- Chuck Kimmerle makes masterful black and white imagery. His Deadwoods series is particularly striking. [Via]
- Speaking of striking (oh tortured segues, you’re the best!), here’s some brilliant ad placement: a rugby jersey promoting facial reconstructive surgery . On another rugby-related note, check out this 1928 image from Martin Munkácsi.
- Joergen Geerds lights up the Big Apple in Luminous New York.
- A Chris Walken in a blimp is nowhere to be seen, but I still enjoy these views from the top of the Bay Bridge. Dizzlying heights are one thing, but I dig the control room (not to mention the frank graffiti). [Via]
- Christopher Scholl has made a list of the 10 best Firefox extensions for photographers, enabling everything from slideshows to uploading to geotagging.
- The Photoshop Blog features some very cool (d’oh) images of deep blue ice. For more iced goodness, see Jeff Schewe’s Antarctica gallery.
- Catch Superman challenges you to play photojournalist & capture the little guy in action. [Via]
…at least if you’re planning to commit crimes. The British Times Online reports that the EXIF metadata embedded in digital camera images could be used to track down whoever photographed each page of the final Harry Potter novel & uploaded it prior to the book’s release:
The information, known as Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif) data, has already revealed that the camera used was a Canon Rebel 350. Because the model is three years old, the device would likely have been serviced at least once since it was purchased, in which case the owner’s name would be known. [Via]
The reality in this case, I think, is that identifying and prosecuting the shooter would be difficult. The camera owner would have had to have registered the camera and have had it serviced, and even with a name authorities would have to demonstrate that the person then used the camera to photograph the pages and upload the results.
Still, it’s another interesting example of digital devices recording more fingerprints than most people expect. As devices get smarter, they’ll leave a longer trail of breadcrumbs–for better and for worse. (How much info must be contained in an image from a GPS-enabled cellphone camera, for example?)
Adobe often ends up in a tug of war: some people really want to make metadata secure, while others want easy ways to strip it away. Photographers seem most sensitive in this regard, wanting to ensure that their copyright info is preserved, while optionally stripping out revealing details of how, when, and where an image was captured. On other occasions I’ve heard law enforcement folks wish aloud that Photoshop automatically inserted some trackable info into each file based on serial number. (Don’t worry: that’s been met with an immediate, “Um yeeeah, noooo…”)
In any case, I think there’s some low-hanging fruit here. We should offer a simple script that would let Bridge remove metadata from images, trusting that most people would use it for good & not for evil. If you have other suggestions, please let us know.
The Graffiti Archaelogy project uses a Flash interface to let visitors navigate to different heavily tagged spots (links at left), then see the work at various stages (links at bottom). Using the M & N keys to cruise back and forth in time, I’m reminded of watching time lapses of plant life exploding on a surface, dying, and being reborn. Yesterday Adobe hosted a visit from project founder Cassidy Curtis, but I had to bail in order to avoid guys driving by the building at 180mph. Fortunately Archaeology.org has the whole backstory on the crew & project. [Via]
Elsewhere you can find a Google-powered map that tracks Seattle-area graffiti tagging. The NYT talks about the way that mapping services are enabling people to plot all kinds of info, from hydrofoils around the world to yarn stores in Illinois. (No progress yet in getting yarn graffiti pioneers Knitta Please to my hometown, I see.)
Linework in the key of A:
- Celebrating the family’s big screen premiere, Harper’s Bazaar feautres a great spread of Simpsons Couture. “Marge lets down her hair for Versace. Lisa gives up her pearls for Alber Elbaz. Homer dresses as Karl Lagerfeld. Selma & Patty in Viktor & Rolf.” [Via]
- Illustrator Techniques demonstrates how to use the app to imitate A Scanner Darkly. They also interview lead animator Sterling Allen. [Via Thorsten Wulff]
- Famed for his Modernist bird illustrations, Charley Harper passed away on June 10th. Like many people, I suspect, I’d seen and enjoyed his work without knowing his name. Drawn features a set of links celebrating his life and work.
- Calgary-based Joy Ang has crafted some lovely lovebirds. I also dig her umbrellas, and her Zodiac cubes would go well with Amanda Visell’s blocky Ephunt toy. [Via]
- I’ve mentioned it previously, but Mario Cavalli’s Compaq bird animation always makes me smile.
- For the Audi A5, UK-based designers GT have created A Rhythm of Lines–a site that lets you create abstract car-related artwork (kinda; I find it a little obscure). [Via]
- Car Design News is hosting a series of tutorials on car rendering, heavily using Photoshop. [Via]
- “I can’t tell if you’re hot from those MySpace photos…” Get postcards for the modern age from SomeECards.
- Famous artists sketch their creations while blindfolded. I enjoy the crazy faux-Cubist results. [Via]
- Amy Dresser’s got a neat little illustration portfolio.
- I find these suicide prevention posters totally brilliant.
