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Design Disruptors screening at Norwich University of the Arts Lecture Theatre

NUA premieres UX documentary

Held at NUA, User Experience start up and Ideas FactoryNUA residents The User Story hosted an exclusive screening of UX documentary ‘Design Disruptors’ in May 2017. The event attracted over 150 attendees from Norwich’s tech community with a panel Q&A following the film. Popcorn was provided for the audience in the Duke Street Lecture Theatre with local digital agency Foolproof live sketching the entire event. The film details a fresh perspective on design and tech, with Creative Directors, CEOs, CTOs, UX consultants from Facebook, AirBnB, MailChimp, Spotify, Uber revealing crucial design secrets and successes to their platforms. Watch the Design Disruptors trailer now.

Mutator VR

15 November 2016 – 14 January 2017

Computer art in virtual reality created by artist William Latham with mathematicians and software developers Stephen Todd and Lance Putnam.
East GalleryNUA will be the first art gallery venue worldwide to exhibit Mutator VR, a new Virtual Reality installation using original software modelled on the processes of evolution. Mutator blends organic imagery with state-of-the-art, real-time computer animation to create a highly immersive and original audience experience.

Discover more about Mutator VR

Screencap of Wailing Heights game by Outsider Studios

NUA Teaching Fellow nominated for 2016 ‘TIGA’ gaming award

Scott Grandison, Teaching Fellow for Digital Transformation and Creative Coding has been shortlisted for a ‘TIGA’ gaming award for his work as Producer of computer adventure game, ‘Wailing Heights’. The game, developed at Outsider Studios is shortlisted in the Visual Design category alongside leading industry games Batman: Arkham Knight and Unchartered 4. Wailing Heights is described as ‘A coffin-rocking, body-hopping, musical adventure game, set in with a horrific hamlet of monsters, with a story by Kevin Beimers (Hector: Badge of Carnage) and glorious 2D artwork from a host of illustrious comic book talent.’ Wailing Heights is also nominated for Game of the Year with both winners announced at the TIGA Games Industry Awards on 10 November 2016 in Shoreditch, London.

Watch the Wailing Heights trailer.

Image credit: Wailing Heights – Outsider Studios.

Image depicting virtual world symposium event at Norwich University of the Arts

‘Virtual Worlds’ Symposium

Wednesday 23 November – 10am-4pm

As part of William Latham’s Mutator VR exhibition, which opens in East GalleryNUA on 15 November 2016 running until 14 January 2017, Norwich University of the Arts will host a one day symposium exploring potential research and innovation themes stemming from the exhibition including: generative and evolutionary art; artificial intelligence; data, design and play; virtual reality; and the implications of living in a world where the boundaries between the analogue and the digital are ever-shifting.

Read the Symposium programme.


NUA Lecturer’s company announced as one of 10 Future Leaders

Games development studio, Shark Infested Custard, founded by NUA Lecturer Steven Huckle has been selected as one of the 10 Future Leaders; a list that Creative England believe showcases some of the best creative talent in England’s regions. Ten companies from this year’s CE 50 report have been voted by a panel of creative industry judges to be part of Creative England’s Future Leaders list.

These companies are leading the charge for the creative industries, showcasing the best of what England’s regions have to offer and transforming the country’s economic future. As part of the report Creative England asked a panel of judges to choose their 10 Future Leaders, who have demonstrated innovation, strong growth promise and the potential to disrupt their sector with true innovation. The Judges were Nicola Mendelsohn (Facebook), Saul Klein, Rory Cellan-Jones (BBC), Rebecca Burn-Callander (Telegraph), Julie Richards (Deloitte), Isaac Densu (Channel 4) and Stuart Rock from the Business is Great government campaign. Read a report about the news on the Telegraph website.