On Thursday 27th of November - two days ago - a handful of other FlashBrighton members and I were at the DiMAs awards in Hove’s All Saints Church. In a previous blogpost I said, amongst other things, that FlashBrighton was a shoe-in for the “Strongest Community” award at the DiMAs. I really felt that it was a done-deal, not because of any weakness on the part of the opposition, but because of all the great things we’ve achieved.
And I was right, WE WON !!! It’s fantastic but I’m not going to say too much about it because Matt Pearson’s has already a great job of that here. Instead let me say this:
I was REALLY, REALLY pleased to see Matt Pearson pick the ‘Best Blog’ award for his zenbullets blog. I really admire good writing and zenbullets certainly has that. The delivery and content are excellent, and his documentation of the victimisation Sussex Police have only-just ceased to put him through is just captivating. For these reasons I also felt that Matt would be a shoe-in in his category, and was pleased to see that I was right again.
Obviously I had a hand in the FlashBrighton award but what might not be so obvious is that I also had a hand in a second award. Blast Theory were nominated in the “Digital Collaberation” category. Now, I thought that it was Blast Theory as a whole that was nominated but it turned out that it was specifically their ‘Rider Spoke’ project. In the words of Blast Theory, ‘Rider Spoke is a work for cyclists combining theatre with game play and state of the art technology’. Part of the work was a Flash front-end for a console cyclists had attached to the handlebars of their bikes (you can see some images of that in action here). Twas I wot made that Flash front-end.
And ‘Rider Spoke’ won too !!! So as Flash coder and copywriter, I came away from the night feeling like I had an important hand in not-one-but-two awards! I also came away from the night feeling quite drunk.
Finally, I would like to mention that Brightonian Flash agencies LittleLoud & Kerb, freelancer Sarah Bird and my former employer DigitalBrain were also nominated in other categories but sadly failed to pick up awards. FlashBrighton members were nominated in so many categories that it was inevitable that some of us weren’t going to get our just desserts. And anyway, LittleLoud are up for a BAFTA this weekend, so things aren’t really too bad for them. Maybe next year guys?