Social Jukebox is a physical music player tailored to work in a social environment. Wooden tokens contain a personal playlist created by their owner, providing a physical attachment to their music. The Jukebox mirrors the physical interactions of a record turntable - something we have lost through the growth of digital media. The Jukebox plays a track from a randomly selected token. This sequence continues throughout the social event providing a unique, collaborative mix built from the playlists of each participant.
Advocate was created as part of a Business Module. The aim of this Module is to create the foundations for a creative business which has to be established but does not have to be functional. Advocate provides recent design graduates with an online store to sell their work through the medium of graphical t-shirts. Throughout this Module I gained valuable experience on the numerous considerations made when creating a business from scratch.
Memorable Weather is a barometer that is designed to trigger memories. Elizabeth is ninety-two and occasionally struggles with her memory. She has a great interest with weather and often consults her barometer. As she is housebound this prevents her from returning to her birthplace of Glasgow. When she taps the Memorable Weather barometer it displays the current weather condition in Glasgow. The dial displays Scottish colloquialisms for each condition which help to stimulate memories that she associates with the current weather condition.
In 1881 a small group of gentleman from the famous Athenaeum Club in London became interested in the study of cryptography, the art of secret writing and methods of receiving and conveying secret knowledge. In the same year Thomas Edison dispatched his most trusted assistant, William Joseph Hammer, to London. He built a device that would not only capture the essence of their interest in cryptography but also act as a method of secret communication between the gentlemen involved. Hammer devised the Athenaegraph, originally a Gramophone designed by Edison, modified to suit the needs of these extraordinary Victorian gentlemen.