10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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Fighting the deadline

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

We’ve all been there. As students or as professionals we’ve fought the deadline. Tired, stressed, over-caffeinated. In front of a computer, covered in post-it notes and to-do lists. It’s the time when magical things can happen:

This amazing stop-motion animation video was created by Bang-yao Liu as his senior design project at college. We’re sure he aced it, whether he submitted it on time or not.

Such a lighthearted approach to deadlines, we loved it!

via Lost at E Minor

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Escher’s paradoxical waterfall brought to life

February 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

Escher’s Waterfall is practically a river flowing uphill. Which is impossible in real life. Or is it?

And the original:

Escher Waterfall

via Vulture

Hours as colors

February 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

This is one of the coolest ideas ever: The colour clock is an online clock and a downloadable screen saver (for Mac users only) that represents time as a hexadecimal color.

The colour clock: 20:08:06

Let me explain. Do you know your RGBs?

Standing for Red Green Blue, RGB is the color model that combines these three colors to create all the rest. In the web, all colors are represented in hexadecimal RGB codes, ie sets of three numbers (value of red, value of green, value of blue). What else is represented as a set of three numbers? Time (value of hours, value of minutes, value of seconds). What if we combined the two codes? Quite obvious now that I mention it, but quite ingenious for the person who thought of it first. Respect.

The Colour Clock: 18:56:02The colour clock: 19:10:33The colour clock: 19:48:53

This clock is magnificent both conceptually and aesthetically. Perfection.

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Manhattan as a pinball machine

February 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Mobile phone matrioshkas

February 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

Mobile phones have come a long way.

Remember the first mobiles we got a glimpse at in movies in the late 80’s? And how every new model looked so tiny and in retrospect so big? British designer Kyle Bean thought of the evolution of mobile phones as stacking dolls. Sometimes, the most creative ideas are the ones that are staring you in the eyes.

Mobile phone stacking dolls

At which stage did you get your first mobile phone?

Mobile phone stacking dolls

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