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artcode success at Tent London

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Artcode hacked Tent London sign at front entrance

Artcode hacked Tent London sign at front entrance

Wow! The dust has finally settled from our full blown interactive spectacle at Tent London during London Design Festival. This year we really went for it. We partnered with the event organisers to offer an interaction service across the whole event. The Hacked logo above pointed to the Tent home/news page, whilst the totem signage below was used around the event to direct people to the special exhibits. We had great feedback on the interaction and the concept to shift to a more aesthetic, elegant solution from the generic QR Code.

Glassmania artcode designed by Liz Jeal

Glassmania artcode designed by Liz Jeal

We also committed to providing a stand that was engaging to the Tent visitors. We operated on two levels, with a more straight forward introduction and demonstration, talking people through the concept and teaching them how to do it and we also had more in depth demonstrations from artists, craftspeople and illustrators who helped to explain just how far the artcode can be pushed in its visual identity. The Impact was amazing, visitors were really drawn to the more crafted stuff.

Felting and Embroidery with Alice Angus

Felting and Embroidery with Alice Angus

Papercutting artcodes with Debbie Bryan

Papercutting artcodes with Debbie Bryan

Lilli Cowley-Wood produced interactive tote bags and taught visitors how to screen print

Lilli Cowley-Wood produced interactive tote bags and taught visitors how to screen print

The bags were amazingly popular, we had no qualm in claiming they were the most sort after accessory in the whole of LDF. After all its not often you get to print your own gift, that also has an embedded artcode interaction. Sure to be collectors items!

the kids go wild for penguins and eagles

the kids go wild for penguins and eagles

So popular that Liz Jeal did a second day of screen printing bags

So popular that Liz Jeal did a second day of screen printing bags

 

Liz also printed limited edition prints of her exclusive Eagle Artcode - inspired by the Old Truman Brewery Logo. Clever Eh!

Liz also printed limited edition prints of her exclusive Eagle Artcode - inspired by the Old Truman Brewery Logo. Clever Eh!

We got some great artcode illustrations in the process. Its really interesting to watch the visitors understanding develop, first stage is curiosity “are you sure you can teach me?”, then intrigue “no it can’t really do that…” to “wow, we could do anything…”

Penguins courting by Samantha Barnes

Penguins courting by Samantha Barnes

Liz Jeal's Pineapple wanted poster as requested by Tent Organisers

Liz Jeal’s Pineapple wanted poster as requested by Tent Organisers

So, It was a brilliant event, it got a lot of people interested and has resulted in some exciting conversations about future collaborations and applications… watch this space.

Finally check out the explosion of colour and that was our Stand, I am not sure what are neighbours thought, we set out not to be too cool for school so we stuck out a bit, ok, a lot!

A riot of colour, mark and code!

A riot of colour, mark and code!

Oh, big thank you to the generous support of Tent London and to Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute. THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

Artcode workshop for Restless Futures at Central Saint Martins to kick off our London Design Festival tour

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These are the emerging technologies that transform social and economic life. Often the technologies are quickly assimilated by the market or intentionally deployed in a non-productive manner; they are not necessarily a force for the good. However, they can also emerge in a more positive light, and then bring with them a set of questions. How as anartist or designer can one influence the effect of these technologies? How doescreative thinking allow one to speculate on what the next series of disruptive technologies might be? How do the emerging technologies inflect productively onlearning and teaching?

We are pleased to have been invited to deliver a workshop for Restless Futures event during London Design Festival 2014. Under the theme Disruptive Technologies, the design team will introduce participants to the aestheicodes technology, teach them how to design their own art codes, introduce them to the brand new app, especially how to reconfigure it to their own specification and explore future potentials for our human vision of computer human interaction.

Workshop: 13TH Sept, 2-5PM, Central Saint Martins

Visit the CSM website to sign up.

Aestheticodes launches the art code interactive event at Tent London 2014

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We have Collaborated with Tent London to bring you a glimpse of the future, where interactive devices such as smart phones and tablets are triggered by beautiful sophisticated images or patterns that adorn our homes, our clothes and our objects. A future enhanced by Beautiful interactions.

Tent London is the first event world wide to implement the artcode as a unique creative interaction experience for the visitors to the event. The aestheticodes design team have created a series of interactive artcodes across the event that can be scanned with an Aestheticode/Tent app.

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The artcode is a paradigm shift in visual recognition technology. It has all of the properties of a QR code but with an in built aesthetic quality. Easy to draw, playful and poetic, the artcode puts the human back into Computer Human Interaction. Download the free Aestheticodes app, from the play and app stores, to unlock the hidden interactive dimensions to Tent London 2014.

Visit the Aestheticodes stand J06 at Tent London to experience the artcode first hand. The Aestheticode design team will be demonstrating the technology, teaching visitors to draw their own codes and offering in depth artcode workshops in illustration, papercutting, screen printing and more.

You can register for Tent here: http://www.tentlondon.co.uk/visit

 

Aestheticodes RITW workshop at Busaba Eathai

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As the saying goes theres no such thing as a free lunch

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The Aestheticodes Research in the wild project kicked off with a user participation workshop at Busaba Eathai in Store Street, London. 20 regular Diners, some of them early adopters of the Busaba Payment App developed in conjunction with MyCheck participated in a ideation workshop.

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The guests were given a quick introduction to the Aestheticodes technology, through a drawing demo. Following this intro they were encouraged to play with the idea of drawing their own codes.

Following the great Thai food they split into groups and brian-stormed various applications in the restaurant context.

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The ideas were very exciting, some of them at first appeared on the crazy side but through extended discussion there was some ideas that had potential mileage in them.

watch this space for further developments.

Aestheticodes Research Team awarded EPSRC grant

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The clever people over in the Aestheticodes academic research team based in The Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute have secured an EPSRC Research In the Wild Grant. This research grant allows the academic team to explore a real world - “in the wild” implementation of the aestheticodes system.  The in the wild aspect describes the testing, development and implementation with Industry partners.

Aestheticodes will collaborate with Busaba Eathai and Johnson Tiles on an 18 month research development and implementation project. The research proposals are very exciting and should really push the potential for beautiful interactions within the everyday, if the research is successful it really could change how we visually interact with objects, services and environments.

Watch out for occasional updates here.

 

aestheticodes at PRIME CONF 2014

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Aestheticodes represented the Technology Strategy Board at the innaugral Prime Conf at the Royal Institution. This was a very interesting event conceived by organiser Thayer Prime to celebrate how “awesome” British technology is. There was an exciting range of speakers and a selection of cool technology ideas being presented, our favourite being Bare Conductive with their elegant demonstration of conductive paint.

It was somewhat resonant to demonstrate aestheticodes at the Royal Institution a place that resonates scientific discovery. white_bg

 

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Faraday presents his Magneto-Electric Spark apparatus at the RI’s Christmas Lecture in 1826

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This is great montage of the Christmas Lectures that have taken place at the RI for 190 years

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Lecturers Corridor

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Love this stuff, I think there is a collaboration in there somewhere. Aestheticodes drawn with conductive ink…

 

Aestheticodes at Tent London 2013

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The aestheticodes design technology consultancy launched at Tent London in Londons iconic Truman Brewery. The teams ambition was to teach visitors how to draw codes. the event was a resounding success, we started off the event with a completely bare stand and plastered the stand with the amazing drawings/codes of our first time “programers”. The event was a great success creating lots of interest for future collaborations watch this space.

 

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The stand before we open for business

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our first customer

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his drawing “boom” it works

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the codes took over the stand, looked brilliant in the context of the super cool design show!

 

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wolf code by Liz Jeal

 

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