As you can see I have not been writing on my blog for some months. Since FEB 22 2008 this little guy has taken a lead role around here.
After work he gets most of the attention and right now he is trying hard to reach he’s dads keyboard …ok then give it a go boy:
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October 3, 2008
January 28, 2008
Over the latest months I have had the pleasure of doing some work for the north London based design company ‘Six Creative’. First in making the XML and Flash bits for their portfolio site six-creative.com and later the first version of springprojects.co.uk -a new gallery based in Kentish Town. This site have some cute understated features (like swapping the content between black and white), both sites are based on some strong graphic design from ‘Six’. I am now looking forward to see and help this gallery site evolve as more content will be included from future exhibitions.
It has been a great experience working with the fine people at ‘Six Creative’ and as I have known Andreas Neophytou since our time at ‘Chelsea college of art and design’ the process for these jobs have been excellent both when working on and off location.
October 10, 2007
My friend Pedro did a great project. He did a massive data collection from the library at Chelsea College of art and design. Pedroâ€™s output was print in form of books but as we talked about it afterwards we found that it had some cool potential to go digital as well, and since he saved the data in Excel it was quick for me to make XML and use it in Flash. I was showing this case in LFPUG as an example of scrolling using a IR proximity sensor but here you have a simple version for the browser. In this case a click on a book will do an image search on Google but itâ€™s not hard to imagine that this could load data from somewhere else instead. So if you should know of a good web service for art history please let me know with a comment here
October 9, 2007
A lot happened since I did the presentation â€˜Make things physicalâ€™ in the London Flash Platform User Group
FLOSC is no longer needed for communication between the Make Controller Kit and Flash and we can now use AS3. You can read more about this good news from Liam at MakingThings in this post
I recently got a chance to test this new setup, and it works a treat!!! For that reason I choose not to post any of my presentation files â€“no need to share old source code when something better is now out there. Well the purpose of my presentation was not to show-off or teach but to inspire people with some simple physical interactive Flash pieces, and I was pleased that people seamed to like it. You can see the presentation in a low-res video here
July 3, 2007
For my final major project at college I chose to do a research project about analogue sensors, the Make Controller Kit and Adobe Flash. The ‘make’ page on this blog was used for documentation during the project.
The final presentation is a simple Flash site showcasing footage from a series of ideas and experiments. The project gave me a couple months of focus to learn and build what I now see as a starting point for some new and bigger physical interactive concepts and applications.
I will share my experience in a presentation about how to get started with this popular controller and analogue input as interface for Adobe Flash. It’s on the 26th of July in the London Flash Platform User Group.
Adam Robertson will also be there to talk about ‘Wii Flash integration’ so even more good reasons to come around for a drink and a night of ‘body moving Flash’
Read more about this night at lfpug.com
July 1, 2007
This is a 2 min video that show my installation for the ‘Seduce Me’ show at Chelsea college of art and design. The piece was on for a week and to my joy it didn’t crash, not even in the hands of children.
The application is made in Adobe Flash and is powered by a Mac mini, Make controller Kit, a push button, a webcam and a 12V light bulb.
My concept was to repurpose CCTV with the title ‘SMILE, wall of fame’
If you have a webcam you can try a simple online version here
June 30, 2007
Brief set by Laura Jordan Bambach and Jo Hagger from Glue London: ‘A day in your life’
I was nominated for ‘Graphic Pathway System’ and Thursday night I got the first prize, a yellow pencil and something to brag about
A daily, ritualistic occurrence within my life as a contemporary urbanite, is my navigation around central London on a bicycle. Whist exploring the city, travelling to college, to work and to visit friends- I am conscious that I am consistently re-routing geographical pathways and familiar terrain.
To clarify and record these movements I have engaged in the recording and measuring of these journeys utilising a GPS (Global Positioning System). Data generated is then re-interpreted towards the production of graphic plotting imagery that can be viewed as statistical data or simply enjoyed as continuously evolving ‘digital painting’.
April 27, 2007
Before I got into all this digital design work I was doing paintings as a fulltime occupation. I developed a style based on my early passion for graffiti art but in order to evolve from the existing I made my own set of rules:
1. fusion graffiti, pop art, optic art and minimalism.
2. no meaning-full words, instead experiment with abstract letterforms.
3. escape overload of colours and complexity
Anyway, I left this (and poverty) to work with Flash fulltime in 1999 and since then never found much time to paint.
For two years now I had some blank canvas taking up space so Wednesday night I finally gave painting a revisit.
The piece is untitled, size 60×60cm and the video above show how it was made.
February 24, 2007
Visualising relations between water as element and water as data
Years ago when playing around with Flash, I would spend loads of time scripting small experiments that often would strike me as interesting but most of those files had no purpose what so ever but to learn from playing with it all. Those files often seamed less relevant to the commercial Flash work I was doing at the time and often was forgotten as quick as the where made. Well, once you work with a concept some of those old visual experiments might work a treat. In this case a “matrix” view of type dripping down the screen.
At college In November 2006 we got the open brief: Water. This could be anything, any media, but with a graphic outcome.
My project was a concept, design and application that utilize a live data feed, to visualise local current rain levels. The out come would be a installation projected on a wall, but it would be possible to adapt the app to any platform or device that has Flash and is online.
The final project was to be presented as A3 prints, but along with that I made a web based demo of the concept, design and also a working demo of the application. View it all here