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December 22, 2008

Ferenc Cakó animation

If you haven't seen sand animation before, check out this beautiful example on youtube...
link to youtube
Vivaldi Four Seasons Winter Sand Animation film Ferenc Cakó

link to more about the artist

more of his films

Ferenc Cakó was born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1950. His individual and special sand animation show is very popular all over the world. Sand animation is done on a stage, where people can see Mr. Cako actually doing the performance. He is performing in total darkness, and the picture is projected out with a high power and resolution video projector.

December 18, 2008

Subversive Cross Stitch

Always there to help your home feel cozy for the holidays...

Subversive Cross Stitch began in the spring of 2003 as a form of anger management therapy when Julie Jackson was dealing with a mean idiot* boss. She began to offer this crafty form of therapy to others through subversive crafting kits. ..


Custom Toys Galore!

Hero Builders
Build your own hip hop action figures and urban action figures right here, online. This is the first site on the Internet that has totally customizable toys and12" action figures. ...The race you want, the look, the clothes, even the eye and hair color can be changed!


Toy Builders
Stereolithography (SLA) and vacuum-casting is the technology used to make rapid-prototype toys. We can work from sketches or digital files of any kind in order to create your product. Using your images, sketches or 3D files from any 3D program we can create any product or toy you imagine instantly.


Bigshot Toyworks is a creative studio specializing in the design and production of unique collectables, toys and art objects.


World of Warcraft
FigurePrints are one-of-a-kind, custom statues of your World of Warcraft® characters created using high-tech 3D color printing machines. Our artists pull your character from the virtual world and bring it to life.

Rockband Merch
Rock Band 2 developer Harmonix has opened a new section of its game's official site allowing players to order custom merchandise based on their in-game bands -- including 6-inch figurines of individual bandmates.

DIY Fleece gifts


Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.
By Chrisjob

A truly useful and affordable Do it yourself holiday gift...
Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves. � Curbly | DIY Design Community � Keywords: scarf, scarves, fabric, print

December 12, 2008

3d models in Photoshop

Here's a great way to bring editable 3d models into photoshop for product mockups and other digital compositing:

Photoshop® CS3 Extended Plug-in for Google 3D Warehouse is a free plug-in that enables you to search and download 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse? directly from Adobe® Photoshop CS3 Extended.
the plug in will give you this new 3D toolbar in photoshop for rotating and altering 3d models. After you open a 3D model you can change the model's position, camera view, lighting, or render mode, create a cross-section view, or play animation contained in the 3D file. To create these changes, you use the Photoshop 3D tools.

BUT FIRST you must download the free plug in for CS3 extended Google 3D Warehouse
from http://www.labs.adobe.com

Once you have downloaded the plug-in, you can search Google 3D Warehouse from Photoshop CS3 Extended by going to File>Automate>Search Google for 3D Model.
search for a file you want + download it (everything from pop cans to cars to greek temples!)

NOTE> all of this will be changing + updating in the new CS4 software!

In photoshop CS3 open the 3D file and IN THE LAYERS WINDOW
double click on the extra little box icon (near the eyeball icon) on your layer.

WHEN YOU DOUBLE CLICK correctly, it then brings up that 3D toolbar at the top
AND THE CURSER changes to a rotating arrow...

PLEASE READ help + tutorials for more info!
Transforming 3D models (Photoshop Extended)

Note: When you are using the 3D tools, you will not be able to access other Photoshop
functions or menu commands until you save or cancel any changes to the 3D content.

AND for more information
on using the plug-in or the 3D capabilities in Photoshop CS3 Extended, see the Getting
Started section on the adobe labs download site.

December 10, 2008

Design Literacy > Continued

For extra credit in GD2 post your comments here...

You can comment about another of the essay's in Steven Heller's Design Literacy book
(an essay from the MEDIA section?)

or about another article on Voice: AIGA Journal of Design
Voice: AIGA Journal of Design is an online publication for the discussion of design matters, featuring insightful interviews, engaging essays and thoughtful criticism.

Don't forget to list the name of the essay + author and give us your insight about it!

December 6, 2008

Erik Loyer's SWING for Wii

Erik Loyer's Swing demo is an experience with Jazz typography. Check it out.

New version of Swing the Wii Remote typographic karaoke Flash experience, to debut this Saturday http://erikloyer.com/index.php/blog/

Since it's debut last year, "Swing" has evolved into a kind of typographic
karaoke experience--we’ll use online services to stream your choice of
song, download the lyrics, and get you waggling your way to happiness.

from his website
Generous Machine : Experiments

Erik Loyer is a media artist whose work explores the ways in which digital interactivity can enable human eloquence. Through motion, semantics, narrative and music, Loyer’s internationally exhibited works engage the idea of eloquence as a transformative force.

Loyer created the award-winning The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum. He received a 1999 Rockefeller Film/Video/New Media Fellowship to develop Chroma, a a serialized narrative about racial identity and the digital that went on to win the Best Digital Creation award at the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media.

December 2, 2008

No Coast Craft-o-rama



The No Coast Craft-o-rama (NCCOR) is a craft event that began in December 2005 as a way to feature a variety of designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators of unique handmade goods.
Where and when is the 2008 event?

NCCOR 2008 will take place Friday, December 5, from 3 PM to 8PM and Saturday, December 6 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

December 1, 2008

Music + Design

Some Graphic Design 2 students are choosing to work on design for music in their final projects...

Some inspiration
Jim Flora :: Fine Art Prints :: Album Cover Art

Album Cover Art

more links below


Aesthetic Apparatus

American Poster Institute

Gig Posters

Across the Graphic Universe: An Interview with John Berg by Paul Nini October 30, 2007

Art Chantry

Tom Vanderbilt
The Rise and Fall of Rock and Roll Graphic Design

Digital Snowflakes

Need a Snow Day?

Get into that seasonal mood by making a digital snowflake...

or here
Make-a-Flake - A snowflake maker by Barkley Interactive

or here

or here

OR EVEN MAKE fractal snowflakes here