CRE101: The future and what it holds for us..

Last but not least, the future of creative technologies. For those who stayed right to the end, I thank you and hope that you have learnt something as I did. For this blog I will be discussing interaction with technology through architecture, as well as interactive performance and generative art.

We have come along way to where we are now. From the design of a mobile which we can now interact with without having the use of our fingers, (siri), to virtual reality giving humans a sense of being somewhere else without having to leave their bedroom or living room. Now there has even been a step further on with our creative technologies, and this is with interactive performance. This consists of people experiencing interaction through real time. These experiences will include the likes of MAX for their performance especially within their projection mapping. This is when objects and surfaces can then be turned into a surface for the purpose of displaying its video function.

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3D Performance Mapping. Source- http://www.mapbiquity.com/3d-projection-mapping/

I personally think that mapping is understanding and very creative but simple. Look at the effect of this building “pretending” it has eyes gazing at you. Creating visually pleasing states on a surface to me is very high tech and you can experiment with the likes of performance mapping as I feel there is no limit to what you want to create. Because of technology advancing so much, I feel there will be in the future less pen to paper creations and more VR like substances.

Moving onto Interaction with architecture, I find that the most creative artists live among architecture, such as Miguel Chevalier. I have only recently been introduced to Miguel Chevalier, and his work for me is outstanding and very pleasing to the eye. As you can see below this is only a small piece of Chevalier’s work, and I feel that there is much more to come from him and I just can’t wait!

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Example of Miguel’s work. Source- https://artpeople.net/2016/10/miguel-chevalier-nuit-blanche-2016-saint-eustache-paris/

For Miguel it’s all about the placement of where he puts his art. The building just make the creation come to life and I think this is what enhances his work also. The architectural side of things is what it’s all about. The features within the building’s, without them the creations would not be as extreme or feel as powerful as they do. It is  known that music is also played in the background of all these site seeings for the visitors when entering the building. Music also fines and enhances art, it can make the audience feel more and engage more with the display.

Miguel is all about producing visuals, so he has even created sensors that can pick up his audiences movements, giving them a sense of control, which I find a fun element to all this.

Further on we have generative art, what is this you might ask? This is where new creations are continuously being produced and made through algorithms, ever heard the term visual art? This is evolving images, that has been specifically placed through mathematics. Generative art can be hit or miss for me personally, as I have seen some impressive displays and some that might need a little more work, but overall the majority have been impressive, its all own to personal opinion.

I hope you have enjoyed travelling with me through my journey and that you have all learnt something as I have in the previous blogs, stay creative!

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CRE101: Interaction Design..

This is a big topic when it comes to creativity and technology so I’m going to break this down as best I can. Firstly interaction Design is all about the interface, so what the person will see first see when they open up their laptop or turn on their mobile. Interfaces are normally visually appealing, displaying bright colors and several components. Although just because the outside looks good, doesn’t in actual fact mean the inside is also. Taking apple products for example, they have to me the perfect, smooth well finished cover and interface for the user, but apple has its own issues software wise. Even though I feel I would never change from apple some things could change themselves within apple stores.

I do find that apple took off well for there first iPhone and the Human interface hasn’t changed dramatically over the years which I like because it keeps in with the apple theme if you like. Sometimes changing to much of the interface can confuse user’s and may do more harm than good in the long run, for example bad feedback, user’s might want the interface back to before so I like that apple has kept with its theme.

HCI has became a life changer for some if not many people. Thinking of those with disabilities that could use the likes of siri to enjoy their apple experience. There is also a process that can be done to gain better interface design in the future and that is to simply gain feedback from previous user’s or learn from your mistakes and possibly put something back to the way it was as I mentioned previously. Having and solving the solution to any issues or problems companies may face will give them greater power in the long run, as they know what has worked and what hasn’t for them before.

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http://www.google.com An example of Siri on an iPhone

There are many area’s of design before it is complete, but I personally think every visual designer should have the user’s requirements at the top of their list. The user’s want to feel like they have complete control over what they are doing, making them feel involved. Ease of use for any device should also be taken into account, making it that bit easier for the user, again taking into consideration those who may have disabilities.

