The very strange news that we won a Peabody Award for Editions At Play.Read More
A Universe Explodes, by Tea Uglow
Thanks to the ever-rising value of Bitcoin, the blockchain–a secure technology that enables transactions–is becoming common parlance. This experimental e-book from Tea Uglow, a creative director at Google Creative Lab Sydney, explains how it works in an artful format. The blockchain will likely define even more innovations in the future and mastering its underpinnings will be important.
Using digital to bring the physical world to life. A write-up and video and repository for our recent project at the British Museum.Read More
a collaboration with PunchDrunk and Google’s Creative Lab. The Oracles is a cross-platform experience, developed for primary school children in Haringey. Digital and physical environments are blended, alternating between gameplay and visits to Fallow Cross, where enchanted objects know where you are so that your moves trigger the story.Read More
A favourite examples of an event archive was for our friends at the Adelaide Fringe 2016
But also it was used very effectively for smb campaigns in 2015.
And most recently it has been adopted by Google's News Lab and is used by journalists and teachers (!) the world over to create their own VR experiences.
Most recently AUNZ marketing and press for used it brilliantly to bring ULURU streetviews to life.
Additional thanks to Claire, James and the Grumps as well as Jonny, Jude and Tim in CL-SYD who put so much of themselves into building Storyspheres platform over the past three years.
“Google has also used the Story Spheres platform to feature audio stories and songs of the anangu traditional owners to make the Street View experience more immersive.” - News.com.au
“A highlight is audio recordings of Tjukurpa teachings, handed down orally.” - The Australian
“However, rather than eyeing ad revenue, Google seems intent on documenting the cultural heritage of the area in this project, and after two years of collaborative development the Story Sphere of Uluru is now live online.” - The Sydney Morning Herald
History is always a tough subject to bring to life, and even more so when a teacher is trying to transport their students back more than 700 years in time to plague-era Europe. But we had a hunch that technology might be one way to make this subject a bit more participatory. With this in mind, Google's Creative Lab teamed up with Grumpy Sailor to help a class of year 8 students from Bowral ‘video conference’ with 1348, in what we became the first of 5 “Hangouts in History”.
A wordy 2014 attempt to answer this questionRead More
In 2015, in collaboration with Grumpy Sailor, TEDxSydney and the Sydney Opera House, we developed a teddy bear that could talk. In fact, we developed 40 of them. Not only could they talk, these bears could react to their environment, meaning they could tell different stories depending on where they were within the Opera House. Walking around with a TEDdy X Bear is kind of like having a witty, often cute, occasionally rude, teddy bear companion. We created a series of riddles - Our teddies had lost their owners and we asked users to pick one up, walk around and figure out who the previous owner of the bear was. The teddy bears revealed secrets - and little hints - about their formative years. Guess the owner correctly, and a reward was on offer.
In Dec 2014, The Griffin Theatre and Google’s creative lab witnessed a one-day culmination of a conceptual project called 'The Next Stage’. The final output was a play written with digital ideas at it’s core, and as such I suppose was always likely to provoke. In the end we created a project that was so… so, something, that the audience revolted. They literally forced themselves upon the production (not physically) and changed the experience. That’s got to be interesting right?
Well, I wrote about that here:
But it was also a very special and important and educational project for me in many other ways - mostly covered by these beautiful films:
The Sydney Creative Lab worked with the Japanese design and research agency AQ to explore the concept of mood-mapping via a small hand-held device. The intention was no more than to explore the space, and the outcome of the project is an essay and a video talking about the outcomes of this thought experiment.Read More
Google Australia partnered with Bell Shakespeare, a theatre company specialising in the works of William Shakespeare, his contemporaries and other classics, to host six live and interactive events on Google+ to showcase the use of our platforms.
Apart from celebrating the birthday of the world’s greatest playwright, this initiative supports our strategy to inspire traditionally non-technology focused companies to go digital and encourage digital in education.
The weeks activities included a Promotion video, birthday bash Hangout, Elizabethan Hangout in History, in conversation with John Bell and Peter Evans, Hamlet workshop, in conversation with John Bell and Lily Cole, photos and blog post. 40+ print and online articles and national broadcast coverage quoting Google as the technology and innovation partner. With just under 7,500 tuning into our YouTube channel and a whopping 55,372 of you liking and sharing our Facebook updates, including 11,500 sharing Mr William Shakespeare's Insult Generator, 'Thou art a beef-witted box of envy'!
Within less than a week, YTSO became the most-watched live music concert on the Internet. [Limelight]
"The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra assembled by open auditions hosted by YouTube, the London Symphony Orchestra and several other worldwide partners. Launched on December 1, 2008, it is the first-ever online collaborative orchestra. Wikipedia
Lamps: a design research collaboration with Google Creative Labs, 2011
" At the beginning of 2011 we started a wide-ranging conversation with Google Creative Lab, around near-future experiences of Google and its products. During our discussions with them, a strong theme emerged. We were both curious about how it would feel to have Google in the world with us, rather than on a screen. If Google wasn’t trapped behind glass, what would it do? What would it behave like? How would we react to it? ..." (read the whole post)
A shout out to Kate Hammond, and a range of people at different agencies including Tom Chitty, M&C and Glue for one of my favourite projects of 2011 and something that made me feel proud to be involved - the Good to know campaign.
"Good to Know helps people stay safe on the Internet and manage the information they share online, with the aim of improving our reputation on privacy and security with consumers and policymakers.
www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow provides users with clear, simple information and guidance on these issues. From advising on how to create secure passwords and explaining cookies, to helping users understand the data they share on Google, the campaign and website aim to provide easily digestible information that computer users of all levels can understand and benefit from."