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February | 2012 | NICE!

Monthly Archives: February 2012

CROSS+NODE

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A collection of students work from the Hong Kong University – Digital Media Design graduate show. An explorative approach to viewing the pieces, lots of projects moving around with your mouse. I like the infographic chart approach to highlighting the key attributes of the project, nice attention to detail and a fun way to explore without too much detail. All in all it looks great and has really nice subtle animations to bring it all to life.

Created by Ahn Jiyong and Sanghun Heo.

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TEDx – Amsterdam

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Really nice site, highlighting the talks and ideas of TEDx Amsterdam. Using a cool 3d interface to map twitter conversations coming out over time from a brain. The camera changes over time to alloy a ‘slideshow’ view, so when you are not interacting you can simply watch the tweets appear. What I also really like is the attention to detail and the info graphic approach to the design of information – the chart of times and the really nice rising panel which stretches the timescales and so on. Every little interaction and touch is well though out and designed. It is great just to interact and play with, but also shows all the info in an intelligent and useable way – on top of all this it also looks good!

Created by WE ARE Pi and Media Monks.

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Get Your Edge Back – Wrangler

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Spring / Summer 2012 collection from Wrangler – wrapped up in a fun microsite. Inviting you to drag and release the characters at key moments in the video – triggering a cool transition between scenes where the character flies through the wall / floor / something. Makes something static relatively interactive, I also like the usage of the ‘edge’ and the position of your mouse to affect the rotation of the screen – nice attention to detail. For something that is essentially a video they have made it fun to play with and explore.

Created by Stinkdigital.

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Bear 71

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Bear 71 is a stunning interactive documentary about a female bear’s movements over 8 years, after she was caught in 2001 by wildlife officers in the Banff National park, Canada. Explained by Creative Review, “The project’s co-creators Leanne Allison and Jeremy Mendes decided to turn the 1m photos taken during the time of Bear71’s monitoring into an interactive project with the help of the National Film Board of Canada’s digital studio, NFB Interactive, and have Bear71 herself as the narrator of the story (she is voiced brilliantly by actress Mia Kirshner)”, link.

I love the execution, a lot of thought has gone into how best to present this wealth of information in an interesting and interactive way. Featuring a 3d map you explore made of dots that represent the terrain, trees, rivers, roads, hills and so on – you get a real feeling of depth. Bear 71 can be seen walking around the environment, triggering video events and so on, there are also all the other ‘characters’ in the park, golden eagles, lynx, deer, cougars, wolfs, other people (shown by a webcam snapshot when you start the site) which roam the park. It really is a fascinating experience offering a unique insight to the life of a bear in a human world, the trials they face, the dangers and how we affect their world. All presented in an innovative, beautiful and interesting way. Really great work…

Created by NFB Interactive.

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Zeitgeistbot

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Site of Zeitgeist “A gallery of artistic exploration, experimentation and research into social media art, folksonomy art, interactive motion tracking art, and cell phone art.” What I like is the way you navigate the site, your view rotates and moves around the screen, I like even that you can scroll around the canvas too. The clean and minimal design accentuates the nice transitions between the sections and adds an element of movement which is really nice – it is also a very modern non-Flash site which also works well on iPads.

Created by variousways.

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