MySpace is back! (again)

    Justin Timberlake has taken charge of the ‘new MySpace’, which re-launched earlier this month. I owe a lot to myspace as it first introduced me to very basic web code when I customised my profile during my high school days. For that reason I signed up to get a beta account for the new site to see if it can tempt me back. The answer at the moment is- no it can’t.

    I see a lot of similarities with other social networks, especially Google+ where you share the things you like. The focus is heavily on music which I already use last.fm for, and that pretty much updates itself by gathering music I play on other sites and through Spotify. Myspace allows artists to have profiles and give updates to fans/ followers. But I think Twitter already covers this and iTunes attempted to do it with Ping.

    On your new profile you can have a large cover image, favourite song, top 8 connections (people you follow) and create mixes/playlists of songs, photos and videos to share.

    A really annoying thing it the sideways scroll on every page, which acts as a timeline with the newest content always being on the left. Although it looks nice with a parallax effect it can be annoying and hard to navigate. A nice feature is the search page which pops up if you just start typing anywhere on the page. I also like the music bar at the bottom which stays playing as you navigate the site.

    Although the new MySpace looks good, I questioned wether I actually need it and the hassle of updating it. Time will tell. I already have a few spam followers, which isn’t a good start.

    If you like music and want yet another social network site, I have some account invites if you contact me


    27 Dec

    I went to see Life of Pi on Christmas Eve with the family. I went without seeing the trailer or reading the book. I always find that trailers give to much away so all my expectations were based on the image that was on the Vue website. I was expecting something with unrealistic looking animation and a predictable storyline, but what I got was the complete opposite. I saw the 2D version but regretted it afterwards as this would have been worth the extra money to see 3D. The effects were amazing and so realistic. The film was directed by Ang Lee and the story centers around Pi being shipwrecked on a small boat with a Bengal tiger from his family Zoo in India. They manage to mix CGI animals with real ones which made it even more believable. The only downside was the ending as I thought it would be bigger. However it did manage to hold my attention all the way through (which isn’t easy). I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of seeing it, don’t wait for the DVD, the bigger screen the better.

    Christmas is the only time I really get to watch films, usually on TV while I stuff my face with chocolate orange and after eights. It’s one of my new years resolutions to watch more films at the cinema.

  1. I went to see Frankenweenie 3D yesterday and thought I’d give it a mini review on here. Its a black and white animated film from the mind of Tim Burton. The plot focusses on Victor Frankenstein and his dog Sparky. They live in a strange town where lightning strikes every night which is rumored to be caused by a large windmill. When his dog dies, Victor uses the lightning to bring him back to life inspired by his science teachers experiment on a dead frog. The lightning then causes all kinds of problems to other animals from the pet cemetery. 
Appart from the story being quite predictable I quite enjoyed the film. I am a fan of Tim Burton’s previous films and the amazing characters he comes up with. The non-main characters in Frankenweenie are the funniest. Especially Mr. Whiskers (the cat with big eyes) who makes psychic predictions with it’s poo. The 3D effects were well used but on action sequences everything becomes a blur. The fact that it’s all black and white makes it unique for a kids film and adds to the Tim Burton melancholy style. It reminded me a bit of ‘Mary and Max’, a claymation from 2009. Overall I would recommend it but only on Orange Wednesdays

    I went to see Frankenweenie 3D yesterday and thought I’d give it a mini review on here. Its a black and white animated film from the mind of Tim Burton. The plot focusses on Victor Frankenstein and his dog Sparky. They live in a strange town where lightning strikes every night which is rumored to be caused by a large windmill. When his dog dies, Victor uses the lightning to bring him back to life inspired by his science teachers experiment on a dead frog. The lightning then causes all kinds of problems to other animals from the pet cemetery. 

