What's This About?

QuBr* is a dynamic discussion about Design Research.


* an abbreviation of ‘question bridge’ - pronounced like ‘Cuba’


It takes the form of simple, short, ‘talking head’ videos – a.k.a. qubrs.

QuBr is part of Design Research Works and was developed as an experiment for the DRS Festival of Emergence. It is inspired and informed by the interactive documentary project Question Bridge.

We invite you to contribute by recording your own qubr. You can do this from your device. A qubr is a video in two parts: (i) a response to an existing question, and (ii) a new question of your own. We are just as interested in questions as we are in answers and you have 2 minutes (max) to record your qubr.

Find a question you would like to answer, then press 'Record your Answer'. Then - in a single video – answer the question, and - in the same video - pose a question of your own. Your qubr will then form part of a chain of questions and answers, which will grow as the project develops over the course of the festival - and beyond!

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FAQ

FAQ

What is a qubr?

A qubr is a short (<2 minute) video that bridges an answer to one question with the beginning of another question as part of a chain of related questions and answers...

QuBr/qubr?

QuBr (the project) involves qubrs (videos). Both are short for "question bridge".

OK. Where do I start?

On the home page, you will be presented with a random qubr. You can choose to (a) watch it, (b) click ‘show me another’, or (c) browse all the qubrs in the ‘QuBr Explorer’.

What next?

We invite you to contribute by recording your own qubr. You can do this from your device. A qubr is a video in two parts: (i) a response to an existing question, and (ii) a new question of your own. We are just as interested in questions as we are in answers and you have 2 minutes (max) to record your qubr. Find a question you would like to answer, then press 'Record your Answer'. Then - in a single video – answer the relevant question, and - in the same video - pose a question of your own. Your qubr will then form part of a chain of questions and answers, which will grow as the project develops over the course of the festival - and beyond!

Do I have to register?

No.

Can I re-record my qubr?

You can easily re-record your video (this is an option during the recording process).

Can I pre-record my qubr?

On most mobile devices, you can pre-record and upload a video.

What if I change my mind?

If you change your mind after you have submitted your video, you can email us at designresearchworks@lancaster.ac.uk and ask us to remove it - just tell us what your question was.

Can you give me an example of how this might work in practice?

Sure! The first qubr asks, “What is design research?” so you might answer, “design research is a combination of design and research, but what is design?”

The next participant can then choose to answer either the question, “what is design research?” or “what is design?” – and in either case, pose their own question… and so on.

What about GDPR?

We don’t keep any data about you, apart from your video. That’s stored on a server in the EU and we will delete it if you get in touch with us. We do have more detailed terms and conditions and a privacy policy, but they are mainly focused on misuse. If you have any questions then please get in touch!

Where did you get the name QuBr/qubr?

The name is inspired by the pioneering interactive documentary, 'Question Bridge'.