Digital Artists Handbook: Working with graphics: Processing

You might have come across the ‘made with Processing’  hyperlink on the internet or heard ofProcessing before. Over the past six years it has become a real phenomenon, allowing creative mindsto access the digital world. Based on a rather simple syntax and minimal interface, Processingsmoothly drives beginners into the scary world of programming.This article is not a tutorial, but rather an attempt to give you a global idea of what the programmingenvironment is, looks like and why it was created. Should you decide it is the tool you need, thisarticle will hopefully provide enough pointers to online and offline resources Read more

Digital Artists Handbook: Graphics

Image reigns supreme. From the thousands of films churned out each year from Nollywood, to the persistent recording of images by security cameras in London to the scaling of windows on your desktop computer, you are already a pixel pusher. But, how can you reign supreme over images? How can you become an active participant in the creation of graphics and move beyond passive consumption. While the distinction between amateur and professional is erased in the Youtube-record-a-video-get-rich-generation, the focus upon high-quality content controlling tools is key. What is the point of mastering verion 3.5 of Killer Graphics App 97′s fuzz Read more

Digital Artists Handbook: Pure Dataflow – Diving into Pd

This article introduces the possibilities of the software Pure Data (Pd), explains a bit why it’s so popular among artists and shows what Pd can be used for. The goal is to help artists decide if Pd is a tool for their own work. Pure Data, or PD for short, is a software written by mathematician and musician Miller S. Puckette. It  has become one of the most popular tools for artists working with digital media. Originally conceived in the late 90s as an environment to create sounds and to compose music, it was soon extended by modules to work Read more

Newspaper Club – getting your short run newspapers printed

We’re here to help you make your own newspapers. You can use our online tool to upload and arrange your words and pictures or you can use the site to send us a PDF. We print on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and you’ll get your papers in about a week. web: http://www.newspaperclub.com/ the help section gives you all the info for successful printing: http://www.newspaperclub.com/help

Zine Wiki

Zine Wiki: Lots of info about Zines, including Libraries who collect them   web: http://zinewiki.com/

Free Computer Science courses from Stanford University

Stanford University offered three of their most popular computer science courses to the public this fall, online for free. The courses were so popular that Stanford’s doing it again in January. This time they’re offering 7 computer science courses: Computer Science 101 http://www.cs101-class.org/ Machine Learning (one of the offerings this past fall) http://jan2012.ml-class.org/ Software as a Service http://www.saas-class.org/ Human-Computer Interaction http://www.hci-class.org/ Natural Language Processing http://www.nlp-class.org/ Game Theory http://www.game-theory-class.org/ Probabilistic Graphical Models http://www.pgm-class.org/ Cryptography http://www.crypto-class.org/ And two entrepreneurship courses: The Lean Launchpad http://www.launchpad-class.org/ Technology Entrepreneurship http://www.venture-class.org/ No tuition, no textbooks, no set class times (students get a week to complete the assignments).

Perfect Colours

Hewlett Packard Gold Partner for Wide format printers (i.e. larger than 1.1m) Canon & Epson wide format Reseller Xerox & Canon concessionaire Wide Format HP service provider Inkjet Media & Consumable supplies Reprographic Printing needs for indoor & out door needs Direct print on to boards Mounting & Lamination – Encapsulation Will courier artwork out or you can collect. perfectcolours.­com 0845 680 9000 sales@perfectcolours.com Perfect Colours Unit 2, Glengall Business Centre, 43 – 47 Glengall Road, London, SE15 6NF  

Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors is a short documentary explaining internet infrastructure, focusing on the art deco building 60 Hudson Street in Tribeca, which is now one of the most concentrated carrier hotels in the world. The internet has an “ironically very limited geography in terms of big strategic concentrations,” explains Stephen Graham, professor of cities and society, Newcastle University, in the short film. “The big affluent high tech information rich regions” is where the infrastructure is densely located. And 60 Hudson Street was especially ideal as a hub, given that the building was already designed to accomidate cables as it was first Read more

