Case Studies

Take a closer look at the innovative work and research carried out by our funded partners and creative community networks across the Creative Informatics programme through our project Case Studies.

Bold, Clear, Sensory and Strong: using data to address access provision in picture books

Ailie Finlay is a puppeteer and a storyteller, based in Edinburgh. For many years she has worked with people with complex special needs, particularly people who struggle to communicate, people who are either completely non-verbal or have very limited language by using storytelling as a tool to encourage communication.

From the shoreline back to the sea: How ceramicist Mella Shaw created award-winning visual art from cetacean stranding data

Mella Shaw is an artist who uses the medium of clay to make consciousness-raising work about environmental issues. In 2019 she first heard about the increased number of mass strandings of cetaceans along the West Coast of Scotland.

Breaking new ground with ethically sourced audio AI: DataMind Audio and the development of the Combobulator

DataMind Audio is a pioneering company that operates at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence (AI). Created by musicians for musicians their mission is to produce innovative electronic instruments that leverage the power of AI to expand and augment human creativity and capability in the realm of sound design.

Bringing 60 years of theatre history to life through an interactive online experience: Traverse Theatre and Cadpeople

As Scotland’s leading new work theatre, the Traverse Theatre is a dynamic centre for performance, experience and discovery. Over the years, the Traverse has made a local, national, and international impact with its work and assembled a unique collection of production materials.

Sustainable manufacturing in the fashion industry: Jeni Allison’s Custom Loop

Jeni Allison is a knitwear designer and product developer based in Edinburgh. Previously she has developed knitted products for Chanel, Loewe, Sonia Rykiel, Scottish Sculpture Workshop and her own brand, Jeni Allison. Jeni uses digital design and simulation technologies to make the product development process as accurate, sustainable and visual as possible.

A transformational time: How being a Resident Entrepreneur set Callie Rose Petal on a brand new career path

Callie Rose Petal is a conceptual artist and experimental musician who works under the moniker ‘lonely carp’. As a disabled trans* woman, she centres her experience with chronic illness and how this has placed complex barriers to medical transition, using this as a springboard for criticising transmedicalist ideology.

Making access offerings as creative as the content they communicate: How space and software allowed Collective Text to innovate and expand

Collective Text is a Scottish disabled-led social enterprise providing integrated access tools for creative industries. They operate on a circular model, providing creative access services & consultancy to artists and arts organisations across Scotland, the UK and internationally. In turn, they provide paid opportunities and skills training to their membership.

Widening access to access: How Euan’s Guide reinvigorated communication with their community using groundbreaking BSL technology

Euan’s Guide is an award-winning disabled access charity, best known for, the disabled access review website where disabled people, their families, friends and carers can find and share the accessibility of venues around the UK and beyond. Additionally, their work also includes making tens of thousands of accessible toilets safer, running the UK’s largest Access Survey and lots more.

Sharing the community wealth: How WHALE Arts is leveraging capital investment in creative technology to develop new opportunities for less privileged communities

WHALE Arts is a community-led arts charity and social enterprise set up by local people in Edinburgh in 1992. WHALE Arts aims to improve peoples’ health, wellbeing and happiness through arts, creativity and innovation; improve peoples’ economic prospects through developing creative enterprise, learning and skills development opportunities; and increase and sustain the pride that people feel for the local area through community-based participation in the arts.

Shaking up the publishing game: How The Book Whisperers are empowering writers to develop and succeed

The Book Whisperers Community Interest Company is a community and publishing company with a difference – rather than prioritising existing authors, they aim to generate and support new writers, developing talent and skills until they are ready to be published.

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