    Appart from the story being quite predictable I quite enjoyed the film. I am a fan of Tim Burton’s previous films and the amazing characters he comes up with. The non-main characters in Frankenweenie are the funniest. Especially Mr. Whiskers (the cat with big eyes) who makes psychic predictions with it’s poo. The 3D effects were well used but on action sequences everything becomes a blur. The fact that it’s all black and white makes it unique for a kids film and adds to the Tim Burton melancholy style. It reminded me a bit of ‘Mary and Max’, a claymation from 2009. Overall I would recommend it but only on Orange Wednesdays

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  2. Yesterday me and steven went for a tour of the BBC’s new home at Media City. I came away from it a bit disappointed to be honest although the tour guides were very good. It started with a brief history of the BBC then on to the ‘tour room’ with a miniature versions of the Breakfast sofa, Question of sport desk and some other bits. Then we moved on to the radio drama studio and the ‘dead room’, where outdoor scenes are recorded because of the complete lack of echo. The Philharmonic studio was quite impressive and an improvement on the old one at Oxford Road. Finally we stopped off at the Blue Peter studio which was surprisingly small and stunk of plastic. A jib crane and wide angle lens are used to make the room look a lot bigger. 
There is a lot more of the BBC we didn’t get to see such as Radio, Sport, Dragons Den, Kids, the actual Breakfast set and galleries where they edit the shows. For the price of £7 I wouldn’t recommend it, I get to see more when I volunteer there. More pictures on flickr

    Yesterday me and steven went for a tour of the BBC’s new home at Media City. I came away from it a bit disappointed to be honest although the tour guides were very good. It started with a brief history of the BBC then on to the ‘tour room’ with a miniature versions of the Breakfast sofa, Question of sport desk and some other bits. Then we moved on to the radio drama studio and the ‘dead room’, where outdoor scenes are recorded because of the complete lack of echo. The Philharmonic studio was quite impressive and an improvement on the old one at Oxford Road. Finally we stopped off at the Blue Peter studio which was surprisingly small and stunk of plastic. A jib crane and wide angle lens are used to make the room look a lot bigger. 

    There is a lot more of the BBC we didn’t get to see such as Radio, Sport, Dragons Den, Kids, the actual Breakfast set and galleries where they edit the shows. For the price of £7 I wouldn’t recommend it, I get to see more when I volunteer there. More pictures on flickr


  3. 04 Jun
  4. Home of the future - Channel 4, Sunday, 7.30pm
A programme I watched yesterday about the Perera family from Sheffield. Their house was given a £250,000 gadget makeover to transform it in to the home of the future. With such a large family living under one roof, the programme showed how each person would benefit from future technology. Part of me was jealous of them but the more I watched the programme the more I realised such a home wouldn’t be that great.
With a large family the mum takes on a lot of responsibilities around the house and although technology would make her life easier she is slightly sceptical. When she first saw the new house she broke down in to tears because all the personality had been sucked out of it. Everything was white and didn’t look very cosy at all.
A key thing that all homes are predicted to have in the future is a ‘home automation system’ which controls everything in the house from the lights to the TV. I can see some of the tech was quite useful e.g a snore stopper whereas others were not necessary. The father used a self-driven lawnmower while watching TV, which to me is just pain lazy and he looks like he needs the exercise. Another useless gadget from the programme was a mirror that gives you facebook and twitter updates while you brush your teeth????
4 miles of cables were used all together in the experiment and the electricity usage increased by 40%. I don’t blame the father for going round the house before bed turning everything off at the mains. Because of the massive amount of electricity used, the house had to have solar panels and it’s own personal power station in the garage to offset the costs.
I still live at home and I can see the effect technology has on my younger brother and sister. It creates less interaction between family members and staring at screens all day is becoming more common. As soon as they get in from school the computer/ games console goes on for the rest of the night. It made me realise just how much time I spend online. It’s not great for your health either, with increased risk of headaches, eyesight problems and obesity.
The programme showed a new development in self operated public transport, which will cut a lot of jobs that this country needs. Many big car manufacturers are already testing autonomous vehicles and scientists estimate that self-driven trucks could be introduced as soon as 2019. One question I had was how reliable can all this technology be? Can it really replace a human?
This also links to Alan Turing who was one of the first to discover the potential of the computer “Can machines think?” and pioneered the phrase ‘artificial intelligence’.

