Archive for September, 2007

Renaul Ballet Crash Test

Polyvore for the Fashion Set(s)

Polyvore.com example

Polyvore is a ever-growing user-generated data base of fashion items, including accessories and furniture, that you can upload, mix and match. The interface allows you to re-size items and layer them, creating your own unique ‘looks’ that you can save as sets. The items are poached from other sites, but each one is carefully labeled, and the source identified (just in case you want to recreate your wardrobe ideas IRL).

I am interested in how they plan to make money. Affiliation is an obvious route, but not so obvious in practice, since the users are finding and creating the images. A partnership would make sense, where a 3rd party would supply pre-masked images and links and populate the database with their latest fashions, and pay Polyvore for the privilege of exposing their wares to fashion mavens.


It makes perfect sense that Polyvore also has a Facebook application.

Polyvore Facebook Application

Rock Paper Scissors: The Documentary

It’s not every day that someone you consider a friend is the subject of a documentary film. I worked with Doug Walker in the internet boom of the late 90s, and watched in awe as his worldrps society exploded into an international phenomenon. I can’t wait to watch the whole story unfold from behind the scenees.

Make the logo bigger!

Hello WISCONSIN!
Let’s rock it out with Burn Back singing “Make the logo bigger”

Coke Zero : Booby Trap

Booby Trap

Check out the video here.

Durex Performa – Take it slow :)

The Politically Incorrect Alphabet

The Politically Incorrect Alphabet
Inspired by Dick Bruna’s Miffy, The Politically Incorrect Alphabet was supposed to just be a cute little one-off creative joke created by one Mark Jones to taunt his wife (who just happens to be a kindergarten teacher). Of course, ‘project creep’ sunk in and the effort snowballed.

As an online alphabetic flash-card set, it’s equally offensive, cute, fun, inspiring, stupid, useless, awesome, and completely politically incorrect (hence the name, duh). Most of the illustrations were inspired by suggestions culled from the site’s various forums (one for each letter).

It doesn’t look like it’s been updated in about a year, but I guess that’s what happens to weird stuff like this on the web – sooner or later, anyone can discover and ‘explode’ it.

Be sure to check out the additional downloads and look for animated easter eggs.

A Quick Art Culture Catch Up

A friend asked to see some art that I reckon is fairly decent at the moment. Instead of hiding it in an e-mail, let me share with everyone. I’ve blogged about most of these people or sites before but there’s no substitute for an easy to click blog post to get motivated to look again. So, in no particular order, here’s some food for thought:

Serious Painting

Painting removed by artist’s request

John Copeland – Probably my favourite painter at the moment.

Slightly Different Painters

Woodring

Jim Woodring – A great contemporary Surrealist

Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto – Giant robots and rainbows never looked this good. Jeff’s work has been translated into a short film by 3 Legged Legs. It’s amazing to see this fine-art-street-type style in motion.

Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood – Famous for concept art, comic books and being a “little” brash at times. He paints on real boards and sells the original pieces to collectors. He qualifies as a real artist.

Interactive Media

Hoogerbrugge – A Netherlands artist who uses drawings of himself to lay waste to the repititions of modern culture. Or something like that. This music video is the quick sampler of his work but check out the website for classic focussed Hoogerbrugge.

Kooky

Frenzied Giraffe

Michel Gagne – This is his 6th book, Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z.

ICanHasCheezBurger -The meme called Lolcats is something that many would not consider to be art, but it has been accepted adopted by the masses and shares some of the traits of art: visual aesthetic, an underlying theory, self-imposed executional rules, a sense of history. Is it -ism or is it -crapism? Will people in 100 years time have retrospectives of Lolcats? And in case you think I’m writing total rubbish look up the definition of Art.

Where to find more

Artshole – A UK listing for art
Art Krush – The e-mail publication and this list will see you right.
Drawn! – All about Drawers!

Why Can’t Every Site Be Lateral?

 Lateral

Sometimes I despair of social networking sites. They have a promise of interesting connections and influences and then fall a bit short of the dream. Much like any kind of technology I guess. I’m thinking that Virb is not going to live up to it’s designer promise. The pages dedicated to Art, Photography and other creative output have not arrived, despite months of promises. I’m sure they’re busy and music is the easiest way into this business, but c’mon! Most of the people I chat with on the site are designers of some sort and how awesome would a chart of top illustrators on Virb be? Anyways, every now and then I’m surprised by someone that wants to be friendly and what they’re attached to.

The other day a guy called Franks contacts me on Virb. And it turns out he is the Head of Design (and a damn good drawer) at a company called Lateral, based in London. They’re an interactive type of agency who’ve done boat loads of work on Nintendo DS and Levis. While their portfolio is impressive, it’s their website that caught my attention. It’s a damn clever piece of information design. Slick, simple and fast. The expandable blocks provide excellent bite size pieces of information and the colour work is fun and intuitive. I think it’s built in Ajax.

It’s a lesson in how a single page can be an entire information architecture.

Lateral 

Viral Video Gets A Theme Song: Internet People

Remember Dramatic Chipmunk? Or Star Wars Kid? Or how about Numa Numa, Napster Bad, Swearing Winnebago Guy, Bert Is Evil, Goatse, Jib Jab This Land, G.I. Joe PSA Body Massage, Your The Man Now Dog, Sponge Monkeys- We Like Tha Moon, Ask A Ninja, lonelygirl15, Chad Vader, Ze Frank, Lazy Sunday, Whistle Tips with Bubb Rubb, George Lucas In Love, Kramer Meltdown at the Laugh Factory, MySpace The Movie, The Chuck Norris List, Mahir The I Kiss You Guy, Leroy Jenkins WOW, Homestar Runner, Grape Stomping Face-Plant, Paris Hilton Sex Tape, All Your Base Are Belong To Us, Coke and Mentos, OK Go On Treadmills Video, The Shining Trailer Remix, Sneezing Baby Panda, Dick In A Box, Rocketboom, Snakes On A Plane Early Auditions , Angry German Kid, Otters Holding Hands, Bridezilla, Steven Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Little Superstar, Tom Cruise Kills Oprah, White and Nerdy, K-Fed Playing Popo Zao, Boom Goes The Dynamite, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Christmas Lights Gone Wild, William Shatner does Rocketman, Evolution of Dance, or Chocolate Rain? All of these and a few others are covered briefly.


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