Blue Plaques on Google Earth

December 1st, 2009 by RoyReed

blue plaqueI’ve just added a Google Earth KMZ file to the GE Community website which shows the location of all of the English Heritage London Blue Plaques. You can see this in your browser if you have the Google Earth plugin. Or click here to download the full Google Earth program. It took some time to convert the listing on the EH website – I hope you think it was worth it.

Office Panorama

October 27th, 2009 by RoyReed

ReedDesign OfficeI thought I’d add a panorama of the ReedDesign office so you can all see where all that creativity happens.

My laptop still has that abomination Vista installed as the postal strike seems to have held up the delivery of the Windows 7 upgrade, which I can’t wait to get my hands on.

The kite on the wall is a carp which I’ve been told in Chinese sounds like profit so hopefully it will give me good luck in business.

Panorama Update

October 14th, 2009 by RoyReed

I’ve taken the opportunity of a couple of quiet days to update some of the older panoramas on my website. I’ve used the latest beta version of Pano2VR and decided to only go with Flash panoramas and ditch the Java and Quicktime versions completely. All of the updates used a much higher resolution image and will only be compatible with Flash 9 and upwards – but as the uptake of Flash 9 and now version 10 seems to be fairly universal I don’t think this will be much of a problem.

Virtual Tour for Mill Hill School

October 5th, 2009 by RoyReed

Mill Hill SchoolReedDesign has just completed a series of 360° panoramas for Mill Hill and Belmont Schools. The panoramas include interiors of the Chapel, Favell Building and 6th Form Common Room as well as some exterior views of the grounds.

The panoramas were shot on a Nikon D300 with a 10.5mm fisheye lens and a KingPano panoramic head. They were stitched using PTGui and converted into Flash panoramas using Pano2VR.

Socialist International Women

June 12th, 2009 by RoyReed

Socialist International Women

The latest ReedDesign website went live today. It’s a total re-design for the Socialist International Women – nearly 300 pages in three languages.

Socialist International Women is the international organisation of the women’s organisations of the socialist, social democratic and labour parties affiliated to the Socialist International.

Tate Modern

June 6th, 2009 by RoyReed

Went to the Tate Modern with friends today. I have to say that I really hate what they’ve done to Gilbert Scott’s old Bankside Power Station building. They’ve totally ruined the proportions by sticking what looks like a line of port-a-cabins on the roof. And the way the galleries are curated is just bizarre. But as we were on our way out there was a mass invasion of the turbine hall by people dressed as pirates from Captain Pugwash who proceeded to lie on the floor making the shape of the Black Pig.

Thames Panorama

We also looked at the Robert Morris: Bodyspacemotionthings interactive installation which was great fun – much less po-faced than all that art-with-a-capital-A.

While we were having coffee I took some photos from the balcony which I stitched into a panorama – not bad considering the photos were taken on my camera phone.

Thames Panorama

HTML Character Entities

April 27th, 2009 by RoyReed

Character entities PDF

I’ve added a PDF showing Windows Alt codes for some of the more frequently used characters to my HTML Character Entities page.

Let me know if you find this useful.

Yet another f**king dog attack!

April 13th, 2009 by RoyReed

This used to be a £265 custom made Blue Moon Exile UL.

Exile UL

Exile UL

Two blokes the size of houses with two boxer/bull terrier crosses one on a harness, one not. I was trying to keep the UL in the air in about 1mph wind with the dog chasing it. I shouted to the bloke ‘if I land it will the dog attack it’. He says ‘no’. I land and you’ve seen the results. The bloke refused to pay, in fact I thought he was going to start a fight – and he really was big, think nightclub bouncer on steroids. This happened less than 20 minutes ago and I’m still shaking!

Anyone who cares about such things might like to sign the ‘Keep Dogs on Leads in Public Places’ petition.

The Crazy World of Inkjet Printers

April 12th, 2009 by RoyReed

Well, I’ve just ordered a new inkjet printer (HP D5460) not because I need one – my old inkjet still works fine – but because it’s cheaper than buying a new set of cartridges for my old one. The upside is that it’s a much higher quality than the old one, which I’ve had for nearly four years. The downside is; what do I do with the old one? Any suggestions welcome.

The Basics of SEO…

March 18th, 2009 by RoyReed

…from Michael Smethurst of the BBC (PowerPoint presentation via SlideShare entitled ‘Designing for you least able user’).

All you need to know about getting listed with Google – and other search engines. There’s no rocket science here, just good practical advice.