Blog from March, 2016

We have been ranked as one of the top institutions in the UK for our BA (Hons) Animation degree programme by Animation Career Review.

The Animation Career Review, is a respected US-centric online site dedicated to 'aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals' needing career, training, and industry information.

Every year they provide a Top 100 International Animation Schools listing with the intention to 'give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.' 

Over 100 animation schools were surveyed around the world and had to meet the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of program including technology and facilities available to students. 
  • Consistency and quality of student and graduate animation works. 
  • Geographic advantages derived from the school being located near animation employment hotspots. 
  • Reputation of program within the industry.
  • Tuition and overall cost of attendance, while taken into consideration, are not a major influence in this ranking. 

It was noted that Ravensbourne's animation students have access to lectures from notable players in industry such as Aardman, Dneg, Framestore, The Third Floor and Studio aka. 

Other UK institutions that ranked in the 2015 Top 100 International Animation Schools listing were Escape Studios, SAE Institute London, Southampton Solent University, University of Hertfordshire, University of West England.

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BA (Hons) Animation

Read the 2015 Animation Career Review listing

 

As part of the Year 2 Graphic Design Innovation project led by Senior Lecturer Becky Ford, there was a live brief set by Dr Oliver Williams from the University of Bath.

It required students to take one of seven key themes from Oliver's PhD thesis and translate it into an impactful poster. The thesis's research revealed themes of health inequality and social injustice; the students explored and experimented with political visual languages in order to effectively communicate their message.

20 final posters were selected from this exhibition and they will travel around the country in a touring exhibition with Oliver as he shares his research with the public.

Furthermore Nadia Vizzacaja's work (below) has been selected to be shown in Bath's ICIA Edge Gallery for two weeks in May in the Images of Research exhibition.

 

Ravensbourne students from a range of courses were invited by Barclays to develop a symbol to be ubiquitous, cross-cultural and a hallmark for data privacy across the world. We're pleased to announce that the Year 2 Graphic Design student Tom Reynolds has won!

Communicating the idea of concealing, the winning mark can be understood and read in different ways. From a birds eye view it is intended to look like a polling booth with a curtain. From a side angle it looks to be a hole-in-the-wall ATM. Tom showed a good understanding of cross media application.

The second prize went to Year 2 Graphic Design student Milan Ozegovic. Milan looked at how the trust mark could represent security, privacy and personal data all in one. Combining the shape of a person and a shield he created an iconic mark which represents the security of Barclays' customers data.

Congratulations to both students!

   

Web Media collaboration with Invicta Primary School

Between January and March 2016, the Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Web Media Production level 2 class took part in a pilot collaboration with the Invicta Primary School in Greenwich. This involved 16 undergraduate students, 150 pupils aged 5-10, Ravensbourne senior lecturer Matteo Menapace and 8 Invicta teachers. 

The students were briefed to design and prototype an educational web-based product aimed at primary school children. Over several field research trips to Invicta, they worked with different pupils: conducting interviews, evaluating product ideas, co-designing interfaces and user-testing prototypes.They also teamed up with Invicta pupils and teachers to design and produce a web-app, which promotes the school activities and its ties with the Greenwich community. They taught children how to draw Web interfaces, take pictures, record audios and upload Web content. Then they collaborated with a group of digital leaders (hand-picked children from all year groups) to code the web-app.

After a short introduction to good UX practices, students were given freedom to plan their activities at the primary school as they saw fit. They organised themselves into small teams, then carried out research, design tasks and user-testing independently. During their first field research trip to Invicta, they quickly learned which questions and techniques worked with children, and which didn’t. They experimented with different methods and tools, learning from their mistakes and sharing those lessons with everyone else.


Being able to test their ideas and prototypes every week at Invicta stimulated an
iterative test-driven design approach: rather than making assumptions about target users, teams prototyped different solutions and tested them with children as soon as possible. This also reduced in-group arguments, promoting the ethos that every idea is neither good or bad until it’s been testedWeb Media student Harry Difolco said 'Overall working with Invicta was a lot of fun and I feel both parties got a lot out of the project. It was an important lesson for our class that the Web industry is not all behind screens but engaging with people too.'

 

The pilot created a strong bond between the Ravensbourne Web Media team and Invicta staff, with plans to run the project again next year already undergoing. 'Building an app together gave us the opportunity to put our principles into practice. I'm proud of what we achieved, and I'm looking forward to working together soon!' said Senior Lecturer, Matteo Menapace.
 

Staff deliver Wearable Futures workshop in Barcelona

On Thursday 10 March, Alexa Pollmann and Will Pearson delivered a 5 hour workshop on Wearable Futures. Led by Alexa, the workshop was part of the week long, celebrating new media and new possibilities in creative disciplines permitted by technology. At the invitation of Professor Claudio Molina, the workshop took place at the historic small specialist university of Eina, located in the beautiful hillside gardens to the north of the city of Barcelona. With around 25 students, faculty and other university staff, the workshop focused on speculative design fiction; the possible, plausible and probable futures of wearables, with students working in pairs with future scenarios, with input from the workshop facilitators including a presentation entitled ‘A Short Illustrated History of Wearables’ which provided a playful interpretation of the current state of the art. With a pecha kucha to finish, Alexa and Will then took part in a 2 hour round table debate with figures from the creative industries in the city on the relevance and value of data for the creative practices supported at the institution.

