Experimenting with Augmented Reality in Unity

Augmented Reality (AR) is so hot right now! In iOS11 Apple has introduced ARKit, and the newest Android devices running Android N can utilise ARCore to deliver amazing, mind-bending augmented reality experiences. Augmented reality has been around for a long time, but it seems as though the technology will become much more prevalent in the coming years […]

When Bad UX is Good For Business

Users can easily qualify good and bad experiences when using digital products, and inevitably choose to avoid services that fail to meet expectations. So when would “bad UX” ever be a good thing for businesses?

Museum visitors survey

I’m conducting some research on the habits of museum visitors to help define the features of a new app that will support museums and other art institutions. I’d like to get as many responses as possible from a cross-section of museum visitors (both frequent visitors and infrequent), so if you have 2 minutes to spare […]

Hello World Isla

I’m very proud to announce the safe arrival of my beautiful daughter, Isla. Born today 26/12/2015.

A new Stamford creative hub

After a fun 18 months at the Gooches Court office and a short stint working from home, I’ve found a new office in Stamford that I’ll be moving into very soon. My studio mates include an illustrator/printmaker, an app developer, an embroidery artist, and a social media consultant… so I’m looking forward to working and collaborating in this new creative […]

Variation

Variation – http://codepen.io/BenStevens/details/JGaxz/

Websockets – Testing real time communication with socket.io

A simple test demonstrating real time communication between two clients using Websockets. The mobile device sends data about its orientation to the socket.io server, which is relayed in real time to other connected clients. This data is visualised by a cube rotating in 3D space. Source code available on GitHub. Video below.

Today’s World Cup matches

Who’s playing today in the World Cup? And when/where can I watch the matches on TV? Sometimes you just want to get right to the information that matters, so I made this web page that shows what teams are playing today, the kick-off time, and what broadcaster will be televising the match. worldcup2014.benstevens.uk Typefaces: Juniper Std and Sneakers Pro. […]

Polytope

I’m working on an interactive 3D interface – ‘Polytope’ – that reacts in a life-like / organic manner to human input, which may include touch, voice, or sound. This first version pulses rhythmically depending on the rotational speed set by the user. http://codepen.io/BenStevens/full/ivIhH

NCS graphics students on RSA brief

You may have seen my post on the Supernova Design blog about the recent visit to the studio by graphic design students at New Stamford College where I’ve been helping out a bit this year. Well I thought I should write a follow-up on the project and the students’ responses to the brief. The RSA Everyday Wellbeing brief aims […]

IO music app

IO is an on-going experimental music app that explores the visualisation of sounds and how they react to interaction. Some of the key questions behind the project: If sound could have a form or shape, what would it look like? Can colour help to describe sound? How could a user manipulate sound through touch interaction, and how […]

Radiate

Radiate – http://codepen.io/BenStevens/details/kcxbI/

Graphic Information Design degree show 2013

I visited the Graphic Information Design degree show @ Ambika P3, University of Westminster last night. There was some interesting work from the students, the pieces that stood out for me were the Photosynthesis interactive table by Moritz von Burkersroda and the ‘Hive’ project featuring a combination of print and digital elements.

New design studio in Stamford

After thirteen years in London I’ve moved back to the homelands of Lincolnshire to set up base. The new studio is on the top floor of a very old stone building facing the town meadows. I’ll post more photos to this Flickr album when I get a chance – Photos of the Stamford studio on […]

Interactive 3D gallery

Working with designer Darren Walters I’m creating a interactive 3D gallery for an art gallery in Barcelona (the artwork seen in the screenshot above is that of the Catalan artist Joan Miro, sadly not on display at the gallery!) To create this interactive space I’m using the brilliant THREE.js javascript library that makes 3D for the […]

Just Isn’t Music / Ninja Tune

The Just Isn’t Music (JIM) website was conceived back in early 2010 in a Shoreditch cafe. The idea was to create a website that would build on existing visual assets into something totally new that would remain fresh over the months and (hopefully) years …. oh, and the entire website had to be displayed on […]

Hello World Alexander

Today the Stevens household expanded by one member. Welcome to the world, Alexander.

Celestial

‘Celestial’ is an on-going project exploring interaction with sound within physical spaces. The demo – created in Flash – is a non-interactive version that plots an arbitrary number of points at a random distance from the centre. The distance of each point determines the pitch of each audible tone. The StandingWave2 library is used in […]