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transphormetic.com 5/31/01 Description:
vector experiments as internet art
There's something about the simple shapes, in various grays and black, that hold the square or rectangular visual content window (depending where you are), that I really like. It looks like an elaborate machine or something, but it's incredibly simple — a case for what form becomes through our perception of it. Anyway — today's pick is a real treat for those who enjoy vector motion graphics, and if you don't have Flash (or just don't like it), there's still two sections of the four that you can enjoy. Section 2 is a collection of static visuals and Section 4 is primarily a listing inspirational links. But those other two sections are what I really liked — one is an assortment of interactive Flash pieces that are colorful and fun to play with — the other section contains what Paul, the guy behind the site, calls "generative art" and it's really cool — very smooth motion graphics! The "updata" section has some good links, too, but if you're at 800x600, go to fullscreen mode if you don't see the link to it. As far as "experimental" Flash sites go, this one is more artistic than most — definitely worth checking out...
conclave obscurum 5/28/01 Description:
the unique work of Russian designer/artist cmart (Flash)
Today's pick stands alone — there's not another site like it anywhere. Big words, I know, but I'll stand behind what I just said — you simply will not see anything like this anywhere else. Some things just can't be imitated. Step into the ingenious world of Cmart, a Russian artist who will capture your imagination with his dark characters and eerie animations. The interface is amazing all by itself and the doors it opens lead to indescribable works — the intensity and passion will take you over and you will be affected. It's truly like stepping into a different world... (Flash)
derailer.org 5/12/01 Description:
close the popups yer damn self
I thought the "Artwork" section of today's pick is rather interesting. Several DHTML scrolling experiments plus several big, black and white designs are what grabbed me, but there's an assortment of other goodies in that section as well. I also enjoyed the "Cover Archive" — more cool visuals. The author has a certain sense of humor and attitude that shows through at times. Like telling you to "close the popups yer damn self" or explaining that "disgruntled" cover — "I was pissed. Mmm-kay?" I like the grays-plus-red color combo — the site definitely has a unique "Ninja" flavor to it. Wevah, who just happens to be in my neck of the woods for an event today, serves up an inspiring design style...
pixelHugger 5/9/01 Description:
pete's pixelated playground
To add to my ever-growing list of picks with the word "pixel" in the site name or description, I'm going today with yet another site with a name that fits. Pete knows pixels for sure and serves up fonts, icons, wallpapers and games for pixel lovers everywhere. I love the look of the site and Pete's obvious love for the pixel. You'll need the latest version of Shockwave for the games, but I've gotta tell you that his version of Space Invaders works really great — this review would have been up much sooner if it wasn't for all the fun I was having shooting down those pixelated enemies. The site is pretty new, but Pete says "it's set to grow fast." There's some stuff in development that you can look at, too, and he's even got a Shockwave application you can download that converts images to ascii art. Pixels rock, and so does Pete!
IMPRESSION++ 5/4/01 Description:
Using traditional drawing skill with Flash technology to compose his Faith in digital way.
Billy Kwan's first site has been listed as a coolstop featured cool site since September, 1999. It's really a masterpiece and I'm thinkin' that not including it with the best of the cool was a mistake on my part. I can remember trying to decide back then. My gut feeling now is that it was ahead of it's time and I just didn't realize it in '99. That old version is still in place and I encourage you to check it out — there's a lot of information there, embedded in the works, that will fill you in on what makes Billy tick. Today's pick is Billy's brand new version which resides on its own domain. Picking this site today gives me a second chance to extend to Billy the respect he truly deserves. I think Billy would tell you it's all a matter of faith. Faith is the driving force behind this twenty-something's creative work and like his first version, this new one is also ahead of it's time. Outstanding use of Flash and a unique collection of "cases" tell me that Billy Kwan IS the man — they also tell me that faith and devotion can drive one to heights that few people ever see. In my mind, this site is one of a kind...