GEOFF DAVIS BA MA
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Prior to founding Micro Arts, Geoff worked and studied Psychology in Sheffield University. He was involved in the local electronic and experimental music scene. After University he worked in London as a COBOL programmer on Univac 1100 mainframes and DEC Vax minis. He was involved in the London Film-Makers Collective (LFMC) and London Video Arts (LVA) and the post-punk and club-based art and music scene, in locations such as the Diorama performance events, B2 Gallery.
During the Micro Arts period Geoff trained with the Inner London Educational Authority (ILEA) and started teaching adults. He later taught computer graphics at top UK universities including Sheffield Hallam University at Psalter Lane Art College (1988), on Apollo Unix workstations with 3D and 2D software. In the 90s he was a VL at the London University of the Arts (when it was the London Institute). He started a web design and build company at the beginning of the web publications period. He later became the first Web Manager at NESTA (now Nesta), the UK innovation trust (1999), and was the Web Technical Director at a large Omnicom design company. He completed a Masters by Research in Electronic Arts at Middlesex University (Cat Hill) in 2003. The research topic was zoomable user interfaces (ZUIs) and he has produced several zooming notes and image apps such as Notes Story Board v 2.2 via his company Story Software.
Detail: after Micro Arts he did a contract designing LAN networks for dealing rooms at the Prudential head office in Chancery Lane, London. This used IBM AT PCs. This was the first time such a thing had been tried, previously dealer notes were on colour coded paper and input to the resident IBM mainframe by data clerks. Subsequently he taught computer graphics at top UK universities including Sheffield Hallam University at Psalter Lane Art College. The new Computer Lab at Psalter Lane Art College (1988), part of Sheffield Hallam University, had 12 Apollo Unix workstations, video frame animation on a Umatic deck, and a 100 Mb tape backup system operated by special technicians. The software was CGAL (from Peter Comninos at Bournemouth University), SDRC Ideas, AutoCad. Paint and photo editing software was written for the platform by Dr David Elliot. There was also a PC network. Students were Design and Fine Art, with History of Art on the PCs. His focus from then on was teaching 2D and 3D graphics and animation. Later he lectured at the London University of the Arts (when it was the London Institute).
Masters degree: Geoff completed a Masters by Research in Electronic Arts at Middlesex University (Cat Hill) in 2003. The research topic was zoomable user interfaces (ZUIs) and he has produced several zooming notes and image apps such as Notes Story Board v 2.2 via his company Story Software.
Property and Architecture: Geoff started and ran a new eco/green house building company in the 2000s, and was a founder member of the Sustainable Development Commission 2000-2011.
Fiction and multimedia: Geoff's short fiction was in the first PEN New Writers anthology edited by Peter Ackroyd, along with Ben Okri, Iain Sinclair and many others. The novel 'Nnn Goes Mobile' (1994) and game (by Rob Mettler) was on the UK Arts Council multimedia Hub. In a novella 'Death in the Bubble World' (1997) he devised a fictional cryptocurrency Easy Money Units or Emus. This story was in a collection with Hanif Kureishi. Bubble World was accompanied by an online multimedia piece by Paul Greenleaf. These economic and social topics are to be expanded in a new novel due in 2019. He wrote and worked on the 'Loot' album with Ian Burden of the Human League (1990), and has recorded many video soundtracks, and was in two 80s bands.
Apps from Story Software: Notes Story Board
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