Hannah Donovan

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I design music products for the web & speak about it.
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Oct
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Jun
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My essay for .net magazine (based on my “Sometimes You Need To Draw Animals” talk) came out today in the August 2014 issue. You can get it digitally or in print.

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May
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Honoured to be in the latest issue of M2Woman (New Zealand) alongside some pretty amazing women from Webstock in a positive-leaning article about the issues of diversity – and shifting culture in tech.

Something I touched on in my talk was an aspect of my personal cycle of inspiration, and how directly it’s linked to my self-expression. I’ve repressed certain aspects of myself in the past in an effort to “fit in” with tech culture, but I now recognise how detrimental that was to me as a designer, and how important it is for us to embrace personal self-expression – diversity – to make the industry a more inspiring place for everyone.

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Apr
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I recently gave my “Sometimes You Have to Draw Animals” talk at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand; here’s the freshly released video!

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback and helped critique the first iteration of this talk I gave in Berlin last year (especially you, Monika!) – it felt really good to tighten, update, and polish this material for a new audience.

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Apr
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Finally got round to finding a copy of this crowd-sourced Q&A I did last year. Some of my favourite topics around designing for This Is My Jam came up including the super fun background image filters project – cheers for that one, Rob!

Finally got round to finding a copy of this crowd-sourced Q&A I did last year. Some of my favourite topics around designing for This Is My Jam came up including the super fun background image filters project – cheers for that one, Rob!

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Mar
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Feb
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Jan
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Making 2013 Jams (under the sea)

My captain’s log entry over on the making of Jam Odyssey over on the This Is My Jam blog:

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Over the new year and throughout January we’ve had tons of people create their 2013 Jam Odysseys. We received many nice emails too; our favourites included “Fuck! I’m Awesome”, “Thank you so much I love you”, and “such a lovely way to get a flavour of your year”.

So, we thought you might like a peek behind the scenes. Here’s how a labour-of-love project like this goes down at the Jam Factory:

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Dec
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Thanks for all the sounds, 2013

The year is nearly over! Here’s a Spotify playlist of what 2013 sounded like to me. If you don’t have Spotify, you can get a taste of a lot of these tracks from my 2013 Jam Odyssey too.

I’ve never done a round up of music from the year before (I know!) This is mainly because I crate dig and listen to a ton of old music too, so restricting myself to just one year doesn’t feel completely representative of my taste. This December, though, I challenged myself to compile a list of new (as in newly released) sounds that helped define the shape of the year for me. (Also, I was basically on deadline all December, so oh hai procrastination). 

If I could, this playlist would include almost every track off Beyoncé’s self-titled album, which was the most exciting and unexpected thing to happen for me musically this year. I’ve had it on repeat since it came out; there are so many good tracks, but I think my favourite is ***Flawless, with Ghost/Haunted as an extremely close second. Since December was so mental, so I didn’t get to sit down and watch all the videos until the Xmas break – which I got to do with my sister Sophie – one of the best moments of spending the holidays together. I love hearing her dancer’s perspective on these things.

Other highlights from the year that strongly influenced this playlist were seeing Killer Mike, Solange and Jessie Ware perform at Primavera in Barcelona; going to a small and amazing Homeboy Sandman gig in Berlin during the summer, then later getting to have a lovely conversation with him in New York; seeing the Roger Limb (the pianist from the house jazz band at my favourite pub, the Wenlock Arms) perform with his BBC Radiophonic Worskhop mates at Rough Trade East; and right before the year finished, seeing Oddisee and his incredible band, Good Company, live in London.

Thanks to all the artists who made 2013 more beautiful with their music, and the people in my life who introduced me to it.