Experimental Media + Ancient History

The following are test projects or prototypes created in the last few years. Much of the video was edited in Final Cut. These are some of my favorites as far as collaboration.This augmented reality test was done in Unity and uses Vuforia. The test was created for a possible puzzle challenge for cyclopedia.us where users would find the model via an icon or GPS. This was captured off of a customized android app.

 

This was for a Kickstarter campaign for artist Scott Teplin and a massive drawing he created called Big Hospital.
We produced this in an afternoon and simulated an ambulance with what was available in his living room. The editing was tricky but the result completely ridiculous.

 

Hidden Alignments was a foray into short historical documentaries with a Google Earth component. It explains the the history in brief of New York’s Masonic Obelisks and how they are oddly aligned.

 

This promotional for Vitumob was created for the launch of the service that ships western products to Kenya securely. I created the quick animations to illustrate the process.

 

glasscapsule is a massive archive of multi-media collaborations over decades. The experiments continue there.

spillway is a customized framework based on a semi famous found photo archive. Levels feature different sets of randomized draggable elements. It is essentially a visual and sound mixer. It was all created in php/mysql and works in HTML5 for mobile. I am also working on a score system which is based on activity and the user session.

 

These are some videos from ancient history.

The first is an experimental multi-cam video which documented the first opening of Gigantic Art Space (GAS) in downtown Manhattan. It was originally created on DVD where you could switch channels but here they are side by side. The opening featured artists from Detroit including Andrew Dosunmu, Mark Dancey, Tyree Guyton and others.

 

Sunshine Interactive Network was a startup which created game prototypes, CD Roms and early websites. This is the reel from about 1997 which I cut while working there. It’s a fascinating snapshot of the time. The name of the company was based on the Sunshine Theater on Houston Street, which was then going to be a  music venue.

 

Community Based and Non-profit Projects

These are a few projects that involve hyperlocal community based projects and non-profit programs.

BlissvilleStories.org supports a documentary project about a unique neighborhood in Queens NY. Some interactive components of the site extend the documentary into more local stories, and further investigations.

 

Cyclopedia.us is a site devoted to youth bicycle program that has been ongoing for over five years.

In addition to the site, I co-produced and edited the video overview below.

 

 

 

Overview and Contact

This is a site for my consultancy that specializes in UX, Information Architecture, Strategy and IT Project Management. I have worked on the forefront of digital technology over the last 15+ years creating solutions and prototypes for digital content systems, social networks, and mobile. My domain concentrations are prototyping, digital content, social networks and mobile I have worked with both B2B and B2C audiences and have managed projects for Aon plc, Comcast, MSN, AOL, Scholastic, and PBS among others. I have also developed non profit and community based projects that operate on a limited budget, which I find to be challenging but very rewarding.

I believe that structurally it’s all storytelling or revealing information in a strategic timeframe, and that metrics and analytics dictate the effectiveness of that story.

The content on this site is just a sample. There are many more examples that might fit the problems you are trying to solve. I find a great part of what I do is researching multiple strategic solutions, or A/B testing prototypes and discovering what works best via analytics.

Innovative Firsts: I worked with Newline Features on their first internet trailers (1998), helped create a neighborhood wireless network in 1999, developed the first physicians’ channel for AOL(2000), created and architected the first internet portal for all of Comcast’s Ad Sales (2004) and project managed the first US National public facing microsite system for Aon plc (2014).

– John Culhane

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