New examples of visual design, digital photographs and photo edits, digital sound effects, interactive interface designs, and 2D animation have now been uploaded. Please re-visit every couple of weeks and there will be more items added to this site.
A project that is still in its production phase is a short skateboarding video called "Experiments In
Inertia". It will feature skateboarding going on at a variety of skate spots in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. There have always been progressive skaters in Newcastle, only now there are thousands of skaters of all ages pushing the limits. An early version of this video can be viewed on the video page.
The second page of the Visual Design section includes two new artworks. The first is entitled "Freedom Movement Energy". These words describe some of the main sensations and forces that we experience and interact with when we are skateboarding. The second art is called "Maxim", a logo design inspired by thoughts of the mass media and the images that it projects in skate company advertisements.
The 2D Animation page includes an example of an animated text banner created in Flash for an earlier incarnation of this web site. There is also a new banner advertisement for digital multimedia services.
The Contact Me page includes a newly updated example of an animated introduction screen for an interactive CD. The initial inspiration for the design came from a desire to create some abstract art. The functionality
of the original design has been slightly modified for display on this web site.
Two new sound effects have been added to the Sound Effects gallery and
they are called "UFO Landing" and "Meltdown".
A few new links to Australian web sites covering many facets of art and design have been added to the Links page.
March 2007 Update:
Two new pages of digital photographs taken over the last 9 months will
be added to Digital Cells in the next week. They include some images
shot very close to dusk, pictures of the Lake and its fauna, and a couple
of simple shots related to fishing.
April 2007 Update:
There is a new page in the Skateboarding section which has information and images covering the last 30 years of skate culture in Newcastle and internationally. There is one photograph from 1990, but there will be
about another half a dozen or so posted in the next two weeks. This page has recently been re-written to include extra memories from my skating life and the culture that has grown and changed over the decades.
Who were the best riders in the world ? What teams did they skate for ? What music was the most popular in skate culture in the 1980's through
to 2000 ? What was going on in the skate scene of Newcastle and
Australia in the Old School days ? What brands of skate equipment were available back then ? Read all about Skateboarding's Constant Evolution
to find out more.
Three animations completed in 2004 have been added to the Animation section. This robot is called "Matsukai" and he does three different manoeuvres on this web page.
The Visual Design section now includes more information about my personal attitude to digital design and graphic design.
New video footage filmed at the "Skoolies SK8 Comp 007" can be
viewed in the recently updated version of "Experiments In Inertia".
There are also some new clips of the local skaters at Croudace Bay in NSW.
November 2007 Update:
The latest addition to the Digital Cells web site is new video footage of
Ian Gray which has been added to his part in the skate video. There are also a few still shots which were extracted from the skateboarding video
as short sequences. There are three new images of a kickflip frontside boardslide on this page. The Digital Video page now has a sequence of
a frontside tailslide to caballerial out.
December 2007 Update:
There is now a third page in the Visual Design section, with two artworks
created in CorelDRAW X3. The first new visual design was for a holiday resort at a beach-side location and it is called "The Shores Resort". The second design is for a removals and storage company called "Arnet Removals".
January 2008 Update:
I have not been putting much new art work on this site recently. It was more a case of tidying up some of the design elements and adding a few images that were extracted from my skate video. But a creative spurt is welling up in me and I am about to make a lot more art and create a lot more designs. My inspiration started grow about three weeks ago and I want to make this spurt of creative output last solidly for 12 months this time around.
In late January I joined the Arts Community at an incredible web site called redbubble.com. There is an amazing array of all types of digital fine art on display there, from all over the world. It's the perfect place to view art, connect and communicate with other artists, or buy cards, posters, wall art or t-shirts with original art straight from the hands of the designers. My profile name there is "Reflector" - the name of the first completely "in computer" video (skateboarding) that I ever made using still images instead of video footage. Most of the art that I display there is not on Digital Cells - it is new work that would have ended up here but I found Red Bubble and decided to start creating art again regularly and put most of my output there where more people can see it. I love big numbers, big inspiration, big opportunity, and thinking big ! Period !
Digital Cells - Search Engines And Their Role In Shaping The Web:
The internet in some ways resembles the terrestrial, bio-organic plane. They are both alive and teeming with life, only the net is in-animate but moves forward due to the efforts of individuals all over the world. The whole purpose of setting up a web site is to become a part of this cyber culture. This cyber-based interaction requires a web site to attract
visitors and form new connections with other parts of the internet.
Ranking well in the major search engines is critical to the long term success of any web site, no matter what the core focus or theme of
that web site may be.
The techniques used to optimize a web site for the search engines were one of my main areas of interest and research last year. There is a huge amount of very useful information to be found on the web about Search Engine Optimization written by the SEO Industries high achievers.
Gradual but ongoing implementation of these strategies has seen the Digital Cells web site rise from total obscurity to the front page of the search results in many of the main search engines, both in Australia and internationally. The rankings for numerous relevant keywords are
climbing steadily on a weekly basis in most of the major search engines.