Post-it Note Art in Video

During the summer I spent some time at Google London along with around a dozen other academics from half a dozen universities. One thing in particular that caught everybody’s attention was the displays of Post-it Note Pixel Art adorning the interior windows. As you would expect, many of the mosaics were game characters. It seemed like a really good, fun and collaborative way of brightening up the offices spaces and bringing them to life.

It would seem that this use of Post-it note art has spread from Google London’s office to its Dublin Office as can be seen in the time-lapse videos directly below (posted less than two weeks ago – 15/09/2017), whereby Wonder Woman now adorns some of the windows of Google’s Dublin Office.

Some other offices have also made use of Post-it Notes to make the otherwise plain walls sparkle with excitement and colour. The videos below depict the creation of a murial of several characters such as Iron-man, Wonder Woman and Batman requiring a total of 8024 Post-it notes (online). The work of art was of a temporary nature as they were moving to another office within a few months. The manner in which they removed the artwork was quite unique employing a leaf-blower to prise the post-it’s from the walls.

The video below shows yet another office taking a Star Wars theme to the creation of their Post-it Note murials.

It would seem that this imaginative use of Post-it notes commenced with a simple “Hi” being posted on the window of an advertising agency, with another agency right across the street replying to same (around 2 years ago). This quickly escalated into an all out Post-it note battle (online) as can be seen from the news segments and videos below. The hashtags #postitwars and #canalnotes also began to be bounded around on twitter. If you do some further searching around you will find several other examples of Post-its being used for artistic purposes going back several years previous to this post-it war.

Quite a few other videos may also be found online with companies and individuals adorning their windows and walls with post-it notes.

From the time-lapse video below captured in a sports hall it would seem that post-it note art has been taken to a whole different level in terms of sheer scale.

The following website (online) has some useful tips for creation Post-it note art. From suggesting to use 3M Super Sticky Notes, to measuring your wall space and planning out a grid. On another Note – pun intended – you can find out more about the accidental invention of the glue and inception of the post-it back in the late 1970’s (online).

Overall this form of art seems like a really fun and simple way to liven up an office space or blank wall / window. It could be a really fun and collaborative way of turning whitewashed walls of university computer labs into something exciting, immersive and inspirational for instance.

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Quadcopter Flights Around Campus

As I was dropping some gear back to our support team yesterday morning after the weekends RGU Hackathon, they queried if I would be able to assist some of my students with their coursework for a module I teach titled “Interactive Multimedia” – their task being to research, design, develop a presentation, video and interactive and tutorial on how to setup and fly a Quadcopter. Generally we require our students to get a good few training sessions before being left to fly the Quadcopters all by themselves.

Given it was such a lovely morning with clear blue skies and no wind, it was absolutely perfect conditions for some Quadcoptering. So we grabbed one of the Schools DJI Phantom Quadcopters, some batteries and went out to a few locations around campus to grab some footage of the Quadcopter setup and operation. The following images below should give you some idea of the morning we had. I must say that all the landings were perfectly executed. Was a great morning to be outside too, rather than stuck in front of a computer screen and keyboard.

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Crowds Viewing the Eclipse Outside RGU Riverside East

Below are just a few images taken in front of the Riverside East building at the Garthdee Campus of Robert Gordon University – 20th March 2015. As you can see quite a good number of people gathered outside to watch the Solar Eclipse. It reached maximum coverage around 09:38 in the morning. We will have to wait until 2090 to see another Solar Eclipse in the UK.

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

More Info
BBC News – In Pictures Solar Eclipse
The Guardian: Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to know

Quadcopter Flying Around Campus – Video

We had a number of very nice days last week, blue skies and sunshine all day long, hence as part of a module I have with 1st year computing students I took the class outside to experiment with some quadcopter flying. We had two DJI Phantom quadcopters in operation with Go Pro’s attached to capture the scene. One can see some still image captures at the following post.

In the first video above we were all arranged in a circle the radius being calculated by the average width of a student x the number of students / Pi / 2 / 2. This amounted to a radius of a little over 16 feet or roughly 33 feet in diameter. The reason for this was to attempt a “Bullet-time” capture of a quad-copter hovering in the centre of the circle, with the students taking photographs on all their phones. If you look closely at roughly the mid point of the video above you will see the second quadcopter taking off and flying around a little bit.


The flights took place towards the west end of campus next door to the Scott Sutherland Building and the Round Tower, see the map below.

RGU Garthdee New Build – Photo Update 26 July 2013

Following on from some recent posts (9th July 2013) and (2nd June 2013). The finishing touches have been speeding along. The general exterior area down towards the eastern end of the building has been cleaned up and you will even see a small pond surrounded with planting located at the very eastern tip of the campus. The majority of the internal furnishings have been put in place, and all the Schools and Research Institutes have now moved into the building. The last remaining School, the School of Computing Science and Digital Media will take up residence on Monday 29th July 2013. Quite a number of the images below are of the open spaces including catering areas that look out in a southerly direction over the river Dee. In some of the exterior shots you will see quite an amount of bicycle parking facilities and some exterior benches and litter bins dotted around the campus. In a few other exterior shots you just may manage to see some packing creates sitting close to the windows from the School of Computing’s move. You will also notice quite a bit of signage to be seen at the entrances identifying the Schools in residence at the building.

Back towards the end of January 2013 I made the following post charting the photographic evolution of Riverside over the course of sixteen months. With the final elements of the build almost complete I will create another similar post in the near future with a tentative title of “Riverside East a Story in 2000 Pictures” again just highlighting its evolution which by then would be almost a two year period.

The first image in the set seen below was captured looking through a glass panel that is picking up the reflections of some trees, with the library tower clearly evident peering above the roof top of the main section of the building. Following on from that is a sign located in the plaza directly outside the main entrance of Riverside East.

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RGU Garthdee New Build – Photo Update 14 May 2013

Its been a while since my last photo update showing the progress of the New Build at the Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University. As you can see the main entrance and plaza is almost complete, and the final stages of tidying things up are well underway at the south side of the library tower.