Say or show something Food Alphabet Letters Press a button MoneyCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  12. 12. Drawings and iPad interactionsCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  13. 13. Observations Enjoyed iPad apps Boys (interactive books and music) Girls (drawing and Singing fingers) Drawings reflected current context Drawings supported with craft and multi-media Boys drew lots of guns Few boys wouldn’t let go of iPad Boys discovered other games on the iPad and played The book and the iPad were very well received Limited apps in FinnishCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  14. 14. Analysis Media tools and imaginative scenario kept this age- group engaged for 2-3hrs All activities needed initiation, and some explanation Ideas to get the book working were imaginative and had emotional content They accepted the personification of the book as something that is moving and active Media tools (iPad) needed introduction, but once introduced spread fast Lots of imagination expressed well through drawings Enjoy playing and working in groups Interaction with iPads took up almost the same time as storytelling Finnish language is a barrier, not too much interactive contentCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  15. 15. The President StoryCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  16. 16. Concepts for Activities in the bus - Activity - Service - Scenarios CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  17. 17. Concept 1 Theme: Learn with nature Activity: GARDENING (Seasonal) Approximate duration: 1-2 MONTHS (Spanning over a period of 3-4 months) Age group: Any Facilitators: Could be Librarians, Teachers & Horticulturalists Location - School - Gardens (Sign-up activity) Scenario 1 - The bus comes to school, picks up children and takes them for the activity - Alternatively, another bus could be arranged to transport the children - The idea is that children learn about like-skills in a natural enviroment - The activity can be planned progessively over timeCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  18. 18. Researching Audio Gardening Overhead Umbrella and related Storage books Seagull Screening of Gardening related video Equipment storage Using iPad Browsing to document seed bank and record and gardening concepts Gardening under supervision Horticulturalist Recording SoundscapesCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  19. 19. Concept 2 Theme: Things that Move Activity: Creative Workshop with Craft and Lego Approximate duration: 4 Weeks (Spanning over a period of 2-3 Months) Age group: 7-15 years old Facilitators: Could be Librarians, Teachers, Traditional craftsmen, Media artists/Lego enthusiasts Location - School - Parks (Sign-up activity) Scenario 2 - The bus comes to school on decided days - Alternatively, it can be a public event and location could be decided accordingly - The idea is to intergrate analog and digitial tools to enhance creativity and imagination - The activity can be planned progessively over timeCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  20. 20. Recording audio- Researching Screening blog concepts in workshop books concepts Browsing the Kinect-based internet augmented reality mirror for acting and story- telling Learning motion through construction sets Hands-on Playing games building and animating charactersCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  21. 21. Concept 3 Theme: Starry Skies Activity: Science and Fantasy Event Approximate duration: 2 weeks Age group: 5-15 years old and above Facilitators: Could be Librarians, Teachers, Scientists, Parents and Volunteers Location - School - Public spaces Scenario 3 - The bus comes to school and can park itself for few hours for children to experience the space - Alternatively, it can be a public event and location could be decided accordingly - The idea is to experience spaces in the bus that inform about stars and space - The space can remain constant or progressively keep changing depending on the facilitation or activities plannedCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  22. 22. Themed interior Screening Planetary with lit ceiling 3D videos maps Posters and Issuing of a animating related book is displays mandatory for children Multi-touch information kiosks Blogging, browsing etc. My Rocketship Drawing and story-telling cornerCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  23. 23. Concept 4 Theme: Ancient Egypt Activity: Cultural Event Approximate duration: 3 weeks Age group: 7-15 years old and above Facilitators: Could be Librarians, Teachers, Archaeologists, Parents and Volunteers Location - School - Public spaces Scenario 4 - The bus comes to school and can park itself for few hours for children to experience the space - Alternatively, it can be a public event and location could be decided accordingly - The idea is to experience different cultures - The space can remain constant or progressively keep changing depending on the facilitation or activities plannedCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  24. 24. Fiducial-based Recording Screening augmented-reality reviews or related films role-playing mirror audio-blogs and video Posters and Themed information interiors displays Multi-touch info- hunt game that involves books Themed craft and hands-on activities Browsing collaboratively Paper- and other craft using touch and marked for young children objects (fiducial markers)CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  25. 25. Concept 5 Theme: General Activity: General Approximate duration: Regular Age group: 5-15 years old and above Facilitators: Could be Librarians and Teachers Location - School Scenario 5 - The bus comes to school and can park itself for few hours for the children to interact with media tools and borrow books - The idea is to cater to chidren’s regular knowledge needs - The space can remain constant or progressively keep changing depending on the facilitation or activities planned - Might be configured differently for kindergartens and school childrenCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  26. 26. Media Tools for blogging, Screening Overhead browsing, recording and 3D videos storage researching Librarian Augmented Information reality display and games self-issuing books Multi-touch Lounge tables for area for games and reading and knowledge browsing browsing & sharingCONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM
  27. 27. THANK YOU!CONFIDENTIAL - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA DESIGN TEAM

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