Nowadays the designers of these devices create elements that everyone can use, no matter disability or not. Designers should have an open mind too all. This I think we lead us into a better future with technology. There will be less limitations if everyone is included, the public is the audience, not just a single group but everyone. Designers should reflect on their user’s, and all their needs, for example if they can’t speak, can’t see or hear, all this should be taken into consideration and I believe strongly will be.

Interface design is what brings the user and the device together as such. Without the interface design no one would be able to get into the device in the first place. I also think that design is fun and fresh, play about and see what can come of it, you never know what could happen!

 

CRE101: IOT..

Fourth blog in and I hope you’re all still with me!

This one is going to be about IOT and “Big Data”. Now I’m sure you are wondering what in the world IOT stands for and is big data not just the opposite of small data? Well lets start of with IOT, this simply stands are “Internet of Things”, this is where devices are being linked with the power of the internet to communicate and interact with other devices and even reach out to people. The brilliant brain behind it all is Kevin Ashton, he  has advanced technology to it’s highest peak for me personally. For someone to have created something that communicates by for example the voice of one of us is outstanding and has changed our daily living for the greater good.

Technology has now advanced to the stage of smart homes, smart cars and even within the health care system. We now have the fitbits to watch how much exercise we do, how many steps we take and to keep count of our calorie intake. Another factor to consider is the impact geolocation has had on us all. A great way of tracking those who have lost devices or even people in some cases.

For me I feel like the Internet of Things has no limitations now, because we have come so far within technology, the internet is strong and more powerful than ever. Going back from type writers as shown below, to laptops and tablets, its crazy!

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Type writer, Source- http://www.google.com

Its also hat’s off to the smart car’s as I’d be lost without my GPS/ sat nav. But lets not forget that relying on technology isn’t always beneficial, as machine’s have their bad days too. I find that the artificial side of things tends to scare me ever so slightly. Artificial intelligence is a big, no huge step for not only technology but human kind. I don’t want to have to rely on a computer or device doing something I am completely capable of doing myself. There are a lot of what if’s in my mind when it comes to this type of technology. Alexa is an example of this, very popular and will continue to be popular in my eyes, but again I feel its just laziness that individual’s can’t so something for themselves, a device has to be in charge and I feel this will only get stronger as the years go on.

Now a day’s they also have trackers for work and businesses, which I find smart but a little creepy. You should have trust in your employee’s not trackers. But on the manufacturing side of things, new machinery can be at an advantage and help a business thrive.

Onto “Big Data”, this is a process that cannot be done by normal processing data software but by complex large data groups for the likes of human interaction, certain patterns and possibly to detect any trends that are forming through out a specific situation or time frame. “Political leverage” is what was used to describe a heated moment between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as they (without consent) took millions of user’s data around the time of the US Presidential Elections, simply for additional votes. I would have to say I never really looked into this matter, As it anger’s me thinking that people’s personal data could be sold to another who could hold it against you or I in fact. But after this flare up, nothing since has been said. Yet..

CRE101: Semiotics..

Yes Semiotics is actually a thing.. don’t panic, I will break it down for you. Semiotics can basically be summed up as signs within the media or society if you like. This includes signs within cultural experiences, and what they mean in our society.  The reason why I’m exploring this is because it is linked within the media. The text you see with media has signs all over it, the letters used, gestures individual’s make in images, videos within media, even the objects you see within the media. This is all apart of interaction and communication. It is also known that outfits and colors all have meanings, therefore they are semiotics, for example what jacket you wear can have a meaning and explain something to someone.

I’m sure your wondering how this all came to be, and the answer is simply by a man known as Ferdinand de Saussure. Ferdinand created this linguistic theory of semiotics. We went into more detail of Ferdinand in class, but that’s the basics for this simple introduction. As more importantly its not where this came from but indeed what it all means. We can break down the these letters, objects, photographs and so on into two groups and they are “Signifier” and “Signified”. Firstly we have the signifier and this is defined as the item we are explaining or talking about, the signified is the meaning from the signifier, or sense of expression behind it.

