Monthly Archives: June 2010

Paul Rand by Imaginary Forces

For Paul Rand’s posthumous induction into The One Club’s Hall of Fame for 2007, Imaginary Forces created a short film, combining original animation with a videotaped interview of Rand himself, that encapsulated his unique and timeless contribution to the design community.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (end title)

Working closely with Rob Cohen, the design team composed scenes similar in style to a graphic novel, building tension and transitions using brushstroke silhouettes of recognizable characters from the film, with 3D models provided by Rhythm & Hues and Digital Domain. Master calligrapher T.Z. Yuan was also consulted for the ink brush writing, to achieve a level authenticity amidst the fantastical elements of the film. The sequence was built around the Chinese calligraphy of the five elements — water, wood, earth, metal and fire.

via Imaginary Forces

“Exactshit” video mashups (by Hexstatic)

‘Exactshit’ and ‘Now Thats What I Call Exactshit DVD 2’ are bootleg mashup DVDs released by Hexstatic (Exactshit is an anagram of Hexstatic).

Featuring samples of popular hit songs, only 200 copies of Exactshit were made available at the Big Chill Music Festival 2003 and from the Ninja Tune online store. It has since been more broadly distributed through online file sharing. In late 2006, a second DVD, Now That’s What I Call Exactshit DVD 2 was released. The album was widely praised by music critics.

via Hexstatic’s vimeo channel

Livid Builder — make your own midi VJ controller!

Builder is a line of DIY parts that make it easy for users to design their own USB MIDI control surfaces and devices using buttons, knobs, faders, and talkback LEDs. The BYOB (build your own board) series allows you to easily configure and create a control device with modular, perforated circuit boards that can be organized into customized setups and configurations.

via Livid Instruments

Mirror Neurons

Vilayanur Ramachandran discusses the mind/body problem, and why our brains tell us we are not all part of the same experience — “… all that’s separating you from him, from the other person, is your skin.”

via ted.com

Lyrebird imitating construction work

We think we can hear the following sounds:

  1. Hammer
  2. Chainsaw
  3. Jack hammer
  4. Lawn mower hitting sticks
  5. Leaf blower starting
  6. Power drill
  7. Wood saw
  8. Human voices
  9. Two-way radio
  10. Worker whistling

He makes lots of different bird calls as well. What can you hear?