Since the paper, “Presenting Physical Things Digitally: New Collecting Practices”, is already online, you can have a read of it here if you’re interested. To help demonstrate the app, and give people something interesting to look at, I took along the app and some friends:
— Danny Harrison (@dbpharrison) March 21, 2017
— Danny Harrison (@dbpharrison) March 22, 2017
I think our work was well-received, the presentation and panel discussion (which I was a little nervous I might have been out of my depths in – I really can’t consider myself a designer!) went pretty well too, and I generally had a great time.
It was particularly interesting seeing HCI from different angles that I might not usually consider – events such as these make me realise just how pragmatic I tend to be – taking a different approach can be really rewarding and provide insights that might otherwise be missed.
One particularly interesting part of the conference was the opportunity to have a guided tour of the National Museums Collections Centre – a sort-of archive for the National Museum of Scotland. This centre isn’t generally open to the public, instead requiring an appointment to access a specific part of the collection, or attendance at one of the monthly tours.
Since this was my first time in Edinburgh, I took the opportunity to be a tourist. I didn’t have too much free time, but I managed to get my bearings in the city, visit a couple of bike shops, squeeze in a trip to the Edinburgh Gin distillery (shop) and even I bought myself a bottle of Buckfast (turns out, I’m not a fan…). You can view some more of my photos from the trip below.