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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Milan, Italy
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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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I remember—a galaxy of memories

Category: Interactive, Web Design

What a brilliant and beautiful idea! I Remember is a website created to engage the public and raise awareness and funds on behalf of the Foundation Recherche Medical in France. A mesmerizing galaxy of glowing orbs spreads before us, with a gentle, tinkling soundtrack contributing to the captivating experience of this magical digital space. Clicking on various parts of the landscape to navigate our way around, a few double-clicks zoom in on a selected area, until individual orbs can be clearly distinguished. Each one represents an image and a memory that somebody, somewhere, has uploaded to the side. I have read through a dozen or so and it is terribly addictive. The memories and photographs that random strangers have decided to share range from the silly, to the mysterious, to the devastating and the sweet. The overall experience is immersive and intimate, but also somewhat overwhelming—there must be thousands upon thousands of memories here!

The online social network represents the effects of Alzheimer’s disease—the content gradually fades away if memories are not constantly fed into the community. This adds an extra gentle push to share your own memory, which you can do very easily by uploading an image from your desk top or directly from Facebook or Instagram. Do have a look at the actual website, the screen grabs can only convey so much.

The project was created by a collaboration between agencies 60fps, Werkstatt and CLMBBDO, with the incredibly complex looking front and back-end development done by talented Edan Kwan.

Anna Tokareva

 

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design
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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
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Masters of Art in Communication Design

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Domus Academy

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San Diego, California
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Sketch objects in the air with the LIX 3D printing pen

Category: Architecture, Design, Furniture Design, Illustration, Industrial design, Interior Design, Packaging Design, sculpture

LIX pen

Here is another fascinating initiative that went absolutely nuts on Kickstarter on it’s first day.

LIX is a 3D printing pen that let’s you create objects just by doodling in the air. Launched on the 29th of April, the campaign has collected more then three times the GBP 30,000 funding goal on it’s first day.

It is an incredibly smart concept that brings never before seen ease and portability (not to mention affordability) to entry level 3D printing technology. With LIX is that instead of a processor, you are in charge when sketching up 3D objects. It’s main point of difference is that it’s compact and easy to handle. Using the LIX is really about instant creation, not a mechanical reproduction based on a digital blueprint. This means it allows for all those ‘quick fails’ and ‘lucky accidents’ that are part of the intuitive design process.

I find this concept very intriguing! On top of the artsy-crafty items seen in the video above, LIX brings a new meaning to rapid prototyping — or should we say rapid 3D sketching? I could see it in the hands of designers, architects all over the world as a standard tool to experiment with shape and form at the very early stages. Imagine building a small prototype of a chair instantly? Create freestanding wireframe models and structures on the go?

The LIX pen’s hot-end nozzle melts a plastic filament string that’s feeding in from the upper end of the pen. The filament goes through a patented mechanism while it moves through the body of the pen until the hot nozzle melts it and cools it down at the same time. All this works with electricity from a USB port.

The LIX pen is definitely a huge improvement compared to similar products. It represents excellent design and meticulous craftsmanship. If you want to jump on board with the LIX 3D printing pen, you can get yours on Kickstarter.

Kyle Glass
Image sources: http://lixpen.com/, Kickstarter

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Media Design School

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Diploma of Digital Creativity
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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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Bachelor of Architecture
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Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
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Lytro Illum – reinventing photography?

Category: Design, Industrial design, Photography

The new Lytro Illum is based on a technology that redefines the process of image making as we know and explores entirely new avenues in photography.

We wrote about Lytro’s first light-field camera back in 2011. Now it’s time to check back where they took this concept.

If you follow technology blogs I’m sure you already read about the Lytro Illum. In depth about the light-field technology, the design, it’s weight, price and so forth. So we spare you from these details and focus on the essence and potential of it.

In short, Lytro’s approach to photography is to capture as much data from the field of light as possible — instead of focussing on one particular setup to capture the moment. The multi-dimensional image is captured with an array of micro-lenses. This wealth of data then get’s translated to an interactive ‘image-scape’ where you can redefine the focus freely, as many times you want.

What Lytho does is like capturing a broader aspect of visual reality so you can craft your shot after taking the photo. It is closer to preserve something in the way we perceive with our eyes.

Although back in 2011 we were enthusiastic about this innovative approach, the first Lytro camera was more like a funky toy to experiment with this technology. The new Lytro Illum however takes light-field method to the next level.

With this more advanced camera you can not only play with the focus, you can adjust the perspective of the image after it is captured! This brings a whole new dimension to the concept. Literally.

But don’t just take our word for it, have a play with the embedded interactive images here (second image, after the video) and see it for yourself.

Although the Illum is a significant improvement on the previous model, we are still more fascinated with the concept and technology behind it. I’m convinced that light-field image capturing has huge potential and certainly opens new Frontiers in photography. Imagine producing movies in 3D with only one camera, or have a microscope equipped with this technology for example … We are excited to follow up again in a couple of years.

See more details about the Lytro Illum here.

Kyle Glass
Image source: www.lytro.com/

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Design Scholarships to Milan!

Category: Advertising, Design, Environmental, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Industrial design, Installation, Interactive, Interior Design, Landscape design, Packaging Design, Photography

Here’s your chance to dream big! Our partner institutions NABA & Domus are offering you some amazing scholarships to one of the hottest design destinations on the planet. Milan, Italy!

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Yes, it’s raining scholarships to Milan today on Frontier!
Our two partner schools NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Domus Academy have just launched some great competitions for international students. The winners will receive some exceptional scholarship opportunities.

NABA is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene. NABA is internationally ranked among the world’s best schools of design by Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

For undergraduate studies, NABA is giving away three 40% scholarships. All you have to do is submit your portfolio and do the assessment test. Easy enough! See the requirements here!

The legendary Domus Academy is also located in Milan and it was the first postgraduate design school in Italy. Throughout the years, DA also asserted its importance as a school, in the full meaning of the term: a place for postgraduate education and research labs investigating innovation and design topics.

Domus Academy is working with top brands and influencers like Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Swarovski, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Electrolux and Coca Cola just to name a few … No wonder the institution was named as one of the best design schools in the world by Business Week, Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

Domus Academy is offering 70%, 50% and 30% scholarships to Masters programs in Accessories Design, Car Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Urban Vision and Architecture, Business Design, Visual Brand Design, Interior and Living Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, Product Design and Luxury Brand Management.

Well this is a LOT of opportunities to change your life and achieve your wildest dreams. We say go for it and do it NOW!

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