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Please note: Our format changed as of 10/18/07 – see the front page and full archives for more recent listings. Thanks.


 
  • Radarboy 11/30/02 
    Description: a collection of visual artifacts
    Comments: Currently on the radar is the "Summer Collection" and it's not what you think.  "No stress, no worries while we watch your car."  Seems Cape Town has what's called "Car Guards" who are "trained in vehicle security, so you can shop with total peace of mind" and Radarboy has collected some of their business cards.  Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed them.  "Before opening a tin of corned beef, stand it in hot water for about 2 minutes to melt the jelly and fat inside so the meat will slip out easily."  Important "Friendly Hints" like that can only be found on "LION matchboxes" and once again, Radarboy has us covered with a collection of 7.  That's only half the collection and if today's pick proves anything, it's that sometimes, the most mundane things can also be the most interesting... have a fun day! 
     
  • Heavy Backpack 11/27/02 
    Description: a creative catalogue profiling the design community (Flash)
    Comments: Today's pick is sweet, especially if you're interested in a little inspiration from "creatives dealing in the visual medium."  This "Creative Catalogue" promotes "individuals, collectives, companies, and their creative work."  There's over 80 "profiles."  Each includes a Flash-powered slideshow type presentation of visual samples along with answers to the following questions about each designer: "Name? - What? - Company? - Where? - Age? - Listening to? - Looking at? - Link?"  Rhett and Maggy have done a knockout design job – great use of Flash and a collection of some of the best visuals you'll find on the web.  One could literally spend hours exploring the web from there.  And speaking of Rhett, don't miss his visual diary...
     
  • 73553 11/24/02 
    Description: graphic design showcase
    Comments: The guy behind today's pick just happens to be looking for the same exact thing I am.  "Desperatly seeking!  Someone with a huge [bag] of money who is bored to death and doesn't [know] what to do with it!"  Hehe.  Bring it.  I'll be happy to take care of it for you.  Right!  96 squares lead to graphic design works by a guy who goes by a number and many of them (like all) are, errr.... good stuff.  There's an interesting piece in "testing" as well.  Do you smell turkey? 
     
  • FAVARICA 11/8/02 
    Description: Interactive graffiti, painting and sculpture by Favarica, a french artist in outsider, raw art. Enjoy distorting these works with the mouse. (Flash) (mature content)
    Comments: Today's pick will automatically spawn a new content window when you enter the site – just didn't want you to be surprised.  The "comments" section, which I erroneously thought would be a guestbook, contains some critiques of Favarica's "outsider, raw art."  I'm not sure who these people are (art critics, perhaps), but some of the comments they've made seem quite interesting.  They're bound to help describe his art in ways I can't, or at least provide some perspective.  One says that Favarica "throws light upon voluntary poisoning through colour and volume, through arrogant shapes and destruction of sexual myths in order to pester the ancestral weight of bleakness."  Whoa!  To be honest, I didn't personally experience the part about "sexual myths" – that's not to say it wasn't there... ;~)  "His desire to paint is close to religion.  Devil or Angel, make a guess!"  I'll keep my guess to myself.  "Bloody mixture, aggressive colours, surrealist setting: tears, screams and outbursts..."  That was on the money, said by someone who also calls Favarica an "avowed comedian in a time when Man loses himself for want of sharing."  Some of the comments I just shared were made in the early 90s, obviously before the website existed.  I love Favarica's art and what he's done to make it somewhat interactive by using Flash.  Mouseovers and clicks let the user distort, drag, scroll, alter perspective, and/or bring parts of the pieces into clearer focus.  The art is colorful and somewhat primitive, divided into six categories:  "homepictures, paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, and graffiti."  There's also a small pop-up upon exiting with one last piece of art (no advertising, thank you).  I'm not mentioning (i.e., warning about) the pop-ups to criticize the design choices made, but rather to be sensitive to those users who hate pop-up, pop-under, and exit advertising windows as much as I do, and to let them know in advance that there's no advertising in these multiple windows...
     
  • stereo-eros 11/7/02 
    Description: a consistant entity which grows 3d chaotic realms that exist through dark energy in the ever expanding and contracting infinite universe (Flash)
    Comments: Toronto visual designer Leon Vymenets says "with our thoughts we make the world."  His present world includes a series of "3D chaotic realms" which make up the "orbital" experiment.  I like the diagonal buttons on the interface – the narrow ones lead to artworks and the two broader ones take you to what appears to be a main page, plus a credits/links section.  In addition to the orbital experiment, which houses some outstanding visual designs, there's another experiment called "satellite" done in collaboration with several other people.  It contains a series of artworks Leon describes as "art brute."  It's a "subconscious escape" for him that he uses "to trigger new and fresh design concepts."  There's two other visual experiments in progress as well.  I found something on the credits page which reveals a little about Leon's creativity and approach to design.  He uses greeked text (so small it's not legible) as a design element in a number of his pieces, and when I zoomed in on the paragraph of tiny type below the site's name on the credits page, I found "don't start a project by staring at a blank photoshop canvas. the concept will never be strong enough that way, ever! don't let the tools for creation dictate what you create meaning don't allow the programs to limit what you can and cannot do with design, because you can do anything."  Well said...  [stereot]
     
  • Oculart.com 11/3/02 
    Description: each chapter layered deep - click often - read more (Flash)
    Comments: The "twine" soundscape combines with an odd motion graphic called "funeral garden" as you enter the site, immediately drawing you into an other world of webart.  That's the first of 11 "chapters" and the deeper you go, the more interesting it gets.  It's a big collage that defies description – the words, images, and sound are thought-provoking and totally engaging.  Look for things to click, particularly in the later chapters.  Geoff's art is real and his creativity, unbridled.  Amazing... 
     
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