January 2007

Creative Waves 2

by Andy Polaine on January 31, 2007

Creative Waves 2 - VIP

Omnium, the research group that I am part of (now online) in Australia, has just launched its next ‘Creative Waves’ global e-learning project ‘Visualising Issues of Pharmacy’.

The ‘VIP’ project is the first fully online international education initiative designed to link students and teachers in pharmacy and Graphic Design departments from universities and colleges around the world, and will challenge a diverse body of students and educators to address important global health issues that are of critical concern in Kenya. These include malaria, tuberculosis, immunisation and sexually transmitted diseases.

I’ll be taking part in this one too and it’s great to see some of the philosophy behind the Omnium Creative Network coming together with the educational aspect of Omnium. The details are below:

April – June 2007

More info and sign up on the Creative Waves website.

Drunk Deutsche Bahn Icons

by Andy Polaine on January 31, 2007

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Sober DB icons  Drunk DB Signs

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For a while I’ve been meaning to photograph this – unfortunately I only got them with my grainy mobile camera. On some of the older, regional German trains the warning sign transfers on the windows have peeled off and slipped between the double-glazed windows.

Deutsche Bahn have put new ones up, but sometimes the ones that have fallen are pretty amusing little scenes. I like this one because it looks like the guy got boozed up, leaned out of the window and lost his head.

(Whilst we’re at it, why do they need a specific “don’t chuck bottles out of the window” sign?)

The Computer Behind Playpen

January 29, 2007

Okay, it’s not really the server behind Playpen, but it is the machine on which I write most of it. Iain had the nice (and as it turned out simultaneous idea) to start a Flickr group of Computers Behind Blogs. So, here’s mine from my Desk in Weimar. I seem to have been travelling so […]

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Bluetooth Arduino Boards

January 24, 2007

Chris O’Shea from Pixelsumo just mailed to remind me that the Bluetooth version of the Arduino boards comes out on Monday and are available here. The Arduino boards provide an easy analogue/digital interface as well as being able to be stand-alone units not needing a computer. They are also easily coded with Processing. Documentation seems […]

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US Airforce or Videogame?

January 24, 2007

Not really the usual fare of Playpen, but through a strange Google Ad placement that I clicked on I ended up at the U.S. Airforce’s propaganda recruitment site, Do Something Amazing created by Austin agency, GSD&M. I blog it because it is an interesting cultural phenomenon, seemingly pretty cynical and completely without irony. The site […]

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Bubble Sequencer

January 24, 2007

Adding to the ever-growing list of things that my ex-students now do much better than I, Karl D. D. Willis is working on a playful new project called Bubble Sequencer. Bubble Sequencer uses the flow of bubbles through pipes to trigger notes set by lighting up LEDs – the bubbles work like kind of playback […]

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Multiperson multi-touch interface

January 24, 2007

A while ago I wrote about Jeff Han’s multi-touch interface and of course it got a lot of attention off the back of the iphone’s similar interface. Han since spun off a company called Perceptive Pixel and below is the latest version of his multi-touch interface. It’s much bigger and, more impressively, it can handle […]

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Dialogue with Malcolm Garrett

January 19, 2007

I have been writing articles for various design magazines for over eight years now, mainly for Desktop in Australia/NZ, and felt sad that many of the very interesting conversations I have had with people over the years are just languishing on my hard drive. So the folks at Desktop have let me re-publish older articles […]

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Everything is a Toy with RFID tags

January 19, 2007

I’ve already posted some thoughts about this project by Yuichiro Katsumoto on the Bauhaus blog so I won’t repeat here save to say that I like this and wanted to re-blog it (being a bit lazy today). It’s a smart idea and playful too: Via Regine.

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Art Haus

January 18, 2007

This skit from on a pretentious Big Brother-style ‘art haus’ full of pretentious artists (with German accents) had me chuckling. I have seen a little too much too similar to this in my time as a lecturer in art colleges, but usually done in earnest. I have to say, though, that I have seen the […]

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