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July, 2020

The Good News #13

The pubs might have opened their doors again but we’re still a long way from normal. Fortunately, we can still crack open a beer at home and take a well-deserved sip of Good News, brewed to perfection.

UWE Bristol x Paul Stephenson OBE
Paul Stephenson OBE is a community worker, activist and long-time campaigner for civil rights for the British African-Caribbean community in our home city, Bristol. In 1963 he led the Bristol Bus Boycott; the boycott arose from the refusal of the Bristol Omnibus Company to employ black or Asian bus crews. The 60-day boycott was supported by thousands of Bristolians and resulted in Bristol Omnibus revoking its colour bar. In 2009, UWE Bristol awarded Stephenson an honorary degree of Master of Education.

In honour of Paul Stephenson OBE and his incredible achievements, the University of the West of England (UWE) has launched a new bursary in his name, to support students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Grants of £1000 will be awarded to five BAME students to help fund living costs during the first two years of their studies. In return for the funding, UWE asks the chosen students to complete a piece of project work around widening participation for BAME students in higher education using the skills you will have learnt on your course. You can find out more about the Paul Stephenson Bursary including details of how to apply here.

Paul Stephenson OBE

Pantone Connect
Everyone’s favourite colour company Pantone has revealed a new digital platform and matching product for designers, which aims to streamline to the colour decision-making process. Pantone Connect has rolled out across mobile, web and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. The mobile app provides access to the complete range of Pantone’s colour spectrum. Pantone has also launched a new product; the Colour Match Card is a credit card-sized target that can be calibrated with a phone’s camera to “capture colour from real life.” The card has a hole in its centre, and users centre it on an object whose colour they want to use. It is then as simple as taking a photo. By uploading it to the mobile app, Pantone can then match it to the nearest tone. The app then saves the colours into the designer’s palette.

Pantone has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated challenges for designers by   “rapidly replacing the collaborative, light-filled and resourceful design studio with virtual chats at living room tables.” “Communicating colour intent” is difficult under normal circumstances, Pantone says, but even harder with remote working conditions. The Colour Match Card and identification app will help to streamline these decisions across dispersed design teams. It also sounds as though playing with the Colour Match Card when we’re out in the wild will be very, very fun… Get colourful with Pantone connect here.

Pantone's new product, the colour match card

We’re delighted to see that our home of the South West is set to become an international trailblazer in screen-based media, thanks to £46 million funding, which will launch a creative media powerhouse called MyWorld and supercharge economic growth, generating more than 700 jobs. At a time when the arts and creative sector need our support more than ever, this initiative will develop major new research and development (R&D) facilities and forge partnerships to connect regional and national partners with global tech giants, including Netflix, Google, and Microsoft. The University of Bristol is leading the project, alongside a collective of organisations and businesses, including the BBC, Aardman Animations, BT, Digital Catapult, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust. The overall aim is to work together to pioneer new digital formats and technologies to create innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games and live performance.

MyWorld is one of seven research and innovation projects in the UK to receive a share of £186m government investment, backed by a further £230 million from private firms and research institutions. The MyWorld creative hub has been awarded £30m from the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund and a further £16m from an alliance of more than 30 industry and academic partners. If all goes according to plan, the five-year scheme is due to start by the end of 2020. Read more about the exciting project on the University of Bristol website.

Picture of Bristol which is set to become an International trailblazer in screen based media

If we haven’t quite satisfied your thirst for positive stories and exciting projects, head over to our blog for some further reading.