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RSS Cleaning #1

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I have the bad habit of collecting more than I have use for, the same goes for RSS subscriptions unfortunately. This has resulted in me bookmarking hundreds of articles that I would like to share but never have gotten around to do. All this is a major pain since I also have the habit of organizing when procrastinating, resulting in too much time spent on sifting through bookmarks when I could do something more productive. There are times when I don’t even bookmark the article I find interesting and just keep it open until I find a category of bookmarks that it fits into.

To prevent myself from getting major headaches over this I’m going to start with something I’ve dubbed “RSS Cleaning” in which I will dump a boatload of articles into a post and write a short description of them so that you can sift through them. I’m hoping to do this once each week, in order to get used to posting regularly, but I can’t promise that yet. We’ll see how it’ll go. Since this is the first cleaning, the some articles may be “old”, but the idea is that with all the old articles out-of-the-way, newer and newer material will come up.

So let us start!

TWiST #46 with David Heinemeier Hansson
This Youtube video is almost 2 hours long and about 5 months old but it’s still an awesome episode, and if you don’t have the time then you can skip the first 47 minutes to the “real” interview. The show features David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner of 37signals, talking about start-up strategies and “old-school” capitalism.

DICE 2010: “Design Outside the Box” Presentation
Another old video from February about the boom of social games and the possible future it’s heading towards. A very interesting presentation that is both thought provocative and somewhat scary.

Tab The Power Strip
I seldom find any good concepts from product designers since they tend to get caught up in the aesthetics of the product and fail to see the function and usability that needs to be there. The Multi-Tab Power Strip is different, designer Soon Mo Kang manages to successfully combine all three aspects and really make you hope that some day, it will become more than a concept.

Is it One Chair, or is it More?
As a student, one can often run out of space and furniture to sit on when having too many friends over. Shair is a concept by Jie-Jyun Lyu that could solve that issue by simply adapting to the situation and environment.

CODEORGAN
The people behind CODEORGAN have found a way to make the web a more musical place by analysing the body of a site and making sweet music from it.

EpicWin
A new and fun way to combine the productivity of task-lists with the escapism  of RPG’s. The iPhone app allows users to advance in quests, gain loot and develop skills by completing your tasks in the real world.

Internet Explorer 9: A Fresh Start, With HTML5
It’s been five months and we still haven’t heard anything new on IE9, but for those that still don’t know what IE9 will have to offer, check out the article which sums it up quite nicely.

Shooting Robert King
A documentary spanning over 15 years and through 3 wars. The movie follows war photographer Robert King from the start of his career in Sarajevo until “present” day. Throughout the movie one can see the transformation from a young naive photographer on a mission to a cynic battle-torn father doing his job that is filled with death and destruction. For those with guts strong enough to handle the more graphic pictures of war, one can see the film online on the link above.

Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament
The government of Indonesia ordered the country’s ISP’s to block all pornographic material from the web by the 11th of August, a move that didn’t sit well with a hacker that retaliated by broadcasting porn on the parliaments internal TV channel. The official story is that the connection is still unclear but for everybody else it seems quite crystal clear.

Graphic Design Career Tips : How Much Money Do Graphic Designers Make?
Creative director William Fridrich talks about how much a designer earns and what makes a great designer.

That concludes the first segment of RSS Cleaning! We’ll see when the next one comes up. Bye!

//Saligia

First post, better make it good

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Since this is the first post of my new “professional” blog it should set the tone for what’s to come. I’ve thought all week long about what to post without reaching a good answer to what I want this blog to be about. So in the meantime while I continue to figure it out I leave you with this first post.

All good design has to start somewhere, that somewhere is what we call inspiration. Here are some inspirational art and pictures to dust off the right brain and start your creative thinking.

"Black Cloud" by Alex Cherry

A remarkable artist that does really great and gritty art. I’ve used another work of his as my desktop wallpaper for some time now. Even though I really like this work I can’t see how he made this with the Converge song “Black Cloud” in mind. If you only read the lyrics then maybe, but trying to listen to the song and still get this? … doubtful.

"Don't be afraid" by Tahra

Hard to say why I like this one so much, I guess it appeals to my inner child and I start to daydream about fairytales.

"WWF: Lungs" by TBWA\Paris

I find this to be a creative advertisement, I still wonder though why WWF is doing anti-smoking campaigns.

"The Phoenix Rider" by Adam Spizak

Great work and a creative portfolio page, but while the page may be flashy and new it’s still  a bit laggy and impossible to find or search in. The thumbnails repeat themselves leaving the visitor to believe that he has done more than he actually has. Since the thumbnails seem to be ordered randomly it’s hard to find a specific one, he has a nice filtering option that highlights thumbnails that are part of that group, such as illustrations from 2008, but they stay still in the same random place as before.

"The Dark Lens" collection by Cédric Delsaux

The Dark Lens Collection has Star Wars characters and other elements interact with the modern world that we live in. I like how Cedric tries to combine the Star Wars world with our own and make us believe that it’s normal to see droids loiter around an old dirty car or see a spaceship parked at a gas station. It’s not all good, some hits and misses but overall I like it. The website is nifty but very linear with its panoramic build-up. If you want to go back to the start of the portfolio then the easiest way to do that is to refresh the site instead of having to navigate back.

"Midnight Garden" by Tore E. Svensson

A really good Swedish artist and graphic designer from Stockholm.

"91|356" by Leigh Ellexson

Despite being quite young, 16 to be precise, she takes really amazing pictures. She uploads pictures every day and seems to have a mission to do this for at least a year. She’s on day 98 of 356.

"Revelations" by Jimi Benedict

Yet another great graphic artist whose t-shirts you can buy over at DesignByHuman.com

"Endzeit" by Michael Kutsche

A award-winning German artist that has worked on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” among other things.

"The Colossus" by Kuang Ho

A great fantasy artist with an eye for details in his work.

by Sven Sauer

Development pictures from a movie named “The Volcano”. It’s fun to see how the artists uses real footage and mixes it with CG to create the picture they’re after.

Taken from ACreativeUniverse.com

Simply awesome, enough said.

by Massive Black

An art studio that has worked on games as InFamous, KillZone 2 and Dragon Age: Origin.

"We Still Care" by Edmond Yang

A Norwegian artist that decided to help out in Haiti by contributing with this artwork to a silent auction where all the profits go to the Target Haiti Relief campaign.

That’s  it for now, we’ll see how long it takes until next post, hopefully not long.

//Saligia