Kim Plowright

Kim Plowright

I'm a creative digital producer and product manager, and helped establish the National Film and Television School’s first digital producing course. I have a secret double life as an artist.

Location Canterbury, UK

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  • Hi. Have basically had a career in making transmedia.

    Done well, it enhances the experience and allows 'fannish' behaviours to flourish. It deepens engagement, and can create emotional connection and community through story worlds. It can create activism, too - but that can go sour..

    Done badly, it's the worst of attention-extractive cynical monetisation...

  • Video, contrary to popular belief, did not kill the radio star.

    Videogames are gesamtkunstwerks.

  • Transmedia can be a creative choice - and, indeed, started out as a term derived from Jenkin's studies of fandom, where IP franchises like Star Trek or Star Wars gave rise to cohesive story worlds that spread between film, fan fictions, books...
    "So I think there’s an entire marketing industry that would say transmedia is a way of promotion. It’s a way of...

  • Considering models like Patreon - the 'famous for fifteen people' model might mean more support for indie creators, but it puts more pressure on them to master marketing and self promotion alongside their craft. Patreon and similar micro patronage models are still making considerable money from 'disintermediating' the big record companies, publishers and...

  • I've stopped listening to albums these days - everything is on shuffle. I've migrated from tape, to CD, to mp3, but somehow I've never moved to pure streaming; I'm a collector. I tend to favour Bandcamp with its individual revenue model rather than iTunes; discovery tends to happen via social media, or editorial mentions. Or, actually, um, Radio! (And I...

  • I think it's not just subsectors, but different strata of roles within sectors that are strongly impacted. For instance, photographers are impacted by digital circulation of images; the availability of huge stock libraries moves professionals towards micropayment royalty models. Similar issues exist for musicians, artists, writers - the 'long tail' economics...

  • I think digital platforms and access have increased the volume and frequency of my cultural consumption, and also broadened my awareness. I've been extremely online since the mid-90s, so have used online tools as ways to discover and experience new creative media. I've worked in the field for most of my career, too. I'm a restless pursuer of links, and make an...

  • Not a website, but I use accessibility options on my mobile. I tend to turn off the motion animation options - I find them distracting. I think I may have bumped up the font size on my phone interface too, for ease of reading, and set the 'Night shift' option to change the screen colour after sunset. I routinely use dark mode on websites and OSes to ease...

  • The different bits of the BBC site look different because they are designed and run by different departments within the organisation - siloed organisations produce siloed websites. There's been a lot of work to adopt a standard design language across the BBC site, and there are good reasons why you'd want iPlayer to behave differently to a news homepage - the...

  • Redesigns can be deeply confusing, especially for older people. The effort of 'relearning' how to use a site is considerable, and if you have mild cognitive issues it can be a huge barrier.

    There's a lot of griping in certain corners of design about 'how all websites look the same now' - and I'm not sure that's a terrible thing. Adopting good accessible...

  • CSS didn't exist when I made my first website... ugh, I'm old.

  • Dreamweaver! Fancy!

  • Not so much a problem, but I tweak my OS quite a lot to make it feel more comfortable. I use a programme launcher called Alfred, which helps me minimise the amount of time I spend using a mouse or trackpad, as I have RSI and I prefer to use keyboard controls wherever possible. I tend to use dark modes, and wherever possible I will theme apps to use a low...

  • I'm amused to find my personal website - which I coded using HTML4.1 and tables for layout about (oh my...) 17 years ago, only has three accessibility errors. I think that's luck rather than judgement though :)

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    This week has reminded me that Accessibility is a constantly evolving thing: whilst I knew the basics, every innovation brings changes to the things you need to consider to keep your services accessible. I've got very out of date in the last few years, and I'm starting to think about how I might make my next project 'born accessible', too.

  • Having written content for another FutureLearn course, I think that accessibility is baked in to the approach the teams take to course content, too. The way that courses are split in to small steps, activities and learning activity types is designed to make the experience of learning accessible. It's an incredibly usable site, and the accessibility statement...

  • The Derwent Art Prize was due to happen this spring, not long after lockdown. They launched it as a '3d Virtual Tour' using an online platform, which... well, I haven't had the courage to actually run it through an accessibility tool because... well. I'm not sure that it's a good thing to make someone learn a completely new web navigation paradigm in order to...

  • I've worked on some game-adjacent VR projects where I've been unable to properly play the final thing the team has made, because I get such severe simulator motion sickness from VR.
    I also get motion sickness from some games that have a lot of lens distortion at the edges of the screen - Bioshock, for instance. I managed about 15 minutes before giving up (and...

