October 2008

Taxi Driver With Storyboards

by Andy Polaine on October 29, 2008

in General

There’s a discussion going on over at IxDA about whether an interaction design can create great interaction without great visual design skills.

My answer is “It depends”. The two are overlapping areas and whilst some interactions are really helped or hindered by the visuals, it’s also possible to have something almost entirely visually driven or entirely interaction driven. In service design, the designed interactions are often human-to-human and have no designed visual element at all.

It also depends on who you are working with too. I remember reading Scorsese on Scorsese when I was studying film and being surprised and rather relieved that Scorsese’s storyboards for Taxi Driver were pretty much just stick men drawings and very rough sketches. Michael Chapman’s cinematography brought to life the miserable rain-soaked loneliness of late-night New York and Travis’s unstable life.

Thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, you can watch a side-by-side comparison.

Peter Polaine

by Andy Polaine on October 28, 2008

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Just a quick note to say if you are here because you are looking for the work of my father, Peter Polaine, the newspaper covering his portrait exhibition with Derek Chambers printed my URL by mistake.

Peter’s site is over here.

The Unfinished Swan

October 27, 2008

The Unfinished Swan – Tech Demo 9/2008 from Ian Dallas on Vimeo. The Unfinished Swan is a still in-development game set in an entirely white world. Instead of splattering the blood of monsters around the walls, the player splatters black ink to find their way through “an unusual garden”. Apart from looking stunning in its […]

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Generative Art

October 26, 2008

Nothing changes much. Re-dub courtesy of Phillip Kerman.

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Your Graphics Cast a Dark Shadow Across All of Your Work

October 26, 2008

(Via the IxDA list)

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Twittering Mad Men

October 24, 2008

What a weird meta media world we live in. I tweeted that I was off to watch Mad Men only to find this morning that I am being followed on Twitter by Peggy Olson from We Are Sterling Cooper. I’m obviously way behind in this story, apparently AMC did the usual “Take it down! No, […]

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Energy Shoes

October 20, 2008

NTT’s energy-generating shoes (above) are amongst the many similar ideas I had and never did anything about. Sigh. Here’s the proof from 9 years ago. Mine wouldn’t have looked like I’d just stepped in a puddle of glue and then into a pile of old circuit boards though, unlike those ones above. The idea was […]

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Bandai Pedometer Games

October 20, 2008

Get off your ass. Assuming that is a donkey there, you’ll need to walk to move through the levels in these new handheld pedometer games by Bandai (warning: awful Google translation ahead). The games are targeted, strangely, at 30-somethings, which is good because I imagine the first thing a teenager would do is attach it […]

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Take on Me. Literal interpretation.

October 20, 2008

I could resist this. This song seems to be stuck on loop on every single German radio station.

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Palin Bingo

October 20, 2008

A variant of bullshit bingo, Jesper Juul played Palin Bingo during the vice presidential debate (did she really never mention her family?). I like “Air Space” over her picture in the middle spot. And in the spirit of the classic <a href=”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=playpen0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B000FVEG6S&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr””>Living Books interactive storybooks, be sure to play Palin as President. It’s quite depressing, […]

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