Early on in its conception, I was involved with the YouView project. My role involved investigating actionscript performance on mobile, memory management strategies, automated test planning and development of RDF metadata parsing. Pretty exciting stuff, I think you’ll agree.
In November 2008, I worked with Moving Brands to create an animated brand mark for global media and marketing services company MindShare Worldwide.
The work involved creating various different animated versions of the brand mark created by Moving Brands, for deployment across various media. I also produced a screensaver which showcases the new branding.
In september 2009, Albion London approached me to create a series of generative artworks for their client, Atomico Ventures.
The brief was to create a generative system which would take data from a client project (such as company share price, number subscribers, temperature in office – anything they could think to provide, really) and create an artwork which would contain a visual representation of that data.
Working with their design team, I created four different pieces, which take arbitrary feed data and incorporate it into a moving artwork. Additionally, each user can select which data/artwork combination they see by using the control panel on the top right.
This is a video from the Flash / Arduino workshop I led for tinker.it in April 2008. In the video, I’m demoing my flash based RFID reader – the hardware drivers are all written in flash, and should be totally platform independent. I really liked the idea of writing hardware drivers in Flash.
Basically, flash is controlling the hardware, then reading back the 4 byte public unique ID of the standard Oyster card, and rendering it as a colour and rotation value.
I’m just as guilty as the next guy of bitching about flashcoders being flooded with “broken component whinging” – people asking loads of component specific questions, which have largely eroded the quality of the flashcoders mailing list – however, I think it would be very useful to have a list which specifically dealt with component problems – thereby getting it all in one place and lightening the load on flashcoders. Would people use a list like this? It would be a good place for the component gurus to hang out, and the more abstract AS questions would continue to go to flashcoders.
Anyway, the list page is here, we’ll see if anyone signs up to it.
Well, the talk last night went well, I think, I didn’t screw it up too bad, or fall over or knock down the podium or anything. I had fun and met a lot of interesting new people and generally I think everyone had a good time. A couple of people have asked for the notes for the talk I gave, so I’ve put them online here:
download MMUG conference notes
They’re in flash fomat, just unzip the files and open the html page. Not sure how much sense they’ll make by themselves, but there’s some interesting stuff in there.