About ralbert

Hi there im Ryan Anderson. A current Textile design student at DJCAD, in my 3rd year. Specialising in printed menswear. Im a lover of all things Grey and Geometric. After doing my HND at dundee college i eventually made my way to direct entry at DJCAD. Working part time in retail. A lover of theatre and film. My favourite musical is Spring Awakening. and actress is Jennifer Lawrence.

21st century designer.

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For assignment 2 we were asked to create ink blots, the aim of this was to produce an image so that each reader would hopefully see the same thing. If not we were then asked to add something else to change it so that people would see the same thing.

Above is the original ink blot we produced. We ourselves could see instantly that it was some sort of animal, a bear cub, a puma, some even a monkey, however the reply from the viewers weren’t always similar.

” two bear cubs dancing back to back”
” conjoined monkey twins wearing fez’s and licking their fingers”
“Two bears back to back sucking thumbs”
“Circus bears”
“Two bears juggling”
“Two bears with mittens on”
“Two apes back to back licking their fingers”
“Two wolves and a moon”

The feedback from the first image was similar, everyone could see an animal, however it wasn’t always a bear which is what we originally had seen. One person from the above was correct however as not everyone was we had to edit our original image.

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Once the image was edited we had shown everyone who had previously answered our question on the first image.

Upon this everyone had changed their initial thoughts and now were all thinking the same thing.

Two bears juggling.

Bluffer Medal Review ……

Northamptonshire, a place known for shoe making.  Founded there is the Global Footprint Commission. Designer Dominic Wilcox saw this as a challenge where he would thrive to achieve a creation that had yet to be invented. Taking the idea of transport and ‘The wizard of Oz’ where Dorothy clicked her heals and transported home, came up with the idea of the GPS shoe. These were to be a guide home. First Wilcox came up with the sketches and from there he would need a technician and then a shoe maker to produce the footwear. This is wear Becky Stewart (technician) and Stamp Shoes come in. Between the three skills combined ‘No Place Like Home’ where created. “Dominic Wilcox has created a fully functional prototype pair of shoes that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world.” Within the shoes is a piece of software where the user can selected the appropriate destination which is then uploaded through the USB to the shoes, both shoes communicate with one another to reveal the current destination of the user and then offer a direction that the user can then take to get themselves to the approved destination that they have selected. Arduinios is a microcontroller that the shoes are built around. “I chose mini LED lights as they needed to be visible outdoor in sunlight. There were other alternatives like digital displays but given the distance from the eyes these LED’s seemed the best option.” With a magnet in one shoe and a sensor in the other, this can detect when the magnet is in close range and manages to communicate with the other shoe that the heels have been clicked to start the GPS system. Helping the wearer get to their selected destination.

 

 

Early October a story had manage to make its way to the headlines involving a cyclist who was challenging a policeman over the way he was driving. Not unheard of, the cyclist was documenting the encounter through a camera which had been placed upon his helmet. As predicted technology is making its way to onto a person’s body becoming one with the user. People need to be connected with their technical devices. Devices that are constantly updating the user on their average day are becoming more common, this was the inspiration behind a piece of “wearable tech” released earlier this year by Nike. A band which records the movements of the wearers day synchs to their smartphone offering a variety of data from the number of calories burned to the number of steps they have taken. This method of ‘Exercise’ has sported some unusual habits, which commuters being spotted walking up and down steps repeatedly walking up and down stairs within a public transport station in order to reach the goal they have achieved.  Recently Sony have released a new generation of watches, which relate to smartphones, these are known as SMARTERWATCHES. This piece of tech gets synched up with your Android Smartphones, and when the user receives a new call, texts etc. it allows the user to read the message upon the face of the watch. A piece of technology that google have developed that helps record the lives of the user. Five sensors located upon the device based upon light, motion, direction, colour and temperature; document the lives through the use of photos. This device can be clipped onto a lanyard so that the user will not find themselves behind the lens of a camera, or mobile phone during an occasion. The Autographer, can take approx. 2,000 pictures a day and has a 136 degree wide angle lens. It had grown out of a piece of equipment designed for medical use for Alzheimer patients. This device has grabbed the attention of photographers who has seen potential in the device to work alongside their traditional SLR cameras. “Especially with children, you can get some really candid shots when they don’t realise the camera is there,”

 

Technology is vastly growing and become a main influence in the modern day world. However there are companies specifically focusing on technology for enjoyment, which can be developed slightly just to make it help the user in their day to day lives. There isn’t enough technology like The Autographer that can help patients who go through illnesses, and struggling to live their lives. Technology is taking away from the hands on approach which is then straying people to become more lazy and unhinged from the world. I find even myself so addicted to technology that I am not acknowledging what is going on in front of my own eyes, and I’m missing pieces of relevant information pass by without realising it because my mind is to developed into my smartphone. “Schoolchildren can use an iPhone but cannot tie their shoelaces, poll finds” is an article I found whilst searching for my reviews. I found this information shocking but yet interesting. Surely companies must know this and yet have not done anything to improve it.

