Wednesday I returned from another great Reasons to be Creative conference. I'm full of inspiration and ideas of projects I want to get started on. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in setting up and running the conference, especially John Davey. I can't wait for the tickets to be released for next year, I'll be there queuing up to buy one. It's something I highly recommend going to, at least once.
These are my notes from the three days, with some added related links.
Please get in touch if you have questions.
DAY 1 - MONDAY
Mike Brondbjerg - How to use data in your creative process
"I can't draw – but I still want to draw things. I use the skills I have as a developer to create systems for drawing, and feed data into those systems. It's about using data as a creative material."
Use data that’s around you to create with other tools.
https://processing.org/ http://p5js.org/ https://www.arduino.cc/
Wouter Verweirder - Building Bridges
James Hall - Security is Everyone's Responsibility
Highlighting what PRISM and the NSA are doing. http://www.wearealwayslistening.com/
Showing how insecure WiFi is. http://www.iwaxx.com/debookee/
Ways of cracking passwords using Cloud computing. https://www.cloudcracker.com/
Recommended using sentences as passwords as it’s harder for computers to crack.
Explained different types of computer cryptography.
He built an app that mirrors your phone’s browser onto his machine. Including gyroscopic data.
Noma Bar - Graphic storytelling
Dominic Wilcox - Idea hunter
"I'm on a constant creative journey to discover innovative ideas and possibilities through all sorts of mental tricks I play on myself to get my brain outside of it's everyday, humdrum thoughts."
To get a good idea of his brilliant work, just watch the documentary about him. http://dominicwilcox.com/portfolio/the-reinvention-of-normal/
DAY 2 - TUESDAY
Andrew Spooner - Welcome to 2017. This is the current level of human happiness. And this is the date and time you will die.
Writing music on tablet http://www.staffpad.net/
Microsoft’s research into Machine learning.
Stacey Mulcahy - Programming Play
“Signs of burnout are similar to depression” Overcome this and "Play more"
Gritteh Kitteh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJxldXqSpNM
Jeff Greenspan - Be Your Own Brand
“Someone should make that” He said maybe that should be him.
"Run with your thoughts, don’t over think your ideas"
"Make things for yourself"
Site that only allows verified Twitter accounts in http://jeffgreenspan.com/projects/personal-work/the-worlds-most-exclusive-website/
Tribute to Edward Snowden http://jeffgreenspan.com/projects/personal-work/psmm/#image1684
"When you speak broadly, others will help."
"It cost nothing to ask"
Jon Hicks - Retreat to the Shed!
Created the new Spotify icon set
He asked the question. “What are the other uses for paperclips?"
Little things the internet picks up on. https://twitter.com/edballs/status/63623585020915713
"Everyone needs a shed to get away to"
Use tools different to what you're used to. A tutor once asked his class to bring in anything the could make a mark.
Do something small everyday http://danielsmonster.tumblr.com/
Code Pen is one of his sheds http://codepen.io/
A podcast he makes, when he has time http://hicksdesign.co.uk/tag/troika/
Ways Jon rates his ideas
Fluency - quality of ideas
Originality - Unusualness of ideas
Flexibility - crossover of ideas
Jane ni Dhulchaointigh - Power to the (handy) people
It was created by messing about with wood dust and bathroom silicone.
She started fixing problems round her student flat with the new substance.
"You don't need to be an expert in something, just learn it" "Start small, make it good"
The Sugru top ten findings
10 - Make sure it works
9 - Good things take time
8 - You don't have to stay in your box
7 - Business = Community
6 - "The market for something to believe in is infinite"
5 - Start small, decide how you want people to feel using your product
4 - Inspire people
3 - Launch and learn
2 - Design for impact
1 - People are amazing
Project to connect fixers and people in need http://fixperts.org/
Give someone the confidence to make something small
Yuko Shimizu - You are never too old to achieve your dream
She worked in a "corporate world" until the age of 33, then quit and moved to NYC to study art.
With every new piece she tries out a new style, colour way or technique.
1 - Take at least one small risk everyday
2 - If you don't like your old work, you're on the right track
3 - Clients love photography way more than illustration - so make the illustration something that photography can't
4 - Don't take a project if it takes a goodnights sleep away from you
5 - It's ok to turn down a job
6 - Helping others, especially new comers, is good karma
7 - A project is not successful unless the client thinks so
8 - Once I say yes to a job, I put 100% effort in
9 - Never work for free and don't undercut others
10 - Sometimes there are things more rewarding than money
DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
Elevator Pitches - 20 speakers - 3 mins each
Photo frame you touch to send a message to his wife.
App to learn Chinese
We fear change
Cybernetics & complexity
Don't take opportunities for granted, say yes more than no.
5 mins to help someone out is worth a lifetime
Artificial Evolution, abstractions & automation
Machine to machine sound communication
365 project to create a new image a day
Developer that became an Illustrator.
Clients can be the monster of our own making
1 - Surprises suck - be transparent
2 - Present your design work - focus on problems first hand
3 - Respect is a balancing act - honest and reliable
Structure for creativity with pattern libraries
Richard Jon Guest
AC to DC, trying to run his studio from solar power.
Homemade phone charger
The future of emails
Full interactivity in an email using CSS
/ Elevator Pitches
Lizzie Mary Cullen - Overcoming the Fame Game
She told some lovely little stories, one about a tree and one about a man and a poo on a bus.
Having a near death, brown bear, experience changed the way she looks at life.
Her ego was a fear of failure. She likes to picture and treat fear as the No-Face character from Spirited Away.
Carla Diana - Exploring the Near Future through Hacking and Making
Physical products & Digital behaviour
Social robotics, expressive machines
Robotic reactions, inspiring design
A day in the near future (video) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/our-talking-walking-objects.html
Getting children interested in future tech http://www.leothemakerprince.com/
Danny Yount - Title Design
Evan Roth - The Art of Misuse
The presentation http://www.evan-roth.com/presentations/brighton-2015
Graffiti laser tag
Fuck Google https://vimeo.com/9455140
Free speech https://vimeo.com/50162010
TSA Communication https://vimeo.com/87277792
Angry Birds All Levels https://vimeo.com/52680661
Enabling graffiti writers and artists with paralysis to draw using only their eyes http://www.evan-roth.com/work/eyewriter
Peter Sunde at transmediale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DSGRYMbqjE
The internet cabling map http://www.submarinecablemap.com
Infrared video of areas where the internet cable comes into NZ http://s36.787854e174.775049.com/
Alternative look at gestures when using a mobile http://www.evan-roth.com/work/dances-for-mobile-phones/
See you there next year.