It’s the last day of DesignInquiry Montreal. I’m speed walking down rue Ste-Catherine to look at the handmade signs I surreptitiously glued to BIXI docking stations last night.
They are all there. People stop to read the excerpts from stories of first time bike rides. I snap photographs of the sign with a clipped version of Alice Jarry’s bike story:
“I had made this new friend her name was Catherine she was my neighbour from two houses down in the suburbs of Montreal. My goal was to go to her place with my new bike with the wheels on the side. I remember the bike was red. I rode my bike past the two houses and we met on the corner of the street...she’s still my friend.”
I hustle back to my room to insert the images into a slideshow and bring the file down to the screening room. It’s time to present our results from the week of inquiry. I am first.
I show a couple of videos from the biketarian project filmed by Hyuma Frankowski. I talk about how I see the BIXI scheme as a successful design of a sustainable transportation system then explain my mini intervention of personalized advertising posters for BIXI docking stations.. I’m back sitting on the couch before I know it - pleased that I’ve finally contributed something.
After me, each DI-er stands up and presents their observations of the City of Design. There were too many results to describe here. So I’ve written a free-word-association summary of the 24 participants’ work:
framing baseline patte...