I decided to document my trip to set up the Interactive design show at Kinetica Arts Fair London using my new app Instagram.
Sweet hotel reception
View from the room
Drop off the bags and over to the museum
My next car pulled up outside
Morning – note to self – never share a room with Clive again!
3D animations with live band interaction
Robots with my face!
Natural induced trips (didn’t work)
Interactive Design student Adam Rowe has been experimenting with this metallic based fluid. It creates fantastic spikes and structures whenever it comes in contact with magnets – there’s a project in here somewhere!
Decode: Digital Design Sensations showcases the latest developments in digital and interactive design, from small screen-based graphics to large-scale interactive installations. We visited Decode in early in February – its been so busy here we have not added this amazing experience to our blog until now. Brilliant exhibition – fantastic technologies, fun interaction and unforgettable user experiences. Check out the link http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/decode/
Clive McCarthy course leader of Interactive Design popped into the Media Through Time lesson last week. For some reason I took a picture – here he is in all his distinguished glory!
After setting a new brief for our interactive design students at the University of Lincoln “Interaction with out a keyboard or mouse”. I thought I would visit the natural history museum and see how they mixed education with interactivity.
I forgot how brilliant this place is and how much is in there, probably why I forgot to take pictures. There is a great mix of interactive installations some as simple as pushing a box or playing with sand and water to high tech earthquake simulations…oh and they had dinosaurs!
Friday saw the 2nd get together of our interactive design students from the University of Lincoln. We recently set a touch screen project for the the 3rd level, encouraging them to investigate and experiment with an intuitive interface within the parameters of an infra red touch screen. This was their opportunity to present to the 1st and 2nd level students, explain their process and ideas whilst motivating (and slightly intimidating) the lower levels. We also picked a few of the best 2nd level students to present their interactive green screen projects, where they where encouraged to utilise chroma key (green screen) technology and build an interactive assistant using video and flash.
All round there was some exceptional work, great ideas, and great execution. The ideas were diverse ranging from beat boxes, fish tanks, interactive bars and the invention of a new instrument named the ringstrument. An extra hand out goes to the Catalonian and Dutch students who had a verticle learning curve in flash actionscript!
Everyone has benefited, especially the first years starting their second semester, the standard has been set and its now up to them to aspire to do better.
A “really well done” goes out to the 1st and 2nd year Interactive Design students from the University of Lincoln. We set a collaborative project where the 2nd years were teamed up with the fresher 1st years. They had to produce 50 bespoke zines each, to be sold between 3-5 pounds and then finally presented to, and critiqued by the 3rd years! There was some really interesting and diverse work, both creatively and intellectually. The night was a great success, and as everyone had a few more drinks the crits became even more interesting, there’s nothing like loosing those inhibitions and saying exactly what you think… refreshing and informative. I think the next step is for the 1st year students to crit the 3rd year students and see how that pans out? Keep up the good work. You can see updates of there work at www.isbg.co.uk
Joost, Studio Views resident coder completed his MA in Design on Friday night with an interactive 3D installation at Greestone Gallery. Users are invited to interact with Graphic slabs that react to an infra red camera consequently creating a projection – a virtual reality through 3d shapes. Joost has worked on developing new ways of interacting with technology throughout his masters successfully designing and building alternatives to the everyday keyboard and mouse.
The show is on until the 23rd of September, if you’re around the city centre this week it would be worth checking out!
A trip to the Royal College of Art final show proved a motivational boost for the members of View. The standard was high. Some exceptional pieces, not just the graphic design but the engineering and quality of finish for the interactive elements was breathtaking.
In fact the visit may go some way to improving the calibre of student graduating from the University of Lincoln. Directors Wayne and Jim lecture a couple of hours a week on the Interactive Design course. The RCA has definitely left an impression the standards have been raised!
The down side to the day was HEAT. We all had to take on copious amounts of fluid to stay alive – Clive illustrates the fact quite well early on in the day!
The Interactive Design show kicked off on 15 May. The exhibition is called listen. There’s a computer suite which showcases all the Interactive projects undertaken throughout the year that encapsulates film, web, motion and installation design accompanied by an interactive installation (Wayne pictured).
We also bumped into our old friend Matt. After work experience at Studio View he’s settled himself quite nicely down the road in Nottingham. Good to see you Matt.