Pixel pumpkin

Pixel pumpkin

As a bonus, it was very easy to carve. :)

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Very cool! Though I’d be reluctant to use one, because who knows what nasties could be on the stick?

I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned.

via “Dead Drops” preview – datenform.de

I wonder what it would take to make a wi-fi dead drop?

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Dead drop (Wikipedia)

Some fun Sarah Jane Adventures stuff I designed!

Today was my final day at BBC Wales after handing in my notice last month. Though I still have absolutely no regrets, I have actually been enjoying more creative freedom over the last few weeks. If the previous two years had been similar, I may not have left…

Anyway, I thought I’d show and tell some of the things I’ve made. You can find all these in the SJA Fun and Games section.

Sarah Jane Adventures — Storyteller

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How do you like them apples?

This weekend while visiting St Fagans I decided to look upstairs in the workman’s institute for the first time – to discover a massive collection of apples on display. Seemingly this was an event organised for ‘Apple Day‘. My camera was in my hand as I’d been snapping away all day, so I naturally took a picture – only to be loudly tutted at.

It seems – according to the prominent signs I had missed – that photography was not allowed because the information on the laminated cards next to all the apples is the property of a library. Apparently a photograph would constitute a reproduction of this information, and that’s when the lawyers got involved and decided to spoil the fun for everybody.

They had quite a detailed sign explaining exactly why. I’d like to have taken a picture of it, but it was very busy and I felt quite conspicuous. I got the impression that the organisers didn’t like the situation much either, but didn’t have any real choice.

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Playbutton is a wonderful idea that would make music collectable again and give artists back the ability to sell an album experience instead of just letting people cherry-pick individual tracks. Music piracy would still be pretty straightforward, but this idea taps into the desire to own and display something that represents what you love. They could be pretty cheap too and – so long as the audio quality is good – be a huge hit.

Would be nice to see a design with an iPod shuffle-like clip instead of a pin.

There, I fixed it…

HP Slate solution to "too many stickers" syndrome

HP Slate solution to "too many stickers" syndrome

Yes, dear reader, that’s a little pull-out drawer who’s only role in life is to hold and display a dizzying array of licencing and serial number data. There’s even more of this stuff on the back too.

If an Apple designer pitched this craplution to Steve Jobs, he’d rip their still-beating heart clear out of their chest.

via HP Slate has a bad solution to “too many stickers” syndrome – tuaw.com / HP Slate hands-on – engadget.com

I don’t even know what to say about this…

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i is for Interesting

Andrew Mullins, Managing Director of The Independent, said: “Quality newspapers provide a highly valuable audience for advertisers, but recently print circulations have been in decline and the average age of the audience has been increasing.

“Time-poor newspaper readers, and especially commuters, have been telling us for years that they are inundated with information and just don’t have the time to read a quality newspaper on a regular basis. We are creating a newspaper for the 21st century that is designed for people who have a thirst for information and entertainment in the limited time that they have available. i is a reader-led newspaper with broad reach and intelligence.”

via The Independent launches i – independent.co.uk

Blah, blah, blah. Really, do they have to use such boring, stuffy, patronising marketing copy?

Still, it’s an interesting idea to create a paper for generation-ADD. I can see the name being nothing but a burden for them though!

(via @ramskill)

BrickForge

I love this stuff. I could possibly justify buying them as props for stock photography work …right?

“We consider ourselves intermediaries between the community and the lumbering Danish company. For a long time the building experience has been the focus of creativity; but an increasing number of people are realizing their inner child through the role-play of the minifigs included in those sets. The mission of BrickForge is to fill in the gaps left open by LEGO and other brick-building companies.” – Armothe

“A lot of thought (and work!) goes into the creation of these tiny accessories. We do our best to consider ‘how would these look if LEGO made them’ and then we attempt to raise the bar even further.”  – Redbean

(via About BrickForge)

“You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter”

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[…] And commercial radio is really simple. Like many other businesses, it has products and it has customers. The audiences are not the customers, they’re the product. The customers are the advertisers.

via Myspace – now with glitter (via @Dizzyjam)

Excellent post about My_____. I’m a big fan of writers who can distil complex issues into powerful paragraphs.

Crapestry / PechaKucha night


I’ve just come back from my second PechaKucha night at Chapter Arts, and as before the lineup was exceptional. For me, the highlight was Theo Humphries’ talking about his Crapestries. I think I may have to give this a go myself!

Richard Weston kicked off with his own hobby, of scanning incredibly detailed close images of natural materials and using them in art, fashion and architecture. Guto Evans‘ gave an excellent primer on what exactly branding is, and why it is important. Finally, Jon Chase brought the house down with an amazing rap: “Life – An autobiography.”

The other talks were equally good, but these struck a particular chord with me.

I’ve pretty much missed the first week of the Cardiff Design Festival, but there’s still plenty more stuff coming up that looks great. In fact, I’m going to have to run around on Saturday to see everything I want to!

Maciej Dakowicz on street photography

“I am rather discrete, so somehow I manage to capture interesting situations without getting into trouble. I am more an observer, I walk around with my camera on the shoulder, look what is going on and, if something captures my attention, I shoot.

“When people notice me they react in a number of ways: start posing, gather for group pictures, ignore me, ask what I am doing or tell me off. I can usually tell what kind of a reaction I might get and if I do not feel comfortable at taking a picture of someone or I think it will cause trouble I simply do not take the photo.

“You need to look like someone knowing what you are doing and not act in a suspicious way. If you are too sneaky they will approach you asking what you are doing or tell the police that there is a strangely behaving guy with a camera. So it is quite tricky to shoot at night, but I still like it.”

via Maciej Dakowicz on street photography – bbc.co.uk

I find street photography fascinating, but I lack the nerve to document scenes like this myself. In fact, if you look through my Paris set on Flickr, you will mostly see a city devoid of life. This is a choice on my part, but one I think I may reconsider.

While I enjoy landscapes, architecture and objects, I realised whilst looking through the pictures of that recent trip to Paris, that the shots with people in – even the tourists that I was trying to avoid – actually added some interest and warmth that my shots usually lack.