 

Dr Brigitta Zics, Deputy Head at the Department of Postgraduate Studies, and Carl Smith, Principal Fellow and Director of Learning Technology Research Centre, will each give a keynote at the Wearable Technology Show which will be held at ExCeL London between 15 - 16 March 2016.

Brigitta's keynote address, Wearable Histories: From Utopia Towards New Realities, will explore the history of innovations that have challenged the boundaries of how we perceive reality and will discuss the reasoning behind our aspirations to do so. Illustrated by a pool of inspiring and ground breaking works, the talk will guide the audience through a journey of how utopian ideas become a partial reality of the information age. The critical question is what strand of augmentation is worth pursuing?

Carl's keynote, Context Engineering Performance Augmentation using Hybrid Transformative Technologies, will investigate hybrid transformative technologies and techniques that combine the affordances of the analogue with the digital to enable a new era of Hyper Function, Sensory Augmentation and Perceptual Adaptation. Context Engineering gives us new abilities, control over our senses and the ability to develop new forms of performance augmentation. In this session we will explore methodologies that help us see, hear, and feel our environments in new and enriched ways. The newly funded Horizon 2020 project '[WEKIT] Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training’ will use the latest in wearable and motion tracking technology to create ‘wearable experience’ - an entirely new form of media.

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Staff and student display in the Study Zone

The Study Zone has a great collection of items that students and staff have produced and shared.

Currently there are a few books, a DVD and a journal on display at the enquiry desk.

Now in stock:

South Coast, the award-winning documentary by Will Jewell (DFP tutor), which explores how something as American as hip hop found a left-field and quintessentially British voice in the unlikeliest of places. Shot over 3 years, the character-driven film charts the birth and growth of a renowned alternative scene amongst the pebbles and deck chairs of the south coast seaside towns. Featuring everything from gay hip hop crews to born-again Christian rappers and acts such as Beardyman, Killa Kela, Heavy Artillery, Dr Syntax, Norman Cook, Stig of The Dump, Deliverance and many more, the film was selected for a number of international Film Festivals. 

 The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, designed by Roland Brauchli (BA Graphic design tutor) explores the creative output of the group, whose idealistic ambitions for world peace were rooted in a shared appreciation of nature and handicraft. Part of the Whitechapel Gallery's programme of exhibitions curated from archives, the book features rarely seen prints, photographs of woodcarvings and clothing, and revisits the major exhibition at the Gallery in 1929.

Drawing Energy, describes the work undertaken by the Royal College of Art as part of the SuslabNWE study (2012-2015). This drawing-based research project explored people's perceptions of energy, by asking them to write draw or illustrate their thoughts and reactions to the question 'what does energy look like?', a few students from the FE course took part in this project.

Corrupted Files, is a thematic, interdisciplinary journal of research carried out by staff and students at Ravensbourne.

All our welcome to stop by and check it out.

Get in touch with the Study Zone if you would like to share your work.

 

Global Service Design Jam 2016

On 27 and 28 February a group of Ravensbourne students and staff participated in the Global Service Design Jam 2016 in London.

A global event that takes place at the same time in the main cities around the World. 48 hours to create and develop in teams, services inspired by a shared theme across the globe. Sharing their ideas with the world, while having fun and meeting new people.

Ravensbourne was represented by the following participants:

Alberto Villanueva - sessional lecturer, alumni and owner of IDEA architecture office
Jessica Leitch - MDes Service Design Innovation
Stefan Pichler - MDes Design Management Innovation
Nole Suwanparin - MDes Service Design Innovation
Daniella Shin - MA Interactive Digital Media
Sonia Gutierrez - MA Interactive Digital Media

 Organised by postgraduate students: 
Florian Grossman - MDes Design Management Innovation
Ximena Matus - MDes Service Design Innovation

Results of the SU Election 2016

It has been a record breaking year for student democracy at Ravensbourne, with almost 700 students voting in the Students' Union Elections. This is the highest turnout ever. 673 students logged in and cast 2541 votes across 6 elections. This means that more than 26 percent of students casted their votes, which is 166 percent more than last year's turnout.

Please see below the results of the SU elections 2016.

President: Stefan Ferrol

NUS National Conference Delegate: Rowha Mohid

Vice President for Schools of Architecture and Design: Richie Meretighan

Vice President for School of Content: Amber Hawgood

Vice President for School of Fashion: Jorge Da Silva

Vice President for School of Production: Jack Brown

 

You can find the detailed results on the election site.

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