The Pixel Painter

Many years ago, my younger brother created a computer picture of the Titanic using Microsoft Paint using an old inherited PC running Windows 3.1. He was fascinated by it and I have to say he did an amazing job. Unfortunately the image was lost but time moved on and he discovered Photoshop…

I came across this video randomly today of a 97 year old ‘Grandpa’, a former typogrpaher who still uses Windows 95 & Microsoft Paint to create art. He is practically blind and has lots of patience and time to create his images. Despite having Macular Degeneration, he loves to use the computer as he has the ability to zoom in to work. His shading and textures just using pixels have an almost Impressionist / retro quality. His ‘paintings’ are amazing…

The Man Who Paints from Windows 95 Paint

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Rare colour film of London in 1927

This is absolutely fascinating. Somehow black and white film doesn’t seem quite ‘real’ but when you see images from the past in colour, it’s like a little piece of time travel. In 1927 Claude Friese-Greene shot some of the first-ever color film footage around London. He captured everyday life in the city with a technique innovated by his father, called Biocolour.

Quite beautiful…

Shared courtesy of Tim Sparke and Alexander Moore

Really nice travel inspiration site

Love the bold imagery and clean design of this. Really makes you want to visit these places. If only all travel sites took inspiration from this form and functionality…

Escapeflight.com

Landing page
Landing Page 1
Landing page
Landing page 2
Landing page
Landing Page 3
Search page
Search function by filters
Results Top
Results by filters
Results Bottom
Results by filter & choose alternatives

Detroit: Now & Then Images

The plight of Detroit has been well documented. Over the past 50 years the Motor City’s population and industry have plummeted resulting in a city falling into decay. Detroiturbex is a website created to “raise awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces” through a series of photographs of abandoned civic institutions, parks and neighbourhoods.

The East Town Theatre
The East Town Theatre

http://detroiturbex.com/content/ba/index.html

In the new series Cass Tech – Now and Then brings those ghosts to the fore by superimposing old photographs taken in the deserted Lewis Cass Technical High School onto shots of their current condition. Though well worn, the collage technique fits well these eerie scenes of basketball games and dances in dilapidated gymnasiums. A moving showcase of a city’s sad decay.

http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/index.html

Lewis Cass tech High School
Lewis Cass tech High School

Useful resource for Android GUI’s

Quite often in my job we do mockups for mobile Apps. There are loads of PSD and vector resources for Apple products all highly rendered and polished but there aren’t that many for Android devices. Found this link today which has proved really helpful for a project am working on. Thanks to Speckyboy Design Magazine for sourcing them.

Android GUI Stencils, Kits and Templates

Android GUI
Android GUI

 

BBC London 2012 Olympics trail

The new animated preview of the BBC’s Olympics title sequences. Lots of mixed reviews. Some people are saying its like the Incredibles sports day, others are saying they should have used real athletes footage but what would be different about that compared to any other standard sports title sequences? I think its ace! 🙂

BBC London 2012 Olympic Trail (Preview)

BBC 2012 Olympic Trail
BBC 2012 Olympic Trail

BBC London 2012 – Images from trail

From the BBC News Website:

The concept was devised by creative agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R. The animation was created by Passion Pictures and it was produced by Red Bee Media.

The agency had tried to capture national pride and excitement by depicting the UK as one huge stadium, with an “epic” anthem scored by Elbow.

During the meeting, Garvey was told he had been invited along because of Elbow’s 2008 single One Day Like This, which has been used on countless sport montages.

“So I said, ‘well, we can give you something similarly rousing. Something anthemic and bold. And we’d put lots of different parts in it for different parts of the coverage.’

“The Olympic Games is about the coming together of people to celebrate our best athletes and it was as important to have a sympathetic theme for the losers as it was for the winners.”

“It was like a great big puzzle to put together.”

The track was performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the NovaVox gospel choir.

The full 2min 40secs version of the the trail will be broadcast at 19.30 BST on Tuesday 3 July on BBC One with 60, 40, 30 and five second edits used throughout the campaign.

Bit belated but fitting tribute to the late Steve Jobs…

A simple but extremely clever piece of design illustration as a fitting tribute to the late Steve Jobs who died last week. The image incorporates Jobs’ silhouette into the bite of Apple’s logo—symbolize both his departure and lingering presence at the core of the company.

Steve Jobs Tribute
Steve Jobs | 1955 - 2011

Steve Job’s passing broke world Twitter records as the highest number of tweets per second, with a record of 10,000 tweets per second, and a total of 2.5 million tweets. The news about the former CEO gained 13,284 blog posts, 25,704 message board posts, and 30,905 news mentions—in part, symbolizing how many lives he’s touched through his work…

The tribute image above which will no doubt become quite iconic, was created by 19-year-old Hong Kong design student Jonathan Mak also attracted over 4,400 likes and 1,125 comments.