Well it can be when you present it well. So much data, so little time to interpret. The good people at informationisbeautiful.net are doing their best at presenting data in more visually pleasing ways that when done really well, makes you see and think about the data differently. Traditionally presented in stale spreadsheets and vast stacks of numbers, data that is understood and then treated with some thought, design and colour and even movement can have a profound effect. Well I think it’s pretty rad. Plenty more to see on their website, some of my favourites below.
Sometimes an artist’s work really grabs you. So much colour and fun and barely a green to be seen. I can’t get enough of London based Lithuanian artist Egle Zvirblyte’s bold colours, dancing figures, curvy women, childish animals and cosmic musings. Big bold and bloody brilliant. Heaps more to see and buy at her great website.
Was not disappointed. Long time fan of Ryoji Ikeda’s stunning work. Ryoji is a Japanese visual artist that uses data to produce jaw dropping sound and visuals. Since discovering his work back in 2013, I have been fortunate enough to see exhibitions of his work a handful of times. Last night as part of the Asia Topa Festival in Melbourne, Ryoji performed datamatics [ver 2.0] and it was nothing short of an onslaught. I was perhaps expecting something a little more gentle like past experiences in a gallery setting, but I left all shook up in the best possible way from the onslaught of violent animated strobing on the sharpest most high contrast video screen I have ever seen. Preceded by Nonotak who performed Shiro, which was also amaze, great night Melbourne.
Well look what I just stumbled across! My old flash website on YouTube. A version of this website was added to the Franfurt Museum of Applied Art way back in 2002. Complete with sound tools, 3D scenes, very early folio pieces, a photo album and my mock up for a flash watch (thanks Apple, where’s my royalties!). Amazing to look back and realise how much things have changed. Must admit I was fairly obsessed with Flash, it was a fun tool, and I still use what is now Adobe Animate for animation projects. It can also be seen at Web Design Museum along with many other retro bits and bobs. Beware, rabbit hole ahead.
Julien Pacaud from Paris, France puts together beautiful collage images. I have always been a fan of collage type design work, ever since Terry Gilliam’s awesome work on the Monty Python titles and sequences way way back then. As I child I remember thinking they were truly awesome and a lot of fun. Making something new of found objects, telling a new story. Julien’s work has a more polished finish and stronger design aesthetic. I like it, and Julien I wish you well on your time travel quest. You can fin many more images on Julien’s website.
Great architecture makes my jaw drop and thrusts upon me a sudden urge to visit and explore a space. The recently opened Twist Gallery in Norway by architects Bjarke Ingels Group BIG is such a space. A museum, sculpture and bridge all in one. Part of the Kistefos Museum and sculpture park. Another reason to visit Norway.
An ongoing side project by super talented TRÜF Creative in Santa Monica. Minimalism appeals to me, and these striking images of instantly recognisable creatures made up of so little bring me some peace. Geometry is everywhere, obviously. Prints also available from their fancy messymod shop.
Izett? Yes indeed it is. After almost 12 years in Macquarie Street, the seeds of change have blown and my best friend, partner and brilliant web designer The Mighty Wonton and I have found new digs just around the corner on Izett Street, Prahran. After some help from friends (thanks especially to Hendo) and some late night painting, packing, lifting and dragging, we are now well settled and open for business. Overlooking the park and with light streaming in during the afternoon, we are all smiles.
SPACE TO ROAM: a tribute to public lands, a stunning video piece by Andrew Studer highlighting the otherworldly landscapes of the Southwestern America’s public lands. No CG here, just fab footage and no doubt a slight colour grade. Lovely. You can find more of Andrew’s jaw dropping work on his website.
Soft – an audiovisual translation of the “sense of feeling things”, I surely felt something. Snow must be coming (in the Southern Hemisphere at least). This short film from Christian Haller and Kris Lüdi left me a dribbling mess. Superb footage, edit and soundtrack, with a peppering of design sensibility, makes for easy viewing indeed. Run to the hills!
Similar impressive type snow related bits of inspiration can be found on Christian’s website.
