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Art + tech (13 Oct., 2015, at Interconnected)
"There's something about art + tech which is niggling at me. The process I'm interested in is when a technology organisation commissions or supports art as a way to understand itself.

I don't quite understand this itch or why I've got it, so I've spent a day looking at examples."
mattwebb  art  design  technology  1951  belllabs  1960s  1990s  lilianschwartz  rachelduckhouse  kitchens  amtrak  randcorporation  1971  andywarhol  advertising  marketing  davidchoe  eames  eamesoffice  2011  1968  electricobjects  eo1  brendandawes  mailchimp 
october 2015 by robertogreco
Brendan Dawes - Six Monkeys
"Six Monkeys — commissioned by Mailchimp — explores our interactions with email through physical Internet connected objects.

Email is often thought of with negative connotations; overflowing inboxes, strategies on how to get to inbox zero, dealing with the constant barrage of spam whilst each week seemingly giving rise to a new start-up that will promise to tame the evils of email.

There is however another side. Email is a ubiquitous, easy to understand system, working across any platform that can deliver not just the unwanted and the unloved but often the exact opposite; messages from friends, exciting opportunities, memories of trips taken and a million other things. It may not be perfect, but what is? It's flawed yet it's also beautiful.

Six Monkeys is a series of six connected objects that look at how we might change our relationship to email by changing the surrounding context of how we interact with it. By placing email within our everyday physical spaces it may get us to look at the familiarity of email in a new light; we may even learn to love it again.

Each object is named after a famous Chimpanzee used in linguistic research."

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brendandawes  email  iot  internetofthings  2014 
october 2015 by robertogreco
Kennedy: Capture the Now on the App Store on iTunes
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"Capture the now with Kennedy – a new way to mark moments in time complete with surrounding context of the things happening around you.

With a single tap Kennedy will capture your location, the date and time, the current weather conditions, the latest world news headlines together with what music you're listening to at the time. Add a note or a photo and then save it to the archive of captured moments.

Use the archive to relive past moments. Remember where you were when that big news event happened, or show all those moments when it was raining or when you were listening to that much loved song.

All the data that Kennedy captures can be easily exported as an industry standard JSON or CSV file so if you love to code you can create your own data visualisations or import them into online data viz tools.

Other features include:
Edit your photos (stored in the app) to add effects and make adjustments.

Choose from different headlines that were happening at the time and view the actual news article.

View a map of where you were stood when you captured the now.

Filter the archive to find locations, weather conditions and more."
ios7  ios  applications  iphone  moments  brendandawes  kennedy  metadata  location  time  date  weather  context  news  visualization  photography  filtering 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Electric Imp powered Walkie Talkie on Vimeo
"Using a cheap greetings card audio component, a toy Walkie Talkie bought at a flea market and an Electric Imp, I created a WiFi powered audio device.

Clicking the image of Neil Armstrong triggers the audio in the Walkie Talkie."
projectideas  make  arduino  wifi  brendandawes  2012  electricimp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Brendan Dawes - The Happiness Machine
"The Happiness Machine is an Internet connected printer that prints random happy thoughts by random people from across the web; press the big black button and the Happiness Machine prints a thought from someone who mentioned the word happy.

Though The Happiness Machine uses content from We Feel Fine, the printer is completely agnostic to the data it prints; the logic is all done on the server so I can easily change what type of data comes back. It could easily be train times, news headlines or your day's appointments – the printer doesn't care – it's dumb. It just prints what comes back.

I still believe paper has advantages from time to time as a content delivery mechanism over all the screens that now pervade our lives; you can tear it off, put it in your wallet/purse, scribble on it or give it someone else without worrying whether it works with their OS. And it doesn't need a power source for display."
wefeelfine  happinessmachine  printing  printers  2012  happiness  brendandawes  papernet  paper 
august 2012 by robertogreco
My session description for Reasons to be Appy conference - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"Listen closely to James Brown's Super Bad; nestled in-between Bobby Byrd's keyboards and Bootsy Collins' bass line is a flaw. It's the sound of a squeaky hi-hat pedal. A squeak that nobody felt the need to remove – nobody felt compelled to record an _update_. And yet the recording is still wonderful even with this supposed flaw because – for me at least – it adds _texture_.

