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Monthly Archives: January 2011

reblogged from here.

Great blog altogether by the way:

The Liberty of Jazz

Image catcher’s Room Studio

Urgence and Cat sleeping on knees

High Pressure
What’s new about Newton ?

Without the hands !
Something goes wrong

The global warming
Happy to see you again

A group session we held yesterday to evaluate our graduate students’ current work status, has made me decide to go public with a password protected page which I wrote some time ago. Back then, this was written only for the benefit of students who enroll in CS450, our art and computer science hybrid course. Now, it is available to everyone both there as well as here, as a new page under Tutorials and Resources:

Just discovered this while I was looking for material to add to the page on designing a presentation. And it is one of the neatest things I have come across in a long time: Prezi! This is an online presentation platform with which you can make zoomable presentations where you can zoom into and out of your input material with your mouse wheel. The whole canvas may rotate to zoom into the element that you click on (depending upon the angle at which it was placed), giving you really great screen animations as you wander around. And furthermore, all this can also be viewed as fullscreen.

I am not putting any screenshots here since this thing really does need to be seen in action. Register immediately (a nice free plan is also available) and check it out for yourself, would be my advice… ;-)

For our current 4th year students who are sweating over their senior project presentations which are due next week:

A friend of mine from Second Life has compiled this flickr set – and it is an absolute gem of a collection which you can see right here:


There is a great video on TED website by Paula Scher from Pentagram about solemn and serious design.

“Paula Scher and looks back at a life in design (she’s done album covers, books, the Citibank logo …) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.” The video is here.


This java based application transforms a simple product bar code into a unique tree in the garden of globalization. Taking advantage of this rich pool of information Barcode Plantage creates a series of visualizations based on a set of default bar codes. Once a bar code is keyed or scanned in, the program sends a request to the database, which returns a master file data. This master file data is then analyzed to define positions, curves and colors of Bezier curves of the tree structure. The number of these curves will vary correspondence to the number of figures in the code. Simultaneously, the user will hear a melody, which is based on the figures of the bar code. To complete the visualized information details of the country of origin, manufacturer, product number and sum – each on a single black bar connected by fine lines ? are displayed. Since all data is being interpreted by an algorithm that works completely without any random aspect each product is represented by a characteristic and singular tree. [Visual Complexity]

Although Paul Hollingworth’s typographic assemblages do not relate directly to art and computation, I still find that the emergent/organic visual language may create inspirations for the field. View more here.

Very cool project created by Section Design, UK for Wired Italy. More images here. Also check out the Flickr set to see how the whole project came together:

Very cool indeed…

I just stumbled across these by accident. Immediately downloaded and installed them to give them a quick try out –  and they really are good stuff, if you want to be able to do more than just read the pdf file. Such as add comments, do basic editing and so forth. Obviously they will not do the full job of adobe pro pdf, but they are certainly a good cut above the little basic reader.

FOXIT Reader (Download)

Nuance PDF Reader (Download)

XPert PDF Reader (Download)

PDF-XChange Viewer (Download)

STDU Viewer (Download)

And they are free…