Elementor. Sounds like someone you might meet in a Conan the Barbarian film, or even one of He-man’s mates. But no, Elementor is a game changing new page builder for WordPress. I have been using it for nearly a year now, with much enthusiasm and renewed vigour. I am now building all new projects with the Elementor page builder for WordPress. The Pro version of the WordPress plugin allows me to build complete new websites with new found creative freedom, and in less time. The vast array of widgets also allows for the addition and implementation of required website functionality with a minimum of fuss. Sure experience helps. Additional tools also make preparation for mobile devices even simpler than ever.
An extremely well thought out and executed tool, with a fast growing community of users. The number of updates and improvements that have been introduced in just the past 12 months, coupled with the excellent support, has only confirmed to me that I’ve made a wise move. Feedback from clients has also been great, with the ability to update websites now more of a visual experience that in the past.
Basically, Elementor is allowing me to focus and spend more time on design and the user experience, than with my head in code. Has me feeling flexible, nimble and ready for an exciting challenge.
Existing client in need of a refresh? Have a bold new idea? Feel free to get in touch about your next project.
You can read more about Elementor here.
I was fortunate enough to hear the Refik Anadol: In the Mind’s Eye – talk at Melbourne’s NGV as part of Melbourne Design Week at the NGV last week, part of the Telstra Creativity and Innovation Series. What an inspirational man. Full of energy an enthusiasm, keen to share his story and vision with the world. Refik came across as a loveable little nerdy kid, a kid who gets to play with oodles of data and expensive projectors and then displays said data in ways that are truly jaw dropping.
There is unthinkable amounts of data being generated every day. What to do with the data? Are there new ways to display the data which might provide us with new insights into our lives and the way we live? Enable us to see a bigger picture? Discovering new ways to gather, display, project and hopefully interpret data are just one of the studios aims. Integration of projected data and architecture in the public space was also discussed, along with astounding demonstrations in AI and machine learning. One of the demonstrations showed experiments in searching for data via data tunnels (see below), driven by a handheld device. Groundbreaking ways of searching vast amounts of data is forecast. A “search” will clearly one day, be far more advanced than entering a text string into google. You can see plenty of amazing work at www.refikanadol.com. Mind blown.
More minimal, geometry, animated goodness, this time from Irish based filmaker and artist Kevin McGloughlin. Official music video to the great blippy and bouncy Max Cooper track, Waves. When animation and sound match up just right it really adds to the package. You can see much more of Kevin’s vast talent over at his website.
A follow up to his brilliant Covers and More Covers, the third part of this excellent trilogy, Even More Covers can be seen below. An ace project by gun German animator Henning M. Lederer. Geometry, op art, colour, minimalism, simplicity and joy all spring to mind. Such a simple concept, vintage book covers brought to life. Watched it twice. Nice sound too.
As a website developer I view many websites (when I find the extra time). What makes for an engaging experience is dependant on many factors, but first and foremost it all comes down to great content. You can throw all the budget and special effects at a movie, but if the script ain’t right, chances are you’ll wander off. Same with websites. Great design and user experience only compliment worthy content.
Maybe it was the time of year (a week before end of year break), but the Left Right Walk website really struck me for a number of reasons. Great minimal design, super easy to navigate on all devices. Great photography (occasionally cheeky) throughout by the many contributors (most of whom are writers, travellers, photographers). And really honest, often humorous writing. Calling the travel tips section “Macgyvers” made me do a real LOL. Those touches can really make a difference on the level of engagement. But the overall feel was that this website is doing a great job of what it has set out to do, provide a platform for travellers to share their stories. Quality content presented in a very pleasing wrapper. Ticked the boxes for me, but I suppose they are presenting travel options which is always very appealing. An hour passed before I knew it.
Bit like a low budget indie movie that leaves you completely satisfied. 5 stars Margaret.
See – www.leftrightwalks.com
Arena is a short film created using images sourced from Google Earth by Páraic McGloughlin. So much data in the form of aerial photography. What to do with all this data? Make it dance. Great sound and edit. I’m guessing a few hours are involved here, time well spent, leaves you wanting more.