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With the D&AD New Blood exhibition finishing yesterday our final year together is pretty much complete.

It was good for BAIMPs to represent Bournemouth’s debut at the show and we return with the good news of Chris Herring and Tom Schrimshaw having won Best New Blood awards for their projects Ruled by Secrecy and Douteki respectively.

Tom Schrimshaw's 'Douteki' and D&AD 'Best New Blood' Award Chris Herring’s 'Ruled by Secrecy' and D&AD 'Best New Blood' Award

Although again tarnished by being called out as ‘The Arts Institute at Bournemouth’ at the award ceremony, at least this time it was more laughable in being half expected and now a long-running joke since Computer Arts’ mistake in their Graduate Showcase.

As for other awards, Talkboards finished as a Finalist in the Rhizome Artist Commission 2007-2008 (the very deserved winners here) and a Semi-Finalist in the Adobe Achievement Awards – so while I won’t be flying out to San Francisco, I have got a nice shiny certificate :)

Seems now with everyone now slowing beginning to disperse, our three years have gone stupidly quickly. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were working through the night on our Flash Animation projects in the first year.

One of the Geek Team All-Night sessions - 19th April, 2005
From: One of the Geek Team All-Night sessions – 19th April, 2005.

Not that I’m even going to begin to get soppy or anything but I think our coursemates and tutors have been truly decent and we’ve only benefited from being so close friends and always on hand to cooperate and help each other out – or lend hardware. A huge huge thank you to Craig, Matt, Chris, Joe & Chris for screens and computers loaned for the exhibitions.

The Final Studio 3 All-Nighter - 15th May, 2007.
To: The Final Studio 3 All-Nighter – 15th May, 2007.

It’s a shame to hear our other years don’t get on nearly half as well as we do – let lone do these ^^ kinds of things – so much so that it’s possible that rivalry and unhealthy competitiveness may have significantly negative effects on projects or prospective shows.

I think iheartplay was a huge success, with most people getting interviews, internships or even jobs already secured as a result. A whole load of card-swapping and networking went on, very promising for individuals and in promoting Bournemouth University and the proud IMPs that we are.

While there were only four of us demonstrating at New Blood, we plastered the iheartplay promo materials – visually and literally – all over our pitch. We also rinsed the remaining iheartplay catalogues, showing the work of everyone involved and did our best discussing everyone else’s projects as relevant to visitors’ interests.

The huge majority of the other stands mainly exhibited graphics, illustration or print media. So although there were a lot of visitors to the exhibition as a whole, we found (as most did in Brick Lane) that an instant panic and chronic fear of computers and touching mice came over to anyone in the vicinity and they rather take our brochures to browse links and read the copy in their own time and space rather than risk showing their lack of computer skills or whatever. Either way, for all these people it was actually irrelevant who was physically there, as much as any projects that caught their eye inside the books.

I’ve only been able to find two reviews of the iheartplay exhibition so far. Daniel Harris’ of SubSub, though brief, described the show as ‘well coordinated, felt coherent .. and in placed damn interesting’. The only other from a disappointed BAIMP student who unfortunately didn’t think to note the opening times and missed the show completely (found here).

If anyone discovers any more dotted around the web be sure to send me a message or link on del.ici.ous.

Finally, sincerely the very best of luck to everyone on the July 11th. Personally I feel if two hours of Image Studies for a year has set us up for top marks all round then we deserve them just for sitting through ‘em :)

Spent the past day and a bit putting together the web interface for Talkboards.

It’s purposely very blank, with the intention that the attention is only really ever on the Flash elements. More than that, the Flash itself begins completely blank and it’s the user group’s task of building and colouring their own interface, so the minimal web design I hope conveys this further more, that it’s only when the user enters their own environment do they feel they’ve truly ‘arrived’.

The problem is there may actually be quite a bit more interaction with the HTML-only/non-Flash parts of the site than I first expected. There’s obviously unavoidable processes – registering accounts, logging in, browsing for boards to then enter etc – but it seems that by being so blank and essentially text-only, it may not be so much of an engaging experience as could be possible, or I would like, before initiating the Flash environments.

Anyway, have a look:

Talkboards. Web Design - Screen 01 Talkboards. Web Design - Screen 03 Talkboards. Web Design - Screen 02

Comments appreciated.

I’ve also got a session-based CSS selector which I’m not sure whether to implement in the final version or not. Basically the blue-coloured parts could be changed to other major colours used in the Flash elements, again, so show that the web-end really isn’t what the project is about and if anything, what it is about, is individuality and customisation – i.e. the ultimate conveyance of the Flash parts – and with these CSS choices it’s demonstrating it’s possible in the HTML too, that at least this bit is trying it’s best.

In other news, a while ago I submitted my project for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, today I got an e-mail through saying it’s made it into the semi-final stages of the competition. There’s 62 entries left, so I’m not too sure if it’s ‘made it through’ to the semi-finals or these are just all the entries that have been submitted in total.

Hopefully it’ll be well received.

In the lonely cool before dawn, you hear their engines roaring on.