Digital Art Conservation

Initiatives http://www.arts.state.tx.us/video http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/about/avantgarde http://www.docam.ca/ http://forging-the-future.net http://www.imaionline.de/content/view/20/25/lang http://www.imappreserve.org/index.html http://www.inside-installations.org http://www.packed.be/ http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/majorprojects/mediamatters/ http://www.variablemedia.net/e/welcome.html Masters in the conservation of new media art http://www.hkb.bfh.ch/maconsrest.html http://www.mediaconservation.abk-stuttgart.de/ Media art archives http://www.gama-gateway.eu/ http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/ http://www.mediaartbase.de http://www.v2.nl Networks http://www.amianet.org http://www.eai.org/index.htm http://www.iasa-web.org http://www.incca.org/ http://www.langzeitarchivierung.de http://www.rhizome.org/art/ Organisations http://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org Tools http://www.fondation-langlois.org/visiteur/database/e/ http://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org/shtml_sub/msqr.pdf

make an animated GIF online, quick & easy

Gickr.com lets you instantly create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Just upload pictures or grab them from your Flickr. Create funny flashy slideshows with you and your friends, cartoons, previews, banners, etc. Post them anywhere you can post pictures: MySpace, Bebo, HI5 etc. No need for flash. web: http://gickr.com Loads of similar services

Recycling products – interactive tool

Got a broken TV to dispose of, or want to know how to recycle batteries, bulbs or an old laptop? Find out how to recycle an array of household products and electrical appliances here. Select the product you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if and how you can recycle it, plus share insider tips from Which? experts on how to make money recycling certain products and the range of recycling services available to you. web: http://www.which.co.uk/environment-and-saving-energy/

No Layout – digital library for independent publishers

No Layout is a digital library for independent publishers, focusing on art books and fashion magazines. It is meant as a support for printed publications, allowing users to flip through full content on any screen without downloads or apps. A promotional and archive tool. web: http://www.nolayout.com/

Artquest How-to guides for artist’s careers

This section contains ‘How to’ guides for every part of an artist’s career. From exhibiting, to earning money and more. Everything you need to know about sustaining a career as a practitioner is here. Each section focuses on a particular aspect of an artists career and covers approaches a practitioner can take to succeed. Make a living Show your work Work with others Your rights Promote yourself Promotion and application… Degree shows Prepare for the future

Purely Digital

HP Indigo Digital Print Wide format printing Perfect Binding, Hot Melt & PUR Glue Saddle Stitched & Wire bound documents Foiling & Embossing Duplex & Triplexing UV Varnishing and Laminating Die Cutting & Drilling Personalisation Scratch Cards – Latex or Foil Thermography & Letterpress Targeted Direct Mail 01332 890 315 Web: http://www.purelydigital.co.uk/services/

Bookshops, a list of

UK Arnolfini Bookshop,16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA Artwords at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX Artwords Bookshop, 65A Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ BALTIC, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA Blackwells Art & Poster Shop, 27 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 2AS Blackwells, 100 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JG Bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, London N1 6HB Camden Arts Centre Bookshop, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6PG CCA Bookshop, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Dundee Contemporary Arts: One Five Two, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, 29 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DF Hayward Read more

Photo Rag Baryta

Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm · 100% Cotton · white high-gloss Photo Rag Baryta combines the virtues of a luxury cotton paper and a traditional baryta board. The very fine surface texture with the baryta gloss endows portraits with a particularly expressive character.   Web: http://www.hahnemuehle.com/prod/us/461/592/photo-rag-baryta-315-gsm.html PDF: http://www.hahnemuehle.com/media/photoragbaryta_rev02.pdf  

Email Charter

We’re drowning in email. And the many hours we spend on it are generating ever more work for our friends and colleagues. (Here’s why.) We can reverse this spiral only by mutual agreement. Hence this Charter… 10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral 1. Respect Recipients’ Time This is the fundamental rule. As the message sender, the onus is on YOU to minimize the time your email will take to process. Even if it means taking more time at your end before sending. 2. Short or Slow is not Rude Let’s mutually agree to cut each other some slack. Given Read more

Hato Press – Riso Risograph printing

Hato Press is a print and publishing house which runs a Risograph RP 3700 stencilduplicator. The risograph covers a gap in the market that has been held by digital and lithograph printing. We apply this printing process to the production of artist publications, invites, flyers, posters, illustration prints and zines, though it was traditionally used for high volume printing and photocopying in schools, churches and small political parties. Our main press is a Risograph RP 3700 stencil duplicator. Traditionally, Risographs have been used for high volume photocopying in schools, churches and small political parties. We have customized the process for Read more

