Computer Virus Catalogue

Category: Illustration

For those of us who switched to Macs and never looked back, computer viruses are a threat we need not fear any longer. Our PC-bound cohorts, however, live on in fear, periodically bugged by anti-virus updates, (along with malware that pretends to be anti-virus updates!). I really hadn’t given computer viruses much thought in recent times, until I discovered Computer Virus Catalog—an online-based project curated by Dutch creative Bas van de Poel. The catalog,“an illustrated guide to the worst viruses in history,” is a brilliant collection of illustrations van de Poel has solicited from a pool of designers and illustrators. A brief, insightful description of the virus accompanies each image. In some cases, we even get a glimpse into the inspiration behind the creation of this malice—something that I have always found fascinating and puzzling.

The illustrative styles are eclectic and varied, with some participants responding to the name in a very literal way, others with abstracted compositions or a pattern. I love the idea of this project: it’s focused enough to give the illustrator some direction, while leaving unlimited room for expression; the subject matter lends itself to online publishing, which is simple and cheap; it has a clearly defined scope with enough past material draw from and, undoubtedly, more to come as new viruses are developed and unleashed upon the masses.

Contributors to the project include a couple of my favourites, Hort and Darius Ou, plus many other talented folk. Find the rest of the catalog here, and check out the work of Bas van de Poel, the man who started it all. He has teamed up with Daan van Dam to form creative duo Wonder Years, who have managed to do some awfully clever things in their one year of existence, such is the ingenious Dutch Become a Legend football jersey.

Anna Tokareva

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The colors of motion

Category: Film / Multimedia, Interactive

Let me introduce you to ‘The Colors of Motion’. You will thank me.

Have you seen a movie that took your breath away? Have you ever wondered if there is way to visualise the range of moods throughout an entire cinematic experience through science and colours?

‘The Colors of Motion’ shows you the entire colour scheme of a movie through a complex algorithm that runs visual processing throughout the film. The result of this experiment is this great website. It offers you a range of films and presents a comprehensive colour map of each, where you can scroll through colour bars (or squares) with time stamp and HEX colour codes. You can also see the film frame the colours were processed from.

It is quite interesting to see a whole cinematic feature laid out in such an abstract but also very exact way. You can follow through the full range of moods and environments throughout the movie, translated to colours. Scrolling though the colour range of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ made me actually recall the exact scenes associated with the colour scheme.

I would encourage you to take a look. There is a range of movies there already from different eras and different genres. The site is incredibly well designed and easy to use. A couple of clicks and you can look at some iconic movies in an entirely new way.

Charlie Clark from Brooklyn NY is the creative genius / designer / coder of this initiative. Worth checking out some of his other fantastic projects here.

They are accepting suggestions of which movie to add to this collection. I have a couple of ideas. You should have too!

Kyle Glass

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Jamming with Patatap!

Category: Game Development, Graphic Design, Interactive, Music

Everyone is a DJ … well not really, but Frontier is here to help to unleash your repressed musical side in a really cool way. In a way that  — at least for the first 5 minutes — will not drive people around you crazy and won’t pressure your cat / dog into attacking your face.

Meet Patatap, the hyper-cool interactive beats app (see embedded above the title). Getting started is easy, just hit any letter on your computer keyboard and the tunes will start flowing with colourful minimalistic animation. Basic shapes, lines, circles, triangle patterns flying around your screen, corresponding with sounds and beats. Yes, you are doing it! Yes, this is your time-trap for the day.

More musically literate users can visit the ’Tunes’ page, where they find beat sheets with corresponding letters and a video to hear how each piece supposed to sound.

The creators of this app did an outstanding job! Big kudos to the creative geniuses behind Patatap. Jono Brandel graphic designer and programmer took care of the code and the visuals. The sound samples were created by Lullatone — namely Shawn & Yoshimi, a talented musical duo from Japan.

Give it a go. It’s Magic!

Kyle Glass
Source: Patatap, jonobr1, Lullatone

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JIBO – personal robot to help out at home

Category: Design, Industrial design, Interactive

 

I hope 2015 is going to be the year of personal robots. This is something to look forward to! Personally I’m already tired of this year being ’the year of the smart watch’ although Apple haven’t even announced theirs.

Personal robots at this stage seem to be more like a smartphone with a personified physical presence and seem to build on refined voice- and face recognition technology. It is the ultimate interactive ‘hands free’ experience and if it’s done well it can make life easier.

As usual, Kickstarter and Indigogo is the platform for this sort of innovation, since big technology brands are still more interested in selling outdated technology. We seen initiatives popping up like the Romo which is basically an interactive iPhone app on wheels for kids, and the high-end Pepper, a child sized robot that can recognise human emotions.

Today, we arrived to a nice middle ground with Jibo, ’the family robot’. The first initiative I could see going mainstream through it’s accessibility, open platform and straight-forward features. The designer robotics expert / super-cool person Cynthia Breazeal also managed to make it insanely cute! Kind of reminds me of a simplified version of EVE from Pixar’s WALL-E.

Jibo can see through two high-res cameras, track faces, capture photos and has an immersive video calling feature that takes the concept to the next level. Jimbo can hear everything. It’s sensitive microphones can pick up and process speech, wherever you are in the room. Jibo speaks to you, reads messages, notifications, works like a personal assistant managing your day. It’s artificial intelligence is able to adapt and learn, it communicates with social and emotive cues. Jibo seems likeable through it’s appearance and ‘personality’. Watch the video above to see how it works! I quite like the smart, flexibly moving structure and the expressive eye feature.

Working on a Linux based platform open to developers the potential there is huge. At a later stage it might connect to your home systems to adjust light, sound or control the temperature. It is already impressive how handy it is in everyday situations like ordering your groceries or takeaway food, read up a recipe while you are cooking, take great photos or look up the answer to your questions online.

Jibo is on pre-order for $499 and arrives by the end of 2015. The public release will be early 2016. I look forward to revisit where it has evolved by then. The future is here!

Kyle Glass
Images: http://www.myjibo.com/

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Noémie Goudal at The New Art Gallery Walsall

Category: Architecture, Fine Arts, Intallation, Photography

A powerful narrative unfolds when abandoned places meet the poetic juxtaposition of brutalist manmade structures in French artist Noémie Goudal’s epic photographic work.

Her current exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall in the UK titled ‘The Geometrical Determination of the Sunrise’ shows photo series, stereoscopic images and multi-screen film installations exploring the same theme.

Goudal’s process is absolutely fascinating. Her compositions are completely staged. The artist uses full-scale printouts composed of individual sheets of paper joined together and imports them into eerie abandoned environments. Her constructions refer to butalist and Cosmic Indian architecture, exploring geomorphic structures and the relationship between nature and artifice. The results are breath taking.

‘The Geometrical Determination of the Sunrise’ is shown at The New Art Gallery Walsall until the 14th of September 2014 and produced in co-operation with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, where the exhibition will tour in 2015.

Kyle Glass
Images: © Noémie Goudal

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