Research journal & Random Thoughts

DIRT – DIgital Research Tool (a directory)

You’re looking for a tool?

scientific search

via evernote public notebook: “evernote for research”

Selection of tools:

Parts-of-Speech (POS) tagging software – the classification of words into one or more categories based upon its definition, relationship with other words, or other context. – See more at:

Cluuz is a search engine that shows not only links to related pages, but also entities (people, companies, organizations) and images that are extracted from within the search results. In addition to the results, Cluuz displays a tag cloud of the most relevant entities extracted from returned results, as well as a semantic graph view of a cluster of terms. – See more at:

Each week Altmetric captures hundreds of thousands of tweets, blog posts, news stories and other content that mention scholarly articles.
The Altmetric Explorer lets you monitor, search and measure conversations about your publications and those of your competitors. Use the Explorer to deliver insights, track mentions and measure levels of attention over time.

Research journal & Random Thoughts

Retro-Planning software 2, workflowy

I have been used to try and drop off many software and technics to organise my workflow. It is a kind of obsession that I document, I might end by writing something about it someday.

The new software I use: workflowy chrome app

And so far… I love its simplicity & user interface!

The last one I used was I choosed after testing The list of the Retro-Planning Softwares I tested: (Yes I tested wedding planning tools)

[EDIT, 2014.08.12] If I don’t stick to workflowy, here is an alternative

Villefontaine Course

Course on design fiction 2014, general feedback

Concerning the justification of design choices in order to achieve “uncannyness” in a critical design project:
I regret that we did not have the time to work on the design choices. I trust the students’s design skills – better designers (among the students) need less supervision on that part – but I would have liked to investigate that part a bit more with them. Moreover lately my research focused on how to communicate a design fiction project and I only gave them guidelines (there was no teaching schedule to supervise that part of their design process).

We worked on communicating the project with a professional photographer. The main necessary steps that emerged and that I rehearsed from groups to groups are:
1- Who tells the story (choose a posture when presenting the project)
2- How to tell it (choose a relevant visual grammar, aesthetic codes, kind of media)
3- Who to reach (choose who is the target of the sayer + who is your target with this project, this influence the (2) and the type of preferred platform to remediate the project (blog, magazine, gallery, etc.)
4- What to say (double-check what is your message, your values, your problematics and that your formal choices are relevant regarding them)
5- Audience test: the user test of design fiction (present your work often during this period if you did not do it all along the design process, tune your choice (parameters listed above – don’t say too much, make it understandable, (dys)utopia) to avoid non-meaningful reactions)

Some examples of aesthetic code and type of media
From RCA—to Terry Richardson—to NearfutureLab (Twitter)
+ Insérer 1 screenshot des slides / retoucher l’ordre des slides qui était chelou)

Kind of media used: Youtuber, advert campaign (print, video, web), interview, TV documentary, facebook group, official institutional documents (website, posters, elector card…)

Other (optional) advices that emerged
• Find some coherence, a link between all the material,
• Display as a modular story that an audience can enter at any points (avoid one way story-telling / step by step story in an exhibition
• Focus on one main media (often video)
• Consider showing the usage VS telling the usage (testimony)
• Show user and anecdotic parts of your world
• Don’t show your researches, you are no more a student
• Avoid showing straight forward an historical evolution

Random references we evoked
Inspirations about prototyping with speculation and design fiction examples
• Meanwhile:
• Matin Brun:
• Black Mirror S01e03:
• Black Mirror S02E01:—The-Entire-History-of-You
• Her:

• Dossiers Akashiques
• Forteresse Digitale, Dan Brown
• Strange Days, Kathryn Bigelow Look at the 2nd video:
• The City and The City, China Mieville
• Ethical Autonomous Vehicle (About ethics and algorithms)
• A serbian film (very violent)
• Nymphomaniac
• Expo EDF fondation Alive
• Serge Tisseron, opposé a l’écran en bas âge
• Copyright Glasses by Nikita Jerschov
• hello h5
• mother (adadjian)

Villefontaine Course

Course on design fiction 2014, how to mediate?

Quick reminder note of all the steps used when creating design fictions.
Please design a:
1- Alternative (to the current world: change a little grain of sand and deploy its consequences in people’s life)
2- Bridge (from one world to another, make it believable = probable + understandable)
3- Balance (between strangeness and familiarity to make your project “uncanny” and to trigger meaningful reactions)
4- Communication (including the story + a communication situation)

4- Communication :
How to tell your story?
• Introduce your practice, allow (auto)suspension of disbelief to suspend incredulity
• Highlight and avoid precise problematics
• Don’t tell everything, leave trails of reflection, leave room for people’s imagination
How to mediate the project?
• Choose a posture (narrator)
• Choose a tone of voice
• Choose relevant medias

Next course here

Villefontaine Course

Course on design fiction 2014, how to balance?

Step 3 of the course: tuning
Students all isolated an observation of the current state of things + trends (using the why” formula). They proposed an altered element (using “what if”). They described an alternative version of our world and proposed an object (a solution to a new problem, or other type of objects). They have an amount of material, now they need:
• to list and choose what problematics to avoid, which one to keep;
• to choose a scenario (an order) to introduce their story.

In order to list the material:
You can print everything or use a digital timeline (blog post, array,, etc) divided in categories. It is like an array describing the evolution (time on the X axis) of the different categories of your world (politics, social, economics, professional, etc.).

In order to communicate the project/tell the story:
It is all about weavering a narrative with a selection of these elements (fil rouge).
The narrative can have a large scope or a deep one (scheme)
Evernote Snapshot 20140519 152854

In order to tune the communication/story:
Adjust these parameters of the narrative,
• Un—necessary elements (selection based on understanding, emotions.. or on Rhetoric criteria).
• Tone (posture)
• media used
• dystopia—utopia
• add time & place (+chronology)

Next course here