Toitū & Immersing Oneself in the Past

Photo Journal time again! This time it’s Toitū, Otago Settlers Museum. Toitū was reopened last December, and has been a local success since.

Inside the entrance of Toitū

Inside the entrance of Toitū

With various displays, ranging from Maori explorers and first settlers, to what the future of this little city could be it’s quite the experience. It also features the latest in interactive museum exhibit technology, with touchscreen interactive displays located throughout the museum.

First Great City interactive display

First Great City interactive display

There is also a research centre where anyone can research Toitū’s collections on Dunedin and it’s inhabitants. There is even a small section on Creative Cities!

Creative Dunedin - The story of Dunedin's literary past

Creative Dunedin – The story of Dunedin’s literary past

All in all a fun place to go for an hour, or an afternoon, however much time you have! It can be a learning experience if you want it to be, or it can simply be a good place to immerse yourself in the city’s past.

The photo journal can be found here on the blogs imgur site

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Public Screenings

I really love e-tickets, I think it's the personalisation.

I really love e-tickets, I think it’s the personalisation.

So this evening I went along to the Otago Museum with my friend, and we watched this rather wonderful little film. Coming in at around 90 minutes long it’s not by any standards a short film, and despite being about design it was not an art house film, rather a snappy modern documentary.

Before the film started there was a brief introduction to it by Matthew Ellingsen of Empathy where we learned how the film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and made for $18,000! Which when I consider how slick the film seemed, it is honestly remarkable.

So, Design & Thinking, during Matthew’s introduction he talked about how everyone takes something different away from the film. Personally, I found the film gave validation to how I find my work process as a designer, all the frustrations I have when trying to interact with others who have a preconceived notion of designers, and putting names to faces of all the literature I have been perusing over the course of my degree.

I enjoyed how divergent the people interviewed were, it reinforced how the methodologies I have been learning about, particularly strategic and participatory design, are applicable in so many areas, and coincidentally how useful and effective they were.

The screening itself was packed, over 150 people turned up to watch the film. I don’t know why I am always surprised by how busy these events are. I suppose when I am working on a project I tend to be alone or working within a small group or community, I never get to interact with the greater design community we have here in Dunedin, which is a huge shame. We are so lucky here to have a vibrant design community, I hope that the longer I am here the more I will get to work within that community!

So I guess what I took away was that design maybe a globally undervalued process, but it’s a vital tool in helping to shape our future. That instead of just accepting the preconceived ideas people have of design and the design process, we should be making a concerned effort to alter them.

If I have sparked an interest to go see Design & Thinking it is showing again in June, tickets can be bought here. (Although I have recently found Rialto’s website to be rather useless and would recommend ringing them if you do in fact wish to get tickets.) And I highly recommend going along to see it!

Also, further information on the film can be found on the Design & Thinking website.