There is only so much you can do without proper internet, so whilst I am trying not to use all the dongle allowance I was playing about with illustrator.
A Focus ST
BTCC BMW 1 Series
BTCC Honda Civic (similar to one I did 2 years ago)
Just a small post to say that for the time being my website (mrdouglaswood.com) is currently down.
It does need a little bit of updating done to it, but overall I was and still are quite happy with it.
Watch this space for when it’ll be back.
In an attempt to keep creativity up at the weekends and do more personal projects, I have decided to show and detail part of my flat. A mundane subject yes, but it also gets me back into the habit of trying to keep adding posts.
Below you can see the corner of my living room in my flat. I have then highlighted everything and listed what everything (almost) is. I am not quite sure what this has to do with creativity. Maybe keeping my skills sharp.
Doing creative things in the flat (namely on my laptop) is quite difficult. I like to work at a desk but there isn’t one. Also, I like to work on my iMac, but I don’t have that in Leeds with me, so the view in the picture is what I am normally faced with when using my laptop (excluding when it is attached to the Apple TV). The dining table isn’t really suited to working at so I tend not to do anything apart from eat there.
One of the main issues which my final year project, 夜間night*, tried to solve was young people using their mobile phone too much in bed and not getting enough sleep. There was a sense all through out the project that it could be taken further on the software side of things. I was massively disappointed when my idea for an accompanying application could not be made due to iOS developer limitations. This led to the shelving of the application idea and the focus remained on the physical project.
Recently, in an attempt to get back into the way of thinking, I decided to revisit the idea of a software based 夜間night* but look at it from a different angle. Taking the computer as the main focus and the application I blogged about a while ago, f.lux, I wanted to combine the two to envisage what I am calling 夜間night*mode.
Computer screens are generally bad for your eyes. However, this is more apparent at night when the ambient light is lower and the stark blue light from the computer screen can cause eye strain. F.lux gives the screen warmer tones, matching it more to the artificial lighting found in your home (my f.lux setting at the moment is the equivalent of halogen or 3400k).
夜間night*mode expands the idea of f.lux into what I would imaging being a feature built into computer operating systems. Not only would it change the colour temperature of the screen, but it would make a whole host of visual changes to the computer to make it easier on they eye, which would subsequently help reduce eye strain and help the user get to sleep.
Even though this is just a concept and the result of an afternoon of work, it does provide an endless scope of possibilities to take 夜間night* and turn it into something that will actually be of use to someone. Additionally, with the launch of iOS6 and ‘Do Not Disturb’ there may be a renewed possibility of making a mobile application more relating to my project once more. But that is for another time as I have another personal project that is in the sidelines waiting to be completed.
A full write up can be found on the project page I made for it on behance (click here or on the image below).
Hooray! It’s actually a new post!
It might not really be something worth shouting about but I haven’t really had much to write about over the past month from getting back from New Designers in London. What I have decided to do is to finally get to know Adobe Illustrator better than I already do. In order of proficiency of the three main Creative Suite applications used in design, I am most comfortable with Photoshop, competent with Illustrator and a relative novice (in comparison to others) with InDesign.
Below are some examples that I have ended up creating through the use of tutorials. I haven’t reached the point yet where I want to go out and try something new from scratch, but that time will come soon.
Whilst keeping track of one of many available liveblogs last night regarding the Apple keynote at the WWDC in San Francisco, something caught my attention. Actually almost everything I found interesting, but one thing in particular reminded me a lot of what I wanted to do for my fourth year university project.
One of the features touted when previewing iOS 6 was what I wanted to have done as an add on for my project. ‘Do Not Disturb’, a new feature for iOS 6 coming this autumn, basically mutes and sends calls straight to voicemail between certain user defined times of night. It will only let through those who you want to let through.
This is basically what I wanted to have done with an app as a companion to my project. I wanted it to basically turn on airplane mode after half an hour of being in the product and then it would turn airplane mode off when it was time to wake up. This was not possible with the API’s of the software developer kit so the idea was shelved.
However, this one would maybe be just as good as a companion. I know I’ll use it when the new operating system is ready to download.
The Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) degree show officially opened on Friday night (the 18th). Due to the sheer amount of people I found it difficult to go around taking pictures of other exhibits so sticking to our own space, here is some photos from the Product Design/Digital Interaction Design space.
Ahhh. My first non uni work related blog post in quite a while. However, it isn’t really anything to write home about, but it is something quite special. If you remember from one of my posts about Uni work, I bought some MU folding plugs. What I have here is an unboxing of the plug. It really is a nice thing, and the box is fantastic. I do like a good piece of packaging design.
For more information about the MU plug, visit its website HERE
The past 9 months have been filled with many highs and many lows. It is quite difficult to really describe what the project has been like for me at the moment. I need time to reflect on what has been going on first before I make any snap judgements. That is one of the reasons why I am holding off writing a proper project review.
However, one thing that I am incredibly thankful for over the course of fourth year is all those that helped to give their opinion on things, help out, provide support. Everything really. The following list of people is all those that did aid my project and even my dissertation, if I missed anyone out, forgot your name or spell your name wrong, I apologise as it was not intentional. They are not in any particular order.
My family, Scott Urquhart, Pete Linton, Fiona Harper, Jim Rankin, Richard Smith, Fraser Bruce, Roy Shearer, Gus Colvin, Sean Kingsley (in the workshop), Roddy in the workshop, Malcolm in the workshop, the Spray Factory, the Plastic People, the Higher Product Design Class (2011-12) at Kinross High School, Graham Pullin, James Lynch, John Williamson, Michael McLaren, Derek A., Lyle in the workshop, the DJCAD art shop, Dundee Uni print unit, PDQ Print Services, 4th year Product Design, the Jewellery workshop technician (don’t know her name), Kirsty Clark, Lisa Cordiner, Amazon, Royal Mail, eBay, Proto-Pic, Tim Regan, Pablo De La Pena, Andrew Cook, Martin Bontoft, Ro Ramtohul, Ali Napier, Neil Fraser Mathieson…
I am sure that there is more to be added to that list, but I have exhausted my memory at the moment.