Wilcox, D . (2012). No Place Like Home GPS shoes. Available: http://www.dominicwilcox.com/gpsshoes.htm. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

Wakefield, J. (2012). Wearable tech pioneers aim to track and augment our lives. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19664161. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9122180/Schoolchildren-can-use-an-iPhone-but-cannot-tie-their-shoelaces-poll-finds.html#

Technology Bibliography

Wilcox, D . (2012). No Place Like Home GPS shoes. Available: http://www.dominicwilcox.com/gpsshoes.htm. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

Northamptonshire, a place known for shoe making.  Founded there is the Global Footprint Commission. Designer Dominic Wilcox saw this as a challenge where he would thrive to achieve a creation that had yet to be invented. Taking the idea of transport and ‘The wizard of Oz’ where Dorothy clicked her heals and transported home, came up with the idea of the GPS shoe. These were to be a guide home. First Wilcox came up with the sketches and from there he would need a technician and then a shoe maker to produce the footwear. This is wear Becky Stewart (technician) and Stamp Shoes come in. Between the three skills combined ‘No Place Like Home’ where created.

Wakefield, J. (2012). Wearable tech pioneers aim to track and augment our lives. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19664161. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

Early October headline stories included a story about one cyclist who challenged a policeman over his erratic driving, this resulted in cyclists wearing helmets with built in cameras. It had long been expected that technology would being one with man. Nike produced a piece of wearable technology that was able to connect with the users smartphone that would offer an array of information, from the amount of energy burned to the number of steps taken. Sony also released the ‘smarter watch’ which also can connect to the users smartphone all updates within the users smartphone can be directly read upon the face of the watch. Google developed the ‘Autographer’ which can discreetly record the life of the wearer. This piece can be clipped onto a belt, a bag or even a lanyard around the neck. The ‘autographer’ can photograph the events using 5 sensors. It appears that wearable technology is still within the early development stages, however is it most certain to make an appearance in the mainstream industry.

Mycroft, D. (2009). Ten Ways Technology Changed The Outdoors.Available: http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/outdoor-features/ten-ways-technology-changed-the-outdoors/6180.html. Last accessed 23rd Oct 2012.

Ten ways that modern has changed the outdoors. This is from clothing, materials such a titanium, ultra-light synthetics. This is a look back from twenty years ago. And that technology to date is still vastly changing, and therefore will affect the outdoors to date. This is relevant as gamekeepers spend most if not all of their day outside, and technology is an issue for them, and since technology has changed this much in twenty years’ time, it can give us an insight into what technology will be like in another twenty years to come.

Lee, D. (2012). When art and tech collide. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19786035. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

3beards company gather 50 developers and 50 artists in one room for a weekend, and ask them to create something that is visually interactive. The idea of the project is to turn data into a source of creativity. From there they chose 25 projects to be shown in an art gallery.

Manns, D. (2011). How technology will affect the nature of outdoor .Available: http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/analysis/1072080/. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

Clear Channel and UM London creative chiefs describe how the use of technology will transform the nature of out-of-home advertising. This is helpful as it gives us an insight into ones opinions about technology and what he thinks will be involved in the evolution of technology outdoors.

Gamekeepers Help in Schools.

So this article is about how game keepers, are becoming teachers and leaving their natural environment  to educate in schools.

“Gamekeepers live close to nature and want to share their love of the natural world with others, especially children, the adults of tomorrow. We have produced the CD – Rom because surveys show that 49 out of every 50 members of the public have never met a gamekeeper face-to-face. Hopefully, it will enable youngsters to gain a better insight into why the countryside is so special to us all. I really hope the children and the teachers enjoy the CD – Rom.”

http://www.nationalgamekeepers.org.uk/news/new-bilingual-wildlife-conservation-coursework-

Grand Design Computer Cut House

“Kevin McCloud meets a pair of civil partnered university professors who have decided to build their first home from scratch. In addition to all the complications this usually entails, they have also enlisted the services of industrial designers who have developed a new computer-assisted method for cutting precision-engineered building blocks from scratch. However, though the technique may be clever, its creators have never created a building before – meaning everyone involved with the project is taking a giant leap into the unknown. ” 

below is an attached image of the technology used to cut the house. this is a way of helping speed up the process of building the house, which will also mean builders would not be outdoors for long periods of timeImage

10 ways technology changed the outdoors

Found this guys, thought it would come in handy, also Hannah if you look at synthetic materials … and look into the Spray on Clothing, that would be so handy for looking into the clothing for outdoors. 

http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/outdoor-features/ten-ways-technology-changed-the-outdoors/6180.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/16/spray-on-clothing-t-shirt (for hannah)