Archive pour la catégorie ‘Art

Double révolution graphique 2.0

Mercredi 28 octobre 2009

1/ Peut-être (enfin ?) un coup de pied dans le quasi monopole de l’éditeur Adobe avec une nouvelle suite de logiciels de graphisme : AVIARY Tools. Nouvelle et entièrement en interface web (Flex ?).

A découvrir et tester sur le site d’AVIARY

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2/ Ces mêmes éditeurs n’ont pas oublié l’aspect communautaire et ont ouvert un BLOG, dans lequel par exemple un auteur (bon et impertinent graphiste) propose rien de moins que « les états unis d’Amérique 2.0« .

Pourquoi pas lancer l’idée à la communauté des graphistes français pour décliner la France 2.0 sur un timbre, Marianne, La tour Eiffel, la baguette et le camembert… ;-)

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A delightful virtual tour of the MOMA

Vendredi 25 septembre 2009

Awesome Information Graphics by Christoph Niemann allows you to visit the MOMA.




Tabbee or not tabbee

Mardi 7 avril 2009

Orange is introducing Tabbee, a multimedia tablet for « everywhere around the house and all the members of your family. » It has a 800×600 touchscreen and looks a little bit like a Macintosh display reduced to small size. Reading the text on the introduction website made me wonder about the underlying use scenarios.
The tablet can be carried around in your house and gives access « at any moment » to a range of information services, internet included. How often do we have the urge to consult the weather or our calendar while walking around our house? And even if you decide to walk around your house carrying the tablet wouldn’t you sit down to surf the net? And is a 800×600 screen then not somewhat on a small side for viewing websites?
The tablet can connect to your PC by wi-fi (so you DO still own a PC), on which you find your own stuff. I am not sure the tablet can store any stuff by itself and if not, it becomes an expensive PC remote viewer. Why then not carry around your laptop if your want to watch a movie quietly in your room?
The site does mention one believable use case, however: having the internet recipe before your eyes in the kitchen. Now there, I say, Orange did their user research well. You see, an average kitchen in Paris wouldn’t fit you AND your computer at once. It hardly fits you AND your kitchen equipment at once and you have to be truly creative in using the space. But then you would want to hang the tablet on the wall, because the wall is the only place left. In my kitchen, anyway.

Things to do with googlemap when you feel creative

Lundi 16 mars 2009

Here is another post on writers, writing and a googlemap.
The site with the intriguing title « We tell stories« , which I found when browsing through SXSW awards, invites you to read 6 stories by 6 different authors. The site is branded by Penguin, a well-known pocket publisher, and I suppose this is a way of promoting their authors.
One story, called « The 21 steps« , is actually a step-wise journey on a googlemap. At each red pin you get a little bit of the story to read and by clicking « Next » the map takes you to the next pin in the narrative.
(I quit reading the story as soon as I saw that it was a detective, but I thought the idea was worth mentioning.)

The writer’s blog

Mardi 10 mars 2009

Recently I read a book by a contemporary Russian novellist, playwright, actor and music artist Yevgeni Grishkovets entitled, in my plain translation and omitting the Russian play of words, « A year of Livejournal ». The book is a collection of writer’s blog articles of 2007, a period in which he was working on his currently bestselling novel « Asphalt », performing his one-man shows across former Soviet Union and recording his songs. The book born from his blog is an intelligent and entertaining read, but the fact that made me write an article about it myself is this: the writer Yevgeni Grishkovets does not actually know how to type.
All his manuscripts are written by hand and then typed out by a professional typist.

