29.10.11

Photoshop CSI: Coming to a store near you!



She saw the killer, she just didn't know she did? Magnification times 100? Corneal imaging? Oh pah-LEASE! Her head was facing a different angle and had a shadow on it!

This video is 100 times funnier than the one from yesterday! If you have no idea what this is about, read this post first!

28.10.11

Can we enhance that?




Ever had someone ask you to "zoom in" and "enhance" a photo? This video's for you!
Coming soon: Photoshop Enhance!

This video was discovered via this post from ISO50.

27.10.11

My thoughts exactly

The highlight of my week
A co-worker of mine came up with this little gem today. I haven't laughed so hard in ages! I just had to print out a few and distribute them around the office. We're all seriously over CHOGM!
It's a shame that it's too late to make T-shirts for The Big Aussie BBQ on Saturday!

18.10.11

I did me some Algebra!

Look, it's ALGEBRA!!!
This morning, I came across an interesting fact: If you weigh 70Kg, your skeleton weighs approximately 13Kg. I thought that was pretty cool and decided to figure out the percentage. 18.57%

Then, I got really curious and wanted to find out how heavy my skeleton was! I somehow managed to put it into an equation and solved for x. And yes, I know every person is different and it doesn't take a lot of things into consideration, but from a purely mathematical standpoint, I totally nailed it! WITH ALGEBRA!!!

I realise this has nothing whatsoever to do with art or design, but it is slightly impressive. I actually remembered something from highschool and put it into practical use! Anyway, I feel a little less stupid today... \(^_^)/

12.10.11

Sculptural seating

How cool is that?
As I was trawling through one of my favourite design blogs the other day, I came across something rather fascinating.
I found out that the Eames "La Chaise" was designed in 1948 for a competition by the Museum of Modern Art (NY). It was inspired by a sculpture called "Floating Figure" by Gaston Lachaise. Brilliant!

See the original post here, via NOTCOT.

6.10.11

The chair of my dr-eames

1. Eames Lounge Chair — Charles and Ray Eames (1956)
When I become obscenely wealthy, I'll have a place like this with all the chairs!

2. Barcelona Chair — Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1929)
3. Corona Chair —Poul M. Volther (1961) 
4. Ball Chair — Eero Aarnio (1966)
5. La Chaise — Charles and Ray Eames (1948)
6. Diamond Chair — Harry Bertoia (1952)
7. Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge — Charles Edouard Jeanneret A.K.A. Le Corbusier (1929)
8. Tulip Chair — Eero Saarinen (1957)
9. Coconut Chair — George Nelson (1955)
10. Wassily Chair — Marcel Breuer (1927) 
11. Egg Chair — Arne Jacobsen (1958)
The chair display at the NGV. Here are more pix from my trip to Melbourne!
I first saw the Eames Lounge Chair when I started watching Frasier in highschool. And yes, I do realise how strange that is. Anyway, Frasier had a very stylish apartment and although I don't agree with all of their decorative choices, I couldn't help but admire the place. But I digress...

It wasn't until my second year of studying Graphic Design that I discovered who created this masterpiece of Mid-century Modern Furniture. We were doing these boring presentations about famous designers in history and a classmate did his on design duo, Charles and Ray Eames. I also found it rather odd that our lecturer let him do his presentation on Furniture Designers instead of a Graphic Designer.

After extensive googling, I discovered more and more about the Eames' and stumbled across the amazing world of Mid-century Modern furniture and decor (ever watched Mad Men). I love designer chairs in particular. This post was only going to be about the Eames Lounge Chair, then it grew to my Top 5, then Top 11! Why chairs? I haven't got a clue! Perhaps I'll do a Top 10 of my favourite general furniture later...

So, what is it about the Eames Lounge Chair huh? Put simply, it's perfect. Elegant, beautiful, comfortable, iconic... I could keep going! The only draw-back being a rather hefty price tag. Sure, there are plenty of cheap knock-offs all over the place, but an authentic Herman Miller reproduction costs thousands. To get one in Perth would cost $AU7487, last time I checked (at Living Edge on Newcastle St). Which is nuts! In the US, it's around $AU5500, depending on what type of wood panels you choose. I want santos palisander, a type of fancy rosewood and the most expensive option. Such a lovely pattern, much better than walnut and cherry.

When I saw a proper Herman Miller reproduction for the first time, the wood panels had a finish that felt like brushed steel, the cushions were covered in the softest leather I'd ever had the privilege of sitting on. Like they were made from the fanciest cows in Italy. All I can say is, it's one thing to see pictures and quite another to actually sit on it! It just felt 'right'. The second time I saw one was in a giant room full of designer chairs in the National Gallery of Victoria. Nearly every chair that I ever wanted was in that room! It was amazing!

Anyway, I had a really hard time putting these awesome chairs in order of preference, but it's just my opinion. I totally could have gone Top 20! I think I need a life...

For more on Mid-century Modern Furniture, visit:
Herman Miller, Vitra, Knoll, Louis Paulsen (for lighting), The Mid-century Modernist and Modernica.

3.10.11

I know a shortcut!

DOWNLOAD THE LARGE HIGH-RES VERSION BELOW
To make a cartoonist colleagues life a little easier, I thought I'd make him a list of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. I included every useful shortcut I could think of and tried to make it as pretty as I could in one evening.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A HIGH-RES PDF VERSION!

Sorry, but this is completely useless for PCs. Ahh who am I kidding, I'm not sorry...

CLICK HERE FOR ILLUSTRATOR AND INDESIGN SHORTCUTS!!!


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