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07 FEBRUARY 2013

How will the future objects and methods of graphic design and the industries it serves be reconfigured?

Thursday 07 and Friday 08 March 2013, Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF

"A two day symposium organised by Norwich University of the Arts that will explore the relationship between print and digital, and the coexistence of media in a wider sense; how they combine, and how they provide unique opportunities.

As the design industry embraces dramatic changes in technology, the Cowbird Symposium will look at graphic design as an output, a practice and a profession, exploring the relationships between print and screen–based communication. Guest speakers, all leading thinkers and practitioners themselves, will be invited to comment on the future of the distributed text–the book, magazine, newspaper and poster, as well as the challenge and opportunity afforded by new technologies, tablets, e–readers, smart phones, augmented reality, social media, digital displays, and new practices, crowdsourcing, coding, data sharing, and social reading."

(Norwich University of the Arts)

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2013augmented realitybook formcoding • coexistence of media • Cowbird Symposium • crowdsourcingdata sharingdesign for printdesign industrydigital displaysdiscourse and practice • distributed text • e-readergraphic designgraphic design discoursegraphic design practice • graphic design profession • magazine form • new practicesnew technologiesnewspaper • Norwich University of the Arts • objects and methods • poster designprint and digital • screen-based communication • smart phonesocial mediasocial readingsymposiumtabletstechnological changethe future of digital content • the future of graphic design • the future of the bookUK

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Simon Perkins
21 JANUARY 2013

Hyper-connectivity is transforming the nature of identity

"Social networks such as Facebook and on–line gaming are changing people's view of who they are and their place in the world, according to a report for the government's chief scientist. The report, published by Prof Sir John Beddington, says that traditional ideas of identity will be less meaningful. ... It states that the changing nature of identities will have substantial implications for what is meant by communities and by social integration.

The study shows that traditional elements that shape a person's identity, such as their religion, ethnicity, job and age are less important than they once were. Instead, particularly among younger people, their view of themselves is shaped increasingly by on–line interactions of social networks and on online role playing games.

The study found that far from creating superficial or fantasy identities that some critics suggest, in many cases it allowed people to escape the preconceptions of those immediately around them and find their 'true' identity. This is especially true of disabled people who told researchers that online gaming enabled them to socialise on an equal footing with others."

(Pallab Ghosh, 21 January 2013, BBC News)

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2013civic engagementcountry of origincultural identitycyberpsychologyDepartment for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) • differently enabled • digital identitydisability and social networksethnicityflash mobs • Future Identities (report) • Government Office for Sciences Foresight • greater connectivity • hyper-connectivity • hyperconnectedidentity constructionidentity performanceinterlinked dataInternet • John Beddington • LARPoccupational identitiesonline and real world identitiesonline interactions • Pallab Ghosh • personal life • place in the world • religious identity • role playing gamessmart mobssmart phonesocial changesocial cohesion • social exclusion • social identity • social integration • social networking sitessocial networkstraditional society • work identities • workplace

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Simon Perkins
23 MARCH 2011

Camera Futura: concept camera for Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens

"As you've most likely figured out, the WVIL camera is not a real product, but a Concept Camera envisioned by Artefact's award–winning design team. It answers the question: 'what's next for camera design?'

The patent–pending WVIL system takes the connectivity and application platform capabilities of today's smart phones and wirelessly connects them with interchangeable full SLR–quality optics. It is the inevitable solution for photographers who expect the power of modern mobile devices but who also demand uncompromised quality."

(Artefact Group, 2010)

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Artefact Group • camera • Camera Futura • concept cameraconnectivitydesigndesign concept • detachable • detachable lens • deviceenvisioningfictional devices • hi-fi prototype • high-fidelity prototypehigh-tech prototypeindustrial designinnovationmobile devicemock-up • optics • product designprototypeSLRsmart phonespeculative designspeculative researchusabilityvisualisationwireless • Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens • WVIL • WVIL camera

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Simon Perkins
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