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Source- https://www.quora.com/How-best-can-I-understand-semiotics-in-research-study

There is never a better system than another, as this system can be edited and altered at any stage. Keep in mind there are endless examples of semiotics, I will look at the word “cold” now this can have many meanings, when I see this word I think of a sickness, but some can also see it as what temperature something can be at or how one feels temperature wise. It all depends on the context its used in and how someone views it. Ferdinand de Saussure’s theory has also been successful in that of the business world. Advertising and marketing plays a big part in this as various companies will use images and text to engage their audience. Different images have a lot to say for themselves, especially those who are in the image and what they are doing. For example take this both images below,

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Example of Advertisment- Source- http://www.google.com

 

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Both images are supposed to represent hair, and the product for hair.. I think? But all we can see is the famous Selena Gomez with her dazzling smile as her hair is that beautiful with the products she has been using. That it what I take from this image but others may not see it the way I do. Its all about opinion and what you see and do with it. The product to me isn’t the main focus here its the women in the photo, and because this woman is already famous, this is what will bring the audience in. You could say both images have done their job in advertising and promoting but then again, all focus is on the woman and not the product itself?

Another individual who is linked into all this is Mr. Roland Barthes, a philosopher who worked around the two groups named at the start of all this, the signifier and the signified. He wanted to explore and research the link between these two. An example of this would be, someone owning their own business. Does this mean they are better of than someone who has not got their own business?

Barthes part in all this would suggest that yes, they are better off, just like someone who has a BMW rather than a Renault Clio perhaps? In some cases I find that this may not be a good way to go about things, but in today’s society that’s how it is. This can be tracked back to for example the word “business” itself, we use signifier and then signified and what do we get? All depends on opinion and what the person see’s, but here I see riches, business meaning hard working and profits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRE101: The old and the new..

Imagine having a generation that could research, analyse and create findings on any piece of information or person on this earth. Well imagine no more, the wait is over, and fast might I add. In today’s society this is normality, working with the media has became a second nature to many if not all of today’s generation. Some describe it as “being born into” new media.

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Source-www.google.com

The question on everyone’s lips.. What is new media? New media has been described and identified as cultural growth, communicating through various technologies to built an impact of interaction. Going back ever so slightly to the early 1900’s, when technology set off and made its mark from what would now be known as “old media” such as the radio or even the odd printed paper/magazines. Who would have thought that technology would have advanced from that of something printed for you to something printed by you. From wireless printers, to touch screen’s all this state-of-the-art technology has had its effects on people and their daily living.

Moving forward to the social side of things. For me I find this element of media extremely important, I can not stress enough about social media and what it has done for this generation, I’m sure you will agree when I say both beneficial and detrimental can be used here. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat, all sound familiar? How could they not? with Facebook having over 2.19 billion active users. These are just a few forms of social media listed, but my main focus are those above as I understand they are the most popular with today’s generation.

Each of these sites or app’s have been successful I would say in their field. But we all forget about the content we may post or pass on to others. What happens with this information we simply feed out to the public? In my mind the internet is like a sponge, absorbing everything its given. People today forget all consequences with social media. For example scams, privacy and fake news. Let’s talk about privacy first, this I would consider being the most valued out of the three listed above. Privacy is something that comes along with and is part of the T’s and C’s, (Terms and Conditions). Yes I know, we are all guilty. None of us read the terms and conditions given and probably should, as this is what can be the cause of scams, simply from looking at past scandals involving the media.

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Example of Facebook Terms/Conditions, Source- http://www.google.com 

https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-online-scams-top-5-social-media-scams.html

Here I have linked an online reading of how scams can occur. They are plain but very effective. Everyone should be watching out for random requests on Facebook, Hidden charges on various sites visited, and so on. I strongly feel the need to over analyse the Privacy part of new media, Especially the political aspect here. An argument involving the government, stating that they can access any information and trace it back to one individual at any given time for the purpose of decreasing terrorist activity, sounds good doesn’t it? Well what if I told you it would be without your consent would you still think its a good idea? In my defense I believe if you have nothing to hide you should’t have to care what the government does with your information. Data not just from your laptop or PC, But also the likes of tablets and mobile phones, anything that is needed by the government they can reach. Some may disagree as they find their information to be personal, but for the sake of saving lives you could say privacy could be invaded this time round. You could also say that this is another way of communicating through technology with the government to help resolve political issues like this.

