Posts made in September, 2012

OpenDyslexic Font on Mindings

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Articles, Features

Some of you may be aware that Mindings‘ Founder Stuart Arnott produces and presents “The Disruptive Social Care Podcast” with social care advocate Shirley Ayres. In this fortnightly programme, available on iTunes and YouTube, Stuart and Shirley discuss innovation in social care with guests from the world of social care and technology innovation.

So, when the story of the “OpenDyslexic fontcame out this week, it’s no surprise that it appeared on Stuart’s radar.

The font was originally developed to help readers with dyslexia. By having “heavy-weighted bottoms” the font is grounded and is less likely to flip and rotate in the minds of a dyslexic reader.

Created by developer Abelardo Gonzalez as a response to expensive alternative fonts, he open-sourced it to make it available to as many people as possible.

On reading about the project, the Mindings Team immediately installed the font so that Mindings users could benefit from it. So, now everyone using Mindings can choose the OpenDyslexic font from several font options in the General Setting tab of the Admin website.

Read more about the OpenDyslexic font on the BBC News website, and do please let us know about your experience using it!

The Mindings Team.

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Mindings presented at Cambridge tech event

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Media, News

Stuart Arnott was invited to as a guest speaker at this months’ Net2Cam Local Gathering.

Net2Camb is the Cambridge chapter of the worldwide NetSquared movement of innovators in more than 70 cities around the world. They hold monthly events for anyone interested in the connection of technology and social impact.

The event was organised in association with The Cambridge Usability Group, a local network of User Experience professionals.

Stuart presented Mindings to the audience, and gave them an insight into how the development has had the user experience at heart throughout.

The event was sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge and held at their research facility by the Cavendish Laboratory.

Thanks to Mel Findlater of The You Can Hub and Francis Rowland for the opportunity to present.

The Mindings Team

(Thanks to Geoff Jones for the picture!)

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Mindings discussed on SFM radio technology feature

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Media

Mindings‘ Stuart Arnott was the guest on the SFMMonday Matters with Jason McCrossan” radio show last night. The interview was one of a series about technology that Jason has been featuring on his weekly show.  This week Jason wanted to explore how seniors experience technology.

Being a passionate advocate for digital inclusion, Stuart discussed how Mindings helps the technology-shy be better connected to their families by simplifying the user experience.

Among the subjects they touched upon, Stuart reminded Jason that the “older generation” aren’t scared of technology, they after all put a man on the moon, but it’s the rate of change that is the problem; he wagered that in twenty years our generation will be scouring eBay looking for old iPhones as that is the technology they’re most comfortable with; and he explained why he gets frustrated with technology that can’t be repaired!

Listen to the full interview here:

Monday Matters Mindings Interview by Mondaymatters on Mixcloud

The Mindings Team

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Behind the scenes with Stuart and Ian on StreetLife Radio

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Articles, Media

A couple of weeks ago Mindings‘ Stuart Arnott and Ian Pleasance appeared on StreetLife Radio‘s “Lunchtime Jam Show” with presenter Jason Bird.  Streetlife Radio is Waltham Forest’s only community radio station, run from Waltham Forest College (see the original blog post).

Stuart, Ian and Jason discussed the inspiration behind Mindings, their visit to 10 Downing Street and why photographs are so great at stirring memories and stimulating conversation.

Watch this behind-the-scenes video to see the team in the studio with Jason.

(Apologies for the over-modulated sound).

The Mindings Team

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Mindings featured at London’s TechCity “StartUp Britain” event

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Media

IMG_8162 As part of the national “StartUp Britain” campaign, the “StartUp Games” electrified London’s “Tech City” from August 29-31. With the backdrop of the 2012 Paralympic Games, some of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs and brightest startups came to to Hackney House to show off the talent and innovation Britain has on offer.

Organised by UK Trade & Investment’s Tech City Investment Organisation, the event was organised to bring UK entrepreneurs to meet and collaborate, and meet potential partners and clients from around the world.

Big hitters at the event included Dan Crow, CTO, Songkick; Paul Birch, Co-Founder of Bebo; Gerald Walker, Head of Bloomberg Ventures UK; Georg Ell, General Manager EMEA at Yammer; Debu Purkayastha, Principal, New Business Development, Google; and Oli Barrett, co-founder of StartUp Britain.

As part of the “Don’t Pitch Me Bro” event at the end of day two, Mindings Founder Stuart Arnott was invited to present a case study of some of the challenges faced building a business, by asking the audience for “advice” on three key questions.

Stuart asked:

  1. Is Mindings a business or a service?
  2. Who is Mindings customer?

    and the question that caused the most discussion
  3. Social Cool or Social Care?

Considering that for some time, Mindings has been causing a stir in the care community, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the majority of the cream of the UK’s hottest entrepreneurs insist that Mindings was cool!

All in all, a very gratifying night, made all the better by the subsequent discovery of some very flattering Tweets about Mindings.

The lesson? Care is good, but the people like Cool!

The Mindings Team



















Photos by Oli Barrat and PixelPin.

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