  • Hello, fellow Y Axis inverter :)

  • I enjoy visual arts - particularly drawing, which I also do semi-professionally. Consuming visual art is obviously not hugely accessible if you have restricted vision, and although some big public galleries provide eg large print exhibition guides, I wonder how many provide the equivalent of audio description?
    Also, galleries may have physical accessibility...

  • I think there are some really interesting assumptions about the ability to remember gesture with apple watches. So they assume
    - you understand that swiping your finger in different directions on the screen will do different things
    - you can learn and remember these different gestures with no visual, physical or auditory prompts from the interface
    - you're...

  • https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/Advice/covid-19/music-teaching/online
    > Musicians Union - Teaching Music Online - Guidance for teachers moving over to online lessons during the Coronavirus outbreak

    https://www.ism.org/blog/online-teaching
    ISM writeup of teaching Cello online

  • Hi Sophia

    A lot of the Musicians associations and unions in the UK put out material to support their members at the start of lockdown. Here are a few quick links I've found by googling 'resources for taking music teaching online':-

    https://www.ism.org/advice/online-learning-resources
    >The ISM has collated a selection of online learning resources from...

  • Even an option to turn off comment pagination, and show all of them on one page so I could use my browser's on-page search for keywords like subject areas would help.

  • I think - as someone who has lived online for twenty years now - try not to worry. The tools will very quickly become second nature, and you'll adapt to the 'thinner' interactions. Also - from experience - keep it simple. Do less. Everyone will thank you.

  • Its been really useful to steer my overall teaching practice, and not just my online skills.
    Taking a learner-focused approach, and seeing the teaching models discussed applied in the course structure has been really helpful. It's made me think much harder about how i plan sessions, and the tools given will help me structure my thinking in the future.
    i'm...

  • Hey @SophiaOkde you might find @RobertoEstrella comment from 24th August about a resource for music teachers useful.

  • @SophiaOkde You might find this comment useful

  • For me, thinking in depth about pedagogy and ways of delivering learning through different modes and activities has been really useful. Depening the knowledge from working on a couple of online courses has helped me think about my overall teaching practice (I'm not a trained teacher, so had no 'theory' to back up my practice). It's also quite mindbending to...

  • PPP is a really useful model for student 1-1s at postgrad level - I've used it with face to face teaching, and I use it when line managing in digital work too.

    I'm planning a remote/online group drawing class at the moment, and I think PPP is a useful model to use in discussions after each drawing session - what were you aiming for in this drawing? What...

  • I teach Digital Production at postgraduate diploma level, and am also about to teach an art evening class in Life Drawing for my local Adult Education organisation. I've also written courses in digital skills for the workplace for FutureLearn. I'm UK based.

    My tactic for finding people has been paging through the comments and using Chrome's 'search in...

  • Still quite anxious ;)

  • It's tough (and bitterly ironic) that some of the areas where arts orgs can have the biggest social benefit are those where it's toughest for those orgs to rely on individual giving.

  • Does anyone have the correct link for the CulturePro Professional Development Tool?

    I think balance always comes from understanding context: as an artist I understand that without funds and support I can't make my work, and that collaboration means stronger work for everyone. I think it's possible to engage with the funding bodies and the changing climate...

  • I think that an awareness of fundraising activity and techniques is useful for all staff - so an understanding of the income sources of the ACO, and the pressures and change occurring in the context of the wider sector is really useful. It's about understanding the financial model that enables the work. But - dedicated people / teams are key - fundraising is...

  • I feel that there's a skills gap (well, I have a gap!) around
    - strategy / planning for fundraising, and understanding best practice
    - partnerships - articulating and selling the benefits of partnership to potential funders
    - demonstrating the impact of funding, in order to make better bids the future
    - perhaps, willingness to consider and assign the...

  • Hi, I'm Kim. I'm on the advisory board of a local arts centre which is updating its fundraising plan at the moment, so I'm keen to get background knowledge to apply in the role.

  • Hey all: you might want to try Evernote. The browser addons let you capture the text on a page and store it for later in a searchable personal database - I find it really handy for notes and teaching. It can store PDFs too. Useful stopgap before official transcripts!

  • ...so ways of finding unchanging anchor features in scans where lots of lines are changing due to atrophy... Wow, hard programming challenge! Thanks for clarifying.

