Multimedia Designer (1977-) Designing Modern Britain – Design Museum Until 26 November 2006
Born in Liverpool in 1977, Brown grew up among computers, both by playing video games and watching his father at work as a pioneer of computer graphics. After his father left Liverpool, a family friend the late Roy Stringer, who worked in the Learning Methods Unit at the city’s John Moores University, allowed Brown to use the computers there.
Now based in London where he works for the SHOWstudio web site, Daniel Brown has harnessed subsequent advances in technology to imbue new work – such as Bits and Pieces – with light, texture and the illusion of three-dimensionality. Often inspired by nature, his projects have a spontaneity and freshness even when he revisits old themes like Flowers and Butterflies. His goal in his interactive work is to elicit an instinctive response from the user by making them forget the technology.
Daniel Brown has replaced noodlebox with Play/Create, a site on which he posts his experimental work and that of other designers. After participating in the Design Museum’s Web Wizards exhibition in 2002, he featured in the Great Brits, the survey of new British design organised by the Design Museum and British Council in Paul Smith’s Milan headquarters during the April 2003 Milan Furniture Fair. Daniel Brown won the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year prize in 2004.
Danny Brown’s work is not something I am interested in personally although he shows great quality knowledge and understanding and produces some fine pieces.