March 2009

How To Get…

by Andy Polaine on March 29, 2009

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It all started with someone just Twittering “Type ‘How to get…’ into Google”.

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Google has a pre-search auto suggestion system already bringing up the most popular search terms. Looks like a lot of teenagers have a lot of questions.

Little Red Riding Hood, Infographics Style

by Andy Polaine on March 28, 2009

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You have to admire the Swedish ability to indoctrinate their students with brilliant design skills.

The above Little Red Riding Hood piece by Toma Nilsson was for a college project, inspired by the Röyskopp videos and got tweeted all over the place in the last couple of weeks.

I know plenty of experienced professional designers who would love to have made that (including me), damn the man! If any of my students are reading this – that’s what I’ll be expecting at the end of the semester, okay?

Open Frameworks on the iPhone

March 27, 2009

“Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas” for iPhone from Memo Akten on Vimeo. OpenFrameworks, the “C++ library for creative coding”, is starting to get a lot more use in interactive installations. I haven’t had the time to have a dig around and play with it yet, but those I know who are using it seem to […]

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Sixth Sense. Only Slightly Lamer than VR.

March 27, 2009

Pattie Maes is a smart woman. She’s behind some research projects that I wish I had been part of. But the above presentation at TED of Pranav Mistry’s ‘Sixth Sense‘ system gave me flashbacks to bad VR demos in the 90s and Steve Mann’s sad exploits as a cyborg. Sometimes the focus on technology for […]

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Flash on the Beach 2009

March 20, 2009

I am thrilled to have been asked to present again at Flash on The Beach again this year. The info about my talk isn’t up yet (and fortunately that highly unattractive picture of me in the sidebar has been covered up with the text). I’ll be speaking about a deeper understanding of play based on […]

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YouTube remixed by Kutiman

March 20, 2009

There have been a whole load of YouTube musical mash-ups, including the YouTube Orchestra, but this is one of the better ones I’ve seen that’s a bit more scratch video in its style. Kudos to Kutiman for re-mixing the YouTube page on his site, which is where I recommend you watch them. Somehow it adds […]

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Mouth Off

March 19, 2009

Audio interaction. It’s one of the first things I show my students when teaching them about input beyond the keyboard and mouth mouse because it’s so easy to do and so effective. You get an organic reaction to the sound level and attach it to whatever properties you want to affect on screen. It’s my […]

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Kinetic Design

March 16, 2009

Alongside the surge of interest in gestural interaction, there appears to be a rising fascination with kinetic works too. Some of this comes out of the crossover of interaction designers now being able to relatively easily work with physical computing interfaces like Arduino boards and camera tracking. But there seems to me to be a […]

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Feel the rabbit’s brain

March 9, 2009

My mate and illustration and animation supremo Steve Scott just finished the last third of this Boing Boing Legends of Exos animation. You can’t miss his part, it’s where the guy reaches into the rabbit’s head to pull his brain out. Enjoy (and it’s not that gory, but if you like Happy Tree Friends you’ll […]

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A Fax is too complicated GoDaddy

March 8, 2009

I’m just in the process of moving all my domain hosting from GoDaddy because, frankly, it’s like being ambushed in a shopping mall by salespeople every click. The support is terrible too. I got the above e-mail because I asked them what their fax number was. If you’re wondering, I’m moving to Gandi.net, which is […]

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