11 awesome prototyping tools for the arts

September 25th, 2014

How can you predict the emotional responses of an audience without studying real human beings doing real things with real objects? We talk in metaphors, we share ideas with examples and by the same token we should build in prototypes. Holding something, seeing something in the flesh, doing an action in real life – even

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The perils and perks of live-prototyping

February 17th, 2014

When your strategy is built around data, your priority is the means to collect and process a large enough volume to generate meaningful conclusions. No data, no insight. Over the last few months Thought Den have been leading the experience design for CloudTags, an American-British company working with high-end retailers. They are firmly planting their

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A sneaky peak at 3 projects in production

January 28th, 2013

Six animated shorts, a team-based mobile game and a good old-fashioned Flash platformer. We’ve got our heads down until Spring and here’s a quick look at the highlights. How Bauhaus is your house? Our series of Design-themed shorts for Open University willl see Bene hitting After Effects hard for the next 6 weeks. We’ll be

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Twitter for WordPress widget broken? No public tweets? No problem!

November 28th, 2012

You might see on our blog homepage that we have a Twitter widget. Huzzah for us! This is the Twitter for WordPress widget created by Rick’s Hideout. We noticed recently that it had started displaying, rather than our witticisms, just the phrase “No Public Tweets”. What’s going on here then? A quick bit of searching

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4 years of Thought Den in infographic glory

November 6th, 2012

It was our fourth birthday this summer, and to commemorate¬†this momentous occasion our (then) design intern Peter created us a lovely infographic to stick up on the wall. It’s about time we showed it to the world, so here it is, below some things we learned along the way. Thought Den’s Top 4 Infographic Tips:

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Our 9 favourite things from the Olympics that aren’t sports

August 17th, 2012

The Olympics! Wow, that were pretty special ey? The infrastructure of the country didn’t melt (despite the best efforts of G4S), TeamGB surprised us all by not just being good at sitting down sports (cycling, horse dancing), but also fighting, shooting, running (the training sessions on 6-10 August last year really paid off) and much

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Kinecting People: Our top 6 Kinect projects

August 9th, 2012

The Microsoft Kinect is a great piece of kit. Since its launch in November 2010 it has helped revolutionise the way we play weird sports games on the XBox. However, not content with dodgy living room dancing, the hacker community seized upon the Kinect with some fervor, reappropriating the technology for such frivolous purposes as

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