Saturday, September 13, 2008

Photoshop Filters

When used sparingly, Photoshop filters can turn normal ho-hum photos into snazzy, awesome works of art.

But what happens when you go overboard and apply every single Photoshop filter on the list, top-down?

Lens flare makes everything better.

Every Filter @ Very Small Array

Friday, September 12, 2008

giant mural comic

it was nice to wake up and look at such pretty pictures. stuart kolakovic created a 9+ metre-long comic called never been. it's a mural that spands across a wall and requires the viewer to move about to read it. the story is about a small eastern European village community. see the piece in context here, and view the entire thing as an interactive website. i love the illustration style and the textures. try to find the dancing bear.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

let's get ready to rumble

i love rootin tootin putin, hahah.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

R.I.P. Nagi Noda

You might remember this post I made earlier about hair hats. Nagi Noda, an uber-creative, talented pop artist and fashionista passed away last weekend.
Her death was apparently due to complications from surgery she had after a bad car accident last year. She must have known she was going to die, because she got dressed up for it—she was wearing a Mark Ryden dress, Chanel boots, and Viktor and Rolf black lace eyelashes.

What a way to go. I remember having a conversation the other day about dressing up before dying, and if I can help it, Nagi is my inspiration.

Hair hats off to you, dear lady.

Creativity Online Obituary

The "Out of Reach" Project

Over at the Cursive Buildings blog, photographer Joshua Heineman started up a project called Out of Reach. He took a bunch of stereoscopic images from the 1800s and early 1900s and compiled them into animated gifs. His goal:
i’m breathing new life into the past using old digitized photographs from the new york public library. i’ve spent hours rekindling these moments. & they will not be the last. i’m so so deep on these funny little things… it’s like the past has rediscovered a dimension!
Sure, creating two-framed animated is nothing new, but there's a traditional beauty about these images. It's actually neat to see an almost "living" image of times past.

Although after a while, my eyes started hurting, heh.

Out of Reach
(at Cursive Buildings)

Sia "Soon We'll Be Found"

This is the music video for Sia's "Soon We'll Be Found." It uses sign language to tell a narrative and does so using about 3-4 different visual styles. But the core theme to keep them unified is the basic idea of sign language: using shapes (particularly the silhouette) in motion to convey thoughts and emotions. They really found great ways to capitalize on the silhouette and negative space, with the movements breathing life into them, to create a really beautiful video. This is what Sia said about it:

The movement and expression just appears, to ignorant-hearing-me as a dance… a beautiful, emotive dance. But the real beauty is that, hidden in these perfect shapes, is communication.
Basically: It's pretty. I like the song too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

hitchcock covers

vanity fair held photoshoots recreating some memorable moments from a selection of alfred hitchcock's films featuring contemporary celebrities. among them are scarlett johansson, robert downey jr., seth rogan, and naomi watts, just to name a few. these are really good. classic hollywood rules.