Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Creative Review Cover

MINIVEGAS / Nexus Interactive Arts decided to make an "A" from CR's prolific online output. We felt that its form should be implied, discernable by its physical influence on elements from CR's blog and twitter content. Some of our early efforts were a little abstract, but we settled for wrapping thousands of strips of tape in the loose shape of the "A". The strips would contain words and pictures from the blog. Using recent blog activity doesn't cut it for an annual, so with "a little wget magic", we slurped every article and image from the last year. We got 10,000 unique proper names and places, hashtags and usernames, and about another 5,000 pictures. That's a lot, even for six images, so the number of comments on a blog post became a metric for how "big" a story and its content ended up in the final image (like a "tag cloud"). To add some dynamics, we ran the scene as a cloth simulation to blow our strips around a bit. Exploding the letter is fun, though in the end the shapes looked a bit messy so we toned that down a bit. Final snapshots of strips in motion were exported for a high-quality render.

If you like you can download the app and have a go yourself. Click here to read more and download app.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Aircaft & Black Boxes

Really like how Jeffrey Milstein has taking some amazing photos of aircraft
and given them a almost studio portrait feel. See more of his work here.
And here's link to a CR blog interview with him.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Work/Play Ambigram

What is an ambigram? Well it is a piece of typography that can be read which ever way you read it. The very talented couple David Aspinall and Faye Pearce have created a beautiful crafted piece of ambigram typography. See more of their work here.

Graem Whyte Miniature Landscapes

Graem Whyte revisits and refines elements of his recent past work in miniature landscapes to invite the mind to dream about the magic and mystery in the world around us–to honor the past, while envisioning a better future. Found on Trendland.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

French Street Art

Quirky and funny street art, by French artist OakOak. His work is quite similar to Bansky's in that he uses the environment to inspire the piece, but tends to use paper and glue for his creations. You can also check out his work on his website: