Welcome (11th September 2015)

Procter Periodical #5


Back at the office

By the time you read this I should by in the heart of Belfast School of Art to meet up with Christopher Murphy and rest of the BDES (Hons) Interaction Design team on my first visit as their external examiner. I am pretty excited at the work they are doing and am really looking forward to meeting the rest of the team.

I am also back in the office (new office in fact after a summer move) and getting ready for the start of term back at Winchester School of Art, it’s all go as we sort out the spaces and finer details for the start of term.

Apple launched the new Apple TV and tvOS which looks to bring apps and games to the TV and the new iPhones look pretty good, however I am still shocked that Apple continue to offer a 16GB version! The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil will likely have Wacom a little worried and I can’t wait to see the apps that get made for the iPad Pro, hopefully apps such as Affinity Design and Illustrator.

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Education Related

An approach for designing online learning - constructivist approach. Like the position that you can’t standardise learning and so you need to create virtual spaces that “foster and support active learning” . I also like the RCET model for online learning development. - Fiona Harvey

Designing online learning
Constructive online learning

Steve Wheeler
5 Things all new University students should know, great tips if you are starting University this Sept.

Beyond Disruption
Good news if you are making open source projects within Edutech lets hope this is this case.


Reclaiming the disruption.

Student Numbers

How does the UK school system deal with a bumper year of kids on the way.

Facebook are trying to fix education. Based on there business model of data mining this can only be a bad thing,

Audrey Watters
Edutech history

Gamification in ALT Conference, I'm not going but would be good to know how this goes.

Review of a really interesting book, Exploring teaching in a digital age.

Design, Thinking and Making

Users will gravitate to corners of the web that respect their time - Brad Frost.

Brad Frost

Stop building bad stuff.

The Shape of Things to Come
Software may be eating the world, but we are shaping it. What we do now—what we build, how we act, what we tolerate—will profoundly influence how society develops over the next few generations.

Design Kit
The Course for Human-Centred Design is a seven-week curriculum that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centred design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.

Why we should design things to be difficult to use. Interesting approach.

Affinity Designer & Affinity Photo
Both of these new Apps look pretty good and great alternatives to Adobe I need to look at them in more detail more myself.

Sketch App iOS9 Resources

This & This
Google new logo after changes to company structure. Good to read about the creation of a system over a logo. Very much current design thinking as outlined in Derek Yates book Communication Design too !

Meticulously hand-coloured bomb damage maps of London

New Book

Learn what Dyslexia is like

End Credits
Need an app just for making credits for your films.

Design with Science
Using research, psychology and data to create and advocate design; Joe shows how you can use science to support and enhance your designs and design process.

Make games


As to methods; there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

This & This
As a lot of my working life is spend at a computer which sometimes my mother in law finds hard to comprehend as work. Here is some really good stuff on knowledge workers.

Highlight and add digital notes online anywhere, this looks very good.

Where do ideas come from

Hybrid Design

But creating a tool that you claim protects privacy according to your own definition of the term, overtly resisting any attempt to discuss what it means to say that it “protects privacy,” and then insisting everyone use it and nobody, especially those lacking the coding skills to be insiders, complain about it because of its connection to fundamental rights, is profoundly antidemocratic.

Tor, Technocracy, Democracy

Software as a political act?

Open is an attitude
Great article on open as an attitude for anyone that has any interest in open this is a must read

Love it !

The Long Progress Bar
This looked really interesting hopefully some of the talks will appear online asap. The Long Progress Bar is a two-day festival of radical imagination that explores new methods of empowerment through collective action, art, culture and technology. Holly Herndon linked below in Music also gave a talk.

Indie Roundup
The last version of the ind.ie round up in this format but this and previous editions is a great round up of the current issues around technology, privacy and human rights.

Information Doesn’t Want to be free Cory Doctorow.

Firefox iOS
For iOS Yes Please

The coding app is getting better and better from Github and free. Great packages to enhance and customise.


Vinay Gupta
Last edition I posted a Radio 4 programme on the future of p2p web in this future thinkers podcast Vinay goes into some mind blowing stuff !

Data gets Creepy
Even if your happy to give data to Facebook a lot is collected that you don’t know your giving up.

Paul Mason also spoke at The Long Progress Bar and here he talks about changes institutes need to consider if they are able to deal with migration.

Business Insider
A new app that lets users friends ‘virtually walk them home at night’ is exploding in popularity

Popcorn Time
A look inside at the fastest growing piracy site and app Popcorn Time, the ease of search and cross sources is something that it looks like the new Apple TV is also going to help for consumers by making the play button just play, no matter who hosts the material, netflix , apple etc.

MegaDrive Book
Book of collected works that have appeared on the Megadrive.

Vegan is the way forward
A recent UN Report is urging a move to meat and diary free diets is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change.

Chinese drives caught re-running people over! Almost encouraged too by law!

Underground Cycle Gangs
Fast and Furious but in a good way!

What to read while on the toilet!

Music & Film

Imogen Heap: Saviour of the music industry?
At least some artists are continuing to think of ways to adapt to our changing digital world.

Holly Herndon
She is great and keenly interested in the world of tech-topia too.

Headphone round up
I got a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones this week which is very useful in my new shared office and Marcos round up is a great place to start if you are looking for a great set. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are great.

Tycho - Awake / Rdio Link
Working to this record my new headphone this week has been great. Hat tip to Sarah.

Watch 10 Classic German Expressionist Films: From Fritz Lang’s M to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

Me elsewhere


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