July 7, 2014

Designer for Miley Cyrus Bangerz show

Not sure what I think about Miley, but I sure do like the pop-surrealist work of her production designer Es Devlin

Link to portfolio for Es Devlin / Stage and Costume Designer

May 1, 2013

History of Photography

September 18, 2012

Mosaic Portraits by Michael Mapes

February 2, 2012

Using Quicktime Player to record desktop

Here are some tips for using your built in QuickTime Player to record movies, audio or your desktop screen... You might use this as a tool to create presentations or tutorials for how to use software.

Free software works on SnowLeopard, Improved on LION

Screen Recording w/ Audio on Mac OSX Lion - FREE

January 20, 2012

Recently Noticed in Digital Culture

Here is where you will post the short description of something interesting you have recently noticed in Digital Culture. Please include the complete URL (http...) and tell us what you have noticed and credit your source. Thanks!

January 16, 2012

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible is an Amnesty International street art project highlighting the plight of six individuals who have suffered human rights abuses.The project is a unique collaboration between German street art collective Mentalgassi and creative team Lisa Jelliffe and Kirsten Rutherford from Wieden + Kennedy London. The installations use special lenticular fence posters. Launched in London last year to highlight the case of Troy Davis, this year the campaign can be seen in 26 locations across 6 European cities. Each installation depicts a close up of an individual's face. The image is invisible from front on, only becoming visible to those approaching the fence. A plaque on each site alerts passers-by to an Amnesty International website where they can take action in support of each of the individuals featured.

Find out more and take action at:

January 5, 2012

Homegrown Art Show

As the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival continues to grow, we are excited to expand the festival to include new and unique artistic experiences for Twin Ports audiences to enjoy. Homegrown is happy once again to announce a visual art component to this year's festival.

Deadline : March 1, 2012

October 22, 2011

Throwable camera > spherical panoramas...

I thought this was cool, especially because of our current project :)
Cole Tengwall :

And see this too:

September 6, 2011

Recently Noticed in Digital Culture

We start out the fall with students posting their observations of trends and interesting developments in digital culture. What have you noticed?

March 19, 2011

Interactive Art > Silk


March 14, 2011

Kinect with a mind of it's own

March 9, 2011

Automatic Writing - William Kentridge

March 6, 2011

Facebook + Egyptian Revolution

Officially, Facebook has remained mum on its role in the protests in Egypt and Tunisia, which grew into full-on revolutions. But this week, reports have surfaced that reveal a somewhat active involvement in the events and outline Facebook's support of democracy and civic engagement...

February 5, 2011

Face to Facebook


Face to Facebook is the latest project by Alessandro Ludovico and Paolo Cirio, the third work in a series that began with Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir.
The artist/authors explain their new net artwork:

"Stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software and then posting them on a custom-made dating website, sorted by their facial expression characteristics..."

Find out more about this netart project :

January 14, 2011

Gaming to re-engage boys in learning?

January 9, 2011

2011 Techno-Cultural Trends

a think lab's 15 trends we'll see in 2011...

What do you think?

November 30, 2010

Spark Festival

Art(ists) on the Verge @ Spark Festival from Steve Dietz on Vimeo.

"Art(ists) on the Verge is the second iteration of a fellowship program run by Northern with the support of the Jerome Foundation. Five artists who do interesting things with new media technology were chosen by a jury to create new works, four of which then were exhibited side by side with artists chosen to represent the visual side of the Spark Festival of electronic music and arts. Altogether, 15 artists in the show at the Regis Center for Visual Art on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota presented a wide range of new media possibility, from film and video, to algorithm-generated sound routines, to interactive or responsive environments."--Ann Klefstad​artists-on-the-verge-2010/​

November 26, 2010

Darwinian thoughts on Beauty

Animator Andrew Park illustrates Denis Dutton's Darwinian theory of beauty.
A TED talk.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

October 20, 2010

Photos to Change the World ?

JR exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. JR, a moving and innovative artist who exhibits freely in the world's streets, has been named the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize.


September 16, 2010

Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong--and how we can fix it.
July 10, 2010 Newsweek Education

September 5, 2010

Tales + Things

Interesting article in New York Times Magazine this morning
The Back Story by ROB WALKER

See >


Various projects like Totem, Itizen and StickyBits use objects as a starting point for sharing personal stories.
In each case, these projects are using some version of barcode technology to connect stories to objects and share them via the web.

