For their 2013 degree show, BA (Hons) Graphic Design: New Media invited me to work with students to play a key role in the development, planning, design and construction of an interactive system that would display the work of students for their degree show.
The result was a bespoke business card holder that presented student work in one of 40 trays protruding from a back illuminated panel.
Each card represented a student and their work, featuring an abstract image on the front of their work, and the personal details on the read, including a QR code link to their website.
The business cards could be inserted into one of the digital plinths where student work was presented onscreen in a linear view that can be scrolled through using the slider mounted in the plinth.
This video produced by one of the students of the course shows how the plinths worked:
Open Source Vacuum Cleaner
Our modern lives are dependent upon proprietary technology which few of us could explain let alone understand how it works.
A growing number of people are reacting to this proprietary technology by building their own devices, so called Open Source Hardware (OSHW). This project explores the application of OSHW to the design of everyday objects, taking the ubiquitous vacuum cleaner as it’s subject.
You can find out more about the Open Source Vacuum Cleaner on the project website.
Camera X is an experimental camera that plays with human reactions.
When the shutter is released the camera takes a series of image, whilst simultaneously firing a small explosive cartridge which launches material towards the subject.
At the end of the sequence the camera captures the before, during, and after shots of the persons reaction to the unexpected detonation, and launched materials.
During my final major project at University I began a project to revive the use of split-flap displays, historically used to communicate departure information at stations and airports. These electromechanical information systems are being interesting and nostalgic relics of the past.
My ongoing project to design and build my own split-flap display has resulted in much interest from third parties, and I continue to iterate over the design of this project and document it through my blog.
Intelligent (computer learning) home automation systems, require human feedback in order to make changes to their control patterns.
As the automation system becomes harmonised with the occupants’s patterns, the occupants may become ambivalent to their own needs.
How then will the system stimulate the occupant’s feedback?
This project explores playful ways in which a home automation system can subtly manipulate the people that live within the system to better themselves.
V&A Digital Gift
The V&A digital gift was a specially designed USB memory stick issued to attendees of a V&A event the investigated the future of object in a digital future. The project was a collaboration between Ben Stopher of Inventive&Co. and Suzy Wood and Martin McGrath of Wood McGrath.
I provided technical expertise in the production of the USB memory stick, and the project of programming all the devices for both Mac and PC and the technical complexities that come from such an idea.
Nest for Twitter
Nest for Twitter was a self-initiated design prototype for a desktop Mac Twitter client that unlike every other Twitter client has no main window.
Nest takes popup notifications and the Twitter API and mashes them up into a simple non-intrusive interface that gets out the way, allowing you to access your timeline, send tweets and view mentions without having to switch between a multitude of background windows.
The design of Nest is still very much one I would like to see implemented.
Scotopic was a free application I designed and built in response to an issue that affects me and about 12% of the world population, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (find out more). This disorder is often confused with dyslexia because an unusually high proportion of dyslexics suffer from it.
Scotopic is a digital filter that can easily be toggled on and off, and tints the colour of your entire screen to help reduce the effects associated with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome such as reading distortions and fatigue.