1.21 Gigawatts of Awesome

Big, Bold, and Blocky Type

It can be difficult to imagine how so many different typefaces can be made by the simplest changes to negative space and geometric shapes, but these artists have found a way — several, in fact. Bold, block, and geometric type is a trending experiment across the globe, used for headlines to serve as decorative pieces and making a statement at the same time. These typefaces offer a creative edge and impact. Carved Blox Akimoto OC BOLD DM Black Groteska Ogaki Paranoid Rolka LOT Cube Super...

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BalletFont: Ligne

So what do you get when you combine ballet dancers, motion detection equipment, and a design group? The answer: a typeface comprised of beautiful calligraphy brush strokes. By attaching small 2D tracking devices to the dancers, the team was able to capture their movements and translate them into a font using a combination of software. “Three versions of software called ‘Chireo’ (chirography + choreography) were developed using openFrameworks. ‘capture’ did the initial motion and video capture. ‘augment’ let the team clean up the data and export the font and rendered videos. ‘live’ is the real time motion tracking / augmented reality software which was used for the realtime demo. The team used watch batteries, infrared LEDs (ripped out of a prototype touch table), and a PS3Eye cam to create a 2D motion tracking system. These little devices were taped to ballet dancers and had them perform moves which formed letters. The tracked data was exported to SVGs…” – CreativeApplications.Net This video demonstrates a few letters being created, with an overlay effect to show what motions were tracked. Interestingly enough, stroke widths were controlled by speed of movement. Ligne, the BalletFont, is the work of Weiden + Kennedy’s WK12 with Fashionbuddha and Oregon Ballet Theatre. For full details, please visit the official BalletFont...

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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

It’s just a jump to the left and then a drive down to the deco-styled River Oaks Theatre for this Saturday’s Midnight showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Join in with the live cast in the longest-running midnight movie of all time by yelling at Brad Majors (A$$hole!) and throwing toast on the screen. July 10, 2010 11:55pm River Oaks Theatre 2009 West Gray Houston, TX 77019 General Admission $9.50 Children/Seniors...

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dA Spotlight: Fantasy Origami

Origami, the Japanese traditional art of paper folding, has been around for centuries. Since the ’90’s, the modernized version has exponentially taken off in popularity, and designs have been getting more complicated and intricate since then. This week’s dA Spotlight puts this highly creative — yet constructively restrictive — art form into focus, showcasing fantasy themed origami pieces from the nerdy to the extreme. Origami Yoda by shellentina Assassin origami version by NocturnaDraco origami chocobo by alejandro-delafuente Origami Cerberus by Lexar- Kuroi Dragon – Origami by RyuuCid Origami Hydralisk by Richi89 Origami Dinosaurs by origami-artist-galen Origami devil by Fabio-the-Artist My Pet Dragon by Richi89 Gryphon by guspath DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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Opera/Chrome Rivalry “Downfall”

The latest release of Opera’s 10.60 browser boasted ‘What is faster than the fastest?’ Although tests by Lifehacker and DailyTech show that Opera is still not as fast as Chrome or Safari, it’s really made some headway in the new version. Nevertheless, an Opera-employed copywriter put together a video of one of the most overused — but still entertaining — internet memes: alternative subtitles to the famous Hitler outburst scene from the film ‘Der Untergang’ — aka ‘Downfall’ (via Download Squad). “We have 20,000 employees and run half the Internet and we’ve made a browser that looks like a Fisher-Price toy!” full article on...

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Football As Art

Overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all the football game stats? Removing the excitement of the World Cup is one thing, but parsing the statistics into something meaningful and creative is quite the feat. Umbro, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. and the makers of team England’s jerseys, enlisted epic graphic designer Michael Deal and data experts Opta to create this impressive infograph that analyzes the action from the 48 group games. Looking at time line of successful passes (green lines), alongside shots (blue triangles,) and goals (red circles) will paint a picture in your mind of how each match progressed. The combination of these symbols and placement transforms data and statistics into a visual musical score. This is just a snapshot at the half-way point of the tournament, and we’ll have the full picture once the champions have been crowned. Michael also analysed the data around England’s qualification for South Africa for us, which you can see here. – quoted from Umbro’s blog For more stats and a wealth of sports information, you can follow Opta on Twitter. Note: Check these guys out, they offer Twitter accounts in different languages that refer to people from those...

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dA Tuesday: Stylized Characters

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what about people who don’t imitate and instead make their own style? Carving your own stylistic features into illustrated characters can be the most difficult road an artist can drive down. To create a distinctive style, an artist has to first understand all the basics of anatomy, perspective, composition and more. Only then can they twist, exaggerate, and truncate that information they’ve acquired to come up with their own design. Here are 10 great examples of highly stylized characters from artists on DeviantART. “Don’t stop now” by alexds1 Miruneta by andrahilde TLTEAOTJ by bigbigtruck Headpool by chris-foreman April Fuel by Granitoons Let’s Go Fishing by LuigiL Cavelier by karinkanzuki …hello? by kinkei Cat Hugs by RadSavij Lunacy is Everything I Need by vert-is-ninja DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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The Language of a City

Everywhere you look there are patterns, and design can be found around any corner in Houston. Whether its the smooth, clean lines of a glass skyscraper, awnings of a restaurant, or even a concrete bend in a local park’s trail, inspiration for creativity exists all around us, creating the city’s own language. This installment in AIGA Houston’s Blog explores how type and patterns can be created by manufactured forms. In this series I will be documenting, deconstructing, and finally reinterpreting Houston’s forms and structures through the creation of type and patterns taken from our gathered information. All in the hopes of encouraging creativity and nurturing a better understanding of our city’s language.– by Monica Yael...

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Mother’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil

Here at What The Flux, we’re such big fans of Futurama, we couldn’t resist designing something for the return of our favorite Bending Unit. It’s delicious, nutritious, and made with 10% more love than the next leading brand. Well, since ‘Mom,’ ‘love,’ ‘screen door’ are trademarked by MomCorp, we’re presenting you with Mother’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. Tune in for the Futurama’s One-Hour Premiere on Comedy Central Tonight, June 24th, at 10/9pm...

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Extremely Shorts 13: Works 3 Minutes and Under

Aurora Picture Show’s annual Extremely Shorts Festival features three-minute or shorter films and videos by artists, filmmakers, culture jammers, students, moms, security guards, and anyone with a camera and a vision. Juror Donald Harrison of Ann Arbor Film Festival will be in attendance to introduce his selection and announce the winners. Enjoy karaoke and good food by moonlight on the final night of the festival. Picnic sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Whole Foods Market, Ruggles Green, Cafe Brasil and Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen. When: Friday, June 25, 7PM (screening) Saturday, June 26, 7PM (screening followed by picnic) Where: Molly Gochman’s Studio 2442 Bartlett St. Houston, TX 77098 Cost: Screening admission: $7 non-members, Aurora Members Free Picnic admission: $10 members, $12 non-members (separate of screening admission) Info Phone: 713.868.2101 (information from...

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