    Home of the future - Channel 4, Sunday, 7.30pm

    A programme I watched yesterday about the Perera family from Sheffield. Their house was given a £250,000 gadget makeover to transform it in to the home of the future. With such a large family living under one roof, the programme showed how each person would benefit from future technology. Part of me was jealous of them but the more I watched the programme the more I realised such a home wouldn’t be that great.

    With a large family the mum takes on a lot of responsibilities around the house and although technology would make her life easier she is slightly sceptical. When she first saw the new house she broke down in to tears because all the personality had been sucked out of it. Everything was white and didn’t look very cosy at all.

    A key thing that all homes are predicted to have in the future is a ‘home automation system’ which controls everything in the house from the lights to the TV. I can see some of the tech was quite useful e.g a snore stopper whereas others were not necessary. The father used a self-driven lawnmower while watching TV, which to me is just pain lazy and he looks like he needs the exercise. Another useless gadget from the programme was a mirror that gives you facebook and twitter updates while you brush your teeth????

    4 miles of cables were used all together in the experiment and the electricity usage increased by 40%. I don’t blame the father for going round the house before bed turning everything off at the mains. Because of the massive amount of electricity used, the house had to have solar panels and it’s own personal power station in the garage to offset the costs.

    I still live at home and I can see the effect technology has on my younger brother and sister. It creates less interaction between family members and staring at screens all day is becoming more common. As soon as they get in from school the computer/ games console goes on for the rest of the night. It made me realise just how much time I spend online. It’s not great for your health either, with increased risk of headaches, eyesight problems and obesity.

    The programme showed a new development in self operated public transport, which will cut a lot of jobs that this country needs. Many big car manufacturers are already testing autonomous vehicles and scientists estimate that self-driven trucks could be introduced as soon as 2019. One question I had was how reliable can all this technology be? Can it really replace a human?

    This also links to Alan Turing who was one of the first to discover the potential of the computer “Can machines think?” and pioneered the phrase ‘artificial intelligence’.

  5. Over the Christmas and New Year break I got the chance to watch a few Japanese Anime films. Not usually my kind of genre but some of these Studio Ghibli features are incredible. Hayao Miyazaki is the famous co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of many of its films. I saw Spirited Away on TV a few years ago and thought it was so good that I bought myself the DVD. The style of animation is unlike anything I’ve seen before. I would describe it as a mix between Pokemon and the original Disney style. You get sucked in to the weird and wonderful world the characters live in and you believe the creatures exist in real life. In Spirited Away a girl called Chihiro gets lost in an abandoned theme park which at night tuns in to a land of strange spirits where she becomes trapped. In order to escape she must work for an evil witch who runs the bathhouse for the spirits. When released, the film became the most successful in Japanese history winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature 2002. Definitely the best animated film I’ve ever seen!

    Over the festive season Film 4 screened a different Ghibli Film each night all broadcast in the original Japanese with English subtitles. It started with the latest release Ponyo. Telling the story of a human faced fish forming a friendship with a young boy after saving her. The relationship causes the fish to grow human limbs and is eventually adopted by the boys mother. My descriptions don’t give the film justice but I don’t want to give the plot away. If you get the chance these are a must see.

    The other films I watched were Laputa, Totoro, Only Yesterday, The Cat Returns and Tales from Earthsea.

