Eyes on the Sky is a process-based investigation into generative design and the weather. Jed Carter linked 64 public-access web cameras across Europe, recording the colour of the sky, at each point, at regular intervals and produced a book that collects a week of paintings where cameras paint the weather, once every hour.
I believe that most people respond more intuitively to simple colours than to the complex units of data found in weather reports and downloadable apps. My phone can instantly inform me of the current temperature outside in degrees of Celsius, but this reading tells me nothing of how warm or cold it actually feels. How warm is 18°C, exactly? Does that mean I need a jumper or a coat? We can access a multitude of different kinds of data relating to the weather, but can this information be used to create something beautiful or intuitive to read?
Webcam images were downloaded to Jed’s server using a PHP script. They were then reduced to 4×3 pixels with Photoshop automated tools and then a simple C# script was used to pick out a single specified pixel from the images. The RGB value of specified pixel was noted in a text file. With the help of Richard Brauer, Processing was used to map these RGB values to geographic locations, rendering a huge sequence of colour maps of the sky. Finally, the colour paintings were then cropped & masked in Photoshop and the whole book was designed in InDesign.
Eyes on the Sky is a self-initiated project for Jed’s end-of-year show at Kingston University London – 3rd year Graphic Design BA(Hons).
- Google – The first Google image for every word in the dictionary If a picture says more than a thousand words – and current internet dynamics tend to agree – what would a visual guide to the English vocabulary, contemporary and 'webresentative', look like? Ben West and Felix Heyes, two artists and designers from London (UK), found out when they replaced the 21,000 words found in your everyday dictionary with whatever shows up first for each word in Google's image search. Behold Google – a 1240 page behemoth of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs in alphabetical order. "We used two PHP scripts my brother Sam wrote for us," says Ben about the process in an email. "The first one takes a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in sequence, and the second lays them out into columns and outputs a PDF." The PDF was then printed into a beautiful book – handbound, thumb indexed pages held together in a marbled paper hardcover, the golden Google logo clearly indifferent to whatever internet horrors it may contain. "Conceptually it's whatever you make of it," writes Ben. The sad reality of shrinking attention spans, collective media fatigue or how an expert reference book is no match for the convenience of Google, for example. "It's really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012," concludes Ben. So, how are we faring? "I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons." Ben and Felix are currently looking into having a small run of softcover editions of Google printed to sell. To sign up for a copy and to see more work by the two go to Ben West and Felix Heyes. via Crap = […]
- Print Stuff [Scripts] Print Stuff is a personal project by Guido Tamino allowing strangers to use his printer at home forming basis of what will eventually become a book. Basically he is inviting everyone to print some stuff (a short message and a picture) in his room over the internet, it's real time and fully automated. Just fill in the form and click «print». There's also a webcam video stream in the background so that you can see the priting process actually happening. The process uses shell scrip for printing and uploading part, PHP for the general queue handling (together with a pdf class for formatting everything right) and a simple Pure Data patch for snapping webcam pictures and uploading them to the server. The website has been opened to the internet only a couple hours ago so if you want to be the first, it's only few clicks away..here. Looking at my printer sending out some stuff picked by strangers on the internet becomes addictive in a short time. There is some mistery behind that, which is exciting and makes the printing process an extremely pleasant thing to look at, because you never know what to expect. And if i like this experience maybe someone else will do, that’s why I am starting to share with everyone on the internet a live streaming of my printer. More info can be found on […]
- Colorimetry in Motion – Study of colour by Nicolas Ménard Back in 2012 Nicolas Ménard created a project at the intersection between graphic design and visual arts. The original idea was to design a book on the topic of colour, with a random process that generated abstract […]
- The Harmonic Series – Device that explores musical and visual harmony Created by Manuela Donoso and Luisa Pereira, The Harmonic Series is a collection of mechanical devices , software, sculptures and prints that explore the relationship between musical and visual harmony. Inspired by the nineteenth century mathematician Jules Lissajous who invented a device to visualize sound vibrations using two tuning forks and a beam of light reflected from one mirror to the next to a screen, Manuela and Luisa have re-created and extended this experiment using recent tools. An electronic version of the device replaces the tuning forks with microphones and speakers, allowing people to sing different musical intervals, and contrast the resulting figures with the more chaotic ones generated by percussive sounds. An application plays groups of three notes and plots 3d Lissajous figures for their frequency ratios. The frequency ratios for major, minor and diminished chords are 4:5:6, 10:12:15 and 20:24:29 respectively. These chords were plotted using the app, and then printed as posters and sculptures that reveal a tight relationship between aural and visual harmony. The Harmonic Series is an ongoing project: a web application and a portable version of the mechanical device are currently under development. Created using Processing.org (libraries: opengl, controlP5) and the project includes a speakers, an amplifier, microphones and a laser pointer. Project Page | Luisa Pereira | Manuela […]
- Understanding Shakespeare [Processing] B.A. thesis project of Stephan Thiel at the Interfacedesign program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Understanding Shakespeare is an attempt to create a new visual understanding of the work by analysing most frequently used words for each character. Using Processing, a scene is represented by a block of text and scaled relatively according to its number of words. Characters are ordered by appearance from left to right throughout the play. The major character’s speeches are highlighted to illustrate their amounts of spoken words as compared to the rest of the play. The visualizations were designed as large scale prints (90cm x ~220cm) for an exhibition scenario that would enable a broad audience tore-understand Shakespeare. They were created using mainly Processing and toxiclibs (for geometry and color calculations) as well as several other Natural Language Processing libraries (i.e. Classifier4J). See more at understanding-shakespeare.com ..also The Preservation of Favoured Traces […]
Posted on: 24/06/2013
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