Monthly Archives: April 2007

Total Recut

MDES student Owen Gallagher has published a beta version of his website dedicated to Mash up video’s. There is a competition running at the moment open to design students. The site will be formally launced at the degree show on June 1. The competition winner will also be announced.


Web TV format for short shows

It looks like the internet is providing a new TV show format. 3 minute episodes seem like the way many people are going. These can be sent via web and mobile. Now big companies like FOX are begining to make these shows. This sort of show format has been popular in Japan for some time. Of course it can be topped and tailed with adverts. To view it you simply browse…kinda like youtube. Watching one episode after another untill you are fed up. Its a more interactive sort of flicking I suppose. It seems to me there is a great opportunity in the Foyle Arts to enter into this world. I guess the first step is to get a script. On that point, the rise of this format increases the sense of death of regular TV. Is three minutes how long average internet attention span is? I would suggest that is the upper limit.


BAIDU chinese search engine

Fed up with Google search results? Try The same search in Baidu and get a chinese point of view. Interesting differences.


The name “Baidu” was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one’s dream while confronted by life’s many obstacles. “.hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.” Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal.

New web browser from China

Try out the new web browser from China. They already have 80 million downloads! It features a rather cool user interface that allows you to use a gesture with your mouse to go back or jump from tab to tab. Great fun.


Rumour has it that Google has invested $1m with Maxthon. My question is…what happens next?

Auburn Design Charette

The School of Creative Arts were pleased to welcome Auburn University Industrial Design department who visited Magee College for the 11th year of their famous Ireland Travelling Studio project. Northern Ireland Company ST+D sponsored a design charette with a focus on heart pulse wave monitor systems. Justin Magee set up the project. William Lee (ST+D’s Design Consultant) spent a day with the group to offer his experitise and experience). Alan Watts ST+D’s chief engineer attended the final presentations and presented the prize of $300 to the winning group. 2 final year BDes students and 1 MDes student contributed to the project by making 3d virtual models of each groups

Studio Snap shot (there were 21 Auburn Students)


This was the winners group (making their presentation)


The cash handover and final presentation with Auburn Group, group leaders Owen and Donna, Magee students and Alan Watts (ST+D), Justin Magee and Anthony Hutton (UU)