Today our Lead Project Manager, Sarah Gautier, headed down to Skinners' Acadmey to speak to the students about AllofUs and the world of Project Management. Sarah was most impressed with the well behaved students (no back chat and all listened intently), as well as their attention to detail - immediately spotting the swear word included on one of her slides, whoops! It was a refreshing approach to career's advice, with people invited in to talk about what they do, and hopefully have inspired the project managers of tomorrow!
We're always happy to share our experiences with students, especially at the institutions that got us started and over the next few months we have a lot of talks and lectures lined up for various members of the studio. Kicking this off were Kam and Marie, two of our visual designers, who were invited to Nottingham Trent University to give a presentation about the type of work we do here at AllofUs and how we go about it.
Kam and Marie were keen to convey the AllofUs philosophy of always putting the user at the heart of any project and explaining the breadth of work that we encounter here. They showed the students that being a digital designer isn't just about websites and if you'd like to know what they mean, then check out some of our projects to see just how varied the AllofUs portfolio is.
Interesting article on Yota Play, now known as Play, and their plans for the future. It is great to see Play go from strength-to-strength and is now Russia's most successful video-on-demand service. You can read more about our involvement in building this service here.
We have just completed a series of videos and installations to mark the launch of the MAST Foundation, a new institute established by owner of innovation-based industrial solutions group Coesia, Isabella Seràgnoli, in Bologna, Italy.
We have been tasked with designing and building three interactive exhibits for the Industrial Focus Area, which is part of the MAST Foundation’s new cultural centre. The centre will open fully next year, exploring the innovations in electro-mechanical engineering and motion. - See more at: ibbonline.com
The videos give you a little taste of what’s to come as we are busy developing the full Interactive experiences as we speak. Each Interactive will take visitors through a different engagement that starts with "Move It", a truly interactive journey that allows visitors to design different gears through multitouch and object recognition. "Wrap It" will allow visitors to be a chocolate manufacture, wrapping the chocolates to meet consumer demand... stay tuned as they develop further.
Last week we jetted off to Zurich airport to install our interactive installation 'LAI' for Ballantine's, in collaboration with Work Club. The refreshed experience allows travellers to create their own unique impression using colour, motion, proximity and shape. A unique, printed code then lets people share their impression at the integrated popup bar and suggests a Ballantine's whisky cocktail. All images are automatically uploaded and shared on the LAI gallery. The installation runs in the departures lounge until September.
Jem, Head of Visual Design, continues to share her knowledge with the wider world, this time round it's Digital Arts and how to get started in the design industry for all aspiring designers, as well as an inspiring talk (the students words not ours!) to the students at Loughborough University School of the Arts on creative careers and managing your online presence. Check out the Digital Arts article here
We are extremely proud to announce that Daniel Felstead, our Senior Interaction Designer, is part of the team behind the Tino Sehgal piece These Associations that is on the shortlist for this year's Turner Prize. We are keeping everything crossed that they win, but being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is quite an achievement in itself. Check out the full shortlist here.
Our most recent web project is live! We have been working with guys at Earls Court & Olympia to help them promote the fantastic venue space Olympia. The site is available on multiple devices including mobile, tablet and desktop. Check it out here.
After two years working covertly with the Telegraph Media Group on the UX and design of their new online paywall and metre, we're extremely proud to see this landmark project go live. Its clearly a bold and important step by the Telegraph, that will almost certainly have a ripple effect across the rest of the publishing business. Its already receiving a great response, as is testament in this week's campaign article.
We're in the process of getting a full case study together, so watch this space for more info.
Collaborating with digital agency Work Club, we have transformed a shop window into a unique sensory experience combining sound and real time, generative visual effects across a vast LCD video wall. Using a live HD video feed, motion tracking technology and Microsoft Kinect, the public will see their surroundings transformed through visual effects ranging from immersive colour trails, weather alterations to
crystallising patterns, triggered by motion and proximity. The closer the user is to the window and the Carte Noire tin, the more intense the experience, emulating the intensity inside every tin of Carte Noire Instinct. The installation will run until the18th April so get down to Westfield this week to capture your own moment of intensity! See it in action here
We're delighted to learn that our work for IKEA and Paper Denim Cloth picked up awards at last night's ADC Awards. The Mobile Catalogue App for Ikea winning Silver and our responsive online store for Paper Denim & Cloth receiving a Merit in the Interactive Category. Congratulations also go out to our transatlantic partners McCann New York, whom we collaborated with on both projects. More info here.
Presented to the world's finest technology media and world-wide-blogosphere, the cube is a part of the Chinese technology brand's new "Make It Possible" campaign launch. Our floating metallic cube seemingly defies the laws of physics to create a sense of wonder for all who see her! Of course,it's all done by magnets (sorry everyone, Isaac Newton's gravitational laws are safe for the time being), BUT our own piece of in-depth
research concludes that this is the biggest floating thing ever. So,a world’s first? We'll take that! Full case study will follow as soon as the team returns from Barcelona.
We've just found out that our work on Ikea's mobile app project has been featured on Most Contagious 2012 within the Augmented Media category.
