The Infinite Adventure

Another project that I love the style of. This app is part of the ‘Future of Writing’ project by Microsoft research. I like this idea because it’s encouraging you to use your imagination and produce your own stories.

The Infinite Adventure Machine (prototype 01) from David Benqué on Vimeo.

http://www.davidbenque.com

ARART

My fellow DiXD-er Virginia Vila has directed me towards a project called ARART.

ARART from ARART on Vimeo.

ARART from ARART on Vimeo.

http://arart.info

This concept is pretty much my first idea. I really do love it though and think it’s exactly the type of vibe I would want to create. It has a great visual language.

Bookstore Observations

waterstones

I went into Waterstones today with the intention of people watching.

I found myself wandering over to my favourite genre of book (horror) meandering passed the fairytales (also a favourite) and ending up finally in front of the classics (Jane Austin fan over here!).

Finally, with my personal interests out the way, I grabbed a hot chocolate with cream and a lemon poppy muffin and perched myself on the balcony overlooking the book maze.

I took down quite a few notes regarding the way people traveled around the store. I begain noticing that people who were by themselves would often shoot off towards their favourite section. However some would end up aimlessly wandering around the shop glancing at other titles on the shelves.

There were also a lot of mothers with children, scoping out educational books and classic stories for their kids. The more matured children would often have something they wanted to buy themselves.

The elderly are very fond of books stores and I noticed a great few of them lingering about the crime and mystery sections, reading the prologues. There was one paticular couple that arrived and picked up a large book on country landscapes. The wife then sat in the only chair and began to flick through the pages, whilst the gentleman stood with his hands in his pockets rocking back and forth on his heels. He didn’t look bored, just patient.

Couples were another big theme in the bookshop. Quite often you would see them both meandering through the aisles picking up something, discussing it and putting it back. One such couple held hands as they walked through the store.

There were many other types of groups of people that came in and out the store, but these were the few that were most common. Maybe I didn’t sit long enough to get a proper taste of the day.

I went in the intent of observing peoples habits, however what I came to notice more was the environment as a whole. The shop itself was quiet. Main highstreet stores usually have music playing, they’re crowded and people are asking you if you need any help. You can be in and out of a clothes shop within minutes if nothing catches your eye.

With the book shop, I’ve noticed it’s lack of ambition. Like a library, people would automatically hush their voice. The large open spaces encouraged people to simply stroll and take their time. It’s like time slows down in a book shop. Most of the people would spend more than mere minutes meandering through the aisles. They would quite often pick up a book and sit down to flick though it’s pages.

Being in the shop made me relax. I sat on the balcony and felt no self conscious voice in my head telling me that I had spent too much time in the shop. In fact, it seemed normal to re visit the same shelves a few times.

The shop itself was nothing special. The shelves were all the same similar black and the signs that told you which genre you were looking at the simple and to the point. The shop smelt like a book shop should smell, which is coffee and paper, and the carpet was plain. The only noises were those clinks of coffee cups and soft whispers of the customers.

I think that’s entirely what a bookshop is. My experience is not all the information I need though and I’m hoping to find a library in town soon. The student library won’t have the same atmosphere I’m looking for because it’s a studious environment.

What I gained from today will be very important in the direction my project will take. I’m leaning more towards something deliberately slow, that embodies that bookshop atmosphere.

Returning.

I haven’t had much of a chance to post on here due to hectic life schedules popping up everywhere. However, I have now left my internship at Appit and have taken on a new job for a company called Singderella.

On top of this I’ve also started back at University this week and I’ve been working on a pressure project. I’m really enjoying this actually because there’s a lack of pressure (the irony!) to get a good grade. Instead I get to work within a bigger than usual group (12 people) and also different years! First to Fourth year have all come together to create something, and being in a bigger group means we all have different skill sets.

The brief is to design something food related for a banquet that is happening on Friday. We’ve been given examples of top chefs food that have been expertly designed using unique cooking methods. I would loved to have cooked something really different, but given the brief timescale of the project we’ve decided to make something thats more about the space. We’ve taken into consideration the social aspects of eating and drinking and our idea involves music and how sociable you feel whilst you’re consuming your food with music. Music can encourage you to drink more, and drinking can be a sociable act.

THE IDEA

We’ve decided to design a cup that makes music depending on the level of liquid in the cup. This is measured using pressure sensors placed at the bottom of each cup. As you drink from the cup a number of instruments start to play. By the end of your cup a full composition of instruments will be playing!

We chose a jazz theme and the instruments consist of strings, brass, organ, vibes and bass. Hopefully with further development these could change to allow for different themed nights.

In the glasses we have selected 4 cocktails that have related names to the jazz theme. Dreamy Bass, Captain my Organ, Ron Burgundy (Jazz flute) and Brass Monkey. Below is Dreamy Bass, an example of one of the cocktails that were designed for the project.

I’ve had lots of fun making the plaques for the stand that the drinks sit in. We decided to go for a retro feel considering the theme, but me being me, I’ve made them mostly pastel. I love working with pastel colours!

Tomorrow is the final presentation and we’re mostly  done so I’m happy! I’m feeling really positive about the outcome, the boys in our team really know their stuff and have done a wonderful job figuring out the electronics of the cups.

All that’s left to do know is present it!

App Inspiration

I spent a lot of time sifting through some apps in the hopes of finding colour and animation inspiration. Below are a few that stood out for me:

Olo is a game for the iPhone and iPad. I really liked the style of the game, it’s one of those apps thats nice to look at.

 

 

I’m going to mention Feedly, although I watched someone download it today and it crashed immediately. Apart from that, I really liked the animations of the text and the transition from page to page.

 

 

I’ve seen Paper before but I watched their video again today and I just love the way they get the idea of the app across to potential users. I can’t see this app being used for anything other than quick sketches that can be referred to later, but I think thats the point of it, which I quite like. If I owned an iPad I would download this.

 

(cover image is a from Olo.com) 

Appit

I’ve started doing an unpaid internship for a small company based in Dundee called Appit.

Their site is here if you wish to check them out. I’ve only be there a week but so far I think they’re a great company to work for! Plus, they have some awesome mugs..

Portfolio Dilemma

Today I’ve been playing with my portfolio! I’m never very sure what kind of details need to be in portfolio. When it comes to showing of my work I think it would be better if I had some sort of visual representation of the projects I’ve been working on. However, I can’t seem to make webpages look pretty! So instead I settle with having one great image to represent the project in it’s entirety and then a small statement to explain what the project is about.

Again, I’m not sure that I’m doing it right.

I finally got together yet another portfolio (I fell out of love with my last one) and am happier with the style. For now.

Perhaps my next step will be to research how designers create great pdf portfolios.