I strongly believe these bumps and scars – these moments of subtle poetry – are what we as human beings fall in love with. These amazing digital devices we hold in our hands shouldn't be an exception; in fact because of their Flatland like nature we need to make sure we add these often illogical empathetic moments in-between to our interfaces and so we can create objects that not only Beep but squeak a little too."
empathy  scars  bumps  texture  human  flaws  patina  2012  wabi-sabi  brendandawes  jamesbrown 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Red Pop: The big red button for your iPhone camera.
"Red Pop adds a big red button to your iPhone camera so you never miss the moment and that perfect shot."
iphone  camera  accessories  kickstarter  redpop  brendandawes  cameras  ios  photography  buttons 
june 2011 by robertogreco
This blog will no longer be updated - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"This site will no longer be updated. Everything I want to say I want to say through my work and my work alone on, not through posts on this site or any other. It also adds unnecessary complication; I don't need a blog or several pseudo sites—it's just noise. The site however will stay online for the time being purely as an archive. Thanks."
brendandawes  time  attention  stockandflow  work  blogs  blogging 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Visiting dConstruct 2010 | Coldbrain.
"That kinda sums up the past few years of my life. I’ve been collecting all these new interests and passions and obsessions and trying to get myself beyond ‘advanced beginner’ in all of them. It’s taking time, because being a generalist means soaking up so much information from so many areas. It’s exhausting, and I wish I had this mindset 5 or 10 years ago, so I could be that much further down the line. I have to remind myself that it is as much about the journey, though."
matthewculnane  dconstruct  2010  generalists  brendandawes  tomcoates  merlinmann  davidmccandless  samanthawarren  johngruber  daringfireball  hannahdonovan  jamesbridle  nerds  learning  process  journey  journeynotdestination  constellationalthinking  timcarmody 
september 2010 by robertogreco
How many people have you upset today? - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"The world is full of very average things made by people who don't want to upset anyone, or too eager to please their peers. I believe you have to have an opinion - choose daddy or chips, I really don't mind, just don't say "I don't really know". And when you have opinions and strongly held beliefs you've got to be prepared to get some flack - in fact that's part of the deal.You can't have the nice feedback without accepting that some people are going to hate what you do.

So when I see feedback like this, when something we're doing prompts people to get hot under the collar and take the time to write to us, I simply sit back, smile and think to myself "good, it's working"."
brendandawes  meaning  mediocrity  confrontation  opinions  controversy  risk  risktaking  tcsnmy  glvo  creativity  feedback 
september 2010 by robertogreco
From Obama to Efron - sneak peek of The Accidental News Explorer iPhone app on Vimeo
"The Accidental News Explorer is a new type of news app that celebrates serendipity and chance encounters. Start by searching for a subject. Once you've browsed the suggested articles taken from hundreds of news sources, tap the “related topics” button to discover connected topics, which in turn lead to more articles. Each article leads to new things; the more curious you are, the longer your journey will be. What will you discover? Coming soon to iPhone"
brendandawes  news  discovery  serendipity  iphone  applications  reading  curiosity  accidentalnewsexplorer  instapaper  ios 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Being selfish: making things for yourself to make better things - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"main reason I've been spending weekends crafting each pixel & waking early each day to try & make it as good as it can be is simply because I want to make something that my target audience would love to use. My target audience in this case being me.

Now I'm not saying I don't care if anybody but me uses this app - on the contrary I would love everybody to use it - what I'm trying to say is that I wanted to make something that I would be proud to have taking up space on my iPhone.

When it comes to iPhone apps I use everyday there's one factor above all others that I use to make decision whether it's worthy of staying on my phone…does it look & feel good? I can't use anything that is badly designed. It could have best functionality in world but if it looks like a bag of spanners then that app isn't going to be sticking around for very long. So because of this inherent snobby attitude towards the things I use, it's put me under pressure to make this app as good as it can be."
brendandawes  iphone  applications  design  targetaudience  attention  lookandfeel  accidentalnewsexplorer  ios 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Main Screen | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"From the forthcoming iPhone app "The Accidental News Explorer: "Look for something, find something else" [I'm intriqued.]

"The Accidental News Explorer - a news exploration iPhone app that celebrates serendipity and the joy of discovering unthought of paths." []
serendipity  news  iphone  applications  brendandawes  accidental  accidentalnewsexplorer  ios 
august 2010 by robertogreco
iPad: it's all about the context - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"Like I'm sure many people yesterday, I felt a little bit underwhelmed by the iPad announcment. You could hear the resounding "it's just a big iPhone" reverberate across the web as Steve did his thing. But waking up this morning I realised there was a lot more than my initial knee-jerk reaction led me to believe. And they key for me wasn't really the device itself but the setting and quite literally the furniture of the presentation. For me it was all about that comfy looking chair.
ipad  brendandawes  apple 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Let's have more "New with code" - Brendan's posterous
"I love the "new with code" feature in Nodebox, the Python based graphics generation software. It's a wonderful yet simple little menu addition to the run-of-the-mill "new" that automatically creates a short piece of code that does "something". It might throw a load of circles on the screen, or it might draw a word or several words into the canvas in hundreds of colours. It's always random, but it always works, and is a fantastic way to learn how Nodebox works and also, more importantly, helps to teach you the joys of programming. It's sometimes just nice to keep selecting to see what happens."
nodebox  brendandawes  coding  programming  inspiration  learning  random 
july 2009 by robertogreco

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