Beats and Pieces - Session 2
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Beats and Pieces - Session 2

Beats and Pieces

Surroundings Presents BEATS AND PIECES: A series of music appreciation and art making sessions for all.

Each session a guest DJ will take care of our ears while Surroundings provides the setting to stimulate our eyes and hands into drawing / painting / folding / sculpting / collaging / printing. We're encouraging people to join us for all 5 sessions, held on the 4th thursday of each month (Jun 25, Jul 22, Aug 27, Sep 24, Oct 22) with an exhibition and live band on Nov 26. People are also welcome to come along and pay per session on the night if any seats remain - we can seat 25.  

Ticket cost contributes toward nibbles and materials. BYO drink. Visitors welcome - pay $10 / session on the night / max 20 people. 

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Beats and Pieces - Session 1
Jun
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Beats and Pieces - Session 1

Beats and Pieces

Surroundings Presents BEATS AND PIECES: A series of music appreciation and art making sessions for all.

Each session a guest DJ will take care of our ears while Surroundings provides the setting to stimulate our eyes and hands into drawing / painting / folding / sculpting / collaging / printing. We're encouraging people to join us for all 5 sessions, held on the 4th thursday of each month (Jun 25, Jul 23, Aug 27, Sep 24, Oct 22) with an exhibition and live band on Nov 26. People are also welcome to come along and pay per session on the night if any seats remain - we can seat 25.  

Ticket cost contributes toward nibbles and materials. BYO drink. Visitors welcome - pay $10 / session on the night / max 20 people.

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Hummingbird House: End of Life Workshop with Clinicians
Aug
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hummingbird House: End of Life Workshop with Clinicians

Entitled "Making Space: A Conversation about saying goodbye" this workshop that explored the best way to create a space and a philosophy of care within Hummingbird House for families, when the death of their child is imminent or has occurred.  A workshop that explores the intrinsic and prescriptive components of a space and community culture where a family can begin the process of saying goodbye to their child during the first days after the death of their child at Hummingbird House. 

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Hummingbird House: Students
Aug
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

Hummingbird House: Students

As part of his role as designer on Hummingbird House, Chad Brown from Thomson Adsett has taken his work project to his side job as a lecturer at QUT of 3rd Year architecture students. The students are designing their own version of Hummingbird House. We went along and ran the same workshop we ran with families and clinicians with the student group and gained amazing insights. 

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Hummingbird House: Clinician Workshop
Jul
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hummingbird House: Clinician Workshop

Our first workshop was made up of an extraordinary group of clinicians including; Programme Officers, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Hospice <anagers, Nurses, Indigenous Project Officers, Community Support, Clinical leads, Music Therapists, Oncology Support, Reiki Therapists, Councillors, Fundraisers, Architects and Designers.

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What Humans Value in a Food Facility
Jun
22
to Jun 25

What Humans Value in a Food Facility

  • Melbourne Convention Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We designed an interactive game experience, based on a card sort to explore the conditions for people working within a food facility. The game was both analogue (a physical card set), digital and the live results were updated in real time to large touch screens. You can see the results and working info graphics here. www.foodfrontier.com.au

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We start every project for Surroundings with a workshop
May
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

We start every project for Surroundings with a workshop

CLIENT WORKSHOPS

"We run workshops with our clients to start our projects, we call this approach human centred design. The workshops individualise each person and we provide them with catalyst exercises to draw out whats important to them. This triggers key conversations that help us understand their relationship to their environment in depth. "

Some feedback on our approach from recent clients 

"I like your gentle style, it produced a relaxed environment in which to be ourselves"
"Fantastic to prioritise key items"
"Good opportunity to think ahead"
"I had not thought about recreating these happy places for grand kids"
"Great to see what I loved and what I want for my family and children"
"I was surprised about what popped out in this one, I thought I knew what I would think and what I did think was different"
"Very insightful and significant for thinking ahead"
"Made me see what I want to look for in my next rental"
"A lot of fun making all the dreams happen"
"I loved being able to see what was working and not working"

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Client workshops
May
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

Client workshops

We run workshops with our clients to start of all our projects, we call this approach human centred design. The workshops individualise each person and we provide them with catalyst exercises to draw out what's important to them. This triggers key conversations that help us understand their relationship to their environment in depth.

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Designer Workshop
Jan
29
3:30pm 3:30pm

Designer Workshop

We run workshops with designers (both students and professionals) to share our unique approach. We look for insights into our different biases and styles as designers and discussed how to approach a project with this in mind. We look at how to understand the different perspectives of all the clients and design team on the project and make for a meaningful balanced outcome that is more than the sum of its parts.

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Design Institute of Australia Interaction Experience
Sep
7
9:00am 9:00am

Design Institute of Australia Interaction Experience

“What would you change about your industry and why?" The annual Design Institute of Australia AGM, 7 September 2011,  centred around the question, "What would you change about your industry and why?" They have 5 speakers from the different fields of design who will share their answer to the process. Surroundings ran an interaction experience before and after to share and capture conversations of our design peers who attended.

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Food Industry Challenge
Jun
10
to Jun 13

Food Industry Challenge

  • Sydney Convention Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“What food industry challenge are you facing?" We designed an exhibit and interaction experience for Wiley. A company that design and build food processing facilities and the process machinery within. This exhibit was to be human, interactive and provoke conversations with their key market at the 3 yearly Food Processing Tradeshow. Their long term goal?  To build a better food future for Australia.

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