Archive for November, 2011

by Pat
on Nov 29th, 2011

Coding Particles!

Yesterday at Uni the rather talented and nice bloke Seb Ly (seb.ly) came to talk to us Digital Media Design students about creative coding.

He showed various examples of cool effects created using simply JavaScript, which, basically, floored me. It was awesome. For the first time in many years I was properly inspired to get coding and create.

He quite rightly pointed out that if you’re learning through making awesome, fun stuff, it’s SO much easier to learn and be motivated than if you’re learning towards stuff you don’t give a rat’s ass about.

Yesterday afternoon as a result I coded this in JavaScript for a bit of fun (oh and then wrote loads of stuff down about a potential Squage JavaScript game…):

Particle Bouncing Things!

(The code’s a mess, but I was just playing :) )

Toodles,

Pat

by Pat
on Nov 9th, 2011

Digital Media Design?

There’s an awful lot of cutting out, sticking in and scribbling notes over for something that’s supposed to be digital.

That’s why today my desk looks like this:

Today

Fun fun fun!

Pat

by Pat
on Nov 3rd, 2011

Misery Boat

All aboard the misery boat! Yep, it’s another “Pat’s playing around with Flash” thing. Nothing much to it, as with the paralax thing, but this one excitingly has sound. And a disappointed looking ferry:

ALL ABOARD!

Toodles,

Pat

by Pat
on Nov 2nd, 2011

Paralax Test

As a way of avoiding looking at the same old damn designs for an evening, I decided to have a play with some basic paralax scrolling in Flash:

Click On This To Have Your Mind Blown *

Hooray for a creative Wednesday evening!

Toodles,

Pat

(* If oddly jerky basic Flash animations blow your mind)

by Pat
on Nov 1st, 2011

Happy November!

Well, it’s been quite a while since I last blogged.

It’s been a busy few weeks, filled largely with Uni work but also with some pretty epic social moments thrown in: primarily a weekend at Alton Towers and a visit back to Essex involving staying up til 11am and going to an engagement party on 30 minutes sleep. Some more local fun stuff’s been going on too and some Uni-mates-based piss ups are approaching nice-n-fast!

As I write this, I’m in the 5th week of Uni, with one more week of the first module (Visual Communications) to go – and hence deadlines a go-go next Friday. Once it’s complete I’ll probably dump some of the work online so you can see what we’ve been getting up to.

The following Monday starts the next module (Visual Language), which is a “competition brief”. I’m still not entirely sure what that means. I guess there’s a competition and, as it’ll last 6 weeks, it’s “a brief” rather than “brief”.

Oh and all the while the “cultural and critical studies” module churns along, involving lots of the stuff that I’ve no experience and, to be honest, interest in: reading up about artists and art movements in various books and on various web sites. That’s right: I love drawing and doodling, but I’m not particularly into history of art. That’ll change, I guess (/hope). But hey, come on: the last time I wrote an essay was when I was doing my GCSEs. (And you’ve never claimed to be anything other than pig-ignorant! – Squage). Oh, thanks for popping in! (Pleasure! – Squage)

In case you’re wondering, I’m generally doing a 40 hour week (including coursework outside the classes) – plus, when I’m not shattered, some (but not many, yet) other creative bits in my spare time. So it’s not a total doss. Hopefully that’ll make you feel better about your taxes, although given I’m paying for everything myself bar council tax I guess that’ll only make you feel better if you live in Brighton & Hove…

Anyway, other than the course I still like it down here, not least because I bought a £5 sandwich toaster from Sainsbury’s. It’s made my breakfasts amazing.

I am nothing if not rock and roll.

BYE!

Pat

P.S. I finally get broadband on Thursday. It’ll mean blogging without walking a mile first or without praying I don’t go over my quota on Orange’s incredibly generous 500MB monthly mobile broadband limit. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with all this freedom! Probably just watch the 10 hour version of Trollolol on Youtube…