Accessible Technology

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“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” – Late Great Carl Sagan

Exciting times lay ahead for technology and it’s going to be equally interesting to see some of the products that will be spawned from the likes of nano tech and quantum computing. Already the online world with the help of social apps and websites is creating an always online culture always wanting real time news or live information and as the information gets better and easily accessable we will naturally want these applications to do more and more, all the while keeping in mind the aesthetics of the product, service and tool.

I’ve seen the introduction of the mobile phone since the early 80’s into main stream culture, dials we’re always cool and who remembers this notorious number:

Telephones became Mobile phones, Mobile phones are becoming smartphones and the trend for live information, social apps and this fast food type of looking at information, or viewing it rather, is something that thrills my soul to wonder at the potential designs, interfaces and user interactions, shapes and characteristics of products and so much more that could be designed and worked on in the future. Even simple old TV’s are changing and becoming more online, it’s a fast moving World connecting together a multiple host of personalities and digital persona’s into an almost single online conciousness known as the Internet. However, even within this fantastic bag of binary, we all still want a presence and a sense of belonging.

When I began my Multimedia Design & Technology studies at uni, things seemed very new and fresh back then as many of the lectures didn’t even understand the modules and just seemed to be thrown into the course. It was a new BSc course at the time for the uni and I landed into the it’s second year of inception. However, it was an interesting course that developed my understanding and general workings throughout all types of media from studying the ancient glyphs to writing Java. Most importantly was the work and literature written by Robert S. Tannenbaum and his ideas and insight into the theoretical foundations of multimedia. He made me realise the importance of human-computer interation (HCI) and in later years Apple proved Tannenbaum’s work by showcasing how important information is when viewed in a beautiful and creative way, which engages the viewer while savouring the brands presence.

It feels like a great time to be a media designer especially when conceptualising  and working on technologies that require such an immense level of interaction. I often work on designs for retail kiosks and touch screen GUI’s, an area which again is developing within the retail World in the UK but is getting much more accepted, as my brother mentioned today “the machines are taking over *dun dun dundun dun (*sing terminator theme)”.  Retail kiosk do come with some baggage in that the target audience is there to shop and not stand around the whole day in front of a 17″ screen tapping buttons, instead the information must be clear, concise, easy to understand by a number of people and nationalities/tourists etc while retaining those hard retail brand guidelines. It’s fantastic to be a part of these projects and I can’t wait to see the time when projectors or interactive surfaces become more tuned and accessible, even though MIT Phd Student Pranav Mistry has already shown the World the possiblities of his Sixth Sense invention that can be potentially made on a shoestring budget, but I believe this is the technology that will begin to appear slowly across our many devices in the future, really bridging the digital – natural divide.. An exciting time indeed.

I found an interview from David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation an interesting read from this month edition of the best online mag around, in style and content, WONDERLANCE!

10 years from now hoverboards will be a true reality and we will be using magnets like Rodin’s coil or some other Mr Fusion to hopefully power our tech resources without undue waste and damage to the planet and environment…I hope.

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Digicova – The new authority in digital art!

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What joy!! It’s finally landed! I was asked to design the logo and website for a new site that will be showcasing and celebrating the best in Digital Art, Comics, Games and Anime.

Digicova (word derived from an amalgamation of the subjects it will cover) hosts all the recent and up to date information, news and gossip dedicated to bringing the best of these four subjects to a sexy screen near you. With the rise of digital comics and digital content it is evident that digital art, comics, video games and anime are all becoming more and more interconnected, and lets not forget the media attention superhero flicks are getting at the moment!

Once I heard the idea, I was amped to create a design that would work well with the bombardment of colours that would be expected from any images within 4 different topics and its articles. Seeing the site finally in action is always a wonderful feeling and believe it’s created a nice harmony of the pages. Overall Digicova is a wonderful, informative, fun and visually appealing site. Would love to hear anyone’s feedback on the site and thoughts so far.

