Visual Bits #289 > Taste The Rainbows

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Artwork Jumps to Life on the iPhone, in Real-Time

What if each time you looked at a static picture, painting or even object, it popped into bright and detailed motion, telling a new and unique story. No, I’m not talking about an LSD trip, but the new ARART app which was recently displayed at Sapporo’s ATTIC space. Using iPhones and iPads to detect pre-programed images, viewers were treated to a new system which detects imagery and then overlays the image with an animated image in its place. The exhibition used examples of van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, as well as CDs, LPs and modern artworks.

Visual Bits #282 > On A Lighter Note…



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IRIS: Interactive, Expanding Dots Mimic Your Movements

The world has exploded with hacks of the Microsoft Kinect and its ability to track the body’s movements, but the majority of examples use a conventional screen. The aptly titled IRIS breaks this trend, using a very unique and beautiful matrix of clear LCD screens. Each monochromatic unit has the ability to display a phased, opening and closing, black “iris” of either solid or concentric circles. Linking this to the Kinect, you get a screen which can roughly emulate the shape of peoples bodies using a artful halftone like pattern.

The Enlightened Happy Hour: An Interactive Drink Guide

As more restaurants make their nutrition information available, patrons are becoming all too aware of the shocking calorie counts behind some of their favorite menu items. Gut-busting appetizers like Chili’s Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Chips (1,520 calories), Cheesecake Factory’s Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken (1,930 calories), or Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion (1,959 calories) are dangerously delicious.

Movie Galaxies: Tracing the Social Networks in Movies

You know those movie discussions you have with friends – the ones that last for hours, tracing the connections between characters from complex movies like the Godfather, Casino or Twin Peaks? Well, imagine if that conversation could be translated into a star chart like galaxy, drawing each social connection as a line between each character. What you’d have is something which looks a lot like the clever site MovieGalaxies.

Vizify: A Slick, Sharable, Online Presence in Minutes

Where do people you meet go looking for information about you? In the ever-increasing digital world, the obvious answer is: online. As our personal internet presence increases exponentially – doubling about each year according to none other than Mark Zuckerberg – the online face we show to the world is increasingly important. So, where do we send people to show them what we want, giving them the best first, second and third impression? It wasn’t an easy choice, until now.

Visual Bits #228> Building The Bizarre And Beautiful



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London Streets Become an Experimental Symphony

In an age of ever louder sounds surrounding our daily life, designer Mark McKeague asks an interesting question: “can the city become a symphony?” We’re not talking about simply using jackhammers and the sound of passing busses to create some form of Stomp like cacophony of crashes and bangs, but rather using modern technology to create synthesized sounds which could be quite beautiful.

Know Your Roots: Column Five Hometowns

In this digital age, we work and have contact with people who we’ve never met in person. The only thing we may know about them is through email exchanges, Twitter feeds, and maybe Instagram photos — if we’ve been lucky enough for even that. With face-to-face interaction giving way to online interactions, it’s still nice to humanize your company and team every once in a while. Column Five, our parent company, put together this interactive to show where everyone on their team was originally born, and how some 20+ years later they all ended up working together under the same roof.