Technological Creativity and Interaction Design


Less Disruption, More Contribution

Posted on July 5, 2017

A Manifesto for Creators and Makers to Consider Ethics Before Profits

As creators and makers–artists, designers, developers, and engineers–we have been complicit in allowing the unethical behaviors of marketers to succeed. We pride ourselves in having knowledge and skills that allow us to create anything we can imagine, so why is it that we do not speak up loudly when a project harms the public good? The time has come for us to act as gatekeepers, to resist, and prevent ethically-dubious ideas from taking form!

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Mœbius’ work on “Les Maîtres du Temps”

Posted on April 18, 2018

Since the 1980s, the public broadcast network Télé-Québec—then known as Radio-Québec—showcases French-language animated feature films during the Christmas holidays. These movies are from all around the world, sometimes originally in French, some others dubbed. While these features obviously includes the French Astérix movies, and the Franco-Belgian Tintin movies, quite a few other movies were presented. Like many French-speaking Quebecers at the time, I attended this holiday period movie-watching time almost religiously. There was one peculiar science-fiction animated feature that intrigued and confused me: Les Maîtres du Temps (Time Masters). It would only be years later that I would discover that storyboards were drawn by lauded French artist Jean Giraud, otherwise known as Mœbius for his science-fiction works.

In order to understand the impact Mœbius had on the film, I will first explore who he is by looking at some of his works. Then, I will investigate the production of the movie. Finally, I will analyze a few scenes in light of the information I will present. Fair warning: this essay contains plot spoilers.

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Find out what codecs your browser supports

Posted on October 31, 2012

Codec Detect

Even though HTML5 is quite promising, a lot of us realized that the fragmentation of what video and audio codecs are supported is quite an issue.

While making a clients's mobile version of their website, I tested on an Android phone and obtained a message from the embedded Vimeo video that the H264 codec was not supported. Even though each browser vendor publishes its own matrix of what they do and do not support, it's not always easy to find out that information quickly. Worse, not all clients are tech savvy, and they may not easily be able to provide you with the necessary information to figure out what codecs their browser or device support.

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