We can take advantage of the dense and real-time nature of our system to perform novel Augmented Virtuality (a.k.a Mixed Reality) interactions... A user can choose a set of planes to alter the original input with an application display, allowing for instance to read a Facebook Wall on a real wall. The user can still safely navigate an environment without fear of collisions and perform tasks like zooming in/out as natural as walking closer/further from surfaces.
-Dense Planar SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping)
NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life - A Data Visualization
displays the data for one random NYC yellow taxi on a single day in 2013. See where it operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24 hours. [more inside]
The Animated Genome
is a spirited 5-minute film that uses graphics to explain the makeup of your genome and how it affects life and health. It's part of Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
, an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball
) takes to Deadspin
to show off his latest creation
, an Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life)
capturing many of baseball's important historical figures, places, and events.
The Physics of Light and Rendering
is a talk given at QuakeCon 2013 by John Carmack, co-creator of Doom, Quake, and many other games at id Software and beyond. It provides a detailed but surprisingly understandable history of 3D rendering techniques, their advantages and tradeoffs, and how they have been used in games and movies. (SLYT, 1:32:01, via
is a computer graphics technique that produces realistic images of a three-dimensional scene. In 1987, Paul Heckbert
(then at Pixar
) announced a contest to produce a ray tracer in the minimum amount of code, as he describes in "A Minimal Ray Tracer."
In 2009, Andrew Kensler
(then at the University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
) created a C++ version
that can fit on a business card. Fabien Sanglard
explicates this amazing piece of code in "Decyphering the Business Card Raytracer."
. A very long page of very well curated snippets of lettering and typography on packages from decades ago.
25 (of the) Top Movie Posters of All Time
with commentaries from non-movie-poster designers. Ignore or critique the ranking, note any obvious omissions, or just chuckle at the unstated similarity between #13 and #14. Still, a fine showcase of movie - and movie marketing - history.
Need quick visual shorthand for an aggressively encroaching political entity? You want an Cartographic Land Octopus
! It's a subcategory of satirical maps
. More octopus maps here
Challenge: Create an image out of a word
, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts
From the mind of Ji Lee [more inside]
For years now, the primary way of representing and storing color on a computer display has been to define it as existing in three dimensions: Red, Green, and Blue. What if that's wrong? “While the appearance of a color on a screen can be described in three dimensions, the blending of color actually is happening in a six dimensional space,”
, developers of the iPad painting app Paper, used a theory of paint optics from 1931 to develop a better color mixer.
, a 35 minute game from Tabor Robak takes the music of electronic group Gatekeeper
and sets it to an interactive, 35-minute psychedelic journey. [more inside]
- photographer Steve Bloom's latest book focuses on the business people, shops, and signs of Nairobi. Take a panoramic walk down Kitengela Road
in what is arguably the largest panoramic stitched together from hundreds of photos. In another clip, Bloom talks about his experiences
taking the photos. (Via About:Blank)
, the team responsible for Rigs of Rods
, show off their soft-body physics
innovations in CryENGINE 3
. The [via] [more inside]
"If you study all of the recent Pulitzer winners in the cartooning category, you’ll see that single-panel editorial cartoons are an increasingly timeworn form
. Even the best ones traffic in blunt, one-dimensional jokes, rarely exhibiting nuance, irony, or subtext."
Farhad Manjoo argues that the Pulitzer should honor "infographics and interactive visualizations... [which] derive their power from real, often surprising data that’s presented, ideally, in a simple, understandable way."
2012 Vimeo Awards Nominations
— There are 13 categories including four new ones. The Experimental
category is lots of fun. [previously
There are those points in every interactive designer’s career when he becomes fed up with producing the same set of graphics all over again for every website he designs. It could be the social network icons or gallery arrows. Similar for interactive developers that have to slice the same GIFs and PNGs each time the art director asks them to. Until now. Just Be Nice Studio came up with a typeface that includes frequently used iconographics and symbols. Although, the idea is not unique — Webdings and Windings have been around for quite some time — all of them have a lot of unnecessary symbols. Web Symbols
is a set of vector html-compliant typefaces, so it might be used in any size, color and browser (okay, mostly — but IE7 for sure).
Sue Coe, one of the most committed activist artists in America, has during her thirty-five-year career charted an idiosyncratic course through an environment that is at best ambivalent toward art with overt socio-political content.
Sciweavers' free online productivity tools include an international virtual keyboard
, image format conversion
, and just about every
manner of PDF manipulation
There are symbols from Asia
symbols. Symbols from Freemasonry
, and Native Americans
. Explore the Symbol Dictionary
Do you hate it when that happens? In a perfect world
, it doesn't. [more inside]
An interview with Chris Ware
from May 2010 at the international Copenhagen comics festival. Ware is the creator of Acme Novelty Library
and Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
. (via kottke
Ever wondered how the Twelve Colonies
of Battlestar Galatica
fit around a single star? Then gaze upon a lovely map
of star clusters
that is the BSG universe, designed by writer Jane Espenson
and science advisor Kevin Grazier
The Noun Project
collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so they may be shared in a fun and meaningful way. The goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces — just about anything.
Flickr user ElectroSpark
collects and shares “random bits of vintage ephemera from mid-century vacationers,” with many in the form of charming round-cornered Kodachromes. In particular, his Fairs & Expos set
with its collection of holiday snapshots from Brussels ’58, New York ’64 and Expo ’67 in Montreal, are all from a by-gone era. The collection includes both vintage graphics
If you are a fan of the quirky type fonts of a pre-digital era, you may enjoy "the" project
, a whimsical little romp through the graphic yesteryear brought to you by the hound of lettering
. (via Mira y Calla)
Google wants to speed up the Web by killing the JPEG....
and replace it with a spiffier graphics format that might be pronounced "Web-pee". The new format promises to be a whiz, cutting image sizes up to forty percent. WebP is part of a broader web video initiative WebM
Paris versus New York. A friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York : details, cliches and contradictions.
and its "sister blog", Numbers Rule the World
, are long-running sites with trenchant critiques of the visual and textual display of information in media. Both are instructive for decoding the information glut, as well as getting your own messages across clearly. See for example, posts on display of census information and race
; Trying Too Hard
; and Over Plotting
Take a trip through the Mandelbox
. (You may wish to hit mute and provide your own sound.)
Make your own with Mandelbulber
. [more inside]
Pen and Pixel
are well known for the outlandish covers they created
for Southern rap labels Rap-A-Lot and No Limit. It's been about 12 years since their heyday
, so people are now looking back at the artistry present under the surface of these covers
. [more inside]
is a new online resource that brings sophisticated print identification and characteristic identification tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the general public."
Information is beautiful
: 30 examples of creative infography