Mike Barker
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Side projects

In my spare time I often explore areas of design and development I don't get to work on day-to-day. Some projects are fun explorations, while others are the outcomes of learning new skills (such as iOS development). This is an archive of projects that are either still live or were once released into the world. In addition to data visualisation, web development, iOS development, and illstration, I've also spent time writing, data collecting (including gathering data on films, coffee shops and the London Underground), type design, and photography. Some smaller experiements can be found on Dribbble, while projects in 2016 were lost between a hard-drive failure & server crash.

IKEA store opening visualisation

Year: 2014
Role: Web design, Coding, Data collection

My IKEA store opening project was an interactive map visualisation of store openings from when the company was founded. While not currently maintained, the visualisation shows the spread of IKEA stores until 2014 using Google Maps, and a lot of buggy javascript. The project made the front page of HackerNews and was featured in Buzzfeed and Gizmodo.

Read the story behind the visualisation

Dew coffee finding app

Year: 2014
Role: Mobile design, iOS development, Data collection

I designed and coded an iPhone app as a way to learn Objective-C. Dew was released on the App Store in early 2014. Originally featuring a Parse backend, pushing new cafes to the app did not require app updates. I've continued to use Xcode to build demos, proof of concepts and prototypes.

Read the story behind Dew

Pick-a-film

Year: 2013
Role: Design, Development

Pick-a-film carried on from the core idea behind Flixflip, offering a random film recommendation. However the recommendation here was selected from a handpicked list of good films. This site also included an iTunes film search and displayed the latest top film chart from iTunes based on the country of the visitor.

Flixflip

Year: 2013
Role: Design, Development

Despite the name, Flixflip was not related to Netflix. The product was a way to solve the question, 'what should I watch tonight?'. When you flipped, you were given a movie suggestion from the iTunes movie catalogue which had reached over 20,000 films in 2015.

London Iconic

Year: 2013
Role: Design, Development

London Iconic started as a project to explore and illustrate some of the newer landmarks around London. One added element was that I attempted to use CSS to animate many of these icons, though making the London eye rotate was the only standout animation. A domain was bought and a site created, however I let londoniconic.com expire so it's now more. But you can view an archived copy of London Iconic