Final Piece


Here are the front and back covers for my EMP. So thats it, its all finished, Hand in tomorrow.
During the EMP i found that this blog has been really use full, it has helped me to document and time manage this project. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my blog. There are only one or two posts left untill the end of the year, so i would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for folowing me during my uni years. Hopefully I will blog aboout my future life, you never know!

Next Blog: Business Cards

WEEK12 London trip

So the hand in is just around the corner :( eeeeep! so there has been alot going on, i have been sorting out printers and book binding stuff.

For the prints I went to the Print Beuru, which is in bournemouth. I have to say, pretty pricey, but the ma there is a legend!

Also had a trip to London with George to pick up binding stuff from Faulkners! and here is my haul! Some glue, thread, needles, card and material. I also picked up some nice marbled paper!

WEEK11 Tutorial and Timemanagement.

Tutorial with Phil Jones and Roger Gould

this tutorial was mainly to explain to us that we need to re look at our learning agreement and make sure that it reflects what we are doing in our project. I looked at mine after this tutorial and found that mine is pretty much spot on, all I needed to do was remove a few lines which were not needed. This created a learning agreement which was easier to understand.

Target Audience. This was also discussed, and I need to find mine and narrow it down if needed. this is a really important part of the project.

The Design. General things were picked up whilst looking at my design and the main one was to change the location of the folio and make the gutter bigger. I can see why these were pointed out, and I have made time in my timetable to adjust them.

WEEK8 Tutorial

In today tutorial I talked about how I could relate my design and content to a quote that reflects the main questions of the project. From this I can decided weather to use imagery as a metaphor or use the design as a metaphor. That is if i want a metaphor!

Discussed quote "The young look to the future, the old look to the past."

This quote has a lot going for it, and feel that this quote really represents the questions that the content and research answer.

Structure was also a topic that was discussed in my tutorial. the structure must support the topic, physically, reflect what its about conceptually.

ALSO there are only 5 weeks left in this whole project! But luckily I have my Gantt chart, and im up to date and one schedule! so its not too scary!

WEEK5 Tutorail

Tutorial with Martin.

Today I went into the tutorial with this question, which is also a problem. I have found that this has made it easier for me to get an grip on this project.

The scenario I have is "looking at the diary and how it can be moderised by brain computer interface." and from this an aim was discussed "To make it easier to document ones life, by downloading memories: i.e videos, sound, thoughts and feelings.

From this in the tutorial we discussed:

Target Audience
-Who is it aimed at?
-What age?

Completed Research
-The brain
-Thought process
-Concious thought.

Research to do
-Brain computer interface
-Peramiters for the breif
-Visual Essays
-Wired mag

WEEK4 The Brain Computer Interface

This is the BREAK THROUGH piece of research for my EMP, i was so excited when i found this that i just had to put this on here, and not only is there alot on it in creditable stites, its basically the biggest thing in science right now! there is information everywhere. THIS connects the brain and a computer together! This is the EVIDENCE I need.

Brain chip reads man's thoughts
Image of the brain
The "chip" reads brain signals
A paralysed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind.

Matthew Nagle, 25, was left paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair after a knife attack in 2001.

The pioneering surgery at New England Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts, last summer means he can now control everyday objects by thought alone.

The brain chip reads his mind and sends the thoughts to a computer to decipher.

Mind over matter

He can think his TV on and off, change channels and alter the volume thanks to the technology and software linked to devices in his home.

Scientists have been working for some time to devise a way to enable paralysed people to control devices with the brain.

Studies have shown that monkeys can control a computer with electrodes implanted into their brain.

It's quite remarkable
Dr Richard Apps, neurophysiologist from Bristol University
Recently four people, two of them partly paralysed wheelchair users, were able to move a computer cursor while wearing a cap with 64 electrodes that pick up brain waves.

Mr Nagle's device, called BrainGate, consists of nearly 100 hair-thin electrodes implanted a millimetre deep into part of the motor cortex of his brain that controls movement.

Wires feed the information from the electrodes into a computer which analyses the brain signals.

The signals are interpreted and translated into cursor movements, offering the user an alternative way to control devices such as a computer with thought.

Motor control

Professor John Donoghue, an expert on neuroscience at Brown University, Rhode Island, is the scientist behind the device produced by Cyberkinetics.

He said: "The computer screen is basically a TV remote control panel, and in order to indicate a selection he merely has to pass the cursor over an icon, and that's equivalent to a click when he goes over that icon."

Mr Nagle has also been able to use thought to move a prosthetic hand and robotic arm to grab sweets from one person's hand and place them into another.

Professor Donoghue hopes that ultimately implants such as this will allow people with paralysis to regain the use of their limbs.

