Using Trello to track my research

January 17th, 2018 by WEARN Nia

I’ve talked before about Facebook groups for research I find super useful (There’s a PHD Parents one and #WIASN) – I’ve asked a lot of question and had some amazing help and support on them – and just for once a question came upĀ  that I could actual help with.

And I do – and this is how I use it:

I love trello boards – I’ve been using them for year to manage big projects (music videos) , home projects (our kitchen) and academic projects – and currently I’m using it to manage my phd:

Here’s the board – individual cards are either things I’ve seen that have been posted online / things I need to look at / Things I need to do or update or check later

And as I do things I move them to done – so I have a track of that.

Other things I love:

  • You can e-mail directly to your trello board – in my case these e-mail go straight to ‘Other Stuff’
  • You can set deadlines – that feed into my Google Calander
  • I’ve connected up this trello board to my Google Drive so it can easily access files on there and shows previews (but other cloud services are available
  • Trello works really well on my phone too (via the app) – which means I can add thoughts, on the fly and access them in a more dedicated space when I have time to look at them
  • I have a Google Chrome add on that snips websites to Trello too

I’ve tried a few other things to keep tabs on things (Google Keep which I use for everything else) and Evernote I don’t use as much since I moved to Keep but I’ve not found anything as comprehensive as Trello for keeping tabs on everything – and seeing where I’m at.

Heroic Women – Game Changers

November 17th, 2017 by WEARN Nia

Sometimes events and requests come my way to do a workshop or a talk that’s a little bit difference – yesterday was one of those times.

Every year the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service host a conference centered on Women in Communities and I was asked to do a workshop that featured games design – and I was more then happy to oblige because it gave me chance to use one of my favourite resources – ‘Heroic Women to Inspire Game Designers‘ I’ve used it before in classes but never in a workshop and it seemed the perfect match – and it was.

In 45 minutes we designed games based on the stores of these women, specifically thinking about targeting games to the women in the room and thinking about how we could use the aspects of the story to raise donations from the players for worthy causes. It was really inspirational to see both the amazing designs and share the stories of these women – heroic in such different ways. I got some great feedback and it was lovely to host a workshop without tech or computers getting in the way, and dispelling the idea that game design is something other people do, and empowering these groups of mainly women to think about how they design interactive experiences and engage communities.

Also the conference organisers used More than Minutes to take visual minutes, I love it when this happens at conferences and I think it’s the first time I’ve been featured on one of these.

You can see all of the minutes here

#DigraUK17 – Hidden Object Games first steps

May 8th, 2017 by WEARN Nia

Since Esther joined in September she and I have been playing around with researching Hidden Object Games – first as a method of showing students the process of research (to this end with have a multi faceted Tumblr Blog – and then, the more we researched the more interesting research threads that came out of it.

DigraUK2017 (the UK Digra Chapter) had a 1 day conference at University of Salford’s Media City UK site (so shiny!!) and we presented our initial abstract – with a title taken from the research twitter bot I created (

I was also successful in being voted in as secretary for DigraUK – which was nice