January 30th, 2012

Pop Up Hood

Really inspiring stuff. Supporting local makers, craftsmen and businesses to bring back a sense of community to forgotten high streets. Britain come on! Lets do this:

POPUPHOOD from Eva Kolenko on Vimeo.

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January 30th, 2012

HiBrow: New Culture Website

HiBrow is a website launched this week that curates HD videos of top-notch art. With over 10 hours of video content uploaded weekly, it’s comparable to a TED or YouTube focused on the arts. Founded by Don Boyd, a UK-based filmmaker, the home page offers selections for visual art (paintings and sculptures), music, literature, theatre, dance and cinema.

Nice idea and I hope they do well but it’s disappointing to see yet another visual arts digital launch that delivers a poor user experience and truly uninspiring web design. I long for a day when founders of these companies will employ people with the RIGHT skills to let their projects sing. Cash can’t be used as an excuse, you can still be brilliant on a small budget. It’s so frustrating seeing substandard, poorly executed work out there. People’s expectations of the digital experience are high, why disappoint them so? But good on them for getting out there with this idea.

via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2012/01/high-culture-onilne.html#ixzz1kvy9FshJ

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January 06th, 2012

Talk To Me @ Moma

I’ve just been reading about Talk to Me, a fab exhibition at MOMA in New York that ended last November. It was an exploration of the communication between people and things.

The curators, Paola Antonelli and Kate Carmody, pulled together a massive range of objects. Everything from interfaces and diagrams, to artworks, to ticket kiosksA mobile phone box. And a hip-hop lyric database.

Their curatorial process was documented on an open source blog which makes for interesting reading. Interesting stuff.

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January 06th, 2012

Imperial War Museum launches poster app

There are 30 incredible posters available through the Imperial War Museum’s new iPad & iPhone app, created by Artfinder. Getting a glimpse of these evocative posters is a real treat….if only we could see more. I read about this launch through Creative Review’s influential blog and have to agree with some of the comments. Why create an iOs app when a responsive design site could have been built so anyone on any device could enjoy this stirring reminder of our past? Either way, it’s great to see museums using digital to open up their collections.

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