Five Trees Forest won the award for best use of mobile technology at yesterday's Yorkshire Digital Awards sponsored by 4iP.
Massive credit goes to co-creators Common Agency and Andy Sykes for doing a brilliant job and for being able to put up with my relentless and unblinking ability to ask for crazy amounts of work on stories-for-mixed-realities about invisible worlds with almost invisible budgets.
I had a fantastic time doing Free London's Monsters! at Sandpit #8 at the ICA.
There was the usual SMS gateway failure
of course - never work with children, animals or cheap SMS gateways in
time sensitive contexts - which meant that the 50 monsters sent by text
message didn't show up on Thumbprint till about three hours later.
somehow that just brought out the liveness of the event.
was sitting with my head in my hands in despair about five minutes
after we started (some day I'm going to get my own SMS gateway that is
actually reliable!) my evening was being saved by the ingenuity of the
illustrator Edward Ward and the enthusiasm and sense of fun on the
Edward handed out little text message
sized pieces of card for people to write on, and when he started to
disappear under a blizzard of monsters coming back, he shared out felt
tips - from the fluffy orange pencil case - paper and monsters and got people to illustrate someone
That's a new game in itself, and over the course
of the evening two groups of people at the event (Emily and Ali were
one, and another mystery group) also invented Monsterquences.