So it all started in September 2015 when a friend of mine asked if I could create a map GUI that allowed him to search and filter his employers portfolio of properties while also being able to toggle between layers of different regional boundaries, i.e. postcode, county, local authority, ccg etc.
I said, ‘No problem’ and showed him the Guardian’s latest affordable property map built on OpenStreetMap, styled with MapBox with interactivity courtesy of Leaflet.js and it vast swathe of plugins. It pulled in data that I assume was the latest Government figures from sources like the ONS, the 2011 census and other industry bodies probably all thrown together in some Google Fusion table or summint. It’s really fancy and well worth a look if you prefer to be depressed, my mate, Cath’s team did a top-notch job there.
I’d messed around with maps before in my role as Graphics Editor for the Mail’s tablet edition but offline maps were a huge issue with iPads back then and so we ran into connectivity problems straight away.]]>
Hi all, my card asked me: “Who is your greatest influence regards your creativity?”
It’s a tricky question as each influence represents a transition from one form or type of my practice to another. I did an art degree and was interested in a kind of Cezanne, Bomberg, Auerbach, Freud lineage then Marcus Harvey became a changing influence and I ended up painting ‘borrowed’ images or specifically photos of tv showing a film still. This work was more of an homage to the films of Ridley Scott, Kubrick, Fincher and other films I loved. They dealt loosely with ideas iconography and narrative. Kurosawa’s drawings of Ran were a also big influence.
Only after University did I discover Richard Prince who not so much influenced me, more so he helped me consolidate ideas about my practice I was scared of. I produced a series of work entitled ‘Stationary’ about killing time while being employed, made from stationery at where ever I was working. The rubber band balls were made at GE Life in the Priory and Roche Pharma in Welwyn. They had numerous names coined whenever I showed them but my favourite was – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Conceptual Art.
Around the same time I coined one of many alter egos called Terry N D’lude which is an anagram of Tyler Durden, which is quite appropriate to this project. I quote from Fight Club quite often, having moved twice in a year my favourite has been ‘Your possessions own you!’. Terry wasn’t much of a fan of my work but loved to write about it and submit reviews to the necessary magazines and newspapers.
Anyhow as Deputy Graphics Editor of Metro I got heavily into information graphics and data-visualisation specifically David McCandless. His book – ‘Information is Beautiful’ is a must have.
And from that same role I got heavily into technology thanks to a guy I met on a press trip to the music and technology festival, Spring Fest in Graz.
Evan Roth was doing a talk about his practice and he is still, to this day, the most inspiring creative I’ve met or known. Links below, I really recommend him to everyone, watch the video link – “Artists Are Hackers” and Google him more: