The weather is getting warmer, the nights lighter and signs of life are appearing from the ground. As you are reading this you’ve probably noticed signs of life are also appearing from this website, this is the first post in what will become a monthly roundup of work, thoughts, links and photos.
Designing anything for yourself is hard, there are dozens of unused designs, themes and concepts for this site that have never seen the light of day to attest to that. Instead of trying to create a fully resolved design that does and encompasses everything but stays forever just over the horizon, this is a stripped back down to basics site that can be planted small (and more importantly now) and grow organically in new, hopefully unforeseen directions.
Bonus features: If you are using a screenreader and would prefer to hear my voice instead of having the site read by a Dalek there is a link to an audio version in the header of each entry. If you prefer the text-to-speech Dalek or have trouble with my accent that’s fine proceed as normal.
Also up in the header is a link to a version of the entry formatted in Markdown for those partial to a bit of plaintext.
There are some great community projects we are working on at the moment at broadbent, one that was just unvieled last Sunday (27/03/2011) on Salford Quays opposite the Lowry and is part of the unlocking Salford Quays project. The artwork is a tribute to the casual workers on the Salford docks. The artwork resembles the union cards that the workers had to carry to get a chance of being picked out for work, each of the 12 iron ‘cards’ has a glass circle in the top corner with images of some of the workers printed on. The stoires, names and photos were found and brought in from the community groups, there are some interviews with the families on the Lowry website .
Play: Connect4 Stop Motion Animation Tool
I made this little tool to help plan stop motion animations using connect4, you can design the individual frames and flick between them using the arrow keys. For anyone that wants a play enjoy. I've not done much testing as it was just for my own use, but if there is any interest I'll put it up on github for improving.
Experiment: CSS Masks in Webkit
Like the last item of the news, designed to round everything up in a general feeling of wellbeing. Unfortunately we don't have any snorkelling piglets but here’s a photo of the chickens pecking on the studio window asking for their breakfast.