I’ve been a fan of the Spiridellis brothers for 15 years—ever since the mutha fo’ fathas kicked some Common Sense. Now they’ve rolled out JibJab Messages (App Store), “A Grab Bag of Fun for texting, tweeting, and posting!” The app offers a laughably easy way to take pictures of yourself & others, then insert them into little animations. Let’s see just how many people want to punch up their texting sessions this way.
And now, would you like to see me as a dancing hot dog? No you would not—but hell no is that going to stop me.
Witness the craziness over Lincoln, NE, this summer. As Kottke writes,
There’s an incredible 16-second sequence in this video of clouds, starting at around 10 seconds in. It looks as though the sky is a roiling ocean wave about to crash on the beach. I’ve watched it approximately 90 times so far today.
The late Paul Smith was a portrait in determination. 22 Words writes,
As a child he was diagnosed with severe spastic cerebral palsy — but that never kept him from pursuing his love of art. Although Paul’s condition made him unable to hold a paintbrush or pen, or even speak and eat, he became a phenomenon in the art world.
[YouTube] [Via Lex Van Den Berghe]
Ebony & i-vor-y: I love it when my peeps work together. Chrome PM Stephen Konig writes,
This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It’s always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there’s no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud.
I got to kick the tires before I left Adobe, and performance (at least over a fast network connection) was strikingly good even on a $200 Chromebook. The only limitation I noticed was the lack of GPU-powered features (canvas rotation, a soft-edged cursor for brush resizing, etc.).
Check out Adobe’s site for an FAQ & to apply for program access. [Via]
The Art of the Title features a great interview with director Angus Wall that explores the genesis & execution of the show’s iconic titles (contextualizing the plot via maps & structures).
Elsewhere, visual effects shops show off some of their best shots from the last season:
[Vimeo 1 & 2]
Clever, useful innovation? Indictment of a self-indulgent, self-centered culture? Both? PetaPixel writes,
Like a camera watch with propellers, Nixie (in theory) could detach itself from you with the flick of a wrist, fly a few feet away, take your picture (or a panorama or a movie), and then return to your wrist in something resembling a gadget you might have seen in Minority Report.
Check it out:
Just like it says on the tin:
Show Focus Points is a plugin for Adobe Lightroom. It shows you which focus points were selected by your camera when the photo was taken.
Requires LR5 + Canon or Nikon SLR images.
Want more Zen of the Pen? Practice your skills in this beautifully designed online app. Creator Mark MacKay has built a whole range of these design-themed games dealing with color, type, and shape.
High-energy stylings from Michael Julings:
Then text it to people. Because, y’know, teens.