Umeå Institute of Design, UID, has just completed a
collaboration project with Kulturverket and Hällsbo School. The
short activity was part of Kulturverket's long running project
"Kids Tell Pros What To Do", in which selected children from
schools in Umeå get their creative ideas reinterpreted by
professional in different fields.
This year a class of twelve kids from Hällsbo School,
specialised in children with difficulties to communicate, was
tasked with the challenge to create message-carrying vehicles for a
hypothetical context in which all other means of communication
would be out of order.
The 10-year-old kids drew, modelled and described their vehicle
creations and this material was then distributed among twelve
international master students attending the Transportation Design
programme at UID.
As part of their Storytelling in Design course, each master
student was asked to create a short narrative inspired by one of
the vehicles. Fundamentals of storytelling theory were applied and
each narrative was then visualised in the form of storyboards. The
last step of the assignment was to choose a key moment of the story
and visualise it by including key elements like characters,
environment, and naturally - the advanced vehicles needed to carry
out quite special communication tasks.
On April 24 09.00-10.00 the children from Hällsbo School visited
Umeå Institute of Design to see the result of the exercise and met
the students who worked in the creative assignment.
"It was quite an emotional moment", says programme director
Demian Horst, responsible for the course. "Our students were really
looking forward to this activity, had an enjoyable time working on
the assignments and the results express how engaging the
pedagogical format really is. Judging from the kids reactions I
would risk saying they enjoyed the outcome as much as we did".
For more information, please contact:
Demian Horst, programme director, Master's programme in
transportation design, Umeå Institute of Design
Anna Parry, Kulturverket