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Ten games that make you think about life


Thanks to Casual Girl Gamer for a fantastic top 10 of games designed to provoke and emotional response. Clickpic.

“Games might not yet be recognized as art but they are increasingly being used to explore the kind of deep themes that were previously the preserve of artists and philosophers.”

Girls make the best gamers.....

Transmedia Futures: Situated Documentary via Augmented Reality


Gary Hayes states a good case for Augmented reality being the natural place for historical reconstruction. The tech is getting better and coupled with GPS or location based services it makes perfect sense to use available hardware as windows into the past. I have been fortunate enough to work with some very talented Australian and Dutch documentary film makers through Crossover Labs on something similar looking at more recent history and the fit is exceptional.


Can I have $500 to learn some history mum?

35 Years of Apple Products in Inforgraphics


Apple are renowned for prettiness, and this visual history in inforgraphics from Mashable is a fitting tribute. 35 years of product development in a single graphic. An excellent example of the art of inforgraphics.

Reproduced here on the wonderful website filled with other excellent examples.

An Apple Tree!

NAWLZ – Interactive Comic


NAWLZ is a beautiful interactive comic with great writing and fantastic artwork.

NAWLZ - Comics Evolved

The Waiting Room – One Hospital. Hundreds of Stories.


The waiting room is a film and social media project about healthcare. Focusing on a ‘safety net’ hospital in California, The waiting room is also a repository of conversation topics and emotions felt in the online waiting room.


One Hospital. Hundreds of stories.

Pinwall – 3d Projection and Augmented Reality Game


Pinwall is a fantastic installation which takes a different twist on 3d Projection Mapping, but making it interactive to the point of becoming a game in itself. This projection is a full working pinball game superimposed on a building which passers by can play and interact with, rather than being simply passive, making it both projection mapping and augmented reality.
This great video also gives a lightweight insight into the making of the project.

Immigration Nation


An interactive look into the origins and personal stories of Australia. Telling stories from all nations who ended up in the country as well as the indigenous peoples. There are linear tales as well as a great interactive documentary. – Global Participatory Art Project


The astounding TED award winner and large scale participatory art project launches its YouTube Channel today Р14th July. Go there and support. Also visit the website and upload a portrait to become part of the phenomenon.


INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Upload a portrait. Receive a poster. Paste it for the world to see.

Insideoutproject - Global Art Project

Tubular Fells – Peter Burgess


London based Geography teacher Peter Burgess has created a fantastic cross breed of Alfred Wainwrights’s wonderful historical guides to walking the lake district and Harry Beck’s iconic London Tube Map.

The result is the exceptional Tubular Fells. A really wonderful new approach to the joys of my favourite place on earth and a response to a shift in mood across the planet which is seeing more folk valuing the beauty of the world around us in harmony with the technologies which shape our world view.

Tubular Fells is a beautiful intersection of nature, art, design and technology in a digital space which can be used as a driver to awe inspiring natural wonder.

Tubular Fells - the lake district......OF THE FUTURE!!!!

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ReadyMade Magazine


If Make: magazine is The Hulk, ReadyMade is WonderWoman. For every lump hammer smashing, panel beating, nitrous oxide powered microscope, there is a floral patterned, lilac fragranced, gingham occasional table just waiting to happen. Where this echo in the space time continuum exists – maintaining balance within the maker world – is ReadyMade magazine.

Make: is where my ‘man’ projects exist, requiring solder, hammers and explosives. It’s where I get to live out my Batman style creations, routing raw materials to within an inch of destruction to bend them to my will. ReadyMade is is where my Bruce Wayne creations arise, using scissors, lacquer, and sandpaper to make items of beauty rather than raw power.

From how to make cocktails and the perfect pancakes through to Eames style furniture, bath bombs and soap – ReadyMade is the perfect way to spend a weekend creating things to show people how sensitive you are, and ideal for beautifying your home or making with children.

It is the perfect companion to Make: which is where I go to add solar panels to the toaster and a laser projector to the car.

Make everything better and more beautiful. NOW!


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