Insitu wins at IDFA DocLab

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I was honored to be on the jury for IDFA DocLab this month in Amsterdam. It was a treat to be able to spend a couple of days reviewing and discussing interactive projects and no easy task to pick a winner but in the end we went with Insitu, a cinematic and delightful exploration of public space and how we interface with it through art, philosophy, city planning and design. This is what we said about it: Cinematic, poetic and

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Shake Up Your Perspective: Raghava KK’s Wonderful TED Talk

Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

  I hadn’t heard of Raghava KK before I watched this TED Talk yesterday but now I’m a huge fan. I love the idea of shaking up your perspective by shaking an iPad. Haptic change! Could be a whole new social movement!  

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Fantastically creepy animated Kubrick GIF’s

Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2011

There is something so beautiful and terrifying about these GIFs, created by Gustaf Mantel. They really distill the genius of the worlds Kubrick created. Usually I hate animated GIFs, they are hyperactive and they hurt my eyes, but these are hypnotizing. You should also check out the work of Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, their beautifully trapped and repetitive cinematic moments are much better described by the word “cinemagraph” than “animated GIF”! If you’d like to try making one of

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Young Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh in 1984

Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I am a die-hard Apple fan so, along with the rest of the Twittering classes, I was swept up in yesterday’s news about Steve Jobs stepping down. Today I have been thoroughly enjoying this video archive gem:     PS. This was the computer I wrote all my essays on in my last year at university. Do I win some old school points?    

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Most awkward 404 page ever?

Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I love Steve Lambert’s playful, politically charged work and his THE MOST AWKWARD 404 NOT FOUND PAGE ON THE INTERNET is no exception. I think it would be so great if filmmakers did more really creative things with their 404 error pages. Instead of an annoying mistake, people will be purposely trying to type in the wrong URL!  

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Lekker Web: Codecademy

Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This is a wannabe nerd’s dream come true, a website that makes learning code fun (you can track and share your progress and learn with friends). I’ve been struggling to learn JavaScript so I’m really curious to see whether Codecademy will keep me focused and inspired. I made it through lesson 1 unscathed at any rate but I can see variables waiting for me in lesson 3 and I imagine at some point I’ll have to face the dreaded Regex

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Lekker Web: Happy World

Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Happy World is a project about censorship in Burma and the team have built this Twitter “Censurator” to underline the message in the film. Try it – it’s quite unnerving to watch army generals march all over your Twitter page and put your avatar behind bars (they even put the little Twitter bird in a cage!).

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Lekker Web: Chrome Experiments

Posted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Google are very excited about all the creative possibilities when you bring browsers and JavaScript together with the latest open technologies like HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. Check out Chrome Experiments where they celebrate some of the cool stuff people are creating, including the latest OK Go video, All Is Not Lost.

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Lekker Web: Stroome

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

According to the Stroome site, the word Stroome comes from the Dutch word “stromen” which means “to move freely.” Stroome is a collaborative editing site, and although there doesn’t seem to be much really great stuff on there yet, I can see the potential for some really interesting collaborative projects and remixes.

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Lekker Web: Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Steven Johnson is a very clever man and I particularly like his assertion that “chance favors the connected mind.” If you think about it, that’s what Shooting People is doing – connecting interesting, creative people so that good ideas can spring forth!

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