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Image searching with the endless depths of the internet has always been a bit of an effort. While I personally found my own little hacks into Flickr that made the job easier, the mass default; Google Images does not do the job well. Tumblr, while a supremely brilliant repository of everything weird, wonderful and cool, is, alongside Pinterest, dependent on the tagging abilities of it’s users to be able to make image searching easier (and therefore, not great). Piccsy, a new start up with a great name, and an even better pitch doc/website;  are proposing they can solve this problem of abundance vs. ease. Their pitch doc in particular not only identifies a real problem to solve, but also does it with a certain amount of visual and developer panache. One to watch.

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I’m a sucker for documentaries, I’m also a sucker for denim and the cult that surrounds this fabric. A love affair with it’s history and cultural power that goes back to my days of selling Vintage Levi’s in London in the early 2000’s. So I was rather excited to see the trailer for ‘Legacy Of Cool’. A documentary (with an excellent soundtrack to boot), that explores the hold that denim has over it’s devotees, and the way this quintessential American creation has become the dominant clothing piece of the western world. Added bonus – this project started on where else but Kickstarter…

(Via Selectism)

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Most of us remember Geocities in some way shape or form. I personally remember there being some great pages dedicated to 60’s psych and other weird delights like that. It turns out that before it was shut down in 2010, and 35 million pages of fandom and weirdness were lost forever, (it was the third most popular website in the 1990’s), The Archive Team downloaded and archived the 650gigabytes of data held on the site. This has now been turned into an interactive installation of digital archeology. The Deleted City  is the result.

Seeing this, it got me thinking if our digital data is as transient as it once was with Geocities. Even though facebook’s implosion (or sale) is almost impossible to imagine now, this is still an evolving and relatively new world, a the lie of the land may look settled today, but that doesn’t mean it will always be so. It would be strange to think of facebook becoming a digital archeology site like geocities does here, but it’s not impossible in a world that’s breaking boundaries and evolutionary cycles as rapidly as the world wide web.

(Via Giles Phelps/Tommy Spirit)

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We Feel Fine, was one of the first truly unique explorations of the psyche of the Internet. A hugely influential (and beautiful) piece of work. Now, it’s creator, Johnathan Harris, is back in the digital storytelling fray with a new concept; Cow Bird.

Although still under wraps, Harris, in this interview with Frog Design begins to explain some of the thoughts behind the idea (that has taken over two years to craft). The over-arching thought is based around the re-configuring and re-vitalising storytelling as a long form narrative in the digital space. Harris thought goes that ‘real time’ social networks have eroded a storytelling to a series of ‘fragmentary reactions to things’. The ambition of the project is in effect to slow the pace down of online storytelling so the elements have time to gestate, and resonate.

CowBird uses fragments of peoples lives to tell long-form stories online using photos, sound maps, timelines, videos, and casts of characters. Creating in effect, a ‘meta story’ where other peoples stories interact and thread together based on their commonalities.

It’s worth reading the full interview, as Harris delves deeper and deeper into the thinking that goes behind this. But, it most certainly sounds like an intriguing project, and a must see when it finally arrives on our computers.

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The blog HUDS AND GUIS, has proved to be a fascinating education, and opened up a vast hub of inspiring design work. This truly is one of the most essential bookmarks of the year.

The blog itself is a list of interesting work from both films and adverts that incorporates digital interaction. Minority Report is widely regarded as one the first (and best films) to bring to life the near future of technology in a realistic and authentic way. From those (very successful beginnings), the list of films that has applied excellent examples of HUDS has grown. Culminating this year with the stunning work created for TRON Legacy. (Which was every single design geeks wet dream…)

There’s lots and lots to explore here that frankly, isn’t going to be done justice by my brief introduction. What is fascinating is how close the future of film, has come to reflect our own contemporary UI trends. Which is really is a credit to the designers who worked on these films, (especially the work of Jake Sargeant over at MN8) as well as (dare as I say it) The holloywood filmmakers who sought out this expertise in the first place. A fascinating journey, and one that is highly recommended.

The Jumpman 23 HUDS & GUIS in action:

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It always exciting to discover a creative with a genuinely innovative and distinctive perspective on life. Today, I discovered just such a talent.

Initially alerted to the work of Mr. Boonstra via his collaboration with illustrator Parra for Rimer London (see below), it turns out that he has a rather snazzy array of work, spanning digital commentary, art direction and more. Personal highlights included the RGB experiment (above). Which, well, just have a go yourself. It’s pretty cool.

The whole site itself is worth a poke around. Great stuff indeed.

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Love this work from my friends over at Work Club. As ever with the guys over there, they’ve taken a brief that would befuddle many and created a fantastically fun and irreverent interpretation of the ‘Leave an Impression’ brand essence for Whiskey brand Ballantine’s.

K.A.R.L is a Parisian tattoo artist, who, through facebook, creates the first ever tattoo done live on facebook. The killer bit here is the tattoo itself. The QR (shudder) code embedded in the tattoo is actually quite awesome, and will bring a smile (literally) to your face.

The good news is ‘The Human API’ has now moved onto J.A.M.I.E the robot ice sculpture, with equally bizarre, but surprising results.

Looking forward to more insights from inside the Human API.

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