Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Venetian Snares – Szamar Madar

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Music video by David OReilly.

Barthes on the punctum, from Camera Lucida:

Guests from Overseas

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Guests from Overseas

Guests from Overseas, by Russian painter Nicholas Roerich in 1901.

David OReilly – Please Say Something (final)

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

David OReilly has finished his Please Say Something series. You really owe it to yourself to watch it in HD.

The thing about this kid is he’s picked a goal — a film that tells a meaningful story — and used 3D as the means to the end. As it should be, no? Easier said than done. In my experience it often takes so much time and energy to get results in 3D that the process takes over. This happens in any medium — viz the stereotypical book about the loveless, misunderstood college English professor who’s trying to write a book, or the self-referential indy film about the plucky, self-referential indy filmmaker.

David’s brilliance lies in stripping his process down to the bare minimum, mostly ignoring traditional workflows, and finding the paths of least resistance afforded by the tools to the result he wants. It comes across as a kind of technical judo — moving complexity away from places it isn’t needed toward places where it’ll be more useful. In shots where the character is the focal point, the shots are very simple. Where the character is overwhelmed by circumstance, there is more detail.

In general, it’s all low-poly, few textures, and apparently all hardware renders. There’s no anti-aliasing, no motion blur. Traditional time-sucks like modeling, texturing, rigging, and rendering give way to pared-down and effective animation, lighting, and simulation work. It all feels extremely efficient.

None of this would be that impressive on its own, but that the work it supports happens to be advanced conceptually, especially in the language of film and design. The story itself is simple but the acting, pacing, and editing are all subtle and sensitive. He’s also clearly some kind of composition savant, and my only hope of retaining any pride at all in the face of such prodigious skill is the knowledge that he probably can’t tie his own shoes.

Congratulations David, let me know if you need any help with your shoes.

[via David OReilly.]

Torakku Yaro

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Torakku Yaro (“Truck Guys”), 1976 — a Japanese 10-part miniseries that sparked the Dekotora (“Decoration Truck”) craze. Additionally: an amazing gallery of modern Dekotora at Pink Tentacle.

[Via Bent.]

Organic Robot Designs

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Organic robot mockups at the University of Tokyo

Mockups of Woodringian organic robots at the University of Tokyo.

More pictures and information at this Pink Tentacle article.