See here for more: http://www.mostcontagious.com/2012/
Visually things are looking much more modern too with the design, that is also better equipped for the multi-platform age. We've worked hard on it with our friends in McCann with the online tool performing a key role within a new integrated campaign. So keep your eyes peeled (no pun intended) for that...website link here.
A sense of self-congratulation pervades the studio this week as a project we're very proud of appears on BBC Two’s The Culture Show.
Unfortunately our appearance was a bit blink-and-you’ll-miss-it. But thanks to iPlayer, even if you did blink (or were too busy with I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, for shame), you can see a glimpse of our brilliant installations in the V&A’s new furniture gallery by clicking here and fast-forwarding to 4 minutes and 41 seconds in. Full story to follow soon.
The feature is titled 'Leave An Impression' and encouragestravellers to interact with two metre high display screens showing ambient visuals that subtly react to passers by. As people engage with the screens kinect sensors create abstract portraits, with each person shaping their own unique impression. All the individual images created will have a unique URL and be shareable on social media. Visit http://www.ballantines.com/lai to take a look. AllofUs worked in conjunction with Workclub to produce the piece. Engineering and fabrication of the units by Matt Linares of Linares Design.
We've created seven individual interactive exhibits, using video narratives and touch-screen interactivity to educate kids and grownups alike about global demographics, urbanization, climate change and more.
A particular highlight for us is a game, which uses the official
Microsoft Kinect SDK enabling us to track skeletons without requiring any calibration or particular poses from the user. We then wrote our own logic for converting specific actions and gestures into energy within the game. To join in and be part of the future of urban planning head to www.thecrystal.org.
We took their ethos of easy and elegant dressing and applied it to the site, but at the same time supporting their innovative approach to marketing, seen recently in the unveiling of their Spring 2013 collection live on the internet with a Lookbook
consisting only of Instagram photos taken with an iPhone. To browse that collection and and to visit the web store go to www.paperdenimandcloth.com.
It's all in aid of continuing the Great British Art Debate, so click here to download the app and keep
the conversation going. Users can curate their own virtual art using an augmented reality function, whereby the user can look through their iPhone camera to see the artworks in the realworld.
The Pocket Art Gallery app was commissioned by the Great British Art Debate, a partnership between Tate Britain, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service and Museums Sheffield.
With AllofUs leading the UX strategy and interaction design, the tracker displays a plethora of Olympics news, results, medals and tables as well as a running commentary from The Telegraph editorial teams... all of which is constantly updated throughout the day. It's available online, on iPad and smartphones during the Olympics period, and also contains a full Olympics schedule that can be searched and browsed by sport or day.
We picked-up the project in October 2011, with a brief to update the already comprehensive but static and print based Olympics section of The Telegraph website, whilst appealing to the younger and more diverse Telegraph Sport readers. To attract new readership, the coverage and comment needed to be second to none, and all displayed in an exciting interactive way that would bring the energy and drama of the games to life.
Inspired by The Guardian’s commitment to releasing data to the public, we decided to run a hack-day to see what we could do with their Olympic medal database - the result is the AllofUs Medal Machine. An R&D experiment into Natural Language Processing, type a question and the machine will do its best to answer. Of course, the system isn’t perfect yet, the more it's used the more it learns, so treat it like a puppy... with kindness and patience please. www.medalmachine.com.
Here you'll find him sharing his experience working on our latest Wave Table installation for the Mishkat Interactive Centre for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia, whilst also revealing some interesting facts about potatoes. Full article here.
AllofUs finds itself mentioned in Design Week this week, in an article about the upcoming Victoria & Albert Museum Furniture Gallery, in collaboration with NORD architects. It's not opening until December but, like us, these guys seem pretty excited about it.
Visitors will also have the chance to engage with two large interactive tables, featuring interfaces designed by yours truly, AllofUs.
To see the full article head here: Design week
Created by one of the guys in the studio, we have to say this unofficial guide to the London Olympic games is really rather good. By far the best Olympics app we've seen yet, Go 2012 aggregates accurate schedules, medals and news information at your fingertips…and it does so with speed, efficiency and bundles and bundles of style. Well done Muldoon we’re all proud of you… we just hope this entrepreneurial venture doesn’t result in your early retirement!
More info here http://www.go2012app.com
First things first, earlier this year we launched a couple of interactives that we’re actually very proud of, but then stupidly forgot to tell anyone about them. So whilst we prepare proper press releases, case studies and all that PR gumpf…
we’d like to give you a quick preview of our exhibit for the Roald Dahl Exhibition and our interactive wave tables for the Mishkat Interactive Centre for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia. (see a sneak peek on vimeo)
We’ve included a few images of both of these projects above, which are hopefully whet your appetites until we get our backsides in-gear to get full case studies together.
We also have lots of new exhibition projects bubbling though… so watch this space for more information on a collaboration with architect Jean Nouvel; an exciting project for one the world’s most reputable racehorse breeders; and finally, an uber-high profile Presidential Library over in Nigeria.
Last year was all about mobile. This year is all about ecosystem…or that’s how things feel in the AllofUs studio at the moment as desktop/mobile/tablet interface design projects continue to become one.
