October 2006

Googlemap of Design Books

by Andy Polaine on October 31, 2006

Markus Dressen's Googlemap of his books

Markus Dressen has laid out a selection of his favourite books and created a Googlemap of them. Most of them are design and art books and provide an interesting insight into his tastes. And it’s a clever idea too.

I noticed that he appears to be German and that one of his books was about the Volksboutique work of one of my colleagues here at the Bauhaus, Christine Hill. Anyone know who Markus is?

Thanks to Mike at Digital Agency for the link, which originally came via RandomCulture.

UPDATE: It really is a small connected world. Interaction designer, David Schmidt posted in the comments a link to some Flickr photos of Christine and Shelley Jackson. I had no idea they knew each other (and I’ve not met David in the flesh yet either). (Christine wants it known that she won the tennis match they’re relaxing after!).

So of course I mailed Christine who then replied explaining who Markus Dressen is:

Markus is not my student, he’s a force of nature. He’s a stellar designer based in Leipzig, and did the complete layout of my monograph.  I will show you a copy in Weimar, it will knock you over.  He is amazing.  We are actually about to reprint that, including 32 new pages for the Venice Edition, and I am so looking forward to spending more time with him.  He studied at the HGB in Leipzig, specializing in books, his thesis is a hand made Unikat, that is a feat of both layout and printing, not to mention hand binding and well, I just can’t do the work justice in an email.

Markus also is the brains behind the journal Spector Cut + Paste.

The HGB is also the home of the Spherical Robots project/group who have created some great interactive/installation concepts, including Bitfall.


The War on Blogs

by Andy Polaine on October 31, 2006

Now that large corporations like Dell have started to ‘get’ blogs since the various Dell Hell blog posts started panning their stock price it appears that Dick Cheney has realised that other people might also “manipulate the media”. How dare they? This from the BBC story (note that he’s talking to Fox News):

Mr Rumsfeld said earlier this year that he was concerned by the success of US enemies in “manipulating the media”.

“That’s the thing that keeps me up at night,” Mr Rumsfeld said.

On Monday, US Vice President Dick Cheney also made reference to the use of media, suggesting insurgents had increased their attacks and were checking the internet to keep track of American public opinion.

“It’s my belief that they’re very sensitive of the fact that we’ve got an election scheduled and they can get on the websites like anybody else,” Mr Cheney told Fox News.

“There isn’t anything that’s on the internet that’s not accessible to them. They’re on it all the time. They’re very sophisticated users of it.”

Sophisticated users of “the Internets”? Next they’ll be using The Google to bomb Bush’s ranch.


Top Hat and a Tail

October 26, 2006

So of course Andrew Shoben of Greyworld couldn’t let me name-check Antirom on YouTube without sending me one of his own. This one of him wearing a top hat and tails and a tail. A lot of effort for a pun, but highly amusing.

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Funtain – bad name, nice idea

October 26, 2006

I hate the name, but Funtain is a nice idea. It plays with water and sound and plugs into those strong childhood memories of playing with water.

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Antirom Performance

October 25, 2006

I love YouTube, it really is becoming the archive of the world.

Here’s a bit of the RGB performance Nic Roope, Joe Stephenson and I did when we were at Antirom. We performed a selection of our interactive sound toys – this climax of the show really where we jumped around on pressure pads triggering sounds and animations. Joe is in green, Nic in the Red and I was blue. You should have been there.

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Pixelsumo links

October 23, 2006

Rather than cross-posting from my Bauhaus blog, I just want to point you in the direction of a post with some very good links on interactivity, environments and play that Chris O’Shea of Pixelsumo (http://www.pixelsumo.com) just mailed me.

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The Black Box Interface

October 23, 2006

As most of us know, phones don’t make brilliant music players or games machines. Sure, they can do that stuff, but the 0 to 9 buttons, tiny screen and perhaps a joystick are not the best interfaces. At present most mobile interfaces mimic desktop operating systems. They have a little folder and file icons that you have to navigate through. Most of them leave a lot to be desired. So what if you made a black box that could do anything and was simply a touch-screen? That’s the idea behind this concept phone from BenQ which just won an iF Design award…

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Playful Interactivity

October 12, 2006

I have just read great paper called Playful Interactivity by Amnon Dekel et al. from The Hebrew University Jerusalem and The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

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What’s in a name?

October 12, 2006

Okay, this has nothing to do with the usual subject matter of this blog, but it was far too amusing not to post. A long time ago my family started looking into the origin of the name Polaine….

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Bauhaus Blog

October 11, 2006

Not really a post that may be of interest to lots of you, but I have started a new blog for those of you who are/will be my students from the Bauhaus (or anyone who is interested in what we’re up to).

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