Welcome, and welcome back!

This week we’re welcoming students back on campus after the summer.

Induction sessions for freshers aren’t all about meeting staff and finding resources. Incoming media and communications students collaborated today on a Storify: The Colours of Greenwich

Hashtag: #tweetwich

Good thing the weather was nice, because I didn’t have a rainy-day backup plan for a collaborative activity involving a (small) creative brief, use of social media, exploring the campus environment and publishing the results to the world, all in one hour. As you do.

Thanks to everybody who contributed! Thanks to Elise (@Morrrrgss) for the featured image.

The Contra Innovation Prize

Sophia Evans is our winner of the Contra Innovation Prize for her project, “The Washing Line.” Of her work, Sophia says: “The Washing Line” is a photographic journal centred on the workings of contemporary British homes. It looks at the everyday act of washing clothes and asks how people’s identities are expressed through the way they carry out this task.”

Of Sophia’s project, Ruth Kent, client partner at Contra, says:

Humans emit signs/clues about who they are and how they live their lives in many, many ways. Designers often observe those they are designing for, as a starting point for their design process. In ‘The Washing Line’, Sophia Evans has created a photographic journal – featuring a number of subjects – that brought both of the above statements to mind. By examining the simple act of getting the laundry done, Sophia collects intelligence on their respective identities. The viewer is presented with detailed and varied information on each subject.

Contra were impressed not only with the way in which this project was approached by Sophia, but also with its professional and polished presentation. The images selected by Sophia were all strong. (Additionally, little touches such as the colour of the title text complementing the ‘hero’ colour from each image, did not go unnoticed!). Overall, it was Contra’s observation that this was a project put together by someone ready to make a positive contribution to the creative industries.

We congratulate Sophia on her achievement, and wish her all the best for the future.

Three projects were shortlisted for the prize, and everyone involved had great difficulty deciding on just one entry. The other two projects shortlisted were:

Nicole with projectNicole Fernandez, “The Perfection of Imperfection.”

Nicole’s project investigates “bad” photography, mishaps and mistakes. “Should we throw out a photograph or delete it, just because the lighting in the shot was too dull; it came out blurry; or because the dog magically gained red eyes?”

Of Nicole’s project, Ruth Kent says:

This series of ‘happy accidents’ made me feel nostalgic for the days before digital photography. The ‘hit and miss’ nature of taking snaps, waiting for them to be processed and eagerly opening the wallet of prints, once they’d been collected.
Today, we all edit our photographs so much (manipulation and deletion) that the kinds of snaps in Nicole Fernandez’s piece are increasingly rare.

Oscar with projectOscar Lacey “Disturbing Desolate”

Oscar’s project is a short video that “aims to reproduce a dreamlike state, allowing audiences to consciously experience the common unconscious.”

This short film is clearly the product of a painstaking production process – a real labour of love! I came away with a deep respect for the filmmaking/editing approach. As a viewer, I was swiftly transported to a collection of memories of my own dreamscapes – nightmares especially! The imagery and montage conspired beautifully – leaving me feeling distinctly rattled. A great project.
All the shortlisted works are exhibited at This is Change, the 2015 Degree Show of the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts. The Contra Innovation Prize is sponsored by Contra, an award-winning digital agency working across web, design, video, mobile and social media. Projects eligible for the prize come from the course MEDS1146 Advanced Projects, led by David Waterworth and Steve Kennedy. Many thanks to Ruth Kent for taking time out to select the winner and for her comments on the shortlisted works.

David Watson on Introducing the Web as a Content Platform

Our colleague David Watson (who leads the MA Web Design and Content Planning) has written a reflection on his experience teaching Datascapes to our Year 2 students. He compares his experience of teaching design students and media/comms students:

It struck me that what the students had in common was a good understanding of content. The Graphic Design students were content creators and the Media & Communication students were content curators.

…and that sets the tone for David’s take on HTML as not merely a technical subject, but one which has to be understood in terms of concepts and principles.

Introducing the Web as a Content Platform is based on David’s presentation at the Talk Web Design Conference held at Greenwich last week. Some great pictures from the conference here.


Year 2 Student Show: Dark Skies, Bright Ideas

Second year students from across the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts took over the studios at Stockwell Street for a springtime exhibition on 15 May.

Titled “Dark Skies, Bright Ideas” the exhibition brought together design, audio and video works from students on the BA Graphic and Digital Design, 3D Digital Design and Animation, BA Digital Arts Practice, BA Media and Communications, BSc Film and TV Production, and BSc Digital Film Production.

The exhibition catalogue is available online at the All Nighter Show website. It was set up by the students and the staff organizers Andrew Hill and Stacey Pitsillides. It features a lot of great student work, including full-length videos, animations, sound works and of course photos of designs ranging from vinyl record sleeves to t-shirts.

IMG_20150515_174740The show was a great success, and we’re looking forward to seeing what our Degree Show on 12 June holds in store.



We’re at Social Media Week 2014

Social Media Week London will be taking place all over the city from the 22nd to 26th of September.

We’re particularly pleased that our own Margaret Dowie-Whybrow will be speaking on personal data, identity and trust at the beautiful 11th-floor offices of Digital Greenwich (full session details).

As in previous years, we’re encouraging our undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend as many events, workshops and lectures as they possibly can – Social Media Week is a great industry resource, and it’s on our doorstep. See you there!

Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts Conference at Greenwich in 2014

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts [DRHA] is an annual conference whose goal is to bring together the creators, users, distributors, and custodians of digital research and resources in the arts, design and humanities. The conference explores the capture, archiving and communication of complex and creative research processes. DRHA provides an intellectual and physical space for cross-disciplinary discussion and the generation of new ideas, resulting in many new networks and productive research relationships.

The conference will be held at the University of Greenwich, 31 August to 3 September 2014.

Call for Submissions –  until 14 April 2014. The conference is open to proposals for papers, roundtables, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and posters.


Studio for Electronic Theatre performing in Newcastle, 24 January

The Studio for Electronic Theatre will perform ‘Oedipus — The Code Breaker’ at the REALTIME VISUALS (RTV) CONFERENCE on 24 January in Newcastle. They are part of the programme which includes a variety of the world-renowned live cinema artists like The Light Surgeons; Lanfranco Aceti, editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA); and expanded cinema pioneer Tony Hill.

Full details, including links to sign-ups for the free events can be found here: