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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Why work doesn’t work!

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Here’s an interesting video from a TEDtalk session with the co-founder and president of 37signals, Jason Fried. 37signals are producers of web based collaboration tools. They are responsible for the development and open sourced programming framework Ruby on Rails and many others.

Creative people within the industry will definitely understand this and it would be interesting to know how other workers within other sectors of business feel about this. With the rise of the Internet, social media, iphone, BB distractions as well as the rise of online designers and multimedia developers this really hits home.

Super Cool Morning…brrr

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Wow is it me or are these months just flying past faster than you can say Clark Kent? I can almost hear the fine tune of Christmas songs being whistled just across the horizon. The weather’s dropped and gales are blowing in London, and it’s not nice out at all, so waking up this morning to an update to the November issue of  Wonderlance’s online magazine, started my day off with a smile! I’ve contributed to a review on tv series Smallville which is in it’s last season and poor old Clark is still impotent at flying. You can catch the review here.  This months magazine focuses on a dual theme of Creation & destruction and features a host of great interviews and articles from around the globe. Recommended reads this month come from an interesting interview and insight with Denis Delestrac on The Weaponization of Space (a completly ridiculous and vain concept currently being deployed in the heavans) , Robots (Friends & Enemies) in the SCIENtech section,  some awe inspiring work from the amazingly talented paper sculptor (yes you heard), Jeff Nishinaka. There’s also some great neo soulful jamz from The Floacist so I hope you all check that out and show some support!

I leave you for now with one of Jeff Nishinaka’s an awe inspiring paper sculpture. Enjoy and marvel.

 

 

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.

The Day We Stood Still

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Patterns. Our lives are full of them, from patterns in our food to the music that we hear to the most intricate uses of it in nature and even further beyond are planet still in the configuration of our Solar System. Patterns are what hold us together, it’s the combination of something that can give us power or even make our food taste better and as with anything else bring us closer together. Is it by complete fluke that our Solar System has the correct distance needed for life to evolve on this planet? Where would designers be without patterns? And what intrigues life to change it’s patterns? If, as Stephen Hawking’s, and many of the world scientists believe that we are all here from a ‘Big Bang’ then we truly are all born from one. An ever changing pattern, though a very slow one but it’s enough evidence to suggest that everything has a connection and it’s the connections in life that give us the power to progress further. Will you stand for silence to mark your power for one minute on one day? If so, then brace yourself for ‘The Day WE Stood Still’, 11th June 2011 and help make HISTORY!! The good people are Wonderlance believe that WE can all make a difference if we believe and recognise this by taking a full one minute silence on the 11th July 2011.  Lets release our potential and stand as one, if only for one minute in our world of silly wars over land, money and fame. WE can all make a universal difference and stop to remember and feel the unity that bought us ALL here.Please visit here for more information and updates or join the Facebook group to keep informed on the tdWss.

To end with, I leave you with a video from Sebastian Seung on his recent TEDtalk covering a very interesting topic on Connectomes and the brain and again it’s interesting to see the patterns that are ‘branched’ in our own brains.

Enjoy.

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!

Stuck in a Holagram

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“It isn’t that the world of appearances is wrong; it isn’t that there aren`t objects out there, at one level of reality. It’s that if you penetrate through and look at the universe with a holographic system, you arrive at a different view, a different reality. And that other reality can explain things that have hitherto remained inexplicable scientifically: paranormal phenomena synchronisers, the apparently meaningful coincidence of events” —– Karl Pribam, in an interview in Psychology Today.

Here’s a another fantastic article from the recent issue of Wonderlance’s monthly digital magazine (The MDM). The issue’s cover some great articles from the Arts to social sciences to film and book reviews.

This particular article looks into the Holographic Model as an explanation to the universe. This whole idea of string theory is so interesting, just the thought of 11 dimensions instead of the 3 were all familiar with is exciting in itself! Imagine designing in 11 dimensions!

Check it all out here!

http://www.wonderlance.com/mdm_july2010_holographiceverything.html