Go play!

These are the sites used as examples to go and experience and have a think. Most are worth a visit in themselves, they will give you ideas about you might make next.

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Tim Vine Best Bits

The master of one-liners.

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Where Does Music Revenue Come From?

A visualistion that shows how it's not all about sales.

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MIT App Invention of the Month

A gallery of great apps and games made with MIT App Inventor, and the best thing is, you can look at the code to see how they did it, or remix an app to make your own version.

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Long Form

Example of long form storytelling with media.

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Partisan Thesaurus

It depends on which reference you use.

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Grotesque Tables

Based on Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, Grotesque Tables is a deck of creative prompt cards that are all anagrams of the Oblique Strategy cards.

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Reddit Glitch Art

Lots of great examples of Glitch Art.

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“Plotto”: Generating Truly Offensive Stories Since 1928

Incredible article covering storytelling, gender and visualisatuon

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The GPIB Russian Electronic Library

A collection of Russian Futurist books.

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Brainsparker

A bit like Oblique Strategies. Random inspiration but online.

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Typographic Posters

Wonderful collection of images made from text

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Georgio Cam

Hilarious. AI Makes lyrics from your webcam image, oh yeah.

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RadioGarden

Listen to radio from around the world

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Jer Thorp - Data Artist

Creator of so many interesting projects and ideas.

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Blackout Poetry on Pinterest

Pinterest is a fun place to find inspiration and links to interesting sites.

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Zine Idea

Interesting idea for a zine. Also, nice use of black and white and ONE colour

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NASA Solar System

Learn about the planets and moons.

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Limeric Night

Limerick-based interactive narrative horror puzzle

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The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts is an audio adventure game on Spotify.

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Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room

From Wikipedia: I am sitting in a room is a sound art piece composed in 1969 and one of composer Alvin Lucier's best-known works. The piece features Lucier recording himself narrating a text, and then playing the tape recording back into the room, re-recording it. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have characteristic resonance or formant frequencies (e.g. different between a large hall and a small room), the effect is that certain frequencies are emphasized as they resonate in the room, until eventually, the words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself. More

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EveryNoise

Discover a new music genre you didn't know you like.

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A Way To Go

Unusual out of body experience game

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Apps Made With Thunkable

The 2019 list of apps made with Thunkable you can go and download from your App Store.

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Ten Years Ago

What did these sites look like?

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Poetry Sound Library

Poets reading their work

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Earth 2050

This site shares predictions from around the world.

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Can Computers Make Art?

Excellent article making the case that they can't.

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The Wired's A Guide To Memes

If you'd prefer to read a meme's…

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Lauren presents p5js

Lauren both introduces the making of p5js and demonstrates how totally cool p5js is, highlighting some of it best features.

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Music Roamer

Explore music genres.

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Character Location

Developing a character? Hack the URL to find out where your character is from

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Sonification & The Problem with Making Music from Data

This video debunks the whole notion of sonification. 

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Three.js

Three.js is code to help create web 3D. Explore the creations people have made with Three.js.

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Dear Data

...whose creative practice ranges from book design, information design, data visualisation, and commissioned artworks using data.

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Chrome Experiments

Hundreds of cool web technology examples that require the Chrome browser. Go and be amazed at what can be made.

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How to use AI to generate almost anything

Interesting collection of projects from MIT generating music, fashion and even pizzas

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Know Your Meme

Want to know what the heck a meme even means…

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Dante's Inferno

Visualisation of hell.

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Macro Invertebrates

See bugs up close. Amazing

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Chapbooks at the University of York

Over 40 chapbooks with images of each page and covers. Very high-quality images are downloadable too.

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Hypercard Stacks at archive.org

HyperCard spawned so much creativity it's incredible. Just browse this collection to see some of the stacks created.  Archive.org has Mac emulators so you can now run these stacks as if it was 1987 on a MacPlus. 

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OpenProcessing

The OpenProcessing site is a gallery of the amazing projects that have been made with Processing and p5js. (Slightly confusingly, p5js is the modern Javascript version of Processing. Processing itself is java-based) Not only is this site inspirational, you can also view the source code, and remix any project you like to develop your own version. 

