The train to FutureEverything 2011

I wrote this post for Life | Art | Us on 11 May 2011. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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So, it must be that time of year again. I’m on the train up to Manchester to get my annual dose of all things art-tech at FutureEverything 2011. The countryside is whizzing past the window, Talking Heads are on the ipod and I’m attempting to catch up with the gazillion emails in my in-box from FutureEverything HQ.

What am I looking forward to?

The art programme is generally my first point of call when it comes to FutureEverything and this year the theme of the central exhibition explores a new area of creative practice that I wrote quite a lot about last year on the Axis blog – art and data. Entitled Data Dimension, this year’s exhibition explores how artists and designers are approaching the immaterial world of data. Sounds good to me.

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World’s oldest computer recreated in Lego

I wrote this post for Life | Art | Us on 19 December 2010. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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I came across this wonderful news story over the festive period via the New Scientist blogs, and thought I’d share it here. It’s about the oldest known computer, a relic dating back 2000 years and rediscovered at the bottom of the ocean. Now designer Andrew Carol has brought it back to life – using Lego.

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Top hints and tips for making great audio slide shows for the web

I wrote this post for Kew’s Digital Adventures blog on 01 November 2010. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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BLOG EXTRACT – As the Digital Team at Kew endeavor to produce more video and slide shows for the web in house, I decided (as a member of the team) that it was time to get myself out and about a bit more, to learn more about the tricks of the trade – in particular top hints and tips for making great rich media for the web.

As luck would have it, a week or two ago, Sound Delivery and Third Sector PR and Communications Network announced a free knowledge sharing workshop about making audio slideshows. Located at the Computer Club in the Aldgate area, the event took the format of a Q&A session with journalist Paul Kerley, the BBCs online audio slide show guru.

Paul was really open in sharing the knowledge and skills that he’s acquired over the years. So, for those of you out there like me, who are just starting out in audio/video production for the web, follow the link below to read Paul’s top tips.

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