Misleading and inaccurate information is additionally a new media issue that has risen, as I spoke about earlier “Fake news”, is the term used when people find information they have read or came across as false. Multiple websites have found to be painted in untrue statements not only about people but places. An example of this would be Wikipedia, one of the most well known sites for holding data that isn’t theirs as well as being easily edited from other sources. I would have to agree with exploitation for those who give out false or exaggerated information, I feel it is a waste of time for those consuming it, further more for those who may be harmed by it.

In conclusion to all this, really it comes down to the precautions we take on the new media and how much information we allow to be on the internet about ourselves as well as from ourselves. Not everyone’s opinion’s will be the same of course and we might just have to deal with that. In fact it could be half in half on various topics through out media itself. I just hope for the future that media is used as and when its needed, sourly fit for its purpose. This all depends on how technology will form within the up coming years and who will have access to it.

 

 

CRE101: Creativity and its meaning..

Feeling creative? Well in actual fact we all are! Creativity is something I believe we all possess, but whether we choose to progress with this is a different question entirely. We all have our own ideas brewing, but some people are unsure of how to harness their creativity and allow it to flourish. Being original, inventive and  imaginative, all of these qualities are what are and build creativity and individuality, but we all must synchronize them together in order to maintain a thriving creative culture.

Everyone has their own creative experiences, including myself, and many of us go through various creative processes. Many previous projects I have had to undertake included some sort of creative element which I already possessed, however, how that strain cultivated within me, was all down to how I progressed through time, and how and what I did to nurture my creative streak.

To me, what creativity means is finding one’s own style, and one’s own approach to a project, whether individual, national or global. Different ideas require different processes of creativity. For instance, the idea of creating a website for a company might be more time consuming process than that of the steps to constructing an interactive interface design for an app. This is purely due to the fact that a website needs more attention from the creator, as it has more components,  and therefore more ideas to be thought out, planned and ultimately, generated than an app. Nonetheless, both ideas require imagination and originality as I previously mentioned.

Below we have just one creativity process image that can be followed, But keep in mind everyone’s process can be different. 

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Source – http://www.google.com

I think a lot of people forget that creativity can also be described as influential. Meaning it can be brought on or encouraged by others. An example of this would be teamwork activities for projects. Creativity is also a skill that must be put into practice. Ever heard the saying “Practice makes Perfect?” because I have found for me, it truly does. Putting your idea’s into practice essentially means, the bringing of them to life and the more you practice with these ideas, the more likely you are to attain an evolved idea, and the more likely you will develop your creative process.

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, its not just a “one size fits all” scenario. For example when a painter was asked about what creativity meant to them they described it as those “light bulb moments” whether when asking a textile artist they defined creativity as “consuming”. You can find it not just in people, but places. Just like Richard Florida explains in his article on creative cities, putting all focus on Vancouver, Canada.

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Richard Florida explains how having a great amount of expendable finance has a lot to do with the amount of creativity a city can own, and how they can maintain this. The city can become limited with what it can create on a budget. Even though this article was written in 2008, it still applies today, with many cities wanting to assert their progressiveness and creativity through their tourist industry. For example, in recent years, Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Nevertheless,  Florida explains that Vancouver can thrive off their own “natural environment” for creativity. Using the resources and surroundings they have to explore and encourage their creativeness, as well as describing Vancouver for being in the position “technological front of the world.” This also links in with the creative class of Vancouver, Canada.

Many business companies have immigrated to Canada, which I feel is the right choice as many forget about places like these, which often so much rural space to be occupied and improved upon. Therefore, such an environment is where companies can build upon what already exists and they can become more structured where creativity is concerned, as they ultimately have something fresh to begin with and cultivate from. The main focus has always been on the higher end of the spectrum( of prominent business and entrepreneurial areas) such as London or New York as these are largely populated locations with infinite amounts of profit and higher spending rates. It is known that the “3 T’s” are what engage more creatives to the cities and what cities should look out for. They are as the image below shows.

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Source- http://martinprosperity.org/content/insight-canada-in-the-creative-age/

Talent in this case means finding proficient people in the population; those who are accomplished, cultured and well educated for the cities. Technology, means there must be the top of the top technology to create more cultural surroundings. Lastly we have the amount of tolerance, for example how accepting and respectful the cities are toward their people. I strongly believe if the “3 T’s” are followed, they will become more innovative and popular regarding creativity and their creative class.