London Trip

On our trip to London we started off by visiting the National Gallery by Trafalgar Square, this exhibition was huge! There were so many rooms and it felt like a maze, myself and some of my peers were walking around trying to find the rooms we needed to visit however we did find some extremely interesting artwork which we were not supposed to be looking at. Here are some photos of that inspiring artwork.

These photos were extremely inspiring to me because of how much detail was put into the artwork and the sheer scale of the overall painting.

After visiting the National Gallery we then went over to South Kensington to visit Beazley’s exhibition at the Design Museum. This exhibition was all about being sustainable and how we can better our life with technology/ recycling. One aspect of the exhibition I found very interesting was the wheelchair that can move up and down stairs. The reason for this is because it is a life changing piece of equipment for those that have difficulty getting around.

It was made originally by a Swiss company which uses rubber tracks to move smoothly and efficiently up and down stairs. It’s fantastic to see the development of things like this for a way of Transport which is our main topic for Project X.

A second exhibition I found worrying is the self bus driver, this bus has been designed to drive itself without the need of a human. For me personally I find this very worrying as we are putting all our faith in technology and we all know how dangerous driving on roads can be and how alert we must be. I find this impressive that it can be done but at the same time I don’t necessarily trust it.

After the Beazley’s Design exhibition I then went onto the Ferrari exhibition which was next door, this was extremely interesting for me as I have an strong interest in the automotive industry. The exhibition showed how the cars are sketched out, modelled and tested. So much goes into the design of cars and they have developed greatly over a couple of decades.

Above shows the tests and results of how aerodynamic the cars are, they go into a wind tunnel and track how the wind travels around the body of the car. I have seen this done before only for Mercedes Benz and it is very eye opening to see the advanced technology to test this.

As well the technology there were also a lot of awesome expensive cars floating around in there, including a La Ferrari which is a hybrid showing that Ferrari are trying to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable. The hybrid La Ferrari is shown below.

After the Ferrari exhibition we then visited the Wildlife Photographer of the year, and there was one photograph that really stood out for me, it was the abuse to animals.

The reason why this photograph stood out so much to me was because everything had a meaning. The emotion of the animal, it’s body posture speaks thousands. The grey weather is significant as it relates to the mood of the animal that has been harmed. The lighting of this photograph also makes it seem some what unreal, looks like it is in a studio, however after reading about it you really understand everything about the situation and it made me as a human feel angry with what others can do.

Overall I enjoyed this trip to London as I was able to get my mind thinking about ideas for Project X.

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Game Design

We had a short topic in order to make a game about our given topic of ‘transport’ and to raise awareness or the dangers/ positive ways around it through board games. We decided to use the basis of snakes and ladders but rename it to ‘Chanceport’.

We made a spin off version using potholes for snakes and car sharing/ electric cars as ladders. Everyone knows this game which is why we decided to go for it.

Below is some feedback about the game which was tested by fellow peers.

As you can see from the feedback the game was a bit plain and boring which is what snakes and ladders is like to an older audience, therefore this could be better aimed at those of a younger age.

‘I know where your cat lives’ display

Today we had to make a mini exhibition to promote the topic we had been given. My topic was ‘I know where your cat lives’ which was very peculiar. I used a screenshot from the website map which showed different locations of the cats. I then made a side A5 design which talked about the topic, what it’s purposes are etc.

Everyone in the class made different displays on their own individual topics which I found very useful as it enabled me to think which display I liked the best in order to implement this technique/ idea for my future displays.

I had a feedback sheet as well which enabled me to see how to improve my display for the future. Here is the feedback sheet

As you can see it was mainly positive however some points to improve is that the label had some duplicated information so maybe rewording the label would make things clearer.

What was astonishing to me?

Something that has astonished me :- An experience that astonished me was when I was on holiday in France at 8 years old. We were in a restaurant and my brother’s and my food were delayed to the table so my dad was asking the waiter in French were our food was. From this I saw my dad was a very confident French speaker and because in the UK there are limited people who speak a foreign language it inspired me to want to learn the language because it was so unique and inspirational.

What qualities does a thing have to astonish? :- Something that is unique/ impressive and influences you to want to be able to do the same thing.

How did it make me feel? :- When I first heard my dad speak French it made me feel proud of him and made me want to be able to do the same. He was an inspiration to me and was heavily influential which helped me to keep learning – motivation.

“I know where your cat lives” – Owen Mundy

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From looking at the image and the title of the image I came up with a few ideas from my own prior knowledge, these were:

  • Cat Tinder
  • Cat owners to meet/ connect
  • Sharing photos of cats
  • Cat locations GPS finder

The reason I came up with these ideas was because I can see a representation of google maps/ location along with photographs of cats located in different areas. This to me made me think of a location GPS finder to track your potentially lost cat. The reason I thought of cat tinder was because you meet new people on a dating app called Tinder which shows you an estimated distance where they live. The use of the map background and the photographs of cats in the foreground is the main reasons as to how I concluded with the ideas shown above.

I know for sure it is something to do with cats as it is in the title ‘I know where your cat lives’ and there are many different images of cats within the screenshot.

“I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data visualisation experiment that locates a sample of one million public images of cats on a world map by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer in order to represent the enormity of the data source.” – from the website.

I know where your cat lives was created for two main reasons, the first being to promote and share the sociable and humorous appreciation of cats. The other reason was to show the exploitation of personal data usage and is exploited by startups and international mega-corporations, who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all – in other words making people aware of the reduced amount of privacy online nowadays. I know where your cat lives set out on this adventure with a mission in mind: to point out the ease of access to data and photos on the web. They sought to showcase how readily available social media users’ information and snapshots are to the general public.

I know where your cat lives was made by publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer in order to represent the enormity of the data source. They built I know where your cat lives by using these softwares:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Twitter Bootstrap 3
  • Javascript
  • History.js
  • Google Map API
  • MarkerClustererPlus
  • MarketWithLabel
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Apache
  • Python
  • SciPy K-means clustering