August 30, 2010

Skateboard Art Show

Sorry, THIS SHOW IS NOTComing to the Tweed this fall

"Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art" - It did look cool though...

Stix And Jones - original oil paintings on skate boards and canvas: Full Deck Skateboard Show - First Stop, Gallery at Penn College

August 11, 2010

TEDTalks : Unconventional art

Jonathan Harris creates digital artscapes out of Eskimo feasts...

and more here:

July 5, 2010


BIG BAG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

direction and animation by BLU

June 29, 2010

Vimeo Festival + Awards

June 28, 2010

Comics > Graphic Novels > Film

Here are some links to works that migrate from comics / graphic novels into film...

Comic Book Confidential is a feature-length documentary that profiles twenty-two of the most significant artists and writers working in comic books, graphic novels and strip-art in North America today. Featuring: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernadez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francaise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman

Here is a list of films based on comics :

Comics to Film

Sin City Trailer

Sin City Comic vs. Movie Comparison

Film Noir > explained in 2 minutes:

Visions of Light: Noir Cinematography

Video Tips &Tricks ep05: How to light video Film Noir Style :

June 19, 2010

For our Turkish Travelers

All about Turkey from alcinoo on Vimeo.

Short film in stop-motion, 4'46".
Photo shooting: August 09, Istanbul Turkey
Animation: September 09, Alba Italy
Editing: October November 09, Turin Italy

Shooted and animated by
Nicola Destefanis
Maria Luisa Calosso

June 9, 2010

Lawrence Lessig on Remix / Copyright

May 23, 2010

Andrea Dezsö: Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly

Andrea Dezsö: Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly from Rice Gallery on Vimeo.

This video was filmed April 9, 2010 at the opening luncheon for Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly, Andrea Dezsö's site-specific installation at Rice Gallery. In it, Dezsö discusses the inspiration for and creation of her installation.

© 2010 Rice University Art Gallery

May 7, 2010

RIP > Remix Manifesto

Filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. Also featuring Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow.

Love & Theft > mind-blowing animation

nfb -- The National Film Board of Canada, in association with the Cannes Short Film Corner, welcomes you to the 6th NFB Online contest.
Director: Andreas Hykade
Length: 7'05
Andreas Hykade has been working as a freelance filmmaker and since 2000 as a professor of Animation at the School of Arts and Design Kassel. His films include: The King is Dead (1990), We Lived in Grass (1995), Ring of Fire (2000), Tom & the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam & Honey(series, since 2003), The Runt (2006), The Bunjes (2007), and Love & Theft (2010) among others.
Origin: Germany

May 6, 2010

Box Animation

Box Animation from Jordan Clarke on Vimeo.

April 27, 2010

Songs of Imagination and Digitisation

William Blake collaborative book / website
Features: Sound and moving images, walks and talks, opportunities to participate.

Songs of Imagination and Digitisation is an illuminated book for the digital age, published by if:book with support from Arts Council England. Unlike more conventional books on paper, Songs of Imagination and Digitisation contains sound and moving images, involves walks and talks, even an imaginary brain made of copper plates, plus opportunities to enter your own thoughts and ideas. The book grew over a few months, with commissions and themes emerging along the way.

Alice for the iPad

UTOPIA MATTERS > show at Guggenheim

Nice to see this show coming up at the Guggenheim museum in NYC on a theme we worked with earlier this year...

Utopia Matters: From Brotherhoods to Bauhaus
May 1 - July 25, 2010

Utopia Matters: From Brotherhoods to Bauhaus will examine a sequence of international case studies from the early nineteenth century through 1933, when the Bauhaus closed in Berlin and the ascendancy of Fascism and Stalinism curbed or negatively reframed artistic endeavors, and investigate the evolution of utopian ideas in modern Western artistic thought and practice. It will address the movements of Primitivism, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and Arts and Crafts, the Cornish Colony, Neo-Impressionism, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism.

April 19, 2010

Neighbours > made with SnapDragonAR

April 14, 2010

Golan Levin > artist + software engineer

New Interfaces for Human Technology

April 13, 2010

Augmented Reality Kids Clothes

Magic Tee by Brights & Stripes

Questioning Copyright

open for discussion... !

April 12, 2010

Big Screen AR

Big Screen Augmented Reality from The Sancho Plan on Vimeo.

April 8, 2010

Pixels > Video

Patrick Jean envisions a world gone pixilated.

April 2, 2010

Locative Media

Locative media involves emerging technologies such as: mobile phones, GPS, wireless networks, and other hand-held or portable devices.

These technologies enable inter-connectivity between locations, determine locations and mapping and enable participation in storytelling and games. They have become increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives and public spaces, and are radically changing how people work and live. In addition, these technologies raise complex questions about public/private rights, laws and responsibilities...

Locative media can be used to express specific attributes of place through local history, connecting us to and with histories of architecture, urban space, the changing city and the combinations of news, folklore, and data flows which allow us to interpret and
understand where we live. How can local history be mapped? Is it collaborative or authorial? What kinds of stories constitute the history of a place? What kinds of data are place-based?

from City Centered: A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community

Some links :
Random Magazine
Why is Locative Media Art Socially Relevant...?
Locative Media projects
The Mobile City
Narrative Archaeology
The Where Project
Place Blogging
Smart Mobs Book

Posted On: September 14, 2009
Posted In: animal, art, exhibition, gps, locative, performance, prize
Comments: No Responses is an analogue/digital project that will gather data using innovative techniques during four journeys taken by the artist Cristian Bettini and a donkey equipped with digital hardware such as a GPS, a mobile Internet connection, a computer, a camera and a video camera. It will create a memory of Asturias, producing and collecting information, re-mapping the territory and geo-categorising knowledge.

The Center for Locative Media works with different cultural and educational communities to enable the creation, delivery, and distribution of narrative histories of people and places using emerging and locative technologies.

At the 2004 Transmediale festival in Berlin, a locative media project titled .walk (dot-walk) received an honorable mention in the prestigious festival's Software Award. Developed by Utrecht-based arts collective Social Fiction, .walk combined computer code and "psychogeographic" urban exploration. Participants of .walk left the doors of the gallery to follow a randomly generated path through the city, thereby, according to Social Fiction, "calculating" the city as though it were a "peripatetic computer."

March 7, 2010

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg

Elly Prestegård > Artgarden


Elly Prestegård 's blog
ARTGARDEN - the crossroad

Na'vi People of Hometree Wisconsin

Portrait of The Na'vi People of Hometree Wisconsin.

February 24, 2010

Women's (ART) Work

Women's Work
Published: February 12, 2010
The Whitney Biennial's title, "2010," suggests that the art of the moment has achieved gender equality, even if the market for it has not.

February 22, 2010

Augmented Reality Biz Card

February 20, 2010

Posters of Protest + Persuasion + Pride

Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Just Seeds

Docs Populi - documents for the public

Renee Wanner's Poster page

Hungarian Posters

Posters in Action

Decade of Protest > exhibition held at Track 16 Gallery

Graphic Witness

Art of Democracy

Powers of Persuasion

February 18, 2010

WOW meets Bosch

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Digital artwork by Robert Nideffer, inspired by Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and The Temptation of St. Anthony. Nideffer works with virtual environments and behavior, interface theory and design, technology and culture, game studies.

February 17, 2010

Digital Graffiti

Digital Graffiti at the Olympic Village from Alex Beim on Vimeo.

February 11, 2010

Visual Music


Center for Visual Music is a nonprofit film archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and avant-garde media. CVM is commited to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork.

February 9, 2010

The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator

For fun
The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator

February 5, 2010

Twit Dress


Imogen Heap's 'Twitdress'

...the necklace was a digital sign displaying messages that her fans were writing on to her Twitter profile. Those tweets were relayed to her jewellery through a wireless router -- equipment that provides an internet connection -- embedded inside her black dress.

Vending Machine Art

What is an Art-o-mat?
Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are 82 active machines in various locations throughout the country. What do you get from an Art-o-mat? The experience of pulling the knob alone is quite a thrill, but you also walk away with an original work of art. What an easy way to become an art collector.


In Minneapolis, the mission of Altered Esthetics' art vending machine is to make affordable artwork from local, national, and international artists accessible to everyone. Altered Esthetics' art vending machine is also a great opportunity to help artists promote and expose their artwork to the public.

see A Brief History of Art Vending Machines

Even book arts are available in vending machines ... Read this blog

February 2, 2010

Digital Nation on PBS > watch it online

In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Please watch this!
Of special interest to our class is the part about Virtual Worlds.

February 1, 2010

2010 Whitney Biennial

2010Biennial at the Whitney Museum in NYC

Inside Art
Reality Leaves a Fingerprint on the Biennial
Published: December 11, 2009
In these recessionary times, the 2010 edition of the Whitney Biennial will be smaller than it has been in recent years, with just 55 artists.

Current digital arts exhibitions are accessible here, as are past exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial Internet art projects. A collection area archives the works of net art and digital art in the Whitney Museum's holdings, including Douglas Davis' The World's First Collaborative Sentence, the first work of Internet art acquired by the Whitney Museum in 1995.

January 29, 2010

Machinima > a new art form

A Japanese ghost story adapted from Hearn's "Yuki-Onna"(Kwaidan). Directed by Michelle Pettit-Mee. Filmed entirely in the Sims 2, October 2006. Winner of Best Story at the European Machinima Festival '07.

So, what is Machinima?
From the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences

Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.

In an expanded definition, it is the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development. Machinima is real-world filmmaking techniques applied within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence.

By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control.

Archive of Machinima Films is a website, operated by Machinima, Inc., that aims to be a hub for machinima, the art of creating animated videos in real-time virtual 3-D environments. The site features machinima-related articles, news, and Internet forums.

ILL Clan Animation Studios is an award-winning machinima animation studio with over ten years of experience producing original content and work for hire. Called "machinima masters" by Wired Magazine we've been a key player in pioneering this medium since its origins in 1997.

The Art of Machinima on Vimeo

Machinima Podcasts

List of Machinima Film Festivals


Machinima Festival Europe

Angela Thomas blogs about Machinima here, with some great examples:
Proposing A Machinima Canon

Paul Marino blog

More about Machinima

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January 24, 2010

Avatars in Digital Culture

The term avatar was first popularized as a concept in cyber culture and science fiction through books like Neal Stephenson's 1992 classic, Snow Crash.
Stephenson uses the word "avatar" in his novel: "The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse (the virtual reality internet)."

Virtual worlds, avatar experiences and communication tools are becoming more prevalent in digital culture. Here are some recent books that discuss the contemporary use of avatars:

I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life (New Riders) (Paperback) Mark Stephen Meadows (Author)
Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2008)
From the Book Description:
What is an avatar? Why are there nearly a billion of them, and who is using them? Do avatars impact our real lives, or are they just video game conceits? Is an avatar an inspired rendering of its creator's inner self, or is it just one among millions of anonymous vehicles clogging the online freeways? Can we use our avatars to really connect with people, or do they just isolate us? And as we become more like our avatars do they become more like us?

Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators ~ Robbie Cooper (Author) Publisher: Chris Boot (May 1, 2007)
From the Book Description: ...presenting the phenomenon of the contemporary avatar-the virtual characters gamers choose and design to engage in 3D worlds online. Portraits of gamers from the United States, Europe, China, and Japan (including leading figures of the gaming world) are paired with digital images of their alter egos, graphically dramatizing the gap between fantasy and reality.


Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft® Reader
-by Hilde G. Corneliussen and Jill Walker Rettberg
Publisher: The MIT Press (May 31, 2008)
From the Book Description: World of Warcraft is the world's most popular massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), with (as of January 2008) more than ten million active subscribers across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia who play the game an astonishing average of twenty hours a week. This book examines the complexity of World of Warcraft from a variety of perspectives, exploring the cultural and social implications of the proliferation of ever more complex digital gameworlds.

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January 23, 2010

13 Most Beautiful Avatars


Through 2006 and 2007, Eva and Franco Mattes (who are also known as 0100101110101101.ORG) created portraits of avatars, i.e. the customizable personas that people inhabit in online virtual worlds. Addressing the new online environments as places to socialize, nurture celebrity, and perhaps leave one's real self behind, these images capture members of the popular online virtual world Second Life, combining the traditions of glamour photography with the brilliant colors and hard-line aesthetics of the game-world. The Mattes' work questions both the traditional role of portraiture and the nature of the morphing relationship between identity and public presentation in virtual worlds. Like Andy Warhol's legendary Factory, Second Life is about the creation of alternate identities, of building and living a fantasy.

(statement from their website)

Also see ArtNews Magazine
Feb 2008

January 22, 2010

Virtual Italy

I spent some time over the holidays climbing cathedrals and riding a virtual horse through the Tuscan countryside. Twas violent, but incredible.

December 17, 2009

Think again > Outside the Box

outside the box from joseph Pelling on Vimeo.

Outside the Box with Digital Artist Awards winner Joseph Pelling

December 8, 2009

Word to Mother Video Studio Visit

Artist Profile : WordToMother from Andrew Telling on Vimeo.

December 3, 2009

New Zealand Book Council > Stop Mo

Film for NZ Book Council

Produced by Colenso BBDO
Animated by Andersen M Studio

November 4, 2009

Chilean Stop Motion Animation

LUIS from diluvio on Vimeo.

Luis, is the second short in a series titled Lucia, Luis y el lobo by Chilean artists Niles Atallah, Cristobal Leon, and Joaquin Cociña. Luis was created using dirt, flowers, charcoal, found objects, and cardboard. It's sister video, Lucia, was also shot frame by frame with a digital photo camera.

June 29, 2009

Young Creatives > in How Mag

And more inspiration from the new issue of How

May 15, 2009

Art vs Design

Artists Wanted

Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent. We have experienced first hand the difficulties in breaking into the professional art world and it is our mission to make this process more welcoming, dynamic and open-ended.

May 11, 2009

RIP > Remix Manifesto

RIP: A remix Manifesto | Open Source Cinema - An Open Source Documentary Film about Copyright

RiP: A remix manifesto is an open source documentary about copyright and remix culture. Created over a period of six years, the film features the collaborative remix work of hundreds of people who have contributed to this website, helping to create the world's first open source documentary.

April 1, 2009

Layer Tennis in Photoshop

What Is Layer Tennis?
... a series of live design events called Layer Tennis, played by remixing images in rounds using digital art tools...

UP NEXT: Friday, April 3, 2009 - An All-UK Match with
Simon Cook vs Rex Crowle with commentary by Anne Ward
a Special Early Starting Time ( 10AM Minnesota time)
Two competitors swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a "volley" and then we post that to the site live. The players may be designers, animators, illustrators or pretty much anything else, and they can use any tool or application they like. The match progresses volley by volley. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action as it happens. The match lasts for ten volleys and when it's complete, opinioned Season Ticket Holders sound off and we declare a winner. Check Tennis HQ for more information and links to past matches.

more info> and sign up for free season tickets...
Layer Tennis is a series of live design events on Friday afternoons presented by Adobe® Creative Suite® 4.

View example matches on youtube...

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.

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

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!

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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

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

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December 2, 2008

No Coast Craft-o-rama



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December 1, 2008

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

November 18, 2008

BLU graffiti animation

MUTO is a new short film by Blu: it’s a time-lapse "wall animation" made in Buenos Aires and Baden. Soundtrack for the animation is by Andrea Martignoni.

This is the best new artform I've seen in ages. I love this stuff. Hypnotic and amazing.

Might be faster to view

More info in June 2008 issue of Print magazine. Blu is one of 12 illustrators featured in their article Drawn Together: Conversations with 12 Exceptional European Illustrators.

And more on designboom

November 8, 2008

Global Noize


Here's a nice entry about the recent election on the six degrees records blog and a free downloadable song by Rara Avis - "Uplifted by Hope"...
Global Noize: Yes We Did!

October 30, 2008

Campaign Design Remix

Democracy, designers and Obama - the johnson banks thought for the week

Campaign Design Remixes...

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October 23, 2008

Builders Association at the Walker


going to see this

...New York City-based wizards the Builders Association (Aladeen, Super Vision), with fingers firmly pressed to the pulse of today's changing world, weave an engrossing fable about ways that constant connectivity alters our sense of distance and intimacy. A globe-hopping father and his homebound daughter, whose lives are transformed by digital speed and failing cell phones, and the other intriguing characters who populate this story are propelled by leading-edge computer animation, electronic music, and live performance. A participatory Web site ( and local filming of key scenes further conflate the global and the local, the mediated and the real.

they use this software

October 18, 2008


MCAD students worked with Chank Fonts to develop a typeface based on a visit to the Minneapolis Eat Street area...


Chank: Free Fonts
watch the video and download the free font

August 30, 2008


Stefan G. Bucher creates a brand new monster every day, time-lapsed before your very eyes. He talks about graphic design, illustration, ... here:

His work is also featured on the new issue of MimoZine, a flash-drive magazine from Boston.

this drive is designed by Gary Basemen. I will bring mine to class for show and tell!

August 27, 2008

Minnehaha on the Block


Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale
Brandon Stahl Duluth News Tribune
Published Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The city council passed a resolution early Tuesday morning allowing the city administration to sell the “Minnehaha? stained glass window. The window, currently housed at the Depot, could bring the city anywhere from $1.9 to $3 million, money that would go to repairing the city’s budget deficit and building up its reserve fund, Mayor Don Ness has said.

go to the Duluth News Tribune link to log your opinion with a vote.
Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale


The image was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha.? The poem tells the legend of Hiawatha and his sweetheart Minnehaha by the shores of Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior). The enormously popular poem is partially responsible for historical misconceptions about these fictional characters.

Designed by Tiffany’s artist Ann Westin, the window was commissioned by the state of Minnesota for our exhibition pavilion at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. After the World’s Fair, the state sold the window to the St. Louis County Women’s Auxiliary, (raising money for it by schoolchildren donating pennies...!)

Jim Heffernan's commentary

More facts about the window > Who is Minnehaha? > The history of the window >

August 26, 2008

The Daily Heller

Art Director, educator and curator, Steven Heller is one of the most prolific writers on the topic of graphic design, ever. Does he even sleep?
His bio on Wikipedia.

We are using his Design Literacy book as a text in Graphic Design 2 this semester.
Check out his Print Magazine blog for daily observations about all things design...

The Daily Heller:

August 18, 2008


September 5 -6 2008 / Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

For one weekend the PICTOPLASMA NYC conference transforms the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts into a character design Mecca. The event brings together an international scene of artists, designers and agencies and offers a unique forum for all those working with the visualization and application of character design. Whether illustration, animation, graphic design, urban vinyl, underground plush, street or fine art - the emphasis is not on the limits of style or format, but on the shared dedication to explore character-driven aesthetics. The lively exchange between the various disciplines highlights the importance of character design in contemporary visual culture.

from their website

i wish i could go to this

Serious Play

2 design students, Saejean Oh and Kathryn McFarlane, from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA talking about their choice of Benjamin Franklin and their creative process in arriving at an innovative solution to a class project based on Serious Play.

Serious Play Conference Link

May 23, 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


I love this book, which I just read out loud to my son. Paris, train stations, automatons, and the early magic of cinema. How can you go wrong?
This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it's not quite a picture book, and it's not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.
(from the website for the book)

And this collection from the Getty:
Devices of Wonder

May 14, 2008

i love typography

15 Great Examples of Web�Typography | i love typography, the typography blog

Brush up on typography this summer...
play the font game
and use
What the Font?!
to help you identify those hard to match typefaces

Design History Links

Women's Design History Project

sometimes a difficult topic to research, this archive makes it easier!

found via this excellent Design History Page

and thoughts on new books on the subject

May 13, 2008

MaternaCord Commercial

YouTube - MaternaCord Commercial

Perhaps the art student at Yale would have had more success if she had taken a comic approach?

New Twist on Body Art

Yale Senior's 'Abortion Art' Whips Up Debate, Protests -

“The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body,? Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said in a written statement e-mailed to the News this afternoon.

May 12, 2008

UMD Cribs (MTV Parody)

this is the best tour of UMD ever!

May 9, 2008


Attend this Lunch and Talk
Lake Superior Advertising Federation
with guests from
John Sayles and Sheree Clark
Tuesday, May 13th
11:45 am
Tweed Museum of Art, UMD Campus
Cost is $10 for students

YOU MUST RSVP by this Friday, May 9th.
RSVP to Jen Walker at (218) 722-4421 or at

May 7, 2008

The Cans Festival in London


The Cans Festival

Banksy's Cans Festival, a three day graffiti art extravaganza happened this past weekend in London. Work will be visible in London for the summer... if you pass through, check it out.

May 5, 2008


Duluth Art Institute presents:
the exhibit runs Mar 6 – Jun 24, 2008

Opening Reception
Fri May 9, 2008 5-7pm

This show features some ambitious UMD students

from the DAI website:
The work of these student photographers transcends the usual perception of “student work? and their ability to participate competently in this type of exhibition reflects highly on the strength of the photography program in the Department of Art and Design at UMD.

April 29, 2008

Graffiti Research Lab

Digital Studio students were discussing the use of laser technology for performance based graffiti onto architecture...


April 25, 2008

Home Grown Music Festival

10th Duluth Home Grown Music Festival :: 2008
Don't miss this potluck of great music at venues all over town April 27 - May 4.
Including UMD students

Jerree Small and COYOTE
10pm Sun 4/27 | Pizza Lucé


Trevor Klueg in United Men Divide
10:15pm Fri 5/2 | The Encounter

April 23, 2008

AGI Student Conference in Chicago

Design students can plan ahead to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...

from the conference website:
On September 23-28, 2008, over 1000 of the world’s top designers, students, educators and graphic arts professionals will converge in Chicago for the 2008 AGI Congress and AGI Student Conference. Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) will bring their annual Congress to America for only the third time in fifty years. Billed as the global design event of 2008, the event will present lectures, exhibitions, and a host of unique interactions with the world’s most notable leaders from the design profession.

Speakers include
paul sahre
john bielenberg
niklaus troxler
carin goldberg
michael bierut
paula scher
rick valicenti
seymour chwast
dana arnett
and others

Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the world’s most respected graphic designers, illustrators and commercial artists. With representation from over 15 countries, the collective work of AGI members represents the finest packaging, identity, publication, illustration and poster works in the world.

April 15, 2008

Student Show Time >> NEW!!

2 - 4 pm Saturday April 19th
UMD Student Exhibit Opening at the Tweed Museum

Dean Bowman was a good sport about trying on the artwork
like this sculpture by Cathy Hesch

and here are some more pics from the event...

Port 1 : on : 1 >> Brave-O !

Four intrepid Graphic Design 1 students from UMD braved the blizzard conditions
to attend AIGA MN Portfolio one on one event last weekend.


More comments by these go-getters...

April 10, 2008

SEE YOU at the SHOW!

Art + Design Annual Student Exhibition
University of Minnesota Duluth
Tweed Museum of Art

The Student Show opening is canceled for tomorrow night and
REscheduled for NEXT SATURDAY A F T E R N O O N>>

2 to 4 PM

Record Cover series by Tiffany Szerpicki

Come see the show, enjoy the free food and receive awards!

Digital Image series by Amber Szerpicki

Whether or not you have work in the show, it's important to support your friends!

Special thanks to our exhibition jurors:

Robin Murphy, MFA, Cranbook Academy of Art, creates functionally and sculptural ceramics in her Bayfield, WI studio. Robin was the juror for studio art work in the annual student exhibition.

Jeff Johnson is the founder and owner of the Innovative Spunk Design Machine in Minneapolis. Jeff selected the graphic design works for the annual student exhibition.

April 5, 2008

Faith Ringgold + Alison Aune

Alison Aune and several art education majors from UMD recently attended a National Art Education Association conference in New Orleans to present their project.... The Turkish Tulip and Arabesque: A University and Community Collaboration presented by Alison Aune-Hinkel with Natalie L. Patrick, Debra Lindholm. Inspired by Turkish decorative arts, university students and art teachers developed and disseminated lesson plans for children that integrated botanical, symbolic, and geometric patterns.

They had a great trip down there. One highlight for Alison was attending a doll making workshop with the legendary Faith Ringgold. Alison was simply glowing from the positive experience!

More about the conference + special workshop:

Here's a pic of Faith and Alison with her doll:


Read more about Faith Ringgold here:

April 4, 2008

Jeff Johnson > SPUNK

Yesterday Jeff Johnson from Spunk Design Machine in Minneapolis spoke to our students about his work.
See SPUNK's work >>

Jeff is a terrific speaker and students were really inspired. Many were impressed by his positive energy and playful irreverence for a wide range of subjects. He spoke with passion about his creative process, career journey and love for working with clients. All this while dressed in full Viking costume!

Picture this guy, with long blond braids, fur trimmed vest and horned headgear.

I was heartened by his take on the career potential of the young creatives in the room... He pointed out the downturn in the traditional advertising model of interruption and the upturn in creative formats that welcome or invite the audience in to a conversation. It's an appealing, friendly model of communication. Again I was reminded that skill sets that include storytelling (from storyboarding to motion graphics) are key for students entering the market today.

Jeff will be spending today judging the UMD student exhibit which opens next Sat in the Tweed Museum.

March 28, 2008

PLAYLAND Revisited


The New York Times had an article on gender toys and Ugly Dolls this Sunday. They claim that Ugly Dolls are particularly appealing to boys.

Here is a website devoted to vinyl toys and a link to blank DIY toys you can buy and alter...

This week we wrapped up our DIGITAL PLAYLAND projects in Digital Studio 2 class.

view gallery of projects

Students were asked to investigate recreational and playful opportunities for adults in digital culture. Some areas of interest : virtual worlds, video games, web comics, character design and toys created using digital tools.

Here's an image from Sam Pickard's project. His wacky character designs for an imagined video game are created using 3d modeling techniques.


More project ideas and reflections by students...

