Guest Lectures

For the first term of the academic year ’11-’12 I was given the chance to do the lectures for the Communication and Visualisation unit of the BA Sound Design course at Ravensbourne College. I face this ‘task’ as a challenge; if there is a perfect presentation, i.e. one that achieves communication through meaningful visualisation, where else should it be found, if not at the lectures of the homonymous unit? Whether I made it or not, it’s your call.

In practical terms the unit’s goal is to offer the know-how to the students for making an online portfolio of their work. That will enable them to communicate who they are and what they do in a professional way. The unit’s curriculum covers some theory on user interface design, however the majority of the lectures is live demonstration of tools and methodologies for building an electronic portfolio. The free service offered by wordpress.com is demonstrated as a starting point.

The presentation below is from the first lecture of this unit, which was an introduction of the goal of this unit, the importance of having a website and a critique on portfolios of sound designers and music composers that are already out there. The first half of the slides is covered with notes of the talk that accompanied them.

The second lecture covers some fundamental user interface design principles and recommended methodologies. Hyperlinks to the resources used, are mentioned on the respective slides, through which more details about every ‘prinicple’ can be found. Simplicity is also one of these principles and at that point I felt obliged to make a tribute to John Maeda’s work on the subject. His book ‘The laws of Simplicity’ is one of my favourites and for that lecture I extracted from this book the laws that could also be appropriated on web design.

There is another lecture to follow, which will also be the last one. Due to the large number of students I was asked to give each lecture twice as the students are split into groups. The third and final lecture will be ammended on that blog-post as well.

MA Thesis (Video)

During the last academic year in the course MA Interactive Digital Media of Ravensbourne College I discovered my interest in innovative applications for museums, while at the same time I had the chance to explore a plethora of  new technologies. After long hours of research and practise  as well (i.e. programming, design and user testing) I found my exact subject of interest, which is Augmented Reality iPhone applications for museums and dedicated myself to it ever since. The video below is a demonstration of the largest part of my work.

For the installation of my project at the MA Major Project Exhibition which took place on the 12-16th of July at Ravensbourne College, I designed the following poster which summarises the concept and the functionality behind the prototype applications of the Augmented Reality Suite.

Now I am working on my dissertation which is a documentation of my major project and of the research that supported its concept and implementation. The approximately 10,000 words long essay will be uploaded here by September.

New Media for Museums

For the first term of my course we were asked to develop a research strategy and apply it on a research for the subject of our interest. We had to hand in a 3.000 words essay in which we analyse both our strategy as well as our findings.

The topic I chose is how the new media have been used to support/enhance the museum experience. My essay starts with the research strategy followed by the literature review while the third and largest part of the document is the actual study.

In the report there are two approaches of the subject, purpose-driven and medium-driven approach. At the purpose-driven approach there are several case studies regarding applications of new media in museums for learning purposes, while at the medium-driven approach there are a couple of cases analysed around the use of the mobile device in exhibition spaces.

Image from myLearning.org

New media for Nike

From our course we were asked to prepare a literature review on a theme of our interest.

What is a literature review?
A literature review, according to our tutor, is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Specificly, it lists a number of resources which contain information about the subject of the literature review, with a description and an evaluation for each one of them. The literature review usually precedes the research on the subject defined, and its value is significant since it:
  1. ensures that a research on the chosen subject hasn’t already been done
  2. justifies the research (why it is worthy a research on this subject to be done?)
  3. provides context for the research

New media and Nike
For my literature review I chose the subject “The use of new media by Nike and its reflect on Nike’s profile and profits.” for the following reasons:

  1. Nike is a world-known sportswear brand, which from its begining had an elegant and meticulous profile reflected on its products, stores and advertising campaigns.
  2. Nike is one of the first companies which realized the power of new media and took advantage of them since their very begining (websites, installations etc.). A representative example is the Human Race which will take place at the 24th of October ’09.
  3. As strange as it might sound, NikeTown is a source of inspiration for me.

Slide for NikeID

The results
To present the findings of my literature review I made a 5′ minutes presentation as we were asked to do. The powerpoint file is available below with the narration in the notes section.

♦ “The use of new media by Nike” Literature Review

In the presentation I followed the Pecha Kucha style as we were encouraged to do, by using only images for slides, without any text. The picture above is a slide of the presentation.