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.”


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?