How music travels in space and time

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We all know that music as we know it in the 21st century originated in Africa, but what routes did it go through?

Travel experts Thomson sponsored this wonderful interactive infographic following contemporary music genres as the traveled from Africa to the US to Europe and beyond. From Swing to Disco and from Hip Hop to Trip Hop, check out the history of music.



Guernica comes to life

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica keeps alive the memory of the bombing of this small town in the Basque region of northern Spain on April 27, 1937 and visual effects artist Lena Gieseke brings to life Picasso’s painting in a 3D tour of his work.
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Song of the week

November 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

Bauhaus’ “All we ever wanted was everything” by MGMT

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November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc malesuada, est at varius faucibus, nisl massa suscipit velit, in pharetra nulla neque eu tellus.

Don’t tell me that you haven’t come across with these absurd Latin words? Lorem ipsum text is a placeholder text, used in graphic design to show how a web page/a mock up will look with real words once completed. It derives from sections 1.10.32–3 of Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum and makes no sense at all.

However, it seems that designers and other internet professionals got bored with the classic dummy text and new word generators pop up more and more often. Well, there is a text version for every taste.

Here is the gangsta version:

If you prefer a meatier approach:

A sweeter one:

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This is definitely a horror film

November 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, it seems that each film genre has a design style of its own, or, to put it correctly, each film genre has the same design style. French film distributor Christophe Courtois gathered thousands of film posters and assembled them together just to point out that indie film posters are always yellow; there is always a (third) eye in horror films; all women wear red dresses in romantic comedies; people appear blindfolded in law and justice films -perhaps because justice is always blind?- and all nature documentary posters are blue.

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Connecting the light

November 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s like connecting the dots to create figures of animals, people, geometrical schemes. That what Cassandra C. Jones does in her very impressive images of lighting ripping and branching through the skies.

She uses all sort of pictures, available to the public, and arranges them atop each other or side by side, allowing the lightning in one photo to connect with the light in another. These collages reveal concrete figures outlined of squirrels. rabbits in motion, perfect circles, “portraying an urban animal jumping through time, space and different rural, suburban and municipal locals”.

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A life in film and design

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

In just a title, you have to capture the essence and give identity to a brand, a cover, a film. That’s why we can comprehend some of designers’ ‘peculiarities’ and that is the reason we love Saul Bass and his work: he managed to convey through graphic design the atmosphere of some of the greatest films of Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

His work is put together in a book, entitled Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, designed by his daughter Jennifer Bass and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham. The large tome covers more than 1,400 illustrations, covering classic films such as Anatomy of a Murder and Vertigo and many others never published before. To celebrate the release of the book, Ian Albinson created the following video, which highlights some of Bass’ most celebrated films.

via Visual News

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