Smallworld, a suite of interactive computer graphics programs was developed as part of a ten-year project initiated in 1984 to explore the potential of interactive works of art. There are videos of Smallworld on Bell's Vimeo site    
  Canterbury 1984 - 85 The first Smallworld programs were developed whilst Artist in Residence at the Computing Laboratory of the University of Kent at Canterbury, sponsored by The Arts Council and South East Arts.    
  Loughborough 1985 - 89 Smallworld was developed further as part of PhD studies at Loughborough University of Technology Computer-Human Interface Research Centre (LUTCHI)    
  Bournemouth 1989 - 95 Work on the programs continued at the National Centre for Computer Animation in Bournemouth (NCCA)    
  Beyond 1995 Bell has used algorithms and functions from Smallworld in later work like Beesworld and has transferred it to different platforms. In different guises it remains at the core of his practice.