September 2008

Last one in the water buys the drinks

by Andy Polaine on September 28, 2008

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Nothing like a bit of animated GIFola.

I’ll be at Flash on the Beach this week if anyone fancies catching up to say Hi.

I’ll be writing a round-up for Creative Review and interviewing a few of the speakers too. If anyone has any requests or burning questions for them, let me know.

If I get some good audio I’ll post a podcast or two like I promised to last time and never did.


Hector Serrano’s Waterdrop

by Andy Polaine on September 25, 2008

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Hector Serrano has finally presented his Waterdrop installation for Roca at 100% Design London. I wish I was there to see it myself. It looks like a stunning installation with hundreds of rods tipped with blue light set into a ‘floor’ that can undulate like water ripples.

There are plenty of images and info on the site and be sure to check out the Making Of… gallery.

Hector’s next project is designing and curating Spain Emotion at Tokyo Designer’s Week 30 Oct – 3 Nov 2008.

(I did an podcast with Hector for Core77 a while back for your listening pleasure…).


Cutest Tech Book Cover Ever?

September 25, 2008
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September 23, 2008

iHologram – iPhone application from David OReilly on Vimeo. The simple ideas are always the best. (Via Nicolad at vi-R-us)

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Art is the tonsils of education

September 15, 2008

I interviewed the renown fantasy illustrator, John Howe, for Desktop last week. I had a great chat with him and he talked about design and art education, some of which I had to cut out due to space. The tonsils comment I couldn’t bear to leave on the surgery cutting room floor: “Art is perceived […]

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Why is so much New Media Art so shit?

September 14, 2008

I’ve been pondering this question a lot recently whilst writing my PhD stuff recently (it covers this area a lot). Fortunately the Near Future Laboratory explain why with their Top 15 criteria that define “interactive” or “new media” art. It’s worryingly spot on, which makes me suspect the writers have made a few of these […]

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Designing Education’s Future

September 11, 2008

I gave a presentation yesterday at Northumbria University’s School of Design’s staff conference called Designing Education’s Future: online, collaborative, playful and socially aware. I just found out it has been featured on Slideshare, which is always good to hear. I’ll try and stripe the audio on it soon to help it make more sense. It’s […]

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Sponsor my brother for cancer awareness

September 9, 2008

Matt (insanely) cycling up Mont Ventoux, Bedoin in 2hrs 13mins My brother, Matt, beat cancer back in 1996 and is, thankfully, still with us. On the 26th July 2009 he’ll be taking part in the UK’s toughest cycling endurance event (open to the public), and the third toughest in the world, the LEL 2009. LEL […]

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Paleo Future

September 8, 2008

Image: Paleo Future The future isn’t what it used to be. Whilst looking around for an image of a flying car for a presentation, I stumbled across the fascinating (and amusing) Paleo Future blog. It’s a collection of historic attempts to predict the future with associated glamorous robots and other assorted imagery. There’s also a […]

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Do you shutdown or sleep?

September 5, 2008

(Photo: Paul Watson) What’s the emotional difference between shutting your computer down and putting to sleep? Or turning your phone onto silent mode instead of switching it off? I need some input from you all (aka comments) on this one. I’m interested in this because I’m thinking about the idea of closure when it comes […]

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