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  • SEED Dating @ScienceGallery

    What is SEED DATING? SEED DATING is a fast-paced event designed to spark off creative connections and allow people to share and develop ideas for innovative projects in arts, science, technology and media. http://www.sciencegallery.ie/seed_dating    SEED dating was yet another great event put on during the Lightwave exhibition of the Science Gallery.   The event meant meeting 10 different ‘luminares’ from a wide range of fields. Architects & Designers to Neuroscientists and Mathematician.   You get three minutes to introduce, brainstorm and come up with an idea.  I found three minutes a bit short but after a couple of introductions...

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  • Arduino Workshop @ScienceGallery with Tom Scaff.

    As part of the science gallery exhibition I got to take part in Tom Scarffs Arudunio workshop.  The workshop covered all of the basics, and was a nice introduction to the open source micro-controller.  Tom focused a couple of the projects with a MIDI interface, but it was good to see how I could use the same very simple techniques to apply to Flash.  I have some very exciting Arudunio projects planned, both at work and with personal digital projects.  Watch this space. 

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  • Anthony Dunne @ScienceGallery – SIGCHI

    On the 2nd December I was able to see Alan Dix a part of SIGCHI’s inaugural lecture. Anthony co-owns Dunne and Raby and also lectures at the RCA .  Anthony presented the work of the RCA and various scientific projects. Anthony Dunne Anthony presented his talk “Fictional Functions and Functional Fictions. “.   The talk was about using design to help guide scientists work.  His talk was very similar to the talk at the Innovation Forum.   Anthony Dunne // Dunne & Raby from Innovationsforum on Vimeo. Afterwards Anthony opened the floor for questions. I asked him what he thought about the rescission...

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  • jive – Featured in Designing Gestural User Interfaces.

    Just a quick note to thank Dan Saffer from KickStudiofor featuring jive in designing user interfaces. I would recommend the Designing Gestural Interfaces: Touchscreens and Interactive Devices , but you can get a lot from the web. You can download the first chapter, and gesture stencils from the website.  Ow. And don’t forget you can download the source to build your own magnetic user interface.

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  • MK12 design process – How to design a sexy UI for MI5.

    After my last post, I contacted MK12 to get more information about there design process. Luckily they got back to me, this was there response. I hope this will be helpful to any computer scientists who spend 30 seconds designing an interface. MK12 took 6 months and create a unified UI for a range of devices for MI5.   I wonder if QintetiQ have a process like this, as they are the guys designing military interfaces.  Hi Ben Thanks for the inquiry! Our apologies on how long it’s taken us to reply to your email. We’ve been inundated with the usual end-of-the-year-type...

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  • benarent.co.uk – 31,000 Visitors in 08 – 09.

    Its been a busy year, with over 31,000 visitors to benarent.co.uk.  I have had some great experiences this year with three exhibitions and a job at TRIL. The most visited page was my portfolio, and the top 5 pieces of  blog content were. Design Sketching How to print your own Christmas Wrapping Paper.  How to laser cut your own decorations.  How to turn sketches into line drawings.  How to make a magnetic user interface.  Its seems like there is a lot of love for the how tos so expect to see more in 2009! Design and Art thrive in Hard times...

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  • Stealth Lamp – Mashed up by Katerina Karagianni.

    Just wanted to thank Katerina Karagianni for mashing up my Stealth Lamp. Katerina is a postgrad of IaaC in Barcelona.  She mashed my up lamp as part of a course on Open Source design.  She has sent me the DXF, but I really want to see what the final lamp looks like. Download Katerinas Mash Up. Mashed up for open source design.

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  • Alan Dix @ SIGCHI Ireland Inaugural Lecture.

    Presentation at TCU Last night I got to see Alan at the SIGCHI Ireland Inaugural Lecture. Alan gave a very energetic talk, with the first half focussing more on the acadamic methods and paper / lit review for the CHI / HCI crowd. I felt that he said that there is a lot of work comming out the community, yet no one is really studying the roots of the work. Meaning the work wasn’t acadamicly sound. The second half was interesting as he analyzied what was going on in community and how a service orientated software business would change the...

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  • Energy Tree on MBC-TV – South Korea.

    I have recently been featured on MBC-TV the equivalent of BBC in South Korea.  I had a great time making a small working demo of the energy tree and its been a great experience to exhibit in the Hague and be broadcast on national TV.  This truly shows the power of having your portfolio on the internet. Thanks to Gina and her team for letting me put the video up here.

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  • Portfolio. Feedback and Crit.

    A key part of any design profession is the Crit. Crits are normally in an open forum and give everyone a chance to give feedback on your work.  I have created this blog post as a place where people can give me positive and negative feedback on my portfolio. P.S. In regards to spelling and copy, I’m currently working through my site.

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