  • You're right, sorry - my folks were... less able to participate when I realised how important it was to find communities to share support.

  • Technical question! In section 1.8 the risk factors given for APOE related sporadic dementias are higher for women than men - via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21556001
    Reading wikipedia (sorry) I see that AßPP is thought to have some relationship to hormonal regulation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyloid_precursor_protein#Hormonal_regulation
    Is...

  • Strokes can cause vascular dementia - about 20% of people who have a stroke develop some symptoms of vascular dementia within 6 months. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=161

  • My dad had a Mixed dementia diagnosis - which was a specific diagnosis, and means it's dementia caused by a mix of Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia. So - all the protein stuff of AD, plus reduction in blood flow due to e.g. a stroke, TIA, or smoking, or....
    https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=161
    He was given donepezil...

  • It's different for Adverts, from what I remember - there's a expectation that you've got consent for use of a person in an ad as there's implied endorsement of the product, which I think is covered by law in a way that just getting caught in shot isn't. You'd generally not look to clear people in the background for a documentary or news shoot.

  • I imagine that it varies a lot by location, but there are good sources of support out there. AgeUK were amazing for my folks, as were Admiral Nurses and our local GP. CrossRoads Care offered a completely brilliant respite worker for my Mum, who... she was amazing. You do have to get on the radar of the networks, but they do support you. Informal networks...

  • Yes. Do this, get POA, all of you. As soon as you can. Power of Attourney is so important.

  • So - checking I've understood - the Boundary Shift Integral technique is a computer vision algorithm that matches patterns / identifies differences in MRI scan outputs? Essentially this is testing software?

    And it's useful because it makes the process of checking for results in clinical drug trials an easier, quicker and more reliable process than measuring...

  • Checking in to remind you to take a little break and have a cup of tea in the sun. x

  • Kim Plowright replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    Hi Jill Grant - guessing you have accessibility needs with the diagram? Will try to describe it.

    It's a bubble plot, just showing groupings of genes in areas of the graph.

    Vertical Axis: Risk for Alzheimers.
    Scale: Low risk, Medium Risk, High Risk, Causes Alzheimers

    Horizontal Axis: How many people have the gene?
    Scale: Very rare, (rare),...

  • I think MS is a disorder where the myelin proteins that cover the outside of nerve cells gowrong. Different type of proteins are involved, so there's a different mechanism for the disease. Roughly - AD adds faulty protein plaques and tangles, MS removes useful, good protein coats.

    People with MS can develop mild dementia, but it's not the same kind of...

  • People with Down's syndrome are statistically much more likely to develop Alzheimers, and at a younger age than people without Down's. It's not fully understood why, but Chromosome 21 carries the Amyloid gene which is related to AD, and this is the 'extra' chromosome in Down's.
    https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=103

    I...

  • I'm really interested to hear about the state of research, and from medical and care professionals. There's so much misinformation and misunderstanding floating around on the internet - partly because the mechanics of dementia are still being understood by the scientific community. I think it's really important that the community of people who care for PWD...

  • I'm taking the course because I'm interested in seeing what online learning around Dementia care might look like, and wondering about how I might use my skills to contribute to social acceptance and support for PWD. I've recently lost both of my parents - my Dad after 10+ years with mixed dementia/alzheimers, and my Mum within six months of her formal dementia...

  • "P.S. I'm a bit of a joker, well not so much joker, but one has to make light of the illness."

    (small reassuring shoulder bump of recognition from me, there. You gotta laugh, right?)

  • Legal training courses when working at the BBC!

  • I've just been reading up on the Channel 4 'Viewer Trust' guidelines, which have a lot of info around how a broadcaster expects you to handle consent, ethics and balance. Worth reading if you're interested in this area.
    http://www.channel4.com/producers-handbook/c4-guidelines/viewer-trust-guidelines

    The BBC publishes their guidelines,...

  • Recce is spelled as 'recky' in the subtitles, btw course leaders!

  • Miu -agreed. A film for Instagram is going to be very different to a film for BBC one!

  • You'd very, very rarely allow someone the opportunity to withdraw consent after seeing a cut when working for eg Channel 4 - as you're ceding editorial control when you do that. Consent happens at the time of filming,

  • Depends on the crowd! If you're asking them to attend for filming, you'll need consent and release forms. If you're filming in a public place the usual approach is to clearly sign that you're filming at eg entrances and give a way for An individual to opt out. You don't have a right to privacy in public spaces in UK law, and you don't have rights over your...