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Livecoding with FoxDot

Livecoding session. Watch people make music with code....LIVE!

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World Draw

Strange site where you populate a world with your doodles

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Fear-Less

Inspiring stories of people over-coming self-doubt and fear.

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How Machine Learning Impacts Music Production

Skip to half way through this video to see some really interesting uses of AI or Machine Learning (ML) in music creation.

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Coldspotting AR

Video of leaving trails of wifi strength in AR.

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25 Amazing Examples Of Glitch Typography

Here are 25 amazing examples of glitch typography that are based on the idea that making things go wrong can be fascinating in its own way.

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Happy New Year

Brand focussed web

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Experiments With Google

Cool things from Google

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Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch was an interactive movie by Charlie Brooker available on Netflix. From Wikipedia: In Bandersnatch, viewers make decisions for the main character, the young programmer Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984.    

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Example of Orca Being Played

Orca is a fantastic. spreadsheet-like way to code music.

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The Unflattening

A dissertation in graphic novel form. Beautiful

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AudioCommons

Collection of really interesting audio projects that make use of Freesound.org's archive of sound files.

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Editions At Play

An unusual concept, stories to be read on your phone. The stories incorporate images from your camera and where you actually are. I found that aspect quite freaky tbh.

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How To Draw With Code

For Casey Reas, software is the most natural medium to work with. He uses code to express his thoughts—starting with a sketch, composing it in code, and witnessing the imagery that it ultimately creates. We visit his studio to see how he uses color to convey emotion and how his programming language Processing is closing the gap between software and object.  

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If You Don't Have A Pet

Just silly, but still.

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5 Artists Who Are Masters of Glitch Music

One of the strange aspects of technology, whether analogue or digital, is its tendency to glitch. The ghost in the machines, as it were. With music software in particular, glitch and error have become desirable ingredients in sound design and musical composition.

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Citizens on the Mountaintop

A historical satire of the corporate personhood movement in America, written in Twine.

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People Like Us

There are also more inventive forms of audible storytelling like sound collage. Here’s a piece by Vicki Bennett (aka ‘People Like Us’) which takes bits of radio (including The Archers) and tells new stories with them.

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Aerobrowser

Explore mars data as 3D models

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5 Awesome Chapbook Publishers

Chapbooks are small, quirky, limited print run publications. Here are five publishers where you can explore chapbooks further.

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Salvador Dali Deep Fake

The museum employed deepfake technology by analyzing archival footage of Dalí and digitally superimposing his face over an actor with similar body proportions. The museum also hired a voice actor to mimic Dalí’s distinctive Spanish accent. The result is an interactive experience for visitors, where no two guests will ever have the same experience.

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Google Museum Views -

Explore lots of 360 views of heritage sites, from the Taj Mahal to Stonehenge, all around the world.

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Dreamlines

Enter a word, it *dreams* you a painting

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Microbes

Slightly echo-y animated story about how bacteria affects us

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Tell Me Your Secrets - BBC

Interactive graphic novel

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Bird Migrations

Visualisations in story form

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How Do Comedians Write Jokes?

Great article with brief guidance from famous comedians.

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9Gans

An Art Gallery Created By Artificial Intelligence

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Drive and Listen

Drive around cities from all over the world, with the car radio on. Strangely enjoyable.

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Creative Problem Creating: Jon Satrom

Jon is an artist who undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and playfully bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

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WebXR

Example of web-based VR. Use with Google Cardboard

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Terrapattern

Find places similar in shape to other places nearby

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Georgia Lupi

What an inspirational visualisation designer. Go find out more about here work.

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Projection Mapping

Collection of project videos

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MusicMap

Explore music genres

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Story Maps

An interesting map project, with instructions of how to build your own.

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Charlie Hebdo

Example of a scrolling storytelling site

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Sound of AURORA BOREALIS 2 | SOUND OF SPACE

Auroral radio emissions are associated with the Northern Lights or Aurora. The most intense of these emissions is a phenomenon called Auroral Kilometric Radiation (AKR). It is produced in the auroral zones at an altitude between 3000 and 20 000 kilometres.

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A Year In Lyrics

An interesting quantified self project in which Eric visualise the lyrics of all the songs he's listened to in numerous interesting ways

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Global Fishing Watch

Watch the fishing boats go out live.

