Lab Notes

How to Build an Offshore Oil Rig in 29 Easy Steps.

Posted by Helios on November 21, 2013.

OFFSHORE is an interactive documentary about the impact of the global offshore oil industry continues to have in a ever-continuing Deepwater Horizon aftermath. Director-filmmakers Brenda Longfellow and Glen Richards spent a year researching and filming awesome footage of people,places, oil, water, and machinery. Helios Design Labs, as the interactive… Read More

The Agile Story-telling Process

Posted by Mike on November 6, 2013.

Agile development is perhaps still the cutting edge philosophy of software creation. The agile manifesto: “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions… Read More

Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Moving Picture

Posted by Mike on May 27, 2013.

Eadweard Muybridge: Cockatoo Flying (photo sequence), 1887 Increasingly our projects involve integration of video that go beyond the normal use of an HTML5 video container within a mobile or desktop web-browser. This for reasons of finely controlling the play-head through mouse or touch interaction, or inclusion in… Read More

OFFSHORE: notions of non-linearity and twitch-response interactivity

Posted by Mike on February 1, 2013.

  Helios was asked to participate in the first edition of SmartFIPA, the transmedia component of FIPA, an annual film and television conference held in Biarritz, France. I went to speak about two web documentaries we are currently working on, 17 Thousand Islands, and OFFSHORE. The following post is based on notes I put together for OFFSHORE and the related notions of non-linearity and twitch-response interactivity. Read More

Queen West Project

Posted by Helios on August 1, 2012.

Today we launched a facebook page for our in-house passion project “Queen West”. We’re looking for contributions – photographs, reminiscences, films, songs, videos, etc., to document what took place in Queen West’s buildings before they became chain stores and condo presentation centres. Please post away! Here’s how our lead… Read More

Introduction to a multi-month investigative process

Posted by Mike on June 26, 2012.

A recent internal audit conducted by the HeliosDesignLabs HR department has unearthed the following statistics: 50% of its Toronto employees are Not Canadian. 25% are Not Anglo-Saxon Canadians, and the rest are Not From Toronto. This adds up to 100% Foreigners. This seemed “Funny” to Helios Head Office, and as… Read More

Content with the catechism

Posted by Mike on June 24, 2012.

Here’s a small part of a big story. Recently, Brian Meese of the Harlem-based start-up RocketHub gave a talk on crowdfunding as a new social ritual and I went to see it. Helios is not changing its revenue model any time soon (as far as I know), but the idea… Read More

Happiness Machine

Posted by Alex on May 23, 2012.

We were going through some old hard drives the other day and unearthed this unexpected gem of a time capsule: Happiness Machine. Back in 2003 we were asked to contribute a piece to a book on Canadian digital innovation. We had always been… Read More