  6. Yesterday I went to an advance preview screening of the new Tintin Movie at Showcase Cinema Manchester ahead of it’s Oct 26th release. Paramount were giving away free tickets on their website which I got to via @nusextra on twitter, a very powerful way of promotion. 
The cinema itself wasn’t the best and in need of a drastic update, there wasn’t even cup holders. The film however was great! After seeing the trailer I was a bit sceptical of the motion capture style of animation Spielberg had chosen. I found Polar Express (2004) quite difficult to watch because the human characters didn’t look realistic or move very naturally. But 6 years on, technology has advanced massively and Tintin has changed my views on MoCap. At times you forget it’s an animation and it was like watching a live-action film with actors, everything is so detailed and the facial expressions look more life-like. One thing I didn’t realise was that Jamie Bell (who plays Tintin) did actually act for the film and not just voice wise. In an interview with Metro he says ‘I didn’t throw a rib out and put some vertebrate out of place just  doing a voice – we’re literally living these scenes we’re running around  we’re throwing each other around.’ I thought this style of animation was perfect for the film, I couldn’t see it any other way. They also made good use of the 3D aspect which was noticeable through the whole film.
I would say the storyline was a bit up and down. It starts with Tintin buying a model ship called the Unicorn from a market and not realising it’s power. It contains the first of 3 clues which a rival is after to take over Haddocks treasures. There wasn’t enough action in it for me (probably because its a PG) or a big moment which really stood out. The story was mainly centred around Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and his drinking habit which provided most of the humour, along with Thomson and Thompson. The ending also hinted that the ‘adventure wasn’t over yet’ and a possible sequel, a brave move considering they don’t know the public’s reaction to this one yet. Saying that I would definitely go and see it..
Opens in the UK- October 26, 2011 and America- December 21, 2011
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    Yesterday I went to an advance preview screening of the new Tintin Movie at Showcase Cinema Manchester ahead of it’s Oct 26th release. Paramount were giving away free tickets on their website which I got to via @nusextra on twitter, a very powerful way of promotion. 

    The cinema itself wasn’t the best and in need of a drastic update, there wasn’t even cup holders. The film however was great! After seeing the trailer I was a bit sceptical of the motion capture style of animation Spielberg had chosen. I found Polar Express (2004) quite difficult to watch because the human characters didn’t look realistic or move very naturally. But 6 years on, technology has advanced massively and Tintin has changed my views on MoCap. At times you forget it’s an animation and it was like watching a live-action film with actors, everything is so detailed and the facial expressions look more life-like. One thing I didn’t realise was that Jamie Bell (who plays Tintin) did actually act for the film and not just voice wise. In an interview with Metro he says ‘I didn’t throw a rib out and put some vertebrate out of place just doing a voice – we’re literally living these scenes we’re running around we’re throwing each other around.’ I thought this style of animation was perfect for the film, I couldn’t see it any other way. They also made good use of the 3D aspect which was noticeable through the whole film.

    I would say the storyline was a bit up and down. It starts with Tintin buying a model ship called the Unicorn from a market and not realising it’s power. It contains the first of 3 clues which a rival is after to take over Haddocks treasures. There wasn’t enough action in it for me (probably because its a PG) or a big moment which really stood out. The story was mainly centred around Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and his drinking habit which provided most of the humour, along with Thomson and Thompson. The ending also hinted that the ‘adventure wasn’t over yet’ and a possible sequel, a brave move considering they don’t know the public’s reaction to this one yet. Saying that I would definitely go and see it..

    Opens in the UK- October 26, 2011 and America- December 21, 2011

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  7. I Love Type Series Vol.1 - I Love FuturaViction:ary & TwoPointsNet 2010
This book first caught my eye a few months ago in Magma, with its neon pink spine and edges, textured cover paper and foil lettering, but it was a bit expensive at £28. However while browsing the shop again after the Big Fat Show I came across the last copy in the reduced box at half the price! Instant purchase.
I hadn’t really used Futura that much before because the typeface doesn’t come as part of Windows software and I don’t (yet) own a Mac. But this book has made me think differently and now I have a thing for Futura. As the title suggests, this book is all about the typeface designed by Paul Renner. It was a breakthrough in it’s time using geometric forms of the circle, triangle and square as the influence which gives a minimalist look.
The book opens with an interesting history of the typeface from Wolfgang Hartmann of Bauer Types who were responsible for making the digital versions. The rest of the pages are full of up-to-date designs that use the many different weights and styles of Futura. Each example includes the exact name of the typeface, short description of the work and the companies favourite Futura Letter (most popular O).
It is part of a series of books focusing on a new typeface each time. For more information go here

