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Hinton, Asst. Prof. Sam

sam hinton

Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Production
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C1
Telephone: (02) 6201 5090
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5300


Dr Sam Hinton has 20 years experience in web and internet-related media.  Sam first started developing for the web back in 1993 when he downloaded NCSA Mosaic via a telnet FTP session.  He's been studying and promoting the web ever since.  From 1995 Sam worked at the ANU in the Centre for Networked Information and Publishing as the ANU's "web master".  He left that job to do his PhD in 1998 (which was about the internet – you can find it online if you need something to help you sleep!).  In 2003 Sam joined the University of Canberra as a lecturer in Media/Multimedia production, which is pretty much where the web was at until 2013 when he and Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe created the Bachelor of Web Design and Production.  Sam has a long history with HTML and CSS, and is pretty happy if he can sit down somewhere with a nice cup of coffee and a new Javascript framework to explore.  He is also the co-author of "Understanding Social Media" (2013) and is an active researcher in technical and social aspects of the web and internet technologies.

Areas of Teaching

  • Web Design and Production
  • Networked Media Production
  • Javascript and Frameworks
  • 3D Animation 

Research Interests

  • Computer games and playful media
  • Cultural interfaces
  • Social media
  • Interactive data visualisation
  • Network histories
  • Social uses of mobile apps

Qualifications Obtained

  • BA Professional Writing (University of Canberra)
  • MA Prelim (Hons, Latrobe University)
  • PhD (Latrobe University)

Recent Publications

  • Hinton, S. & Hjorth, L. (2013) Understanding Social Media. London: Sage.

Book chapters

  • Hinton, S. (2011) "Cinema of the Gun: science and technology studies and the first person shooter". Global Media Convergence and Cultural Transformation. Dal Yong Jin (ed). United States: IGI Global.
  • Hinton, S. (2009). "Independent Nation: the Australian Game Industry". Gaming Cultures in the Asia-Pacific Region. L. Hjorth and D. Chan (eds).  Australia.  Routledge.
  • Hinton, S. (2005). "Critical Hits: thoughts on the political economy of game mods". Doom: Giocare in Prima Persona (Doom. The first person reader). M. Bittanti and S. Morris. Italy, Costa and Nolan.

Full written paper – refereed

  • Ennis-Butler, B., Hinton, S. & Whitelaw, M (2011) "Playing with Complexity". Paper presented at ACUADS Conference, Canberra, May 2011.
  • Hinton, S. and Whitelaw, M. (2010) "Visualising Complex Heritage Datasets". Paper presented at Electronic Visualisation and Arts conference London, July 4-6.
  • Fitzgerald, R.N., Barass, S.,Bruns, A.,Campbel, J.,Miles, A., Hinton, S.,Whitelaw, M. & Ryan, Y. (2007). Digital Learning Communities (DLC): Investigating the application of social software to support networked learning. Poster presented at ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Vancouver, Canada.
  • "The Reconstruction of AARNet" presented at the Association of Internet Researcher's Conference 2006, Brisbane Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, September 2006.

Full written paper – non refereed

  • "Academia Meets Industry" presented at the Game Connect Asia Pacific 2008, Brisbane, December 2008.
  • "Reprojecting Australia" presented at Unaustralia: the Cultural Studies of Australia Conference 2006, University of Canberra, Canberra, December 2006.
  • "The Role of AARNet in Australian Internet History" presented at the Internet Histories 2: Australia and the Asia-Pacific workshop, State Library of Western Australia, Perth, June 2006.


  • Hinton, S and Whitelaw, M. (2010) Flickr Commons Explorer
  • Hinton, S. (2010) ElectionTwits
  • Frozen Sands, LLC. (1999-2004) Urban Terror (Quake 3 mod)

Representation of original art

  • Videospatial (series of 4 digital prints).  Photo/not photo exhibition.  Canberra, 11 July – 17 July, 2008

Other Publications

  • Fitzgerald, R.N., Steele, J., Bruns, A., Miles, A., Barrass, S., Campbell, J., Hinton, S., McGinness, N., Whitelaw, M. & Ryan, Y. (2008). Digital learning communities (DLC): Investigating the application of social software to support networked learning.
  • Final Project Report to the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. University of Canberra. ISBN: 978-1-74088-296-5.


Interactive Visualisation of Australian Prints and Printmaking $10,000 (C2)    2011
Remix, Mashup, Share: Authentic Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria for Interactive Media, Games and Digital Design (administered via Murdoch University)    $26,321 (C3)    2009-2011


  • 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Commendation
  • 1999 – 2002 Australian Postgraduate Award