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Art and Design

Fun things to happen

Here is a nice little Chrome Extension for your browser of choice – Chrome. It’s called “Balloon Earth” and shows, every time you start a new browser window, a new location in current weather condition out of a balloon view. How does this work,? Through combining real time weather data with 3D renderings. Nice little entertaining gadget.

(RAIN)WATER MOSAIC

To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created an image composed of 66,000 cups of colored rainwater simulating levels of impurities found in water all over the planet. This major work of 3,600 square feet, representing a fetus in the maternal womb, emphasizes the necessity of water, even before birth, for each living person.

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Great idea by Julep x Jenn Perng. Postcards that are only complete after you stain it with coffee. Who wants to avoid getting coffee stain rings on his office desk should consider those postcards. After you completed the drawing with your personal morning coffee string you can send it off and pass your thoughts & wishes to a friend.

 

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Responsive FlipBook

 

Just found this nice and handy “Flipbook” plugin for wordpress. This plugin comes with a easy to use customization menu and easy to understand video tutorial. If you have many editorial projects i.e. magazines to show, thats maybe a nice way for your online portfolio. I will give it a try and see how it works. Feedback will follow.

If I already convinced you – here you go! With the costs of 34 Euro not in the low cost segment, but hey, it can boost your business.

The art of stock-footage

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Good stock footage is hard to find and can drive creatives mad. You’re left with either bad quality low-res footage, cheesy pictures or images out of budget for the project you’re working on. But there is hope beside the usual known sides like Getty- Images, Corbis or iStock etc …

Here are some recommendations for good stock footage ready for download and usage in high-ress.

 

TUNING SESSION!

SSD

Apples give’s you that amazing feeling when you hold a new piece of modern hardware in your hands. You walk out of the Apple store and believe that this device is the fastest and most advance technology on planet earth. You think this will last for the upcoming 5-8 years and is still good enough for most of what you bought it for.

WRONG. I’m in the 4th loop of Macintosh Computer. I say Macintosh because when I bought the first Apple Macintosh we still called them like this. It was the first Powermac in new design & concept. The Apple Macintosh Powermac 3G. 1999 one of the fastest machine on the market and with it’s 1GB RAM, 300MB Processor and a 4 GB Hard Drive, I was more proud about this Powermac than my other loved machine, a 1971 Ford Taunus. Different to the Taunus, 2 years later the first iPod was launched and had more power and disc space than my Powermac, commonly known as the “Blue and White G3”. Lucky me, at the time I already finished university and had applied for a job at Leo Burnett. There I had the great fortune of a company computer, the new “Powerbook G4 Titanium”, another state-of-the-art product, which was carefully designed by Apple. At the time the fastest and most advanced Powerbook to order. To cut a long story short, the same loop happened over and over again, every time you get a new Apple product you have this special feeling, until 2 years are gone and you think you are so “old school” with your computer that you would love to take it to a Apple museum or start your own one.

 I bought my latest Powerbook in 2012 and yes, I had the same known uplifting feeling when I unpacked it. 2 years later I worked on a Powerbook with a SSD Drive for the first time. This changed my entire feeling. I didn’t thought I’ve been thrown backwards for 2 years with my computer, it felt more than a time warp. But at the start of SSD drives I found costs of them too high. Now, after another 2 years, costs went down and sizes of SSD drives up. That was enough reason for me to take my 2012 Powerbook with 8 GB RAM and a 500 GB HD, to replace it with a 1 TB SSD drive, the Samsung SSD 850 EVO. I didn’t change the DVD drive with the old 500GB HD, but take it into consideration to replace it. The result is amazing already. Where it took almost 2 min to start my Powerbook before, it takes now 1 min. Applications like Photoshop or other CC programs open almost on click. I haven’t done any rendering on film or 3D but I think this is more based on RAM than hard drive. But the entire operation system is so much faster that it feels like I’ve just been thrown 2 years ahead into the future. [/one_half_last]

Walkon Typeface

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Very nice typeface by Hanson Chan from Hong Kong. It’s now available for free, just send Hanson an gently Email and ask. Here is the idea behind the typeface.

“Walk-On” was originally created as a corporate typeface for the Fashion brand Wang & Lynch. It takes its inspiration from the eras of Art Deco and Art Nouveau but with a radically contemporary approach. This retro font boasts simple shapes and reduced ornamental structures, yet still yielding an overall art deco -influenced look and feel. Ideal for headlines, Walk-On can also be utilized for editorial copy due to a vast array of alternate letterforms, numerals, and initials, giving the user multiple options for flexible and exciting text design.

One Million

As mentioned earlier, French photographer Laurent Nivalle is one of my favorite photographers. I really like his eye on composition, lighting and the expression of his images. For any visual artist it can be quite challenging to take his images any further. Create something more out of them without destroying the expression of the image. Here are some great examples of professional visual design which underlines the natural mood of the photo. For more examples visit <a href=”http://laurentnivalle.fr/new/” target=”_blank”>Laurent Nivalle</a>

16 year old artist

16 year old Shania McDonagh from Ireland wins “Texaco Kunstwettbewerb für Kinder” with a pencil drawing named “Coleman“. The jury said she already counts with such drawing to won of the best artists of her generation.