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Yorb Spring Show

Dozens and dozens of fantastic student projects. A 3D gallery well worth a visit, some wonderful ideas in here.

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Feeling Unlucky

The LAST result for a Google search

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Poems In The Air

A project you can only experience by walking Hadrian's Wall

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Ex Icon Studio

Crazy desktop-like collection of digital art pieces. 

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Humanity is...

Ai Weiwei project and book.

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Coldwar Steve

Cold War Steve aka Christopher Spencer is an artist from Birmingham, England who specialises in surreal, satirical and hilarious collages originally made on his phone and iPad.

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Music Timelines

Explore music genres, discover new bands

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Hobo Lobo Of Hamelin

Interesting, and not entirely successful use of parallax for storytelling

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Scratch Gallery

Scratch is an amazing block-coding tool, a place where kids learn all they need to know about coding concepts. It's amazing what you can do with Scratch, go explore and have fun.

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Wish.com

A Chinese shopping site of bizarre objects and knock-off products. Choose two items and make a work of art from them.

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The Next Rembrandt

Incredible visualisation of sorts of Rembrandt's work

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Exhibition of Processing projects

Over 14 pages of cool projects made with Processing

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Introduction To Krita

Krita is a free alternative to Photoshop

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Gif The Dub

A live montage of memes and gifs and music

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The Design Kids

Design and Arts news and interviews

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The Warden Game

Who has power in prison and how do they exercise it? The Warden Game provides an unexpected way of thinking about these questions. Rather than a total institution of some predictability, the prison turns out to be susceptible to different forms of activity by incarcerated people, their families and loved ones, journalists, guards, judges, state legislators, and political appointees.

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Chapbooks at the British Library

Chapbooks were small, affordable forms of literature for children and adults that were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster.

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On Timeslines

How many ways are there to draw time? Think about what time aspects your data has, and go and see if you could could be displaying it better.

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HackPact

Lots of sonification examples.

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Information Is Beatiful

A totally fantastic collection of visualisations and infographics to explore and imagine making yourself.

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The Mad Science Of Music

A genius at work. Go and learn.

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IFDB

Database of interactive fiction (IF), lots available for free or as apps.

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Database of Sonification Art

People turning data into sound

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The Truth Hurts

THE TRUTH HURTS is a choose-your-own-adventure book in Spotify.

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A Year At The British Academy

Pick a year and learn about what was current then.

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Actual Real Time Machine

A virtual time-machine experience.

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Historical Maps

From the National Library of Scotland. See maps from 1855.

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The Four Chord Song

Did you know millions of songs use the SAME four chords?

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Histography

Every historic event from Wikipedia. Fabulous visualisation

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Startup Cemetry

All those great ideas that didn't work. Look how many millions were spent trying to get each idea to work. Just because they failed, it doesn't mean your take on it will fail. A good game to play is to pick two failed startup ideas at random, then seeing if mashing them together gives you a killer idea.  

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Trouble In Paradise - Nuclear Dissent

Interactive story about the French nuclear tests in Polynesia.

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Google Maps Roadtrip

A road-trip is re-created using Google Maps Street View

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FRICKbits app

This iOS app takes your location data and turns it into an interesting visualisation.

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Font Mao

Explore a landscape of fonts

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Ambient Artists List

Explore a pick of ambient artists, including my fave, Nurse With Wound

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Ela-TV

Brilliant, video heavy interactive narrative created with Twine. The story of ELA takes place in a fictive scenario in near-future. In this future the so-called ALGOs are responsible for the administration of cities.

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GeoGuessr

Guess the place with Google Maps

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Please Enjoy

All sorts of interesting projects. Go be inspired

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The OMM Experience

Peculiar audio video experience

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Pantheon

What professions does each country produce

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Listen To Wikipedia Updates

Visualisation of sorts that updates when Wikipedia edits are made

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Edinburgh Collage Collective

Brilliant collection of montage work.

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Jazz Computer

Strange scrolling music piece

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Royal Constellations

How the european royal families are connected

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The Uber Game

Can you make it in the gig economy?

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Web Trigrams

What words, follow which words...

