Luke Sturgeon

  1. ColourSender Node.js prototype

    December 7, 2014


    A quick working prototype that allows me to control the background colour of any connected browser window. Including external devices etc. Making an unlimited and scalable multi-screen display. Code is on GitHub.

  2. Critical and Historical Studies [4]

    December 3, 2014

    Technology has divided society. It has created divisions that ignore geography, location, culture, education, race, skin-colour or sexuality. People are now united by common ideologies and behaviours; and conform to collective behaviours and social interactions through technology. Using the very object that created the possibilities, to reinforce the division.

    Instead of challenging this we should acknowledge the shifting techno-cultural landscape.

    Language, information and imagery are the modern-day cultural artefacts. My tumblr is an archive of my tools and the way I interact with the work, how I live and how I choose to exist in this world, it is digital proof of my existence. Through an archeological viewpoint it is the equivalent of the pottery, ceramics, wood and metal artefacts you might dig up in my home. It indicates my place in society and the world, how I conduct myself in the techno-culture.

    Our choice of adoption and uses of technology create the differences between techno-cultures. No two techno-cultures are the same. Two brothers who’ve grown up together, in the same home, with the same parents, and shared many similar life experiences can now have very different techno-cultural persuasions. Equily, two individuals from different locations on the planet, with different physio-cultures and education can share common behaviours, rituals and experiences, they can express themselves to each other beyond the constraints of language. They are united through their techno-culture.

    • How do we measure cultural diversity in this new landscape?
    • How do ‘western’ and ‘eastern’ cultures still affect the techno-culture as a whole?
    • What is techno-cultural-archeology?
    • What does it mean for one techno-culture to the block access to information and imagery for another techno-culture?

  3. Cocao design workshop

    December 2, 2014

    Yesterday I ran two chocolate making workshops. Exploring ways to create taste and flavour experiences using high-quality and premium ingredients. Using raw and organic ingredients: cocao butter, cocao nibs, cocao powder, raw sugar cane and soy milk protein, we were able to experiment with endless flavour combinations and experiment. The final test being to share and eat the untempered chocolate.

    The Flickr album is here. And I’ve uploaded the Cocao Design Workshop document to share too.

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  4. Cowbird And Humanizing The Web – Jonathan Harris

    November 27, 2014

    4 shifting forces in culture and the web

    1. Compression

    • letters > telephone > fax > email > chat > ams > tweet

    2. Disposability

    • thoughts feelings and expression is swallowed up almost immediately with the new torrent of information

    3. Curation

    • A lot of self-expression is often curation instead of creation. re-blogging other content and letting that taste represent who you are
    • we feel fine scrapped 20,000 emotional expressions in 2004
    • we feel fine scrapped only 8000 emotions per day in 2012
    • More content generation, less emotional content

    4. Self promotion

    • “Look how awesome my life is”

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    A very small number of, mainly male designers and developers, mainly between the ages of 22 and 35, mainly living in places like New York City and San Francisco. Who are having a hugely outsized affect on the daily behaviour patterns of a large percentage of the Human Species, through the software that they design and introduce in to the world.

    Through the small details like the selection of default settings. Designers are actually determining how hundreds of millions of people behave in their day in little ways.

    Software engineers = social engineers!

    All technology extends some pre-existing urge that is already embedded within us
    – Marshal McLuhan

  5. TODAY – Jonathan Harris

    No matter what you do in your life, what you create, what career you have, you you have a family or kids, or make a lot of money. Your greatest creation is always going to be your life story.

    Life itself is a story you’re writing

    The process of growing up has made me less sure of myself. Somehow. Because I see there’s so much more that I don’t know. Which I didn’t see before…

    I use stories as a technique to organise the past.

    I think there’s a real lack of storytelling between us [humanity] now. We’re all living lives that are so fragmented and so moment to moment. What’s happening now. Whats the latest tech  message. Whats the latest news blurb. It’s all so moment, moment moment! … There’s not that time to create stories, to make sense of your experience.

    You really need privacy, space in order to contemplate and grow.

    Boy meets world. Boy still baffled.

  6. Newspeak

    November 26, 2014

    Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?
    In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no works in which to express it.
    — George Orwell, 1984.

  7. Biotechnominimarket

    On the Design Interactions course we’ve just completed a 1-day workshop with The Extrapolation Factory. See Flickr Album.

    Based on current scientific work and following a speculative scenario building process, I created a fictional tool that allows the exchange of gut bacteria between two individuals, allowing the modification, adjustment and exchange of their body-shapes.




    This work was then presented in the form of a pop-up store hosted in Queensway Market, London. All of the work was open to public discussion, criticism and explanation.

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