“TWENTY” – The Journey is the reward

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Apr 262011

Please find my project posted here ….The Journey Is the Reward by Casey Keppel-Compton http://purecalmdesigns.co.uk/twenty

My Project is called …”Twenty” – it represents a journey of twenty years, months,weeks, days and hours from 1991 to 2011.

I have used several multimedia elements to create the finished project – photography using D80 Nikon , flash and video (web cam using camtasia studio 7).

A very pleasing and rewarding experience was to obtain, convert from vhs tape to digitial format a piece of BBC archive based on an interviewI had with Martin Bell 20 years ago and viewed by my mother at breakfast during the Gulf War. I had some challenges in converting the media but I am very pleased with the end result.

There are some good technical learnings from the project as I had to learn flash animation and some advanced photoshop techniques for my graphics pieces to pull the whole project together.

I hope you enjoy ….

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The Future of the Web

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Apr 082011

a still from the movie Minority Report

In the 2002 film, Minority Report,¬†one of the many futuristic scenes places Tom Cruise in a shopping mall while being assailed by targeted 3 dimensional ads as he passes a barrage of malevolent, big brother like, retina scanning CCTV cameras. It’s always tempting to wonder about the likelihood of such a scenario considering the phenomenal pace of technological change over the last 10 years since the movie was shot. How near are we to that imagined future? The answer is, probably closer than you think. If that seems far-fetched, then consider the dramatic global expansion of broadband penetration (and its projected reach) and the seemingly exponential increase in data traffic over these networks.

Global broadband penetration 2011 Graphic

Global broadband penetration 2011, Source: TelegeographyITU/BBC

The communications industry watchdog, Ofcom recently announced the beginning of the auction process for the new 4G mobile spectrum that will bring mobile data speeds inline with those available from landline ADSL and cable networks. The action takes place next year with 4G services likely to roll out in 2013. Placed in context, we can see this as part of a huge global expansion in broadband connectivity, with an estimated 3.8 billion mobile broadband subscribers worldwide projected by 2015.

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The trick navigation of Mark Boulton

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Apr 042011

I was reading an article on Mark Boulton’s website, the first time I’ve visited it since the redesign. The article, A Richer Canvas, was interesting but that’s not what this blog post is about.

The website is very minimal, with typography the focus. The navigation is in a sidebar on the right and just simple, grey text. Until you mouse over the sidebar. When you do, all the links turn from grey to green. It’s a really effective technique and quite eye-catching. It’s simple, but elegant, and not something I’ve seen before.

Now all I need to do is work out how he did it and then steal the idea.

*** Update ***

I gave it a go, and it’s very easy. Took me 15 minutes to find out how he did it and then code my own (very rough) example: Trick navigation example.

All you need to do is apply a hover pseudo-class to a div, and target each anchor within that div (see code in comment below). That way the anchor changes when you hover over the div, not the anchor. Use some CSS3 transitions to add a little easing and that’s it.