Thursday, February 24, 2011


An interesting past year - The Talking Walls Beaulieu Abbey kiosk has now been working and entertaining / informing visitors to Beaulieu Abbey for nearly a year in the Domus museum and my energy has now been diverted to enhancing two great undergraduate programmes at the University of Winchester as their new programme leader - BA Digital Media Design and BSc Digital Media Development.

We will run an MA in Digital Media Practice this coming academic year with the possibility of a jointly delivered MA with the University of Calabria to run alongside it. The Archeaological aspect is key here with Calabria students wanting to learn how to use digital media to enhance the artefacts / sites they work on in Italy. We have had excellent interest in all of the Digital Media programmes, a great plus for us in light of these economic times.

A departure from my normal work you may think, but no not really, the students work on live projects such as iPhone / iPad / Android applications for local industry from the second year upwards - just up my street really. We also look at games design, animation, interface design and user experience - all the things that I have studied and worked on in the creation of The Talking Walls and other design work achieved through Clear Thinking. I am encouraged to continue with my professional practice as it benefits the students, a great way to continue my own learning and pass it on to the students.

Our latest news is that the University of Winchester Digtial Media programmes are now part of the iPhone Developer program giving us access to superb support / conferences and knowledge. This is great news for the BSc students, a real bonus for their employability.

There are some exciting things ahead for Digital Media at the University, and also for The Talking Walls. One of which is our new 'End of Year Show' covering students' work from all three years. This is being held on Thursday 2nd June 2011, 4pm - 7.30pm. Invites will be sent out nearer the time, meanwhile if you are interested in attending, please pencil it in your diaries.

More news to come - a little more regularly now I hope..