Grishkovets is not an old writer – he is only 42 – he just never learned how to use a keyboard. Computers, as he confesses in the book, are still a foreign country to him. His articles are typed by his wife to whom Grishkovets dictates. In the 19th century the person writing the final manuscript version of a novel was often the writer’s wife. Both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky employed their beloved to do this tedious job. This is actually how Dostoevski met his future wife – he needed somebody to write the « clean » version of his manuscript and Anna was a hardworking young woman who knew stenography.
Dictating to his wife leads to anecdotal situations about how, being on tour, Grishkovets calls her from the hotel and dictates his daily portion of the blog – saying at the end that he should stop now because his wife has « more important things to do ». Or that one time when he arrives in Paris, finds an internet cafe and… gives up on the French keyboard. He continues to refer to the Internet continuum as HERE (with capital letters) and admits to not really understanding how HERE works, which however does not prevent him becoming one of the most read blogs in Russia. After reading his book I, of course, went to see his blog. Once there I somehow got that strange cinema feeling of « liking the book better » which I can’t really explain…

Out of the Blu

Vendredi 6 mars 2009

What happens if you add graffiti art to a videocamera to internet?
You get MUTO, a graffiti animation short film by Blu.
An impressive piece of work, painted and shot in Buenos Aires and Baden (although I am not sure, which one and in which country), enthralling and somewhat disturbing, as the best graffiti art should be. An excellent example of the fusion of different art forms by means of technology.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

I would also like you to admire the Blu website, done in the same loose graffiti-drawing style, impressively compact and clear.

www.blublu.org

The tram experience in Amsterdam

Lundi 5 janvier 2009

Going to another country is always an opportunity to stumble upon interesting examples of design in public spaces. Below the monitor on the tram number 10 in Amsterdam, indicating, from left to right, the next stop (« Volgende halte »), the 4 stops to come after that and the destination (« Bestemming »). The tram line number is in the left bottom corner, not very visible on this picture (taken with my mobile).
I am quite a fan of Dutch design, which I usually find clear and efficient, even if this particular example is aesthetically not the most elegant. Add to this display a friendly voice saying ‘The next stop is…’ and you get a very reassuring user experience of public transport, especially for the tourists who, unlike me, do not know the city.
Stop display in Tram 10, Amsterdam

Space Invaders : le retour

Lundi 15 décembre 2008

Après avoir envahi de nombreuses villes à travers le monde (Londres, Tokio, New-York, Barcelone, etc.) avec ses mosaïques tirées du jeu Space Invaders et avoir fait grand buzz, l’artiste français Invaders est de retour avec un nouveau projet le Binary Code à base de QR Code (tag graphique) en mosaïque. L’explication en vidéo :


Pixels de chien

Mardi 9 décembre 2008

Après la Tour Eiffel en allumettes, ou le Faucon Millenium de la guerre des étoiles voici une belle idée de cadeau pour Noël : un chien en pixels !





Est-il aussi intelligent que le lapin Nabaztag ? on ne sait pas trop… en tout cas, comme un vrai, il se laisse caresser…
Et non il n’y a pas d’interface pour lui demander de ramener le journal ou le laisser descendre seul dans la rue pour faire ses besoins, c’est juste une pub… plutôt sympathique ;-)
Un peu plus d’infos ici (via « juststuffifind.com ») et ici (via « kiedis.fr »)

A failed use case

Vendredi 5 septembre 2008

Recently I noticed that my friends stopped sending pictures to me by email or putting them on photo sharing web sites for me to see. Instead they were putting them all on Facebook and having a jolly good time there without me. So I joined Facebook, reluctantly, I made the friends I already had all over again in digital form and was often left wondering why people I never met were willing to become my friends. I could finally dig in everybody’s photographic treasures in order to find pictures of myself. Very quickly I found out that I could not search the albums of my friends by keyword in order to see all the pictures of a particular event taken by everybody (and I am not talking about a Facebook ‘event’). I could see pictures of myself, but only if other people were so kind to tag me. I could also see all my friends’ photo albums thrown together on one page, but not quickly isolate the ones I was interested in. So I wandered through the albums, seeing my friend’s pics of their friends, babies, holidays and sweethearts, reading comments and leaving comments behind – in short, experiencing exactly what Facebook was meant to be: a pile of delightfully useless stuff.