Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blur - "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Title Sequence

The best title sequence I've seen in a long time. It may even take the prize as my all-time favorite. The song featured in the video is an awesome cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". It was produced by Trent Reznor who seems to be working on a lot of movie soundtracks lately (thankfully). Karen O and Atticus Ross also worked on the song.

Blur Studio was hired by director, David Fincher to create the title sequence. For a glimpse behind the scenes checkout the article on underwire.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Max Zorn - "Let's Stick Together" Tape Art Project

Copyright - 2011 - Max Zorn

Max Zorn creates some of the most amazing artwork completely out of tape. He's known for displaying his work by hanging it on city lampposts. Max is asking everyone to help him out with his project by letting him know if you want his work to hang in your town.

Copyright - 2011 - Max Zorn

Copyright - 2011 - Max Zorn

Saturday, January 7, 2012

John Carey - fiftyfootshadows

Letting Go
©2008-2012 John Carey

John Carey's photographs are a sparkling new source of inspiration! Each piece endeavors to capture an emotion. It's as if that emotion was a cloud that engulfed the photographer and subjects but fled the moment the photo was taken. In that way there's a certain sadness to some of his work. A sense of nostalgia maybe.

Bus Light
©2008-2012 John Carey

On, Carey includes in depth blog posts along with his images. These posts are often beautiful accompaniments to the featured photo. In one such post he notes the following when commmenting on the image above.

"My favorite kind of light to shoot is fleeting. It consistently appears like a ghost passing through my awareness. Soft, delicate reflections that drift slower than our patience will usually allow us to notice moving until its gone."

Carey is generous to the art community and ran a contest for a Holga 120N (among other goodies), last December. You can find desktop-ready versions of some of his photographs for free, on his site.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Articles - Apps and Path

App developers rejoice! Over 1 billion apps were downloaded during the last week of December. A study was conducted by the analytics firm Flurry and was published in the tech section of BBC News.

It's interesting to note that the US "was responsible for nearly half of the downloads". China had 99 million downloads and was second only to the US with the UK coming in third with 81 million.

With these record high downloads came the increased popularity of the newest social app, Path. It was released back in November of 2010 but it's only now coming into it's own with a new interface and expanded networks. Gizmodo writer Mat Honan said it best:

"Imagine a social network that combines the voyeurism of Facebook with the visual intimacy of Instagram, the real-time newsreel of Twitter with the exclusiveness of a backyard barbecue."

Path is designed to be a personal "SmartJournal". On the list of goals and selling points for the product, the creators point out that the program should learn from the users actions and require less effort to use over time.

Path tries to make itself the most intimate social network out there by using encouraging users to log "moments" in time to share with "loved ones". It's apparent they're listening their users and learning from mistakes made by other social networks. I wonder how long this one will last.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And I Quote...

“The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.”

Saturday, October 22, 2011

And I Quote...

“Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.”

Article - Architect I Love: California’s Brilliant Juancarlos Fernandez
For more on Juan-Carlos Fernàndez, check out the wonderful post by Diane Dorrans Saeks.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Article - 9 Ways To Improve the SEO of Every Website You Design

I just discovered a great article that every web designer should read.  It's by Alex Cleanthous, the Head Strategist & Co-Founder of Web Profits.  He discusses nine excellent techniques for improving the SEO on that site you're working on.

1. Add a blog
2. Add Google Analytics to each page
3. Reduce code bloat
4. Make each page unique
5. Use meta description tags
6. Remove repetitive wording from the website layout
7. Add footer links to every page
8. Create a separate web page for each keyword or keyword phrase
9. Use keyword rich title tags on each page

It's likely that if you are a web designer you've  already known a few of the tips that Alex gives. The article acts as a reminder by detailing why each step is important.


Friday, September 16, 2011

And I Quote...

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Julian Beever - 3D Illusion

© Julian Beever
© Julian Beever
© Julian Beever

Better known as the "chalk man", Julian Beever creates anamorphic* illusions that look like amazing 3 dimensional passages. He's been working with chalk for over 20 years in all different corners of the world. I have only one does he keep them from smearing?

© Julian Beever
© Julian Beever
* Anamorphic: Optics . having or producing unequal magnifications along two axes perpendicular to each other. -

Monday, September 12, 2011

And I Quote...

“Design is where science and art break even.”

~ Robin Mathew

Saturday, September 10, 2011

And I Quote...

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

~ John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Interact Seattle - Immersive Experiences Party

For those of you in web design/UI or development, I recommend checking out the opportunities to network. Interact Seattle is a group of industry professionals that host events that are meant to inspire and connect people. This month they're having an "Immersive Experiences Party". If you can get past the cheesy pictures on their site, the actual event looks like it'll be a great learning experience. They're going to have all sorts of tech from tablets to tables that folks will be able to get hands on with.

Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

[wire] stone seattle eXperience center
100 South King Street
Suite 320
Seattle, WA, 98104
USA 206.653.5143

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mattias Adolfsson - From The Sketchbooks

© Mattias Adolfsson 2011.
Image reproduced with the expressed written consent of Mattias Adolfsson.

The Swedish freelance illustrator Mattias Adolfsson thrives within the limitations of his Moleskine sketchbooks. He makes the small space seem like a window into his own playful world of robotic wizards and boot wearing pigs. His subtle use of watercolor furthers the illusion and brings the world to life.

Open publication Images reproduced with the expressed written consent of Mattias Adolfsson.

Mattias Adolfsson's robots are incredibly detailed. A careful viewer will be rewarded with little hidden characters hiding in the plates and wires.

© Mattias Adolfsson 2011.
Image reproduced with the expressed written consent of Mattias Adolfsson.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

And I Quote...

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jina Bolton and Meagan Fisher - Art in My Coffee

Art and food have a long history together. Now coffee can claim to a be part of that relationship. Jina Bolton and Meagan Fisher are web designers that started this sweet blog that, in their words, is "a collection of foamy awesomeness".

Some design/dev/art observations:
- A sprite was used in a clever way for the header. This is beneficial because it takes less time to load the content on their homepage.
- My first action when I arrived was to try and click on the images to get more information. The problem I ran into was that text appears when I rolled over them which prevented me from clicking. The designers solved this issue by putting a "link" image over the text.
- The colors are warm and friendly and allow the pics to pop.
- Beautiful use of serif fonts!
- I appreciate the FAQ on the site. It seems like they are very open to answering questions from fellow bloggers.
- I can't believe people can make portraits in coffee!

© 2011 Marie Dionne

And now I'm going to grab a cup at the local coffeehouse. Hopefully the barista will be feeling creative!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011