The Cultural Encyclopaedia is a project by Ghanaian artist Nana Oforiatta-Ayim to facilitate the re/ordering of knowledge, narratives and representations from and about the African continent.
I was approached to help create the on-line version of this encyclopaedia, providing a simple system that would allow for the various pieces of information to grow and reveal the intertwined and non-linear narratives that are important to the understanding of Africa that Oforiatta-Ayim wishes to demonstrate.
Gasworks, www.gasworks.org.uk, 2015
Web Development with Content Management System and E-Commerce.
Gaswork's commissioned a new website to coincide with the opening of their re-furbished Gallery, Studio and Office spaces in Vauxhall. I worked with design studio AtWork to develop a new site to represent their new start, to futher demonstrate their place in the Triangle Network, and to create an easier to manage website for them.
The site provides a database of all their activities structured to allow quick access to the most relevant information on mobile and desktop, whilst also providing access to their full archive of work. Management tools are set up to give Gasworks control over all content throughout the site.
As well as managing the migration of data from the previous Gasworks website I also migrated two previous websites for The Triangle Network to centralise all of Gasworks' content and to provide a cosnsistent representation of all of Gasworks stranfs.
Back in late 2002 I built a little rig to allow me to record what I was seeing as I walked through London. I was interested in being able to unobtrusively and passively record what I was seeing as I went around. I mounted a small camera in a set of cheap headphones, and wired it to a DV camera in a bag. To the casual observer I was just a bloke wandering around with a big set of headphones on.
I was planning to record my walking journeys around London, the routes I had learned and taken, the back-streets and places I knew, that made London personal to me. The intention was to display the videos alongside a map of the route, allowing people to virtually follow the route. I made a basic version of it but never got round to publishing 'A Short Walk', it was a bit to far ahead of the available technologies - bear in mind that Google Maps launched in 2005, APIs for mapping tools were not common, and so I was hacking streetmap.co.uk to try and make something work,,
Recently whilst developing a new website for Deveron Arts and The Walking Institute I was trying to work out how to get across the concept of 'Human Pace' they were looking for, and rememberd this project. I managed to dig out a few of the of video file which I created and used them to show the principle I was thinking of, and which they have now realised.
But coming back to it I found a charm I'd forgotten tin the videos, so I've attached what I have here. Unforutnately the DV tapes of other (probably more interesting!) walks seem to have got lost over the years; I recall one night walking down a street to find a couple waltzing in the middle of the road, for instance, but can't seem to find the recording.
Some of the ideas I had from this have evolved and emerged elsewhere, such as in discussions and work with Julie Myers, and into the interactive version of somewhere's 'Barging Through London Again' I created for the Floating Cinema website. The mapping of the shots of the video to the specific places.
Kirktonhall Creative Media Group (KCMG), www.kcmg.org.uk, 2014
Logo Design & Branding, Website design & build with Content Management System.
Kirktonhall Creative Media Group (KCMG), is a charity set up to restore the historic buidling Kirktonhall in our local village of West Kilbride, with the plan to develop it into a Creative Media Centre with technical and training facilities. When I first discovered the project I was delighted to find such a thing going on in my doorstop, and got involved as a trustee of the group.
When I joined KCMG the project had come a long way, but was feeling quite fragmented by local politics and wasn't presenting a clear front on it's intentions and direction; it needed to re-present itself to the local community shake off the stigma of it's early days, and signify and update on it's progress and direction.
To help with this I created a new logo for the group, and developed a simple and clean design direction we could apply to the website to make it approachable and accessible for the varied target audiences of the project. I have also helped in developing the business and building plans as part of the trustees group.
With the most recent updates to raspbian (Wheezy) I found that USB modeswitch was no longer switching my Huwaei mobile dongle from usb-storage mode to modem mode. Rather problematic when your endpoint is on a boat and you are trying to connect to it remotely.
After much digging around I think it might be to do with how the kernel usb-storage handles the device. Aferr much mucking around, and this post on stackoverflow , I sussed out that by adding the -I flag I could get the switch to happen as expected. The -I flag sets InquireDevice, so you can make the change more permanent by editing /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/12d1:151a to the following:
# Huawei E392u-12 TargetVendor= 0x12d1 TargetProduct= 0x151b InquireDevice= 0 MessageContent="55534243123456780000000000000011062000000100000000000000000000"
This now works reliably over reboots for bringing the device into modem mode.
Concept, Design & Development
A self initiated project to help with their outreach to the local community, this is a small website designed to allow local businesses to present themselves on a map fo the area. It's a first step in creating more comprehensive website for West Kilbride and it's surrounding area.
Deveron Arts approached me to help in the development of a website for their Walking Institute programme, which studies art, journeying and the human pace. Originally I proposed an individual site for the project, but as the idea for the programme developed it was decided that integrating the site into the existing Deveron Arts website and design.
The project tries to get across the pace of human activity from the splash page, encouraging the visitor to pause and enjoy one of the journeys the Waking Institute has underaken. It then tries to contextualise the work that Deveron Arts are doing in the context of those who interact with it, using a map that traces not only their project locations, but also the visitors to their website. This then hooks back into their existing project database, all sitting on top of their exisitng site design, with some tweaks under the hood.
The project invovled a lot of work bringing their existing website framework, built with Django, up to date, and extending it for the new project. A whole Wordpress site that had been built as an early project of the walking institute was also integrated into the new site, and the existing Deveron Arts website extended to have better mapping facilities.
Network of Websites with unified Content Management System.
Working with Public Works, The Useful Arts developed a previous website they had created for The Wick Curiosity Shop into a network of sites, each representing one thread of the R-Urban-Wick project they were undertaking with AAA.
The site was built using our Critter Content Management Framework to work with different URLs providing different entry points into the different contexts the project operates in. Each site maintains a core navgiation representing the over-arching R-Urban Wick project, with modifications to the core styling making each site unique whilst similar to the other, both in presentation and content.