Digital Snaphot | 09.01.2019
Including... 16,000 free sound effects from the BBC, the best digital campaigns in the charity sector and a tool to easily remove the background from any image.
In the spirit of January, this issue will be a slimmed down version but we'll be back to our usual, more substantial, size next issue. As ever, feel free to share with colleagues and friends and if you have an interesting example of digital innovation or best practice please do let me know.
- The BBC has made over 16,000 sound effects available for download. They are under personal, research or educational use licence - could be fun for some learning programmes.
- A great list here of the best digital campaigns in the charity sector run during 2018.
- Make 2019 the year you vow to sort out your SEO! Here are four tools to help you with keywords.
- If you're thinking about digital content, Louise Cohen's insights about how they approach it at The Royal Academy are a must read (opens a pdf). I particularly like slide 32. These are taken from Ash Mann's write up of his latest Digital Works session.
- Love how this 3D model has been used to tell a story - The Weight of the World.
- Simple and useful, this tool allows you to quickly remove the background from any image. Obviously it's not as polished as something like Photoshop but it's a neat quick fix.
- You need to take a minute to consider what you're seeing in the first half of this video - none of these faces represent real people - they've all been created using AI?
- Amnesty International is harnessing the power of the online crowd to track and pinpoint airstrikes on Raqqa in Syria.
- If you have Netflix and have watched the new interactive feature length episode of Black Mirror, you've probably also considered which other artforms could also use this format. (If you've not yet watched it- I highly recommend it - although it's not for the fainthearted).
- New York Public Library has been doing some brilliant work with digital tech of late, not least their 'Insta Novels' - delivered through Instagram Stories. Here's an insightful interview with their Chief Digital Officer, Tony Ageh (previously with the BBC) about what he thinks are the key trends for digital and libraries.
- There is much to consider in this article about how social networks have become increasingly less social.
- Some truths in this piece about how comments have become the best part of Instagram.