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Digital Creativity Week

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In Digital Creativity Week students worked with the Borthwick Archives team and the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary. 

In an intensive week, we covered working with Data, Image Editing, Audio Editing, Coding and Visualisation and set out to created 3D immersive augmented experience. The range of Digital Creativity Tools we trialled was huge.

With an emphasis on getting the students to play with data, I based much of my thinking on the idea of Brian Eno and his book, The Vertical Colour of Sound. In the book there are some insightful common sense ideas, including:

"For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.

"As soon as you externalize an idea you see facets of it that weren’t clear when it was just floating around in your head."

The more time you spend on an old idea, the more energy you invest in it, the more solid it becomes, and the more it will exclude new ideas.

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During the week we would constantly be encouraging and supporting students to experiment, try new tools, and play with any data they found interesting. As Steve Jobs said "Creativity is just connecting things". 

To assist with fostering a play ethic, I made a toy of sorts, The Yorkshire Bandit and a slide deck Creative Prompts, a sort of digital tools version of Eno's card deck, Oblique Strategies.

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We gave the students Leuchtturm 1917 plain notepads (because the pages are numbered, meaning you can index your fab ideas) and some nice pens (because nothing creative happens without nice pens).

Below you can see two people using the image of a stained glass window to trigger kaleidoscope animations and the sounds of church bells ringing.