This is a great watch for all programmers, Bret Victor on the Future of Programming. The message of the talk is to make sure you are open to new ways of thinking. Don’t believe your current methodologies are the only way, open your mind to other possibilities of programming. Continuous change and failure is the only way to progression.Read More
I went to see Poliça in concert about a month ago and the next day decided to play around with some three.js magic. I hooked into the SoundCloud API and retrieved the waveform data of the song. There are around 20,000 frequency points in the song. I took that data and plotted each waveform point around a sphere. This produced a very linear structure around the sphere which looked rather formal and too organised. I then decided to randomise the particles in no discerning order around the sphere. As the song plays each waveform particle will start to map a line within the sphere to the next particle in the series mashing together a form within the sphere. As the line hits the next particle the frequency of that point is then extruded creating a line out based on that 0-1 value. After time it creates this sort of virus like structure, with tentacles reaching out of the sphere and an extremely intricate web of points. Its all been rather playful and more of a music visualisation experiment than anything too formal.
As the song plays out I also gather all the comments left by users on SoundCloud. These popup as larger red particles at the data point in the waveform. As the comments popup during the song this in turn changes the colour of the web of lines within the sphere. Comments appear quite often so I try not execute the transitions too fast. If you flick the comment switch on it will automatically navigate to that point on the sphere and display the comment left by the user. When not in comment mode you can use the mouse to glide around and through the sphere allowing you to freely move as the song plays out. Behind the sphere I pull in the Poliça music video for their song ‘Lay Your Cards Out’ and give it a slight alpha transparency. Its all still a work in progress but you can have a play here (make sure you use the Chrome browser):Read More
I’ve been thinking recently whether Make Magazine’s cover will be as historic as the headline on the cover of Popular Electronics in January 1975 (pictured above). At the time only a handful of individuals had access to computers and the unique individuals who did grasped at the opportunity given to them and founded some of the biggest software companies of today. Is the same revolution on the precipice for the Makerbot? At first only ‘the geeks’ will dabble with such kits, but once it creates a niche buzz within that community these models will eventually become mainstream finding their way into homes across the world. A beast off machinery minimized for the individual, currently in infantile hardware state will the real revolution come from the software to be used alongside it?Read More
SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act. If copyright holders can’t adapt to change and instead wish to destroy what they don’t understand they are the ones that will ultimately fail. Unbelievable ignorance from politicians as usual on tech related matters, I urge all to not let this injustice spread, do your research (links provided below, if lazy) and spread the word. I can’t understand how copyright holders have not got the hang of the internet yet.Read More
The renowned Typo conference normally held in Berlin made it’s London premier hosting some of the most exceptional design and creative minds of our time. This was one event Skive could not afford to miss. Unfortunately it turned out that we had in fact missed the opportunity to get our hands on any tickets. As the end of a Typoless Thursday played out I vented my non-attending misery the only way I knew how – on Twitter. As I searched for the #Typo11 hash tag a fellow tweeter (twitterer?) had posted that she had a spare ticket to the conference. For that one moment in time I had the ability to compose a tweet in mere milliseconds. To my amazement I had actually scored tickets to the hottest design conference in town! A quick call to my MD Sean to explain that if I don’t attend the conference it would be a crime against Skive. Of course without hesitation Sean gave me the all clear to attend; Excitement ensued. Must take this opportunity to thank Cat Townsend and The Blank Sheet Project for the free ticket!
Below are only a few snippets of lectures I attended. Wish I could write about all the speakers I saw but alas I have very little time to write this! If you would like to know all the big shots that spoke at the conference you can check them out here: http://typolondon.com/index.php/Speakers;7/1
During my time at my last agency Skive the developer team had some R&D time so we decided to tinker around and hack the Kinect. Utilising all our skills from .net, flash and unity we managed to create some really interesting work. Have a look below at some of our achievements. A little bit of playtime for the tech team brings in new opportunities for the entire business!Read More
Skive are regulars at the Flash on the beach event down in Brighton and shall be again this year. The inspirational sessions towards the end of the day are always a great listen! And lets not forget the ‘networking’ that comes at the end of the day. It really is a great chance to meet people in the industry so even if you don’t take away all the knowledge you can still get a few very interesting contacts out of it. Be sure to look out for us as we are always up for an in depth conversation on the future of the web!
Write up coming soon.Read More
This initiative might seem unrealistic at present due to cost and driving safety concerns but I can really see this happening for the future. Imagine when all vehicles will be electric, we could simply get our power from the road we drive on. Petrol stations will have to turn into snack stations. It is very true how we don’t seem to be innovating and pushing more advanced design methodologies upon our current aging solutions.Read More