As knowledge increases amongst mankind, and transactions multiply, it becomes more and more desirable to abbreviate and facilitate the modes of conveying information from one person to another, and from one individual to many. (Playfair, 1786) is the ongoing blog connected to the practice based PhD from Adam Procter. This PhD will create two artifacts, one will be a digital tool to enhance and embrace the network and community of practice within Art & Design higher education studio-based practice; second will be a Manifesto derived from this practice and associated research as the guide for the creation of further digital tools to support Art & Design networked learning.

The tool and manifesto will re-imagine the digital managed learning environment. Systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas and others are built around features designed to support the administrative needs of an institution and designed to simulate paper.

Conventional electronic documents were designed in the 1970s by well-funded conventional thinkers at Xerox PARC, who asked, “How can we imitate paper?”

(Nelson, 2016)

  • Nelson, T., xUniverse-D6. Available at: Accessed March 29, 2017.
  • Playfair, W., Wainer, H. & Spence, I., 2005. Playfair’s Commercial and Political. Atlas and Statistical Breviary, Cambridge University Press.

Further Resources


Below are long form posts for

  1. What is project nodenoggin ? (December 5, 2018)

In a recent inkubator podcast I talked to Doug Belshaw. In this episode he tried to help me unpack the question “What is project nodenoggin?” We recorded the episode shortly after I made the project code public and his series of questions and the discussion really helped me think about a few specific points. One …

  1. WordPress Migration (March 26, 2018) has moved to a wordpress install from custom GoLang markdown blog. Phew!

  1. Edutech Data Collection (January 19, 2018)

This post looks at the pitfalls that could come with Edutech data collection.

  1. Prototypes Nov 2017 (November 23, 2017)

This blog post outlines some detail on the tools I am now using to build my prototypes.

  1. Markdown Prototype v0.4 (October 30, 2017)

A quick video of the vue.js markdown app prototype.

  1. Slack Workshop Proposal (August 16, 2017)

Rejected session proposal on Slack for Education for Digitally Engaged Learning Conference.

  1. Staff Seminar 2017 (April 17, 2017)

Links to my Staff Seminar slides & other related materials.

  1. Conceptual Abstract for a forthcoming Practice based PhD (October 1, 2016)

This conceptual abstract document is designed to help and focus my PhD research.

  1. Decentralising Education & the Blockchain (October 21, 2015)

Summary idea around decentralised educational materials.

  1. Procter Periodical Archive (September 11, 2015)

Links to my Periodical.

  1. Illustrate This! (June 27, 2015)

Make my blog better!! Calling all editorial Illustration students.

  1. Information Design & Data Visualisation (June 25, 2015)

An Application of Information Design.

  1. New newsletter – Join my Newsletter. (June 11, 2015)

Join my Newsletter.

  1. Short Note 1 (April 27, 2015)

Short notes 1.

  1. A staff seminar about my PhD concept. (April 21, 2015)

A staff seminar about my PhD concept.

  1. State of Union – Managed Learning Environments (MLE) (February 2, 2015)

The state of play post.

  1. Proposal (February 1, 2015)

The basic outline/proposal for my practice based PhD.