Since 2006

Bob Cotton short career summary

Bob Cotton is an interactive media creative director, author and co-author of several books on graphic design and new media He specialises in new product development in the digital domain.

Bob did a post-graduate course at the Light/Sound Workshop at Hornsey College of Art 1968, working with Gary Crossley, Ron Sutherland and members of the Archigram Group including Peter Cook and Warren Chalk. He was press and PR officer on the 1969 Bob Dylan Isle of Wight Pop Festival. During this period he had one-man and grouop shows of prints, drawings and paintings at various galleries in London, as well as at MOMA Oxford, and published illustrations in OZ, International Times and Friends of Rolling Stone.

In the 1970s Bob worked with the computer artist Peter Burnell on several multimedia ‘concept-album’ projects, using seed funding from Polygram records.

In the 1980s, Bob co-directed the Computer Graphics Workshop at London’s Newham College, where he co-directed several training CDROMs for the Training Agency. Until 2006, he was Research Fellow in Digital Media at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.He has also taught at many other colleges and universities in the UK and US, including Central St Martins, the Royal College of Art, and the New York School of Visual Arts, and is currently external examiner of various masters and undergraduate courses at Southampton Solent, Portsmouth and Westminster universities. He is Visiting Practitioner Professor at the University of Western England at Bristol, and Senior Lecturer on the BA in Interactive Media at the Arts Institute Bournemouth.

During the early 90’s Bob was interactive media consultant with the BSkyB/Viacom co-owned Nickelodeon Television, developing interactive media stra tegy and new product development with company director Jon Miller. He was also a contributor to the Technology Foresight Programme under the Conservative Government, and the ReBranding Britain Design Council workshops instituted by Tony Blair. While creative director of Fit Vision, Bob designed and directed several large-scale CDROM projects, notably including Halliwell’s Interactive Film Guide (a reversioning of the famous book for CDROM), 3 CDROMs for Manchester United (‘Man Utd Interactive!’ and the ‘Man Utd Double Double’), EFC96 - a cover-mounted CDROM on the European Cup Final, complete with interactive adverts (for Lawrence Publishing), and the Punk-Zine - a prototype disc for Castle Multimedia utilising the Punk film archives of Martin Baker. He was also analyst and creative director on major web projects - including the Sun Microsystems/ICA New Media Centre intranet and website, a major advertainment site for Malibu Rum (for Lowe, Howard Spink), and a raft of intranet, extranet and website provisi ons for the retail information system company Armature.

He has also worked on consultancies with the BBC, the design groups Seymour Powell, and Button-Csaky, the agencies Lowe Howard Spink, and Ammariti Puris Lintas, and Debate2000, an environmental charity. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bob has delivered papers on the new media and e.commerce to (among others) the Chartered Society of Designers, Hewlett Packard, Huchinson Telecoms, Monotype Corporation, ICA, Amarrati Puris Lintas, and to the Futures & Options World Derivatives Exposition (Paris).During this millennial period he was a creative developments director at AMXStudios, working on new product development and e.commerce projects with a number of clients, including Malibu Rum, Lowe Howard Spink, Proctor and Gamble, The Spice Girls, and The Science Museum.

Bob has authored, edited, and co-authored several books on new media including ‘Understanding Hypermedia’ and ‘The Cyberspace Lexicon’ and ‘Understanding Hypermedia 2.000’ (all Phaidon Press), and in 1999 ‘You Aint Seen Nothing Yet’ - a pamphlet examining the future of digital media for the Institute of Contemporary Arts. A major feature on this pamphlet appeared in Creative Review June 1999. In 2002 his Futurecasting Digital Media was published by Pearson/FT.com, and e-innovation and e-selling was published by Capstone. In collaboration with the Barbican Arts Centre, in 2004 he designed and managed Interact1 a multi-curatorial exhibition of important media/art influences in New Media at LCC, and in 2005, worked in the development team and presented a paper for the interactive television futures symposium The Bridge at London College of Communication. Also in 2002-2004 he worked with Peter Burnell on a co-production with BBC Entertainment on a simulated Emergency Response drama/realty TV show ‘Crisis Command’, broadcast on BBC2 and BBC4 in several episodes during 2004/2005. In 2006 he designed a permanent archive display installation ‘A Timeline of Pop Festivals’ at Julia Margaret Cameron Gallery, Dimbola Lodge Museum on the Isle of Wight. In July 2006 he presented excerpts from his work in progress The Inspiration Timeline at the London College of Communication, and in August 2006 launched an online prototype of The Inspiration Timeline ready for user-testing. In September 2006, he began work on a Google Earth map-catalogue of new media players in West London for the New Media Exchange (http://nm-x.com), and runs new media talks and workshops on related design/innovation issues. During 2006 and 2007 he returned to a series of analogue prints and drawings on the theme of the first Atomic experiments at Alamogordo 1943-45, writing a new collage-generator to digitise and display these analogue works. He is editioning selections of these. He is also currently working on a major book of ‘Media Inspirations’ - tracing the development of new media over the last 100 years. A prototype Inspiration Timeline is viewable at http://www.soi.vizonhost.com/test/timeline/

b.cotton@lcc.arts.ac.uk, rcotton@aib.ac.uk, cotton\_bob@hotmail.com

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