This Happened is a series of talks focusing on the stories behind interaction design across numerous locations including mainland Europe and as far aways as Hong Kong. They invite speakers from all aspects of interaction design; agencies, startups, developers, illustrators, architects, artists and more.
On April 30th it was Bristol’s turn to host. The venue was the top floor of the Colson Tower in a room that had been conveniently stripped bare prior to the event leaving clean white walls, open ceiling, and bare concrete floors. The space looked great and the views over Bristol were fantastic.
Our personal highlights came from Martin and Gavin.
Martin Skelly, Creative Technologist at Uniform. He told the story of Flipdot; an internet connected data display. Martin and his team faced various challenges when designing the Flipdot piece (Flipdot for the Met Office) that was displayed at London Design Festival in the V&A. It was particularly nice to hear about their attention to detail in making the display not only look good but maximise the intrinsic sound of the dots flipping when the data excites.
Visualising data is something we've tackled recently and we can relate to the points Martin was making primarily; bringing the data to life. For Uniform the challenge was to visualise wave data with the resolution restrictions of a flip dot display. For us, our recent Hiut Music project challenged us to communicate distance using a single colour of LED as a display.
Gavin Strange Aka JamFactory gave a talk of his successes and good fortune of his work. In particular his Gromit (for Gromit Unleashed), which was a personal project that ended up creating huge charity donations and led to more of his favourite kind of work. It was an engaging and emotive end to the evening and he effortlessly captivated the audience.