Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Perpendicular Dreams

Thought y'all would be interested in French illustrator Julien Pacaud's handiwork. He does a fine job of putting old magazine's (and his computer) to work. Have a look-see:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Village of a Hundred People

This is a well-considered flash website that provides interesting facts about the entire world population as if it were proportional to just 100 people in all.

These days, its easy to get overwhelmed with statistics in today's global world. There are always millions of this or thats happening on a daily basis, but few of us really have the frame of reference to draw upon. It's refreshing to find statistics parred down to be more comprehensible, and given visual representation. By having to explore these hidden facts within each characters illustration, you're more engaged and therefore more likely to remember some of these statistics.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Way Things Go

"The Way Things Go" is the title of a 30 minute film (created in 1987) I saw in a 7th grade art class and I will never forget it. This piece was created by two artists, Peter Fischli and David Weiss in which they received the Roswitha Haftmann Prize, in November 2006.
It may first appear to be a domino-like chain reaction, only it looks as if it was created by a brilliant mad scientist pyromaniac. As you might imagine this type of creativity/ingenuity has potential for commercial implications and some have indeed used this chain reaction for marketing purposes.

I will not get into the "original idea" argument (as I am not sure such a thing exists), my question to you however is this; does this insult the artists piece by taking something that is created to inspire the imagination, and making a buck off the same idea? Or does this require so much skill and patience that you earn the right to use it, if you can pull it off?

Honda has used this technique in their Cog video.
Here is a similar type of chain reaction video done for Clustarack.