Free DNS When You Need It

Dyn’s legendary free DNS service allows you to create a hostname that points to your home or office IP address, providing a easy URL for you to remember anywhere you have internet access. Dyn also provides update mechanisms for making hostnames work with your dynamic IP address, delivery of your DNS records to five DNS servers in five Tier 1 bandwidth datacenters around the world, fast propagation/reliable static IP caching for DNS TTL values and more. Website: http://dyn.com/dns/dyndns-free/

Journalism school teaches students pre-digital newspaper production techniques

While archeologists try to recreate what life was like 10,000 years ago, and historians try to recreate what life was like 1,000 years ago, journalists can’t even recreate how they published a newspaper 20 years ago. No one documented the details or saved the old equipment. (I had to buy some of it from creepy old men through Craigslist.) Journalists may write history’s first draft, but when it comes to covering their own history, they don’t even take notes. I can imagine college students 20 years from now asking their aged adviser… Your digital cameras didn’t just beam images to Read more

Directory of APIs

website: http://www.programmableweb.com/apis/directory

Golden Grid System

A folding grid for responsive design. Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns. The leftmost and rightmost columns are used as the outer margins of the grid, which leaves 16 columns for use in design. Now, 16 columns sounds a bit much for anything other than huge widescreen monitors. This is where the folding, inspired by the DIN paper system and Unigrid, comes in. The 16 columns can be combined, or folded, into 8 columns for tablet-sized screens, and into 4 columns for mobile-sized ones. This way GGS can easily cover any screen sizes from 240 Read more

Programming Languages Reference Sheets

syntax for common tasks in a side-by-side format Scripting Languages: PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby Embeddable Languages: Tcl, Lua, JavaScript, Io Shell Languages: Bash, Zsh, AppleScript, PowerShell C Style Languages: C, C++, Objective C, Java, C# Pascal Style Languages: Pascal, Ada, PL/SQL, SQL/PSM Lisp Dialects: Common Lisp, Scheme, Clojure, Emacs Lisp Type Inference Languages: Standard ML, OCaml, Scala, Haskell Declarative Languages: Prolog, Erlang, Oz Concatenative Languages: Forth, PostScript, Factor Computer Algebra Software: Mathematica, Sage, Maxima Numerical Analysis Software: MATLAB, R  

Great JavaScript Resources

As browsers and server-side platforms advance, and libraries new and old grow and mature, JavaScript evolves as well. We’ve put together a list of seven of our favorite JavaScript resources to help save you time and energy along the way. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, we think you’ll find the sites below both informative and beneficial. If you know of other great resources, feel free to share them in the comments. Mozilla Developer Network: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/javascript JQAPI: http://jqapi.com JS Fiddle: http://jsfiddle.net Eloquent JavaScript: http://eloquentjavascript.net Douglas Crockford JS Videos: http://www.yuiblog.com/crockford How to Node: http://howtonode.org DailyJS: http://dailyjs.com

MS Word: Track changes while you edit

You can easily make and view tracked changes and comments while you work in a document. By default, Microsoft Office Word 2007 uses balloons to display deletions, comments, formatting changes, and content that has moved. If you want to see all of your changes inline, you can change settings so that tracked changes and comments display the way you want. Website: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/track-changes-while-you-edit-HA001218690.aspx

Book printers

As a rough guide, these kind of printers would take jobs of 500+ copies Aldgate Press, Gunthorpe Workshop, Gunthorpe Street, London E1 7RQ 020 7247 3015 BAS Printers, 1 Premier Way, Abbey Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9DQ 01794 834 605 Kube Digital Print, 44 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LB 020 7739 9744 Lecturis, F36 Argos House Office Centre, Kilburn Park Road, London NW6 5LF 020 7644 0498 Lithosphere, London 020 7686 6111 TRL Digital Print, 25 Holywell Row, London EC2A 4XE 020 7739 3152 White Offset, 159-179 Empress Road, Southampton SO14 0JW 02380 632 111 Die Keure See also:

