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DESIGN
Yule Log 2.014
Just in time for the holidays, New York-based animation director and illustrator Daniel Savage is once again rethinking the iconic yule log through a series of digital shorts. Exactly one year ago Savage launched Yule Log 2.0, showcasing the work...
CULTURE
Tove Jansson's Moomins on the Riviera
100 years ago Finnish novelist, illustrator and painter Tove Jansson—creator of cult comic strip family the Moomins—was born. Since the first Moomin strip was published in 1945, their stories have been filmed for TV plenty of times, but it’s only...
CULTURE
Anime-Inspired Art by Mayi Bashou Wang
As early as in the 1920s, China saw the first experiments in the world of manga and animation thanks to the introduction of lithographic printing derived from the West. The later years of political turmoil prevented the new industry from growing...
TECH
Intel Pocket Avatars Make You a Cartoon
Intel Pocket Avatars is a new app just released on iOS and Android that might be more cutesy than our usual interest, but the technology behind it is very impressive. In short, the app lets you record messages in real time to a cartoon avatar that...
CULTURE
The Country of Summer Insects
Tang Bohua (TBH) was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province—the Chinese capital of fireworks—a city scattered with Buddhist temples where the locals would ask for protection from the hazards of their risky craft. During his childhood, temples were TBH's...
CULTURE
Lu Yang’s Uterus Man
Listed among the most influential young Chinese artists, Shanghai-born Lu Yang (who graduated from the prestigious China Academy of Art's New Media Department) creates work that explores themes of death, disease, genetics and biomechanics. Behind...
TECH
Molecular Flipbook
Janet Iwasa isn't the average biochemistry researcher. Frustrated by inadequate drawings representing the work she and her fellow scientists were doing, she felt there was a better way. Though she had no background in art or animation, Iwasa saw...
TRAVEL
Fathom's Shorts for Australia
Advertorial content: In the history of silent film, an artistic medium that dates back to the late 1870s, it's hard to imagine a greater task being asked of such a few moving images: to get a person—who lives in New York City, at least—to travel...
TECH
Movidoodle
With a brand new update now available, the free animated drawing app Movidoodle—available for iOS users—manages to charm now more than ever. Beginning with either a blank white page or a preexisting photo, users doodle with vibrant, animated patterns...
DESIGN
Yule Log 2.0
Late in 1966 NYC television station WPIX-TV gave the city's eight million residents a roaring log fire for Christmas. The seven-minute looping Yule Log video instantly became a holiday tradition around the world. Now, nearly a half century later...
DESIGN
Fraggle Rock Playing Cards
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's beloved children's television program Fraggle Rock, Hollywood gaming parlor The Spare Room recently released a limited edition deck of Fraggle-branded playing cards. Known for subtly touching on...
STYLE
The Hill-Side SS13 Animated Lookbook
To accompany their just-released SS13 accessories collection, Brooklyn-based design outlet The Hill-Side created a dynamic lookbook of 10 cheeky gifs animating exploding neckties, swirling scarves and peeping pocket squares as their wearers try...
DESIGN
Jason Holroyd's "Like a Rolling Stone"
Winning Creative Review's Best in Book category as part of their esteemed Illustration Annual 2011, designer Jason Holroyd clearly knows how to make the paper medium an enticing experience. But it was actually Holroyd's genius music video for the...
CULTURE
Essays on Reality
There's a good chance you have come across Greg Barth's work recently. In the past two years, the Swiss multi-disciplinary art and video director has gotten noticed among enlightened circles, as well as the general public, for his clearly identifiable...
CULTURE
Tarantula
"Echo Johnson is a 42-year-old widely respected but uncertified tattoo artist of mixed race who has willfully cast off the burden of being at all ambitious." "Your TV doesn't love you, but I do, I do," serenades Echo Johnson, the transient hero...
CULTURE
Worm Carnevale
Take teenage sexuality and factor in violence and irony and you get Worm Carnevale. Originally from Florida and now based in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, Carnevale moved to New York in 2008. Whether for film, photography or installation, his...
DESIGN
Media Design School
Advertorial content: Given that technological advancements in digital art are progressing by leaps and bounds, it's almost impossible to produce an excellent portfolio by just playing around on your laptop after work. If you've decided to bite the...
CULTURE
Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1
Can you name the early '90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize...
CULTURE
Independently Animated
At 13-years-old Bill Plympton wrote to Walt Disney asking for a job in the animation department. The young illustrator was initially rejected, but an Oscar nomination six years later for his animated short called "Your Face" led to Disney knocking...
CULTURE
The Illusionist
Based on a 40 year old script by legendary filmmaker Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet's long-awaited followup is more than just an homage to the comedic Frenchman's genius. "The Illusionist," rendered in painstaking detail, tells a poignant story of the...
TECH
Solar Beat
UK-based Luke Twyman's Whitevinyl recently released Solar Beat—a music box looped using the orbital frequencies of our own solar system. It's one of those simple concepts where astrophysics is translated into a pleasing ambient loop soundtrack...
CULTURE
Ouroboros
The video exhibit "Ouroboros" at ISE Cultural Foundation explores the creation and history of the universe, using the iconic image of a snake eating itself as center to the work. The piece consists of six projections in 3-D, using geometric shapes...
TECH
The State of the Internet
When the prospects of digitization seem endless, design studio Jess3 recently stepped in to lend some clarity to the subject with an amusing infographic video illustrating the meteoric rise of the Internet. With 1.73 billion users, 243 million websites...
CULTURE
No Mas: Rumblevision
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of what is arguably one of the most historic sporting events of all time, NYC label/agency No Mas created Rumblevision—a set of three animated short films reinterpreting the fight between Muhammed Ali and...
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