The Medium is the Message

We are deeply involved in the form educational media can take in the learning experience. Here is a gorgeous animation from the BBC that presents a high level of McLuhans narrative in the famous work;

The Medium is the Message

Is the form that you receive a message as significant as the message itself? Marshall McLuhan argued that throughout history what has been communicated has been less important than the particular medium through which people communicate. The technology that transfers the message changes us and changes society, the individual, the family, work, leisure and more.

Narrated by Gillian Anderson. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.

From the BBC Radio 4 series about life’s big questions – A History of Ideas.

This project is from the BBC in partnership with The Open University, the animations were created by Cognitive.

Whiteboard animation for International Development

A little bit about a recently completed whiteboard animation project using Videoscribe.

I recently wrapped production of a new whiteboard animation with collaborator, and illustrator extraordinaire Sarah Menard. The project we took on was a promotional piece for an academic work by prof. Martin Scott, working with David Girling from The School of International Development at UEA. Sarah and I are really getting into a groove producing these animations, and her style is a perfect fit for this medium.

A bit about our process. After we figured out  the concept with our client,  Sarah creates the finished artwork directly in Adobe illustrator using her drawing tablet. She is a master of <layers> and <paths> which is essential since  Videoscribe relies on the sequence of each one when doing the final rendering. Exporting the files in .SVG format, I can then import the artwortk on a scene by scene basis, and match it to our audio track. I like how the software allows to set the timing and camera  moves, and plan on exploiting that feature more in forthcoming projects.

I plan on writing up a bit more of our process in upcoming posts, specifically to tell the story of the development of our first project, but for now  will end and post this. Trying to get better at blogging this year, and actually posting instead of drafting all the time! Hope to see you soon. 8j

This is not an assignment

First post into #ds106, more of a test post than anything.

There is so much I want to do in this course I do not even know where or how to start. Art. Digital Art. Digital Storytelling. Next level. I’m feeling kinda cocky going in because most of this technology  does not intimidate me. I have been doing this stuff for years. Many, many years, and I have witnessed along with you all, the transformation of the tools, the software, the webs, how we use them in our daily lives, and how they are used to create art.  I haven’t been too impressed to be honest. In fact, its all starting to scare me a little bit!

But lets start by going back, waaay back. I’d like to examine my own history with art, with storytelling, with being digital. Growing up with analogue technologies, I find I still always fall back on them and their old, crusty analogue ways. I want to resist this. I’m going to try to be a digital story teller whatever the hell that is supposed to be. I’ve had experiments in the past, many half starts. This is my opportunity to follow through on some them.

May I present one of my earliest animated .gifs. circa 2003, the animated colour cube. This little gem was created using photoshop, and an as yet un-calculated number of hours, ‘painting’ the pixels one at a time. There was liberal use of “copy & paste” of course, and the “Hue/Saturation” filter . For some reason I was fascinated by pixel art at the time. It satisfies none of the criteria for the animated .gif assignment in this course, but I really can just sit here and watch it for minutes at a time.

My research on this project is evident in the collection of links I kept and had bookmarked on delicious under the tag, pixel.  I’m not sure the latest update on that service but it seems like a good time to host this list myself, even though half the links are probably broke. — Net Data Space vs. Every Day Life — Aram Bartholl
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