The long term aim is to design a package the size of a mobile phone that will run on batteries, and to electrically stimulate the patient's own muscles. This will be difficult.

The simple movements we took for granted involved complex electrical signals which would be hard to replicate, Dr Richard Apps, a neurophysiologist from Bristol University, UK, told the BBC News website.

He said there were millions of neurones in the brain involved with movement. The brain chip taps into only a very small number of these. But he said the work was extremely exciting.

"It's quite remarkable. They have taken research to the next stage to have a clear benefit for a patient that otherwise would not be able to move.

"It seems that they have cracked the crucial step and arguably the most challenging step to get hand movements.

"Just to be able to grasp an object is a major step forward."

He said it might be possible to hone this further to achieve finer movements of the hand.

Matthew Nagel's story is featured in a Frontiers programme on BBC Radio Four on Wednesday 13 April, 2005, at 2100 BST.

WEEK3 Tutorial

Tutorial Martin

So in the previous post I explained how I am looking into the diary, and how this came about from an artice that I read online about downloading memories. From this I entered the tutorial today a bit lost in where to head next.

Martin said to come up with a scenario, maybe about 5. this would help me to be creative and readdress what the diary is as an object an as a part of peoples lifes. As well an scenario create a problem.

Problems are there to be solved, so this is a good place to start to think of something as an end product.

-5 visuals
-All different
-Different scenarios

WEEK2 Tutorial and Concept

Since Awakenings first stormed the bestseller lists (and the silver screen), Oliver Sacks has become an unlikely household name, single-handedly inventing the genre of neurological anthropology.

Why you should listen to him:

Oliver Sacks is a ground-breaking neurologist -- and a gifted storyteller, who has enriched our knowledge of the infinite variations of human psychology. After his pioneering work with “sleepy sickness” patients (who were in fact survivors of an early-20th-century pandemic), Sacks went on to study the connections between music and the brain, as well as disorders such as Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, and many other little-understood disorders that often count Sacks as one of their first chroniclers.

Sacks is well known as a writer of such best-selling case histories as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, and his memoir of his early work, Awakenings, all of which have breathed new life into the dusty 19th-century tradition of the clinical anecdote. Sacks' writing, compassion, and wide-ranging knowledge catapults the genre into the 21st century and brings the far frontiers of neurological experience into the view of millions of readers worldwide. He maintains a small practice in New York City.

"Sacks's writerly form is now its own literary genre. It's easy to take his originality for granted, to forget how unlikely it is that a book about neurological disorders would become a bestseller, or that a bearded neurologist would become a cultural icon."
Jonah Lehrer,

I found this on This article and video talks about how ones mind can make up pictures and images, i am really interested in this and from this i am going to look into the brain.

WEEK1 Initial Concept Generation

Got given out EMP briefs this week, as well as our first tutorials on concept generation for the project. To get things started I decided to look at the news websites to see if anything was happening in the world which was interesting and motivating. Here are some examples of what i have found.

Pirates seize second UK-flagged vessel in days


A UK-flagged cargo ship with 25 crew has been seized by pirates off Somalia, media reports say.

The Asian Glory was taken 620 miles (1,000km) off the Horn of Africa nation's coast, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

The vessel, which has a multi-national crew, is the second UK-flagged ship hijacked in days, after chemical tanker the St James Park was seized on Monday.

The waters around Somalia are among the most dangerous in the world.

Pirates! Even though this is quite concerning news, I feel compelled to go 'arrr'. You see I'm from Penzance, as in "The Pirates Of Penzance". On a more serious note. this is interesting, but i do not think that I would like do it for my EMP. NEXT

Sweden culls its resurgent wolves

Grey wolf
Grey wolves have made a comeback since hunting was banned

Swedish hunters have begun culling wolves for the first time in 45 years after parliament ruled that numbers needed to be reduced again.

More than half the quota of 27 may have died on the first day alone with nine shot dead in Dalarna and up to nine killed in Varmland, Swedish radio says.

Hunters have until 15 February to complete the cull, which will leave Sweden with an estimated 210 wolves.

Schools closed and travellers hit as snow continues

A man clears snow from his car in St Boswells, the Scottish Borders
Thousands of motorists have been delayed or stranded by the snow

Thousands of schools are closed and travellers have been hit by major disruption after new heavy snowfalls hit large parts of the UK.

Parts of Scotland and northern England have had more snow, which has also spread to southern areas of the UK.

Up to 5,000 homes in Sussex are without electricity after heavy snow brought down power lines to several villages.

Some rail firms have reduced services, many roads are badly affected and flights have been delayed or cancelled.

The worst-hit areas have been central southern England and parts of the South West and south Wales.

Counties most affected include Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire.