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March 26, 2014 / By

Patatap Playfully Combines Sounds and Visuals

Patatap

Patatap is a portable animation and sound kit that’s controlled by key commands and touch controls. It combines playful sounds with abstract shapes that aniamte in creative ways, which give visual feedback as you create music. Amazingly enough you can try it out for yourself in the embed below.

What’s interesting is where the motivation to build Patatap came from, which builds off the idea of triggering synesthesia as well as the art of Mondrian and Kandinsky.

The motivation behind Patatap is to introduce the medium of Visual Music to a broad audience. Artists working in this field vary in discipline but many aim to express the broader condition of Synesthesia, in which stimulation of one sensory input leads to automatic experiences in another. Hearing smells or seeing sounds are examples of possible synesthesia. In the case of Patatap, sounds trigger colorful visual animations.

The history behind the aesthetic expression of synesthesia arose from the paintings of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky and the early videos of Viking Eggeling and Norman McLaren, to the contemporary animations of Oskar Fischinger and softwares of C.E.B. Reas. Patatap takes elements from all these visionaries and aims to present this concept in a direct way.

The project is a collaboration between Jono Brandel, who has a knack for combining design with computer wizardry, and Lullatone, a musical duo based out of Nagoya, Japan. Together they’ve made abeautiful fusion of technology, design, art, and music that I’ve rarely seen achieved.

March 26, 2014 / By

‘Vibes Melt Down 2043’, a ceramic skull incense burner by Cody Hudson

"Vibes Melt Down", a ceramic skull incense burner by Cody Hudson

I’m a big fan of Chicago based artist and designer Cody Hudson so this collaboration he did with Case Studyo is high on my list of art objects I’m craving. It’s called Vibes Melt Down 2043, a ceramic skull that doubles as art piece and incense burner which comes in white, silver, and gold versions. It’s beauty is in it’s simplicity, and the fact that I think it would look really rad on my desk.

"Vibes Melt Down", a ceramic skull incense burner by Cody Hudson

"Vibes Melt Down", a ceramic skull incense burner by Cody Hudson

March 26, 2014 / By

Creative Director, Art Director or Designer?

Creative Director, Art Director or Designer?

The other day Josh Benedikt, a talented UX/UI designer on my team at Disney, sent me an email with a link that said, “I feel like I understand your job a bit more now after reading this.” The link he sent was an article by Dan Mall who does a good job of explaining the difference between a creative director, an art director, and a designer. I found it to be really helpful and insightful, helping me better define what I do as a creative director at Disney Interactive. Dan sums it up nicely by describing a creative director as “championing the intersection where Art Direction & Design meet Strategy.”

The primary concern of good creative direction is making sure the art direction & design approaches always support the client’s bottom line. If any of those pieces fall short—even if the others are brilliant—that’s poor creative direction. You can have a brilliant strategy and art direction, but if it’s not appropriately designed, that’s poor creative direction. You can have appropriate art direction and gorgeous design, but if the strategy’s not sound, that’s poor creative direction. You get the idea.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

March 25, 2014 / By

Geoff McFetridge presents ‘Meditallucination’, a new show in Copenhagen

 Geoff McFetridge presents 'Meditallucination'

Last Friday Geoff McFetridge’s new show Meditallucination opened at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, 13 new paintings that continue to expand his simplified style. The works are impressive, showing a fine balance in information, just enough detail to get his point across, which most of the team is a sort of clever unrealness. As he explains below the show is meant to mess with your pre-conceived notions.

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March 25, 2014 / By

A Charming Cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A”

I was digging through covers of Radiohead songs on Soundcloud when I came across this gem by Craig McMahon, his version of “Kid A”. It’s all instrumental, a combination of xylophone, oboe, a little bit of drum, and a roaring bit of synths. I like that it maintains the virtue of the original with it’s own unique take. A lovely little late night tune.

Radiohead - Kid A

March 24, 2014 / By

Cutting Edge Fashion Photography by Madame Peripetie

Cutting Edge Fashion Photography by Madame Peripetie

Madame Peripetie, a London based photographer, has created a series of incredibl photos which feature boundary breaking fashion and styling. Working with art director Eugen Laitenberger, the two of them have collected these images in a book called Dream Sequence which features some of the most stunning costumes and fashion that I’ve ever seen. There are science fiction inspired headpieces, extravagant hair, pops of flowers everywhere, and tons of different patterns. Beautiful, bizarre, and brilliant.

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March 24, 2014 / By

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