Archives for October 2011

October 28, 2011 - No Comments!

Time lapse wonders

Some beautifully breathtaking time-lapse shorts by Terje Sørgjerd (TSO Photography).

"The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know, El Teide...if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32"

"I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius"

"My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun. The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours...At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that."

October 24, 2011 - No Comments!

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

It's hard to believe that a monograph dedicated to the work of Saul Bass hasn't existed until now, so I'm very excited about the forthcoming release Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. Laurence King know how to produce a quality tome and this should exceed expectations with 1400 examples of his work (much previously unseen) showcasing his output during a 40 year career: from the iconic posters and title sequences for the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger, to the visual identity of corporate America.

I love the hand-cut feel to his movie posters - bold colours, rough type and symbolic shapes - a style much copied but never surpassed (see Burn After Reading and Precious for homages). His titles for film were no less innovative, capable of summarising the story and underlying themes graphically, and employing kinetic typography to stunning effect. Above all what comes across with his work is how much he enjoyed creating it: sophisticated yet somehow naive, there is a playful and beautiful element at the heart of his visual language.

[pullquote author="Saul Bass"]"I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares."[/pullquote]

October 17, 2011 - No Comments!

Ball Camera

As far as camera designs go the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera designed by Jonas Pfeil is one of the most innovative and fun I've seen. Created for his MSc thesis, 32 mobile phone cameras have been integrated into a ball which when launched takes a spherical panorama of it's environment.

[pullquote author="Jonas Pfeil"]"The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight - when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously...Above all we found that it is a very enjoyable, playful way to take pictures."[/pullquote]

It isn't available to buy - yet - but here it is in action: