NOT MY CUP OF TEA by SARAH MAPLE by Vika Nightingale

British artist Sarah Maple presented her new exhibition called "Not My Cup of Tea" at New Art Exchange gallery this August. It was a pleasure to be photographing it. 

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Editor's Choice - Adrienne Raquel by Vika Nightingale

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My Experience as Design and Communication Volunteer for Nottinghamshire National Trust by Vika Nightingale

Sharing my experience of being a Design and Communication Volunteer at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. 

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David Carson - Design Inpiration by Vika Nightingale

SUPERHERO SATURDAY - Photography Day by Vika Nightingale

Superheroes Saturday event at New Art Exchange, Nottingham. 

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"Cause and Effect" Photography Workshop by Vika Nightingale

On Monday I spent my day teaching a group of teenagers about photography at the National Centre for Craft and Design as part of a summer series of workshops with artists and designers. 

We covered artistic principles (such as composition, light, narration, etc.) as well as the technical aspects of cameras. A focus was also drawn towards mobile photography as a considerate medium of choice. Here are some of my images from the day:

The exhibition itself was inspiring for its glass work and intricate ideas. Amongst the favourites are: Luke Jerram and his homeless person out of glass; Jeffrey Sarmiento and Erin Dickson, and their "Emotional Leak"; and Claire Morgan with a suspended flies sculpture. 

...and kids' feedback: 

Periodic Table of Storytelling by Vika Nightingale

All you need to know to write a good story is knowledge of storytelling components. The table below is an interactive table of all possible twists and tricks you might want to know. 

Take the "Kick the Dog" - a plot device which makes a good character turn into a bad one at some point in the narrative, so that you start feeling less sympathy towards him. 

Exploring a 360 Walkout App by Vika Nightingale

Last week I was testing out a new app in development by Mission Room being made to capture the surrounding in 360 degrees. The panoramas then get overlaid with the content (images and documents) of your choice augmenting the views. 

The British Museum and its digital pursuits by Vika Nightingale

"The British Museum has launched a permanent interactive digital exhibit to bring its Renaissance treasures to life for visitors to its newly developed Waddesdon Bequest collection and Enlightenment galleries. A bespoke interactive digital display has been created by AllofUs to sympathetically fit with the historical features of the galleries. The display allows the visitors to learn more about the wide range of exhibits in the collection through carefully crafted animated stories." Read more.

The Paradox of the Public Space by Vika Nightingale

The paradox of the public space: you PROMOTE yourself by sharing thoughts and ideas, yet you let the others STEAL from you.

At this point I'd like to refer to the words of Carl Lagerfeld, who claims he's so productive, so that it doesn't matter if one plunders from him. "I'll give you another brilliant solution."

Wireless: the next generation by Vika Nightingale

An article on the development of 5G technology by The Economist. Read the article. 

The Neural Network That Remembers by Vika Nightingale

"With short-term memory, recurrent neural networks gain some amazing abilities.." Read More (Source: IEEE)

Augmented Reality in Mobile Applications and its Potential for User Engagement by Vika Nightingale

In my first conference talk, which happened in January 2016 at the Connected Communities Heritage Network. 

The research I presented was on the approaches to the user experience design using the study of the current Augmented Reality landscape as the focal point. This presentation was also about user-centred thinking, its challenges and further Research & Development opportunities within not only Augmented Reality but also the area of user experience itself. 

Connected Communities is a "cross-Research Council programme led by AHRC, designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life."

Video recording of the Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium 2016.

Learning Python: user input and story-telling by Vika Nightingale

Today I completed my first assignment learning Python, which evolved around filling out the gaps in the story by prompting the user to contribute. 

Lean (Business) Canvas by Vika Nightingale

A detailed How To on business modeling: http://xtensio.com/how-to-create-a-lean-canvas/

"Double Diamond" design process by Vika Nightingale

In October Near Now (design and technology commissioning, producing and development programme) with Snook (service design agency) put together a two-day workshop for a cohort of the MBA students from Loughborough University. 

The aim of the workshop was to implement various techniques from design practice to address issues in social care, civil engineering and finance. A prominent approach on the day was the Double Diamond process. 

I has been a pleasure to be taking part and be taking images of the event. Courtesy of Vika Nightingale.

 

 

 

 

 

Editor's Choice - Umoyr by Vika Nightingale

I decided to run a new feature, which would be focusing on the photography found on Instagram. The platform is filled with beautifully artistic work, and as much as Pinterest and other creative portfolio services offer a ripe selection, the skilful presentation and the hatshag routes on Instagram could be of joy. 

The evolving and ever-chaning work of Umoyr from Japan is dreamy and mysetrious.

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Getty Images Library Goes VR on Oculus Rift by Vika Nightingale

The Beauty of Story-telling in Cinema by Vika Nightingale

"After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to "First and Final Frames". Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different--both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. The side-by-side comparison can communicate an entire story, but also allows us to develop new theories about a given film. So once again, what can we learn from examining the first and final frames of a film? My deepest thanks to everyone for the praise and support on the first video! View Part 1 here: https://vimeo.com/122378469 MUSIC: "Together We Will Live Forever" by Clint Mansell Potential SPOILERS for the following films: Sunshine Snowpiercer Biutiful 21 Grams The Prestige All is Lost Take Shelter The Impossible United 93 Vanilla Sky Ex Machina Inside Llewyn Davis Dead Man Mystery Train Melvin and Howard Fury Full Metal Jacket A Clockwork Orange Eyes Wide Shut Eraserhead The Elephant Man The Fall The Thin Red Line The New World Road to Perdition Snow Falling on Cedars The Bourne Ultimatum The Imitation Game Flight Hard Eight Inherent Vice World War Z Wild The Double The Machinist Born on the Fourth of July Brideshead Revisited Maps to the Stars The Skeleton Twins Mommy A Scanner Darkly 10 Years Milk Lost Highway Boxcar Bertha Badlands Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ratcatcher Ida Raise the Red Lantern Gattaca Kundun Bringing Out the Dead A Most Wanted Man The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Social Network Jack Goes Boating Submarine Half Nelson Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Babel Django Unchained True Grit Vertigo Oldboy Apocalypto Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gladiator Mad Max: Fury Road World's Greatest Dad Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

Samsung Power Sleep by Vika Nightingale

An app which taps into processing power of your phone to contribute to research...

Our mobile phones generally lie dormant while we’re asleep, which means that millions of powerful processors are going unused for hours at a time. Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Life Sciences have teamed up to try and tap the potential of all that unused processing power. Power Sleep is a new Android app that allows mobile phone users to donate the processing power of their devices to scientific research while they are asleep.

The Power Sleep app provides users with a simple alarm clock function. When the alarm is set and the user’s phone is plugged in, fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi network, the app begins to process data sent from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) database. The research is focused on deciphering protein sequences in order to help with medical advancements in disciplines such as genetics and heredity, biochemistry, molecular biology and cancer research.

”In order to fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, we need to know how proteins are arranged,” says Thomas Rattei, professor of bioinformatics at the University of Vienna. “This requires trials that need a tremendous amount of processing power. Power Sleep is a bridge between science and society. It promotes not only our research, but allows people in Austria to become part of the project and, at the same time, to do good in their sleep.”

Power Sleep is connected to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), a network that links around 60,000 PCs worldwide and harnesses their processing power for computational-based research. The app extends the reach of BOINC to include mobile devices, which Martin Wallner, senior director of IT & Mobile at Samsung Electronics Austria, points out are not necessarily much less powerful than computers nowadays.