- Vecteezy is a sharing site for free vector artwork. Fa sheezy. [Via]
- In Words Are Pictures, Craig Ward creates beautiful type treatments. I especially like his A-Z ligatures and Lucha Libre. [Via]
- The Photoshop Roadmap blog pulls together tutorials for The Best 80 Photoshop Text Effects on the Web. "This guide includes 78 Photoshop tutorials and 2 impressive collections of Photoshop Actions, plus 3 books on the subject." [Via]
- Digital Arts features a tutorial on making 3D type using Photoshop plus a 3D app. I continue to look forward to a developer packaging simple 3D creation tools (extrusion, lighting, warping, etc.) as a plug-in for Photoshop Extended, so that all this stuff can be done in one place while staying re-editable. [Via]
- Type purists might squirm a bit, but Macworld offers advice on bulking up your font collection quickly & affordably.
James Duncan Davidson at Inside Lightroom has happened across a hidden little gem in the app–namely, the ability to play audio files attached to photos. Some high-end cameras, especially those geared towards photojournalists (e.g. the Canon 1D Mk III), allow a shooter to record voice notes that get attached to images, becoming essentially part of the images’ metadata. Lightroom 1.1 quietly introduced the ability to recognize & play these annotations. It’s a cool way to take notes in the field, then access them while reviewing photos.
In a related vein, Lightroom also recognizes embedded GPS metadata & offers the ability to display the location via Google Maps. Ian Lyons has the details.
Let your fingers do the rocking:
- Photographer/designer Trevor Morris has posted a highly detailed yet compact list of Photoshop CS3 shortcuts, in PDF form to facilitate printing as a quick reference. See also Camera Raw & Bridge shortcuts from Ian Lyons, as well as Trevor’s 50 interface tips for Photoshop.
- The Digital Photography school has posted a list of 18 Exceptionally Useful Photoshop Shortcuts. [Via]
- It’s a bit dated now, but Michael Ninness’s Photoshop Power Shortcuts book is a terrifically thorough (and–having updated the text for PS7–may I say, enormously accurate) printed reference on the topic. Bonus fact: It is (presumably) the only Photoshop shortcuts book to be illustrated using gratuitous images of my old car.
- Fredo Viola’s Sad Song Video was "created entirely using 15 second JPEG movies from my Nikon Coolpix 775 camera and composited in After Effects." Haunting and rad (and–not to worry–not so sad). [Via]
- Ollie Larkin makes super cool timelapses. Love that Ferris wheel! [Via David Clifford]
- Sprint’s new ad campaign features terrific animation done with flashlights. (It’s lovely enough to forgive the awkward copy writing. No, I did not, as a child, dream of fancy cell phones.) I wonder whether any of those Pikapika or Lichtfaktor kids were involved.
- If any of that leaves you too chilled out to work, spool back up with this thermonuclear techno freak-out. [Via]
- How do you visualize a flavor? Michel Gagné talks about his concept art for Ratatouille*, depicting what each character is tasting. [Via]
- Factory Films gives a beautiful, Gondry-esque treatment to dice in Fuyija Miyagi’s Ankle Injury video. [Via Maria Brenny]
- Speaking of Gondry, with Daft Punk is Playing At My House, LCD Soundsystem creates a great homage to his Around the World video.
*Tangentially related: Last week we had a great visit with the Pixar folks, discussing how they use Photoshop today & how they’d like to see it evolve. In talking about creating the lifelike rat movements in Ratatouille, they said, "Yeah, it was really tough gluing tiny ping pong balls onto those guys for the motion capture! We tried marshmallows, but they kept eating ’em…"
- The Internets, it’s well known, are a series of tubes. That reality is now depicted in this info graphic from Information Architects Japan, mashing up online players with a map of the Tokyo subway system. Nice to see Adobe occupying what seems to be some sunny downtown space (“They continue to move towards the center of gravity without being too loud about it”). More info on the project is here. [Via]
- Edward Tufte celebrates the NYT infographics of Megan Jagerman in a detailed profile on his site. [Via] Speaking of work done in the paper, this week they posted a cool Flash-based map of The Wealthiest Americans Ever, efficiently plotting net worth, rank, and life span.
- CraigStatsSF combines data from Craigslist with Google Maps in order to produce heat maps that depict housing cost and density by region. (Disclaimer: “We only identify with hotpockets which are tasty and lethal.”) [Via]
- I don’t know whether it’s an infographic per se, and it’s hardly new, but Henrich Bunting’s 16th-century depiction of the world as a cloverleaf (joined at Jerusalem) is interesting enough to deserve mention. [Via]
- Free Press features a visual representation of how AT&T has been reconstituted, T2-style, after being broken up in 1984. Somehow I keep hearing Johnny Rotten saying, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” [Via]
- Update: Greg Dizzia has posted a chart that graphically depicts the details of every relationship he’s ever had. (Note: The chart is work-safe, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.) [Via]
The Adobe Design Center returns with fresh updates:
New Dialog Box:
- An interview with Aaron Simpson by R Blank
New Think Tank:
- Seeing green: Designing for conservation by Peter Hall
- Exporting images from a PDF file by Brian Wood
- Using Flash for the first time – Part 1: Building a banner by
- Creating a 3D button animation for Flash by
Tom Green & Tiago Dias
- Creating and modifying titles in Adobe Premiere Pro by
- Migrating from GoLive to Dreamweaver by