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Bla Bla Bla is a sound reactive application for iPhone and iPad created by the students at the design department of IUAV of Venice and later at the ISIA of Urbino. This app is a little selection of an exercise called “Parametric Mask” with aim to introduce students to “Procedures of Basic Design” and the basics of programming.

The new exercises introduce the use of a programming language as a tool that allows to solve problems. It’s not a programming workshop, but a way to use numbers, math and logic, which permits to show objectively how we solve a design problem. Students attend the first year of a design school and have never programmed before. The programming language used in the workshop is Processing. The porting for iOs was written in Open Frameworks.

Download app here. via CAN.

It’s a very interesting book with lovely illustration to know about browsers and the web. via official site

The latest interactive video for Japanese band Sour reflects two big trends from this year: multiple pop-up windows and music videos that pull in the user’s personal data.

Last year, Sour scored a big hit with their Hibi No Niero video which used fans’ webcam footage to charming effect. The new video, for track Mirror, echoes Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown in that it takes the user’s personal details (in this case Facebook, Webcam and Twitter) in order to create a personalised, multi-window experience.

Go to the site and you are asked to input your log-in details to Facebook, webcam and Twitter.

It’s a beautifully done experience, even though many of its various elements have been seen before, for example in the Arcade Fire piece mentioned above, in Paul Kamuf‘s Light as a Feather film (Kamuf is featured in the Jan issue of CR out this week) or in various ‘upload your webcam footage’ composite projects. Nevertheless, Masashi Kawamura, a creative director at Wieden + Kennedy New York and his fellow directors Qanta Shimizu and Saqoosha have combined those elements and more to entertaining and absorbing effect. via Creative Review.

It’s amusing… via adverblog.

Martin Rack’s Design Made in Germany site has won the top prize in the first Web Fonts Awards, organised by Monotype Imaging

Monotype set up the awards to raise awareness of the Web Fonts technology which allows browsers to support ‘real’, licenced fonts of the designer’s choosing and to recognise best practice in its use. Rack’s site, issue five of an online design magazine, won both the Judges’ Choice and the publicly voted Community Choice categories.

Second place went to Quipsologies, part of the UnderConsideration site designed by Armin Vit and which he runs with his partner Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

Full details here. via Creative Review.

March 2020