So… expect to see some interesting announcing from us soon on projects including a number exciting collaborations with the Telegraph newspaper (including their soon to be unveiled Olympics destination);…
plus some very cool cross-platform product development work we’re doing for a variety of new tech start-ups.
Further to this we’ve got something quite special in the pipeline for the Tate, a new Android addition to the Yota Play family….plus a little web+mobile treat for ahem…Sweden’s most famous furniture retailer!
Lots more to follow.
Orlando Mathias, our director of research and development, was one of the speakers on a fun-filled panel called 'Technology and Understanding' at the Museums + Heritage show last week. He joined forces with our buddies at Casson Mann and consultant Andrew McIntyre to discuss the future of technology in museums. Interesting stuff, plus worth mentioning that the Holburne Museum in Bath, the site for one of our interactive installations coming up this year, was a Permanent Exhibition Joint Winner. Double thumbs up.
Designed by us and built by Connect IB, the kiosk-based, multi-touch enabled system allows visitors to plot their journeys and navigate Westfield’s extensive portfolio of shops, facilities and transport links, as well as download information on current offers and promotions available across the centre. Other neat features include an instant search for any shop (as well as the ability to zoom into stores at any level), a ‘find my car’ function enabled by inputting vehicle registration details; and the ability to get directions and cinema times sent directly to your phone via text.
The reaction so far has been highly amazing and its rewarding to see the system already playing such an integral role in so many visitor’s journeys as the above images begin to demonstrate. Full case study and video to follow soon.
Working in partnership with Dixon Baxi, we created everything needed to launch a 24 hour news channel from the brand identity through to the traffic updates template and everything in between. With a clean modern and quirky approach we hope to bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise cluttered, spinning globe filled red and blue swath of competitors. Full case study coming soon, meanwhile check out our teaser video.
Here we will work alongside our new found sister companies operating independently as AllofUs, where we’ll stick to the same interactive principles and vision that this company was founded on, but now on a far grander scale. Joining the group will give us access to the resources, people and skills that we’ve only ever dreamt of before, helping us to take our much loved company to its deserving next level. We’d also like to say thank you to everyone within the McCann World Group for making us feel so welcome and part of the family, here’s looking forward to what we’re sure will be an amazing future together. Read more about it in this week’s Campaign magazine here (warning: this article contains offensive imagery).
After a year in the making, Yota Play finally gets a proud unveiling. Alongside the development of the Yota Play branding, we led the UX design across a plethora of different platform interfaces for this innovative video-on-demand service, that puts social discovery of content at its core. The launch starts with the introduction of the PC/web version, with new iterations to follow including Connected TVs, smart-phones and tablets - which all serve to make Yota Play a truly intergrated cross-platform experience.
We’ve just been given the go-ahead to design the digital wayfinding system for the eagerly awaited Westfield Stratford City opening this autumn - the shopping centre next to the 2012 Olympics site. The system will help visitors plot their journeys, enabling them to easily navigate between shops, services and transport links. We are working in close collaboration with Connect IB to bring together our user experience and interface design with their wayfinding skills and touch technologies. Watch this space for more info.
We’ve just been appointed by the V&A to create a series of showpiece interactive exhibits for the new Furniture Galleries which will open in December 2012. The new galleries will present the V&A’s outstanding collection of British and international furniture from the 15th century to the present day. Our interactives will help visitors find out more about the form, function, and techniques of construction and decoration of the furniture in the collection. More info to follow.
Our work for the Science Museum’s atmosphere gallery has just received an Honorable Mention at the AAM MUSE Awards in the Interpretative Interactive Installations category. We quote: “The panel was particularly impressed by the highly interactive content of the exhibit and the opportunity it gives visitors to actually have control over their environment”. We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves!
We’re thrilled to see that the redesign of the prestigious Holburne Museum in Bath is finally complete and already receiving glowing reviews! We’ve been working with the museum on a number of specially commissioned interpretive exhibits that will be installed very soon, so watch this space for more information as we’re not allowed to reveal them just yet. But you can read more about the Holburne Museum’s controversial new extension in The Guardian here.”
We’ve been appointed to design a dedicated news and information TV channel for the Russian Media company Kommersant. Collaborating with our friends DixonBaxi, we’ve been appointed to create the station’s identity and on-screen design, as well as establishing how the service will operate on new interactive platforms such as iPad and connected TVs. You can read more about the appointment in Design Week here, and expect to hear more about Kommersant TV very soon...
Our work for the Science Museum’s Who Am I? Gallery has received a commendation at this year’s Design Week Awards within the Installations category. Thank you very much Design Week! And congratulations to Show Studio for their ‘Mirror Mirror for Topshop’ which pipped us to the top prize, not that we’re bitter of course. More info here...
AllofUs co-founder, Art-Director and D&AD President Sanky will be talking at this year’s Adfest 2011 event. A free ticket to the palm beaches of Phuket clearly sweetened the deal, but Sanky reassures us that he’ll also be working hard (yeah right!). Speaking in the Chocolate Room on 19 March, Sanky will be waxing lyrical how digital has grown up, and how collaboration is now part of the main stream and not just an avant garde way of working. More details here.