Short interview I gave to D&AD where I explain some of the thinking that went in to creating this years student design brief for the BBC. The brief centers around the idea of Live, and how this translates in to an environment that is fully digital, social and participatory – taking a traditional broadcasting convention and re-imagining it for the modern world.
Slides and my notes after the jump.
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I was invited to do a 45 minute talk titled “Beyond Broadcast – New Challenges in a Shifting Multimedia Landscape” for the London division of the University of Copenhagen Alumni Association (I studied Visual Culture at their hallowed halls back in the day). The talk centered around the shift from the broadcast “one-to-many, one size fits all” model to the deeply personalised model that is looming on the horizon. With the web and it’s host of connected devices offering tons of user data, charting everything from a user’s taste, location, history and context of use, the opportunity to make informed decisions as to the type of content one delivers (and even creates) is immense. I argue that this form of personalisation, harnessed correctly, can have an enormous and beneficial impact on the way we consume and engage with content on the web, with ramifications that extend in to learning, entertainment and information seeking in general – and indeed that the cure for “sameness”, paradoxically lies in knowing what people know and what they want – and hence where you might augment, differentiate and ultimately delight.
I am helping put together the Connected Studio event for the BBC’s User Experience and Design department. You can read about the whole thing in detail via the homepage here, but in short; the Connected Studio is a open innovation event, where internals and externals pitch ideas for features and experiences for the BBC’s online portfolio. I wrote a blog post that goes in to some of the detail of the event itself – you can find the original post here – or read it here after the jump.
A while back, I was charged with looking at Brand Engagement from a BBC Online perspective – looking at how the BBC wants to engage with our audiences online. After a period of research involving users and internal stakeholders, we settled upon a number of principles which we compounded into a manifesto of sorts. A manifesto which we then turned into a script for a little stop motion video that has since been presented internally as well as at a number of key industry events. The film was conceived as a sort of cultural artefact meant to set direction in a more efficient manner than the ol’ powerpoint which we all know and love – but sadly also often gets forgotten, doomed to live out their lives on some remote corner of peoples hard disks.
The whole thing was conceived and executed by my very talented colleagues Karolina Kret and Jacek Barcikowski (and myself of course), with much glueing, cutting, painting, fretting and fidgeting over three weeks, with the very cool guys at Clapham Road Studios and animator extraordinaire Mole Hill to help us get it all in the box (*snigger*) on the final week.
You can see the BBC’s Ralph Rivera (Director of Future Media) present the film at the BBC Industry Briefing at BAFTA in London here from roughly 00.25 to 2.05.
ASHA created by Anders Højmose, Martina Pagura and my self is up for an INDEX. Long way to go yet, but you can give it a “like” and nudge over at INDEX´page. Amazing!
ASHA is – in short – an experimental application for the iPhone, that uses simple bluetooth technology and human relay-based interaction to gather information about survivors in a disaster situation. There is a longer description and a concept description of what it does on on the INDEX link above + one here if they eventually pull down the link.
Following my final exam at CIID, I was asked by Mike Albers, Head of Service Design & Delivery at BBC if I could be interested in joining the Beebs. Long story short, I accepted (obviously!) and can now call myself Senior Service Designer at Future Media & Technology, BBC. Exciting times ahead!
Sadly this also marks the end of roughly 5 years of employment at e-Types. There is no doubt in my mind, that I owe an enormous amount of my skill-set and outlook to my extremely smart and able colleagues at e-Types. Colleagues who over the years became friends and something very akin to family. So a heartfelt and slightly soppy and bleary-eyed thanks from me, even as I struggle with the move to London, figuring out how to cope with a gi-normous and utterly amazing new organizations, new colleagues and general dazed-and-confusedness:)
Playtype is an online type foundry and concept store launched 1st of December 2010, Værnedamsvej 6, Copenhagen, Denmark. As a collaboration between everyone in the e-Types team, we did everything from marketing & PR, to designing products to sanding down the walls. Concept spiel below.
In connection with the revamp and launch of our online type foundry “playtype.com” e-Types decided to open a typographic concept store – Playtype proper or simply “Playtype” – located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Basically we love typography – It’s what founded our company. It’s what we work with day in, day out and it’s what continues to make us geek out long into the night. We wanted to create a space where we could share that passion for ligatures and baselines, tracking, kerning and all the other (admittedly slightly nerdy) joys of type.
We´ll be releasing over 100 new fonts by e-Types as well as longtime friends and partners – the prolific London-based typographers A2/SW/HK run by Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel. Also we´ll feature a number of products and editions – some by our own hand, some with a little help from our friends in the design and art world. So if you stop by Copenhagen, do come by for a chat at what we are proudly calling the worlds first brick and mortar type shop. And if your not, go have a gander at the fonts over at playtype.com.
Check out the little “viral” promo we did for the shop here
I was nominated as one of 38 bourgeoning new media up-and-comings by New Media Days, one of the largest New Media conferences in the north. Quite an honor! Thanks go out to the jury who nominated me – you can check out the rest of the nominees here, including Anders Højmose and Sebastian Rønde Thielke, who I studied with at CIID.
There’s an interview up with our Art Curator on the e-Types website, that explains the motivations behind our art habit here. More pics after the jump: