September 02nd, 2011

Dunhill AR project

Another great iPad project, this time from Dunhill. AR (augmented reality) is still seen by many digital companies as gimmicky & tech for tech’s sake but I think we’re turning a corner. I’d love to see iPad used in this way in art galleries so you could really immerse yourself in the work. Imagine…

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July 18th, 2011

Bjork’s Biophilia Project

Bjork is one of the most insanely creative artists out there. So I, for one, cannot wait to really get my hands on her new multimedia album project Biophilia. From what I’ve seen & heard it’s going to be ground-breaking and brilliant. And quite frankly I’m desperate for the art world, and therefore artists, to really understand how exciting creative tech collaborations can be to explore new forms of creativity – whether that be on ipad or another platform – it could be mind-bending!

As for the project, well the description is intentionally loose. A new way to consume music? A single game-like experience for each track? The aim seems to combine strands of science & math & nature & sound to create something creative and inspiring…and educational. As Bjork puts it: ‘I think I’m probably semi-autistic or something – I’m just obsessed with riddles,” Björk says. “It felt like the music industry was off the grid, and I wanted to solve the riddle.”

I blimin’ can’t wait to find out more. She’s one smart lady. Shall we head to Iceland to help on her next project?

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August 02nd, 2010

i-pad painting

The i-pad is such a beautiful machine, so glorious to touch and hold. It’s going to be interesting to see how the art world embraces i-pad as a platform to create and share ideas. This brilliant YouTube clip is a small glimpse of what’s to come.

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March 19th, 2010

The Design of the Year Award

There’s been a lot of chitter chatter about the folding plug designed by Min-Kyu Choi. On Wednesday he won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award, hosted by the Design Museum. Such a simple redesign of the original 1946 plug – doesn’t it seem mad to think we’ve been lugging round those cumbersome chunks of plastic for the last 50 years. Ha!

I also really like this shortlisted work by Jason Bruges originally created for the WWF Pandamonium exhibition. The panda heads swivel and their eyes track your movement through the space. Jason took 100 standard coin-collecting units and rigged them up with thermal sensors and hidden motors.

I love the human engagement, playfulness, simplicity and how the idea shortcuts straight to the heart to make the concept of giving more entertaining and thought-provoking. Nice one.

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