About Tim Healey

Tim is a DJ, music producer and digital advertiser.

Little Grey Cells #2… any implied 'how you should do it' – you should throw away

* Anthony Rose has been inventing since his teens. Having been hired by the BBC to execute the iPlayer and now having launched the Zeebox, Monty’s Outlook catches up with him for a look at his Little Grey Cells:

Good digital design is all about:

Creating propositions that fulfil their audience’s need, are easy for the man in the street to understand and use, and that never make you feel foolish or frustrated.

I got into technology when I was about 12 years old:

I made a hot belt surface mount reflow machine and a robot pick-and-place machine. It was a robot system to assemble circuit boards with miniaturised technology – probably not something the average school kid had in his bedroom.

I designed circuit-boards for Panasonic and Apple. I made ones that were explosion-proof and that could go down coal mines, and I made consumer electronics. I formed my own one-man company – and then at some point, I figured I needed to grow the company or figure out something else to do.

Maybe I was tired of getting my hair burnt with the soldering iron, but a friend said there was an opportunity to get into real-time 3D graphics, and put together a software team making interactive movies, for the SEGA platform.

In the 1990s I decided to switch from hardware to software. I have been in consumer media propositions since then. First with real-time 3D graphics, then with a digital music store, then Kazaa, then with BBC iPlayer and now on Zeebox. Continue reading

Little Grey Cells #1… marketing is about selling with wit, humour and style

Regular Monty’s Outlook contributor Tim Healey catches up with Richard Hall, best-selling author of business books that have been published in 24 countries.

Q. We’ve had the Arab spring – is this a marketing spring?

A. If you mean by ‘this; that the rules been rewritten and we are experiencing seismic change? Then, yes, it’s a new game and a new world. And as Steve Peters author of The Chimp Paradox and aide to the British Olympic team said: (i) Life is unfair (ii) They keep on moving the goalposts (iii) All we can do is try our best. Continue reading

Don’t understand code?… Now a one-day course will enlighten you

CodeI know naff all about the internal workings of cars. I drive a 1996 Jaguar Sovereign and when it goes wrong I take it to Noel at Safe’n’Sound in Portslade and thank God he’s an honest mechanic because I have no idea what is going on under that bonnet.

And so it is with computer code. I’m in the dark. I run an audio studio, edit video, live my life through Apple products and use the Internet and my apps all day long. Through necessity I have learned some tricks on how to reset a Macbook Pro when it misbehaves, but ask me how it or my iPhone is programmed and I am lost. Continue reading

Don't understand code?… Now a one-day course will enlighten you

CodeI know naff all about the internal workings of cars. I drive a 1996 Jaguar Sovereign and when it goes wrong I take it to Noel at Safe’n’Sound in Portslade and thank God he’s an honest mechanic because I have no idea what is going on under that bonnet.

And so it is with computer code. I’m in the dark. I run an audio studio, edit video, live my life through Apple products and use the Internet and my apps all day long. Through necessity I have learned some tricks on how to reset a Macbook Pro when it misbehaves, but ask me how it or my iPhone is programmed and I am lost. Continue reading

The 1992 vision of Mondo 2000 was right and wrong, but also true

Mondo 2000I picked up my copy of Mondo 2000 – User’s guide to a new edge (Thames and Hudson 1992) the other day. What an optimistic and anarchic place the soon-to-be digital world was then, and indeed for the next few years.

Fax machines were vogue, mobile phones were still big and barely anyone was using text messaging. But in Mondo 2000, under article headlines such as cyberpunk, virtual reality, wetware, designer aphrodisiacs, artificial life, techno-erotic paganism the future was being mapped out – and its predictions were wilder than your wildest dreams with genuinely mind-expanding possibilities. Continue reading

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