Hello, I am Phillip Shakesby and I am an Interactive multimedia designer based in Kingston upon Hull. I specialise in creative, attractive and functional designs for web, mobile and kiosk. As an interactive designer I like to focus on the how users interact with a design/product in order to provide a user friendly experience.
I have recently completed my BA (Hons) in Interactive Multimedia Design at Hull School of Art & Design, where I was honoured to be awarded the prestigious Dean’s Prize for Innovation in Design.
To see more about me and the work that I have done please visit my personal website:
This is the blog for my new academic endeavour; I am undertaking a MA in Media and Communications at Hull School of Art & Design. I will be using this blog to explain my ideas, document my research and generally keep you up to date with my progression throughout the course.
When applying for the course I had to provide a brief outline of my chosen study subject matter in the form of an initial project proposal outline. (To see my proposal click here)
In short I proposed to research learning theories in order to see how they fit into the world of Interactive or e-learning, to establish whether new media technologies are being used effectively, or if they could be used to provide greater educational benefits to the chosen target audiences. I will then produce an educational application that could be used as a kiosk or installation in a museum/heritage site or as a tool for classroom based education. The subject matter for my application will be The Vikings.
This is a very broad proposal with a large amount of scope for deviation in particular directions, I will be refining this proposal over the next few weeks through my initial research and the guidance of my tutors.
So why have I chosen this topic for my MA study? The answer to that lies back in my BA where I developed a number of heritage based applications.
To see examples click below:
Hull History Viewer – http://www.pjshakesby.com/portfolio/portfolio_HHV.html
H.I.M.N.A Information Kiosk – http://www.pjshakesby.com/portfolio/portfolio_HIMNA.html
Through these projects I found that I had an interest for using new media technology to educate and inform, and using the technology as a tool to look backwards into history was something I started to become very passionate about.
I see my progression through this course as a way of continuing my previous work; I hope that my research will help me to be able to deliver more effective pieces of design.