Continue reading "PLAYLAND Revisited" »

February 25, 2008

World Beard and Moustache Championships

A fascinating and refined area of visual culture:


February 21, 2008

For Laughs

On the heels of our Digital Composite project, I found a series of satirical photoshop tutorials on YouTube. ( short films from They may be faster to view on YouTube though.
Caution: These may be a bit raunchy for some, but if you've spent hours trying to master photoshop, they may make you laugh til you cry!

You Suck at Photoshop ( episodes 1 - 6)


February 3, 2008

Elegant interfaces

On Digg, stories are arranged around a colorful circle.

Electronic Book Review's colorful interface was designed by Anne Burdick.

December 16, 2007

Art Shanty Project 2008

This unique to Minnesota art event is worth the field trip...

Opening Day: Saturday, January 19, 2008
Closing Day: Saturday, February 23, 2008

Last year was the fourth and to date biggest Art Shanty Projects organized by David Pitman and Peter Haakon Thompson as a program of The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, some 65 artists built Shanties, performed, created sculptures and interacted with the public. Over 3000 visitors braved the artic chill as temperatures ranged from –12 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit to interact with artists and shanties, see Art Cars and participate in activities from boggle to knitting to karaoke. The show received extensive media coverage, bringing a large and diverse audience including lake residents, ice fishers, suburbanites, city dwellers, artists and snow-mobilers.

November 14, 2007

Digital Tools

Hi Joellyn,
I came across a video of a digital art device called the I/O Brush. It has been around
for a year or two so you may have seen it, but thought I'd send just in case you haven't.
I am amazed by what can be done with it. It is essentially a camera brush that picks up color, texture and video that you can paint with on a special screen canvas. It is just unbelievable and I thought you would really like to see it.
Happy Viewing,
There are video demonstrations towards the bottom of the page.

October 15, 2007

Bill Thorburn > Art + Design Lecture

Don't Miss this lecture in the Tweed!
Bill Thorburn
Tuesday,October 16, 2007, 6pm

Bill Thorburn became founding principal of Carmichael Lynch Thorburn (CLT)in 1996. CLT, Minneapolis, specializes in the design needs of clients looking to establish their identities and build their brands.

Thorburn has 20 years of internationally recognized design expertise. He started way back then with a fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He worked in the agency setting for several years and then became design director for Dayton–Hudson's– Marshall Fields. With CLT, Thorburn exercises his vision for strategic, powerful, lasting design every day. His list of client work is impressive: Nike, Microsoft, Harley–Davidson, Neiman Marcus, Dayton's, Caribou Coffee, ESPN, and Porsche, just to name a few. Bill Thorburn's design work is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art in London, and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. He has also had individual exhibits in Japan and London.

some recent work by Carmichael Lynch Thorburn>


September 17, 2007

Morphing Art History

A friend sent me this link to a video that morphs faces of women throughout European art history:

It's hypnotic.

October 3, 2006

Walker Art Center: Giant Robot

If you think this stuff is too silly, beware:
the Walker is taking it seriously!

Attack of the Giant Robot
Thursday, October 5th
Walker Art Center

William and Nadine McGuire Theater, 7 pm

Artist Talk: Giant Robot
From movie stars, musicians, and skateboarders to toys, technology, and history, Giant Robot magazine covers cool aspects of Asian and Asian American pop culture. In 1994, Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong launched the publication with no budget, no bureaucratic meetings, and no excuses to anyone. Demonstrating know-how and attitude from the coeditors΄ punk-rock zine background, the first Giant Robot was a stapled and photocopied digest in an edition of 240. Since then, it has grown more than 100 times larger, gaining accolades as one of the best zines from the L.A. Weekly, L.A. New Times, Wired, and Zine Guide as it tackles magazine racks around the world.

Presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC)

Ugly Dolls

These are fun too:

Ugly Dolls

Pop Surrealism + Vinyl Toys

Ok, I'm asking all my students to post to this blog interesting things that they have noticed from visual culture. Here is what I have tuned in to over the past year or two:

I am following the artists featured in Juxtapoz magazine, whose work is sometimes categorized as Pop Surrealism. Some of this work I find too creepy or too cute, but sometimes it hits just the right edge between creepy and cute, and that intrigues me. Much of it echos with the punk art popular in the late 1970s-80s. I like the low-brow sensibility, and the way it thumbs its nose at the establishment, often with humor and decoy sweetness.

Juxtapoz magazine

Another recent passion of mine is the designer vinyl toy world. I have begun my own humble collection of these quirky artifacts and have some designs of my own on the drawing board.

About Designer Vinyl Toys::

more links in the comments::