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22 February 2
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Flyfire

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Imagine transforming any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment! This is what exactly SENSEable City Laboratory and ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aiming at MIT.

From the project website:

In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario.

With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.

Visit Flyfire project website to learn more about it.

27 January 9
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20 this and 10 that … 5 best of this and top 100 of that!

Under - Design, Miscellaneous, My Musings, Resources

Sorry, didn’t have anything to write today so I thought of a cliché post title. I don’t know who exactly started this trend but I started noticing it on MSN few years back on their homepage and Yahoo followed soon after. This kind of articles appeared after logging out from email accounts such as Hotmail and Yahoo when you are automatically redirected to MSN or Yahoo homepages with some attention-grabbing top stories.

Those everyday articles used to be interesting, catchy and somewhat spicy. I bet they helped cutting down bounce rate and increased visitor retention on those sites but, the practice of such an approach within online creative community has now gone beyond acceptable. Smashing Magazine could be called trend setter within the creative industry and sort of sole responsible for the influx of such a nonsense that we have to deal with on everyday bases.

Just look at the article/post titles below that I accumulated from just one design resource:

  • 130+ Awesome Photoshop Tutorials
  • 7 Online Form Creation Solutions
  • 14 Great Posts on jQuery Plugins
  • 75+ Top jQuery Plugins to improve Your HTML Forms
  • 22 Stunning Free Download E-Commerce Icon Sets
  • 10 Amazing Avatar movie Photoshop Tutorials
  • 23 sites where to download free icons
  • Top 31 Most Creative and Interesting Movie Websites Designs
  • 20 Amazing Creature Illustrations by Imaginism
  • 35 Amazing Fantasy Art 3D Wallpapers
  • 10 Tips to Create a Motivating Working Environment at Home
  • 10 Beautiful Video Blogging WordPress Themes
  • 50+ Amazing Creatiive & Original Logos
  • 30 Cutting Edge Examples Of CSS Navigation
  • 60 Extremely Creative Movie Posters
  • 50+ Essential Techniques and Tools for Visualizing your Data
  • 40 Mind Blowing Surreal Photo Manipulations
  • 111 Best Online Web Design Tools
  • 27 hilarious stuff you wish, were Photoshopped
  • 27 Outstanding Car HDR Photos
  • 40 best photoshop tutorials for web layouts

Is there any number or combination of mind boggling words left? There were indeed hundreds of such posts/articles on that particular resource but I only picked a few to give an example here. The good thing about Smashing Magazine articles was that they were original, but the SEO orientated minds soon picked up the hidden benefit in such content and the rest is history now.

The type of material seen these days on lots of design/creative resources is meaningless. Although some of such posts provide valuable information (a tiny fraction may be) but most of the time their content is nowhere near to whatever claimed in their titles. Such posts are mostly used as fillers. It is also disrespectful and derogatory to senior designers, artists and creative people when their work is labelled and reviewed under 150 websites with beautiful background or something.

Having such content is supposedly one of the easiest ways to grab user attention and to generate content without much effort – and perhaps earning big plus from SEO point of view. I can generate at least five new articles, or may be more, out of the list above just by shuffling their content but is this what we really want to give to our audience or is this what people really want to see all the time?

22 January Share your
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The Architecture of extreme connectivity

Under - Design, Inspiration, Technology

Usman Haque, Director of Haque Design + Research and co-founder of Pachube, talks about his theories of connectedness at CaT London.

Haque has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances throughout the world.

20 January 1
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Strawberry Shoes, Salami Tie and Death in Moscow

Under - Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Inspiration

Some truly genuine and amazing work by Anton-Repponen, a Russia born and Estonian educated designer who is currently working in New York and Stockholm. This young designer is a creative genius in the making.

Strawberry Shoes - Anton Repponen

Strawberry Shoes - Anton Repponen

Salami Tie - Anton Repponen

Ties - Anton Repponen

Ties print design with textures of prosciutto, octopus and salami - Anton Repponen

OZO Watch - Anton Repponen

OZO Watch - Anton Repponen

Street Sign - Anton Repponen

Street Sign - Anton Repponen

9 January Share your
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Sound, form and space

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics, Music, Poetry

This brilliant piece of work, Syn Emergence, was conceived by Rich Bevan as part of Masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture – examining his associative relationship between sound, form and space.

The project is constructed according to a range of specific sonic and spatial scale rule sets (micro, component, meso and macro) which I designed as part of a cross-disciplinary notation/cartographic system.

26 December 1
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Jonathan Puckey’s ‘Delaunay Raster’

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Technology, Typography

Delaunay Raster - Jonathan Puckey

Amsterdam based graphic designer Jonathan Puckey created this image and many others with Delaunay image vectorization using Scriptographer and Color Averaging by Jürg Lehni. Jonathan’s work is an amazing combination of art and science … and typography. View more of his work here.

1 December 3
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Dislike passionately

Under - Design, Typography
30 October Share your
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“Art for an insultingly low price”

Under - Advertising, Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media

For just $2.99, you can see the work of the world’s most brilliant and tortured artists.

Promoting Sky TV New Zealand’s Arts Channel, this print ad campaign highlighting tragic stories of some of the brilliant minds that were overlooked by luck in their times. Conceived and produced by DDB, these ads are quite visually engaging and informative.

Art for an insultingly low price

Art for an insultingly low price

26 August 1
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Face behind typeface: Alejandro Paul

Under - Design, Typography
Buffet Script is based on fantastic calligraphy by Alf Becker. Designers: Alf Becker, Alejandro Paul.

Buffet Script by Alejandro Paul is based on Alf Becker's calligraphy from 1940's.

Latin American graphic design, illustration and typography have its own style and flavor. Myfonts.com recently interviewed Alejandro Paul, a Buenos Aires (Argentina) based type designer who setup Sudtipos foundry with three other associates. Read the interesting interview here. It is always great to see who is behind some of the loveliest fonts that we work with.

16 August Share your
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Grids, grids and more grids

Under - Design, My Musings, Resources

A while ago I mentioned Grid Designer for web page layouts that I used as Photoshop overlay. I just discovered two more apps that can do the same with some advance features.

Gridmaker

Developed by Paul Holliday, Gridmaker is a free plugin to create grid layers within Photoshop CS4. Gridmaker offers almost the same functionalities as Grid Designer apart from grid export to CSS. With real-time grid formation (online only) and export to a PNG, this utility is quite handy for web layouts.

Gridmaker by Paul Holliday

Gridmaker by Paul Holliday

In my tests the online version appears to be more flexible as Photoshop plugin simply adds a new layer every time you update grid and render it. The best way to work with this tool is to layout grid online and exports it as PNG to use in Photoshop.

Boks

This visual grid editor based on blueprint CSS appears to be the most advance grid solution yet. Built by Quentin T with Adobe Air, the application has a very simple interface to layout grid with PNG and CSS export. You can in fact create a basic HTML structure in Boks and it generates the script for you.

It handles grid configuration, baseline rhythm pimpin’, CSS (with or without compression) and grid.png export, HTML layout and much more goodie-goodie!

Boks by Quentin T

Boks by Quentin T