Check out DIGICOVA today, share your thoughts and let others interested in this know that score! It’s the new authority baby!

You can also support Digicova through Facebook and follow the green eye on twitter.

DNA Visualised!

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Stumbled across this today, thought I’d share the love. It’s an intriguing and amazing video showing the wonders of DNA and how it works and is definitely worth a watch, especially when you think that this is happening in all of us right now! The animated short takes you through coiling, replication, transcription and translation. The video was created by Drew Berry of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Just wish it was in HD!!

New New

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While I’ve been hard at work on projects I’ve had little chance to update my website and have kept the evening busy working on getting this sorted. Finally, had the opportunity to upload some new content for my portfolio and stuff I’m working on at the minute. View it at http://www.veeladwa.com or just click on the image below and take a wonder.

Much of this is very recent so it will be nice to see the evolution of these projects in the future.

The image below was a concept for a children’s book cover and something I thought I’d share and added this to the ‘Other’ section on my site instead of it collecting electric dust on my archives.

Games, Cover Features & Superman

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Whilst busy with projects there’s been quite a few things that have caught my senses this month. The opening to the Common Wealth Games is on in the background and I’m so very impressed on the ceremony. It’s a beautiful site to watch the fantastic array of colours, traditions, music and multicultural harmony between the 71 Common Wealth countries all having such a great time, minus all the recent bad press the media have been banging on about. The ‘UFO’ type projection balloon is an ingenious idea and the Henna paintings was a lovely touch. Hopefully this will squash the rumours and will create a memorable CWG 2010. The vibe seems very exciting and vibrant and must be a treat for the participants involved. With the recent modernisation of India, I’m glad the traditional and indeginious communities we’re expressed well. The variety of costumes and designs and colours are a real inspiration. The yoga celebration was an amazingly soothing display, enough to make anyone take up yoga I think!

In some other good news, I’m pleased to have a cover feature on Wonderlance’s MDM magazine for the October issue which can be viewed here:

www.wonderlance.com/mdm_october2010.html

Wonderlance’s unique and exclusive Monthly Digital Magazine offers a great way of showcasing professional freelancers worldwide, providing a platform to innovate, inspire, share ideas and talent for any artist and non artist alike.

“The MDM is a place where great minds can inform and educate through exclusive interviews, under the premise that knowledge is what empowers the human being and knowledge should be offered to everybody, regardless of their personal background and circumstances in life.”

It’s a great place to catch interesting articles, exclusive interviews and much much more on all those relevant worldwide issues so give this is look in, the interviews are always great. Some favorites this month include an interesting article on Dreams, with an interview with Professor Dierdre L. Barrett. There’s also a good read on the importance of organic foods and some very inspirational 1950’s inspired illustration styles from Sydney based illustrator and designer, Supriya Ramlu of Sho’nuff Love Illustrations. Check it all out, not to be missed fo’ sho!

There’s alot more I wanted to add today but will have to leave it all for another post. So I’ll end with an sketch inspired by the news that Smallville returns for it’s last season on TV and we actually see the transformation of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) into Superman. I’ve not watched all the seasons since I thought the stories over the years became a little dull and too ‘teeny’ but I’ve heard that interesting story arcs from the DC Comics library have been played with along the way and has introduced many characters a kin to the man of steel. One particular annoucement I heard is that Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will be featured this season! I think the future has a lot in store for these two characters so should be a good episode. Here’s the sketch, well started off with some line art which I figured I colour quickly, just for funness so enjoy!

Superman – Space Jam

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Thought I’d upload a coloured version of the Superman sketch I drew some weeks back. Turned out slightly darker in tone than what I thought but think it works ok. This costume doesn’t have no pants over the tights and no belt…never understood why he would need a belt or pants…and who started that trend anyway!

Hope you like! If you like then please check out more random doodles on my Deviantart profile or post a comment here and let me know what you all think…better in black and white or colour? Comments appreciated.