    I Love Type Series Vol.1 - I Love Futura
    Viction:ary & TwoPointsNet 2010

    This book first caught my eye a few months ago in Magma, with its neon pink spine and edges, textured cover paper and foil lettering, but it was a bit expensive at £28. However while browsing the shop again after the Big Fat Show I came across the last copy in the reduced box at half the price! Instant purchase.

    I hadn’t really used Futura that much before because the typeface doesn’t come as part of Windows software and I don’t (yet) own a Mac. But this book has made me think differently and now I have a thing for Futura. As the title suggests, this book is all about the typeface designed by Paul Renner. It was a breakthrough in it’s time using geometric forms of the circle, triangle and square as the influence which gives a minimalist look.

    The book opens with an interesting history of the typeface from Wolfgang Hartmann of Bauer Types who were responsible for making the digital versions. The rest of the pages are full of up-to-date designs that use the many different weights and styles of Futura. Each example includes the exact name of the typeface, short description of the work and the companies favourite Futura Letter (most popular O).

    It is part of a series of books focusing on a new typeface each time. For more information go here

  8. Just some branding I found while searching the web - MySpace created by Bleed last year. I was an active MySpace member during my late high school years and college (around 2007/ 2008) but it became very quiet very quickly as people began moving over to Facebook. I though it was really good how you could customize the layout colours and background, creating a profile unique and personal to you. The whole idea of it was to talk to friends and if they never go on it/ delete their account whats the point. Facebook is a much simpler alternative and each profile has the same template, putting the focus on what you write on it and the photographs you upload.
The new re-design made me look again at MySpace but I don’t think people will go back to it after Facebook has become massively popular with over 600 million users compared to MySpace’s 34 million.
At first I wasn’t sure about the new logo but now I quite like it. The way space is represented as a digital space bar which looks like a smile. Also links with the original idea of owning and customizing your personal page. Which is also shown in the random mix match of images in the advertising. But to me the homepage has a heavy focus on music, which has always been one of it’s strong points. Many bands have been discovered on there in the past and it’s where new artists go to to get their music heard and connect with fans.
Overall, if Myspace had updated their image 3 years ago and Facebook wasn’t invented I would still have an account

    Just some branding I found while searching the web - MySpace created by Bleed last year. I was an active MySpace member during my late high school years and college (around 2007/ 2008) but it became very quiet very quickly as people began moving over to Facebook. I though it was really good how you could customize the layout colours and background, creating a profile unique and personal to you. The whole idea of it was to talk to friends and if they never go on it/ delete their account whats the point. Facebook is a much simpler alternative and each profile has the same template, putting the focus on what you write on it and the photographs you upload.

    The new re-design made me look again at MySpace but I don’t think people will go back to it after Facebook has become massively popular with over 600 million users compared to MySpace’s 34 million.

    At first I wasn’t sure about the new logo but now I quite like it. The way space is represented as a digital space bar which looks like a smile. Also links with the original idea of owning and customizing your personal page. Which is also shown in the random mix match of images in the advertising. But to me the homepage has a heavy focus on music, which has always been one of it’s strong points. Many bands have been discovered on there in the past and it’s where new artists go to to get their music heard and connect with fans.

    Overall, if Myspace had updated their image 3 years ago and Facebook wasn’t invented I would still have an account

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GEORGE DUNKLEY

BA (Hons) Graphic Design
University of Salford
Graduated 2013
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I'm a 22 year old tumblr addict from Bury, UK. This is a personal blog of things I've done during my 3 years at university (and then some).

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