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Megan Smith: Embedding Narrative

Our opening speaker at TEDxLeeds2010 was Megan Smith, a new media artist and PhD candidate in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at Leeds Metropolitan University.

She uses the web as a space to source and make socially useful work. Her projects probe new systems for delivering syndicated data through narrative structure and she often works with Arduino, geo-location, digital print, video, and installation or a hybrid of these.

Her talk, Embedding Narrative, and extending social space, notably her project Our City Our Music and how Megan came to be in Leeds.

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The Democratisation Of Design

Clive Grinyer closed the Design session at TEDxLeeds2009 with a discussion on the democratisation of design skills and practices beyond the role of designers; where every decision taken anywhere, is an act of design.

Clive has an incredible pedigree, ranging from Director of Customer Experience roles at Cisco, Orange and France Telecom, to Head of Design at TAG McLaren and notably, Director of Design & Innovation for the Design Council.

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Designs To Save Newspapers

Our final screening of TEDxLeeds2009 and the introduction to our closing session on Design, was particularly topical.

With the unfolding collapse of the newspaper industry and a crisis in professional journalism, Jacek Utko, a Polish newspaper designer, argued that great design could save the newspaper and reconnect with readers.

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Gaming Revolution

Our second guest speaker at TEDxLeeds2009 was Charles Cecil, leading the Entertainment segment of the evening’s programme.

Managing Director of Revolution Software – creators of Beneath a Steel Sky and the Broken Sword series – Charles is also part of the BAFTA Interactive board and on the board of Game Republic, a consortium of regional games developers

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A Three-Minute Story Of Mixed Emoticons

With the opening Technology session of TEDxLeeds2009 dominated by heavy-hitters Kevin Kelly and Norman Lewis, we chose to set the opening of the Entertainment session to a more light-hearted tone.

Our second screening of the evening was the poet Rives, a regular on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Rives shared a three-minute typographic fairy tale that was short…and bittersweet.

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