Dropbox – brilliant for sharing files

Your files, anywhere Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available. Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection. Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing). Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection. Website: Dropbox Website: Dropbox for ucl.ac.uk email address Read more

FLV players for your website

The OS FLV Player is an Open Source, embedable player for Flash native video files. The player provides a large amount of options that can be changed in the embed code. Also provided are a code generator written in javascript, a library of PHP functions and, of course, fully open source code! Website: http://www.osflv.com With over one million active users, the JW Player™ is the Internet’s most popular open source video player. It supports playback of any format the Adobe Flash Player can handle (FLV, MP4, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG and GIF) and now supports HTML5 too. Additionally, the JW Player™ Read more

Self Publishing resource guide

Self publishing is not a new phenomenon. It is the publishing of all media by the author/artists of those works rather than by established, third party publishers. Although self publishing has been around since the beginning of publishing [5], it has seen a huge increase in activity with the advancement of publishing technology and the World Wide Web…….. Website: http://www.digitalartistshandbook.org/publishing

Epson inkjet cartridge recycling

The only way to recycle EPSON inkjet cartridges is to return them to EPSON. None of the reuse schemes accept EPSON. Slade Digital Print are part of the EPSON Recycling Scheme and have a large blue box in the Digital Print are to collect them in. All students and staff are welcome to take advantage of this box for EPSON inkjet cartridge recycling. (But, please do not use the Epson box for any other manufacturer or compatible cartridges as these will end up in landfill.)

Beyond Privacy. New Perspectives on the Public and Private Domain

Our traditional notion of privacy is coming under pressure from a political system obsessed with security and control and a commercial sector avid for sales. More and more measures are being taken that conflict with our constitutional right to privacy. New technologies are being developed and implemented in order to keep an eye on citizens and collect data about their comings and goings. Societal resistance to this is relatively scarce, particularly in the Netherlands. At the same time people harbour fewer and fewer qualms about voluntarily revealing personal information in the media and on the Internet. Apparently the protection of Read more

The Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit & Guide

Dropbox, the app we all (at least many of us) know and love, has a plethora of advanced uses to make life so much easier in managing data between multiple computers and online. We’ve posted several roundups of tips and tricks for Dropbox and now we present our ultimate toolkit and guide. We’ve pulled all our tips and tricks together and added quite a few more. Additionally, share your Dropbox tips and tricks and we’ll update the list to share the fun with everyone. Dropbox? Not familiar with Dropbox? Let me start out by simply saying, Dropbox is awesome. I Read more

online tool for sharing photos, screengrabs quickly

Do you ever want to share some photos, mockups or screengrabs with somebody else online quick and dirty? Go to DropMocks, drag and drop your images, and you are done. You get an instant image gallery that displays in CoverFlow style, along with a short URL to share it. Website: http://dropmocks.com

Free alternative to Microsoft Office

The Document Foundation, which coordinates development of LibreOffice, a new, free and open office suite, has reached an important development milestone significantly ahead of schedule. LibreOffice 3.3 shipped this week; it’s the first, stable, road-ready version of the suite. A large, 100+ community of developers has been attracted to the project, and while it’s still clearly under construction, it’s an impressive showing in a short time. Website: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual property rights collided with everyday life. Expansive copyright laws and digital rights management technologies sought to shut down new forms of copying and remixing made possible by the Internet. International laws expanding patent rights threatened the lives of millions of people around the world living with HIV/AIDS by limiting their access to cheap generic medicines. For decades, governments have tightened the grip of intellectual property law at the bidding of information industries; but recently, groups have emerged around the world to challenge this wave of enclosure with a new counter-politics of “access Read more

Xpert Media Search and Attribution service

One of the main barriers to publishing and using open resources is copyright and particularly the use of third party images where the copyright status is uncertain. To help with overcoming this problem the Open Nottingham team created the Xpert Media Search and Attribution service, which is a ground-breaking website helping users to find creative commons or public domain media and automatically incorporate licence information into the resource. Routinely embedding open licences simplifies OER development, removes barriers to repurposing and publishing OER, and substantially increases the usability and accessibility of course materials. For the first time, broad audiences of OER Read more