Hal Lasko, the Pixel Painter

A common aphorism in design and art is that the last 10% of a work takes 90% of the project time, and is the most important to the product.

Despite a form of blindness which blurs the centre of his vision, Hal Lasko has been tending to a high level of detail for the last 15 years in his Pointillism-style art.

The level of realism achieved in ‘Looking Up’ is certainly impressive, comparable to Group of Seven works in my opinion. Even more interesting to me was the fact that all his works are created using MS Paint.

Adobe’s live photoshop bus stop stunt

Sometimes, going back to basics is the best way of creating a reaction. In order to promote Photoshop, Adobe retrofitted a bus stop with a digital screen, connected wirelessly to a computer in a van near by. The van contains 2 people: a photographer and a Photoshop artist. Candid photo of unsuspecting victims standing in the bus stop are taken by the photographer. They are then processed in real-time by the photoshop artist while to whole process is broadcast to the digital screen in the bus stop.

Great execution but would of been better if the LCD screen was actually rated for outdoor usage. Seems a bit dim…

Google Trend Visualizer – pretty HTML rendering of search results

This is a beautiful visualization that represents the hotest topics searched through google.  Tip: you can change the country that the search results are coming from on the lower left side.


Sigraph 2013 – future of 3D

Sigraph is one of the most revered conferences, happening once a year with heavy emphasis on all things 3D. Take a look at the reel below to see some remarkable advances in this field.

Interactive Forest of Musical Lasers

‘Forest’ is a large interactive musical laser installation. Commissioned by and premiered at the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, this giant interactive forest covers almost 450 square meters and is composed of over 150 musical ‘trees’ made of rods and lasers. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers. Due to the natural springiness of the material, interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound. Each tree is tuned to a specific tone, creating harmonious sounds spatialized and played through a powerful surround sound setup.

Sneakers projection mapping

Yet another neat example of projection mapping. This time on sneakers!

Billboard Produces Water

A creative use of billboards to extract atmospheric humidity, filter, and produce clean drinking water in Peru.

Fahrenheit 451 – clever book cover design

This is a brilliant sci-fi classic that depicts a world where books are illegal. Firemen set fires to books and sometimes people, who are caught with this illicit tree by product. A clever designer by the name of Elizabeth Perez has redesigned the cover to match the theme – literarily.

Tracey Emin in Time Square

Young British Artist + Time Square + Photosharing Art Campaign

Throughout the month of February, fifteen gargantuan billboards will be given over to the video art installation shortly before midnight. Digital art purveyor s[edition] has adapted six messages from one of Emin’s most well-known neon series into moving images, all based on the theme of love, echoing her notoriously tumultuous personal life.

The installation is the latest instalment of a public art initiative titled ‘Midnight Moment‘, organised and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, for which the Square is transformed into a digital art gallery in the evening.