We Buy White Albums -
Along our continuing search for unconstrained innovation in constrained environments, artist Rutherford Chang turns the Beatles White Album into vessel, canvas, icon, artifact and obsession.
Not to mention gallery experience and aural exploration.
A beautiful rumination on personality and the passage of time via the personal iterations of a single white package.
“I’m most interested in the albums as objects and observing how they have aged. So for me, a Beatles album with an all white cover is perfect.”
As is his installation at Recess gallery.
Storytelling through videos and photos never gets old -
I personally don’t like Sierra Nevada but I think they do just fine without me. They’ve created brand loyalty with the few customers who really do enjoy them and grew steadily over the years. Now check out their whole brand story told though the help of DK. Their humble beginnings, customer values, and sustainability practices are told like an anthem.
Maybe I’ll give their summer ale a try one day.
Kickstarter’s New Mobile App -
So I have a bit of a fetish for Kickstarter. But that’s not why I’m posting this.
Rather, it’s the fact that the app has taken on a very familiar UX… One that is becoming status qio.
“It’s as if the entire industry is tacitly agreeing that single column, square image feeds with minimal text are becoming the de facto to consume multimedia on mobiles. We’ve given up on expecting people to turn phones sideways, and more clever gestures have been mostly ignored.”
Face Detection + Responsive Typography -
Marko Dugonjić has created an interesting experiment in responsive technology. Using a web cam he is able to see how close your face is to the screen and then displays the type accordingly. Next level!
Cardiio: Turn your phone into a biosensor -
“Every time your heart beats, more blood is pumped into your face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected from your face. Using sophisticated software, your iPhone’s front camera can track these tiny changes in reflected light that are not visible to the human eye and calculate your heart beat!”
Yes, I too was skeptical at first but this actually seems legit.
New technology always feels like magic at first.
“All of the interactions are about the reveal… We want the user to feel engaged and entertained but also [tried to] make the information memorable through the discovery.”
Read about it here.
Pharma logo design goes to Hollywood -
Pentagram sticks to the brief in creating an illuminating logo and tv spot for a new FDA approved antidepressant…
Beautifully complex, delightfully simple -
MoMA’s site for Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925
The Everyday Collection Live Tweet-to-Runway Show -
On January 24th, the Everyday Collection went live with the first Tweet-to-Runway show inspired by everyday tweets.
Originally I posted these separately but I figured it would be easier to bucket them into one post. The trend towards making content more accessible is apparent across the board.
Last week Pentagram revealed their new logo design for Billboard Magazine, reviewed by Armin Vit here. This week Area 17 rolls out the redesigned website. As much as so called flat design has become a trend lately I think they pulled of a site that has more openness than most while still delivering a range of content.
A List Apart
The go to publisher of articles for people who make websites has redesigned with a content first approach and blue links! They’ve added additional content beyond their biweekly articles including columns, and a link blog. Enjoy the Retina friendly illustrations by Kevin Cornell.
Visit the new site, by checking out what we learned in 2012.
Not exactly responsive but adaptive layout takes a bold style and similar content forward approach. Be sure to check out the audio transcription of the articles, one of many nice details.