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Make It Pop Cards

Like Oblique Strategies, these cards are a great "game" for making you come up with something creative.

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Call To Idea

Examples of different web page designs, organised

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Wikipedia Random

Click on the Special:Random link to get real items to use in your writing. I got "Swarfega" and a Serbian footballer.

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Mora Amor

Simple but effective digital art pieces.

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Sound Effect Story

Simple but wonderful example of telling a story using only sound effects from Freesound.org

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50 Years Of Swiss Music Charts

Zoom through the Swiss charts

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Wiki-Where

Geographic quiz

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The Cool Club

A massive collection of "cool sites" displayed in a cool way. The history of the internet kinda (so far).

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The Happy Forecast

Thinking of moving to London. This is an interesting visualisation to explore.

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The Zine Library

A lovely collaboration of artists, students, scientists from the Small Science Collective, producing small zines and web comics on topics from ants to cephalopods to galaxies.

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2000 Horizons

A holiday web site based around the horizon

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Design Inspiration

Searchable examples of interesting designs

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Webcam Poetry

A scene and a poem, changed hourly

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Best Thunkable Apps 2019

Nice list of the sorts of apps you can make with the block-coding (like Scratch) tool, Thunkable.

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Map of York

Maps with multitudes of additional data, from wifi to disabled bays.

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Rory's Storycubes

Physical prompts to get that story started

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BRIAN ENO - HIS MUSIC AND THE VERTICAL COLOR OF SOUND

Brilliant article by Eric Tamm which looks at Brian Eno, who was part of Roxy Music, worked with David Bowie and went on to invent functional music, and the whole ambient genre.  Has lots of tips regarding creativity.

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Palimpsest

In textual studies, a palimpsest is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused for another document.

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Comics, Narrative and the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

In this article, John Swogger shows how cartoons can be used as a way of giving public audiences a better idea of what their work entailed. I'm a firm believer that no matter what you are working on, that simply attempting to communicate it in a medium, perhaps one you aren't familiar with is a worthwhile exercise.

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The Temple Of No

Fun and fantastic example of what can be done with the form of interactive narrative in Twine.  

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Best Digital Stories of 2017

Brilliant collection of examples of digital storytelling

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History of Montage

The development of photo montage

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The History of Memes

Everything you need to know about the history and evolution of memes. We've come a long way over the years. From the I can haz cheeseburger cat to the this is fine dog to a vile and racist frog. 

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Emma's Journey

Interactive narrative about the environment

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Laurie Frick's Quantified Art

Laurie uses data about herself to create fantastic artworks, or visualisations, or sculptures. Amazing.

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Design With Intent

Cards to provoke design thinking

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How to Free Your Creative Spirit, According to Sister Corita Kent

Article about being creative, and the concept of plork.

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Rainforest Foods

A sumptuous food shop online

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The Daily Create

Short digital creative prompts, with people sharing their creations via hashtags. Something new to do almost every day. Go there and give one a go.

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Excurvesion

Interesting video of an example of sonification.

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VHS Glitch Art Example

In the "olden days" people would crush videotapes and then see what strange effects they got. People did effectively the same thing with digital files, deliberately wrecking them.    

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The Black Bar

A game about censorship. Makes you think about words

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HRC Academic Poster Winners

The best from York's Humanities Research Centre

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Made With Twine

A huge collection, many free of games, comics and novels written with Twine.

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Dan Hett

Lots of interesting commercial new media projects

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The Boat

Media rich story about being in a boat in storm.

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3D Historical Globes

Lovely collection of 3D globes from hundreds of years ago.

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Concrete Poetry: Word As Image

Excellent film showing examples of animations around a word.

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Altered Earth

Simple yet stunning installation.

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Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music

Large visualisation. Zoom in and listen to each genre, from Musique Concrete to Glitch Hop

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Plausible Spaces

Example of automatically made art

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Made With Twine

Interactive narrative games made with Twine. Go play with these then make your own.

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The Unknown

A hypertextual novel, about creating a hypertextual novel

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The Unknown Face

Archive photos presented in a brilliant way.

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Posteritati

Amazing collection of film posters

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Inspiring.online

Huge list of amazing things online