Posted on | September 1, 2010 | No Comments
Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. Though housed in a CD jewel case like his first circuit album (1-Bit Music 2004-05), 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself. The album is available from Cantaloupe Music.
Posted on | August 11, 2010 | No Comments
“Formats for Mutual Aid”
Ivo Gormley is a filmmaker and anthropologist working as head of media at Think Public, an award-winning agency focused on using design to improve service experiences in the public sector. In 2009 Ivo released Us Now, a much acclaimed film that demonstrates how mass collaboration online is changing the way we organise our lives and relate to other people.
Making a healthy society is not just about providing beds and food. Social and emotional support is just as important. In the talk, Ivo talks that we need new formats for mutual aid and to reinvigorate old ones. (new way to meet + work together), and we need to bring volunteering into the mainstream in order to fit in people’s life. He applies that idea to public services, service that all of us use and interact with on day-to-day basis, in order to have more collaborative way of working.
For example, the good gym (The BBC just featured a short clip .) which encourages runners/joggers to run for good such as to visit old people, providing a small interaction regularly. This project was born from social and emotional issues that 13% of people over 65 in the UK say that they always or often feel lonely, and 17% of those living alone see family and friends less than once a week.
Posted on | August 5, 2010 | No Comments
Great talk on how live data network influences life experience!
The way the street feels may soon be defined by the invisible and inaudible. Cities are being laced with sensors, which in turn generate urban informatics experiences, imbuing physical space with real-time behavioural data. The urban fabric itself can become reflexive and responsive to some extent, and there are numerous implications for the design and experience of cities as a result.
Multi-sensory interaction design merges with architecture, planning and an urbanism informed by the gentle ambient drizzle of everyday data. Drawing from projects in Sydney, Masdar, Helsinki, Seoul and elsewhere, I’ll explore the opportunities implicit in this new soft city – how we might once again enable a city alive to the touch of its citizens – and what this means for an urban interaction design.
Dan Hill is a designer and urbanist. He’s been working at the forefront of interaction design since the early ‘90s and is responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products and services. He is currently a senior consultant at Arup in Sydney.
As Head of Interactive Technology & Design at the BBC in London, he led design across their award-winning websites as well as conducting significant strategic work, re-thinking the organisation for the on-demand age. He co-founded the global media product Monocle, and is one of the organisers of the acclaimed architecture and urbanism event Postopolis!, running in New York and Los Angeles. He also writes City of Sound, generally thought of as one of the leading architecture and urbanism websites.
Posted on | July 19, 2010 | No Comments
How Social Media is Changing Design is a cool presentation by Jesse Thomas and Leslie Bradshaw (JESS3 which is I am a big fan of! ) at Nonick 2010.
They started off summing up what social media/apps is about: providers of “free building blocks” for creative mash-up and remix to create complex web structure, where we can decide how much weight to put on it as a user and creator. This brought back “humanity to all digital life” because we are no longer “regulars” such as users and consumers, and we are finally people again.
Posted on | April 22, 2010 | No Comments
Formerly known as MousePath it was made by Moscow designer Anatoly Zenkov to brighten up the routine work. Posting it at Flickr caused informal interest and afterward Anatoly Zenkov and his colleague Andrey Shipilov decided to evolve the app.
IOGraph — is an application that turns mouse movements into a modern art. The idea is that you just run it and do your usual day stuff at the computer. Go back to IOGraph after a while and grab a nice picture of what you’ve done!