November 17, 2006

Design cage match tomorrow in SF

Okay, I’m slow on the draw in mentioning it, but if by chance you’re near San Francisco and feel like watching designers rumble, check out Cut & Paste, going down tomorrow night.  The tournament-style competition "pits eight of the city’s best graphic designers against each other in an elimination battle of creativity, technical expertise, and wit. The competitors will work live on stage, in front of an audience and panel of expert judges. An MC will host the festivities and a soundtrack will be provided by hometown favorite DJs."  Each round is 15 minutes, and designers have to create artwork totally from scratch.  There’s also an audience design contest.

Tickets are 10 bucks, and Puma is raffling off a bike to advance ticket holders.  (Puma makes bikes…?) Anyhow, it should be fun, and I hope to see you there.

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And speaking of gigundo pixels…

  • Duncan Wilson has created pixelnotes, a wallpaper constructed from Post-It-style chunks of paper, four deep, each of which is a different color.  "Pixelated formations and shapes develop according to our patterns of use."  Groovy.  See also his funky Cup Communicators (heh), as well as his PSP cocoons.  (And I’m envious that he gets to work with someone named "Sirkka Hammer."  That’s the kind of name that belongs on the Photoshop splash screen.) [Via Julie Baher]
  • Krazydad (Jim Bumgardner) turns vintage sci-fi covers into pixels, arranging them into a "coverpop."  Covers are arranged horizontally by time, and vertically by average hue.  Jim provides an interesting backstory (combining Flash, Processing, ImageMagick, and more) and visuals here. [Via Marc Pawliger]
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