Storyshare Interactive

February 18, 2018 |  by  |  3D  |  No Comments

I was commissioned to create an interactive storytelling application for Storyshare CIC which is an organisation that works with communities to chronicle and portray memories of their culture and heritage using digital media.

The 2G(Second Generation) Stories project, funded by the HLF aimed to archive interviews of those that were born in Britain after their parents emigrated from other countries. This is an extraordinary generation who have grown up pioneers. Developed in an unfamiliar British culture, one that their parents knew little about. One where they have had to blend their parent’s Indian culture with a British one and create a hybrid. They wanted to please their parents and their peers. Meet their own needs and those of their family and friends. This often led to struggle and conflict but also sometimes created a more resilient individual.

The Interactive I was creating needed to give visitors at the launch or pop up exhibition events an insight into the intimate interview material by giving snippets of audio recorded from the interviews with the participants. The storyshare team allowed me to go away and freely explore how the interactive could be achieved.

The Interactive needed to work on a touchscreen and be easy to navigate for anyone seeking to explore it, it needed to be eye catching, distinctive and quick. I noticed early on how the photographs taken throughout the project gave a real sense of being in the participants personal space and environment and thought it would be great if this could be used as the main graphical element of the interactive.

The photographs were arranged into random circular buttons on the homepage and I wrote a random algorithm script which would auto scale the buttons up and down to give it an organic alive feel and also catch the attention of visitors and prompt them to click the buttons.

On the participant pages I decided to use one distinct photo of the participant with their bio information stamped onto it and large unmissable buttons for the user to play the audio and video excerpts. The participant information was being sent to me in various packages so i decided to create a database system that could easily take participant information and automatically generate the controls required for the audio and video content. This made the system easier to manage and easily scalable. Extra participants could be added near the launch date without having to do any extra coding.

Really enjoyed working with Dee Patel at Storyshare CIC and I even took part in the project which was a very insightful experience. It was really interesting to listen to different peoples journeys, experiences and advice.

Interactive 3D for the Anglo Sikh Wars Exhibition

Interactive 3D for the Anglo Sikh Wars Exhibition

In mid 2016, I was approached by the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) and commissioned to produce a series of interactive 3D exhibits for an exhibition that would explore the history surrounding the Anglo Sikh Wars that took place in 1845. The exhibition would take place at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester from 11th March to 4th June 2017 and include a series of 7 expert lectures and kids activities.

My role in the project included the overall layout and design of the exhibition space as well as the initial branding and marketing material. I designed a concept for a logo which was further developed by an amazing artist called Kam Singh Samra from Birmingham, his visual design was not only distinctive but was the linchpin for the whole project. 

Anglo Sikh Wars Leaflet Design Logo Design by Kam Singh

Use of 3D Visualisation to design the space

It became apparent very early on that designing an exhibition to fit in the physical space is very difficult, especially when you are going to be doing most of the work remotely. Therefore in our first visit to the Newarke Houses Museum, the rooms were surveyed to ensure accurate measurements. Read More

Transformers Logo 3D Print

May 16, 2017 |  by  |  3D, 3d Printing, Modelling  |  No Comments

My son has been fascinated by the 3d printer since we built it together. He told me he wanted to print something and I said he could as long as he modelled the object himself. So he made this transformers logo(6.5cm) in sketchup a simple easy to use 3d modelling software, great for kids. I have asked him to do a write-up, explaining how he made it, for other kids. #3d #3dprint #3dprinting #kids #activities #3dModeling #fun #sketchup #prusai3 #transformers #autobots

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Punjabi Alphabet Papercraft Model

Punjabi Alphabet Papercraft Model

August 28, 2016 |  by  |  3D, PaperCraft  |  No Comments

Punjabi alphabet paper craft 3D model. This is a prototype for printable alphabet templates that can be used by parents and teachers for teaching Punjabi. Print, cut, fold, glue then decorate. You can print on a4 but ideally a3 and I would recommend printing them on card

I find that a quick drying tacky glue is always easier then normal PVA glue and also you can get a thin double sided sticky tape that can also be useful.

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I need some help developing these – if anyone is willing to test these out with their kids and give some feedback I would really appreciate it. It is better to print in A3 on a minimum of 200gsm card.

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Download from the link below 
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and you can also get the Harimandir Sahib papercraft here.