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New York-based media company and documentary makers, Alldayeveryday have completed the development of their new office, an East Village turn-of-the-century firehouse from 1939.
Transforming the space into an airy office with an open layout, the abundant natural light amplifies the fresh design elements, which includes art created by Executive Creative Director and Partner, Kai Regan.
The interior, designed by Ben Krone, was kept intentionally simple to maintain the historical feeling of the firehouse loft space with a few modern touches. Each level in the three-story building was designed as its own ecosystem, allowing employees to move between floors to concentrate on specific disciplines, while a rooftop is available to relax and conduct internal meetings in the warmer New York months.
T-shirt company FCKH8′s F-Bombs for Feminism ad has been generating buzz and controversy in equal measure this week.
On one hand they’re accused of being an exploitative, opportunistic start up which aims to build their brand by capitalising on legitimate equality issues, such as feminism, LGBT rights and racism. While others argue that regardless of FCK8′s motives, the fact remains the issues they raise are valid and the means are justified in highlighting the ongoing struggle for equality.
So, a provocatively effective fight against inequality or cynical exploitation to sell t-shirts? Check out the video and decide for yourselves.
Check out The Man Who Grows Objects, which is a lovely little bit of event promotion for German design conference Frisches Design who are basing this years event around the theme “Design and Efficiency”. The three day event takes place in Nuremberg between November 7 – 9, and will feature representatives from the fields of philosophy, architecture, product and industrial design.
The objective is to provide an insight into the design process and give information about when efficiency actually begins: in the production, in the process itself or in the application.
If you’re interested in attending the event, visit Frisches Design event page for full details.
With a £442 billion ($717 billion) Sovereign Wealth fund accrued over fifty years from their vast offshore oil fields and owning an estimated 1% of the world’s stocks and shares, it’s common knowledge Norway is one of the richest countries in the world.
Now not only do they have lots of money, it’s also potentially going to look great.
Seven agencies have this week submitted their design proposals to The Central Bank of Norway for the country’s new legal tender. Our personal favourite designs are those by Snøhetta and The Metric System, however you can view submissions from all the entrants here.
Two months ago Royal Copenhagen started to make a tribute to the colours black and blue by collaborating with four artists including a musician, a dancer, a photographer and a writer. The fruits of the collaboration were two films, which the 339 year old renowned porcelain company are delighted with.
Credits: Agency: Liquidminds Creative director: Olga Bastian Producer: Rune Hørslev Projectmanager: Mia Skovgaard Sørensen Photographer: Kim Wendt 2. Photographer: David Bauer Stylist: Emilie Dresler Makeup: Mette M Dancers: Patricia Seron Pawlik, Edhem Jesenkovic, Sofia Karlsson Words artist: Claus Ankersen Visual effects: Sacha Wechselmann
Produced by Yoke Creative, Secrets of a Signwriter – Is a moving portrait about one of the last original signwriters in Wales. Meet Alan Cavley, an inspiring individual with a genuine and truthful outlook on life.
Needlework and music videos aren’t two words you’d often see in the same sentence, however as we showed last year Nancy-based director and designer Christophe Thockler can find beauty and drama in the mundane.
Christophe has been in touch again, this time presenting his new music video for Seattle-based electro ambient artist called Lusine. Created for the single Arterial released on Ghostly International, Lusine wanted something blood related. Christophe took that fairly open brief and created something he calls “electrorganic” mixing computer chips, leds, screens, to emphasize the cold sounds, and blood to represent the more delicate warm layers of sound.
The final stop motion video was created using 7,000 photos, 15kg of electrical components from old tvs, phones and computers, 5 litres of blood. Christophe wanted to make something 100% real deciding to employ no digital effects in the making of the video – even the end credits are done with a glitching computer.
Melbourne-based Bardo have been in touch to share some of their recent projects. Run by directors Luis Vialeand and Brenda Imboden, in collaboration with a close-nit network of freelancers, the studio has been producing some lovely work, such as branding for artisan meat company Zamora, and an installation for Polar illustrating climate change’s affects on the arctic poles.
Today D&AD are announcing the first shortlist for the Next Director Award – a brand new short film award in partnership with YouTube.
16 aspiring filmmakers are in the running for the first award, which follows a different format and exists separately to the D&AD Professional Awards. It is judged three times per year, producing three separate shortlists, which are then in contention for the overall prize. The overall winner will announced at the Professional Awards Ceremony in May 2015. Are you an aspiring film-maker? Then the entry deadline for the second shortlist will be October 15.
Alison Lomax, Head of Creative Agency Partnerships, YouTube commented,
“I was blown away by the high level talent and variety of films across branded content, music videos and documentaries. A true reflection of the calibre of this next generation of filmmakers on YouTube.”
The first shortlist has a really nice mix of films; everything from animation, to documentaries to music videos and commercials, selected by a panel of top directors including Dougal Wilson, David Bruno, Laura Gregory, Ringan Ledwige, and Juliette Larthe.
We’ve selected some of our favourites below, you can view the entire shortlist here.
Walking Contest, a short film directed by Vania Heymann
Mr Flash: ‘Midnight Blue’, a music video directed by PENSACOLA
GAWDS, a documentary directed by Christine Yuan
Living Moments, branded content directed by Paul Trillo
Parallax scrolling has been making headlines in our industry for a couple of years now. Even big influencers have made advances in parallax scrolling animator, one of the most impressive and original of these being Webydo, which has recently added the Parallax Scrolling Animator to its code-free design suite. Readers of FFF can be among the first to create a parallax scrolling site with Webydo’s code-free design studio. Simply head over to Webydo and sign up for an account so that you too can create a code-free parallax site.
Once you sign up for Webydo’s invitation, make sure that you read through the tips below for parallax scrolling so that you can properly implement the maximum effect for the most impact.
What is Parallax Scrolling?
Parallax scrolling has been around since the 1980s in 2D video games when the forefront graphics moved at a different speed than the background. In web design, parallax scrolling works a lot like video games in that different elements on the page move at different speeds. This creates a 3D effect and adds depth and interest to a website.
The problem now is that parallax scrolling has been both overdone and done badly, which means that some designers are shying away from the effect. And often, parallax sites include issues in site speed, mobile use, SEO, and usability. With these considerations in mind, has the parallax scrolling trend run its course?
Actually, many would argue that parallax is here to stay, rather than just a passing fad. As with most trends, there are solutions to the problems it initially has shown, as Zack Rutherford points out in his UX Magazine article. Parallax can provide a useful tool in creating ”wow factor” and allowing designers to stretch their legs creatively. Webydo made parallax available to its users exactly for these reasons.
How can Parallax boost professional website design?
Let’s face it – parallax scrolling just looks cool. It keeps users engaged, provides an interactive feel to a design, and overall keeps visitors on a page longer, which in turn can increase conversions.
Unleashed Technologies describes parallax scrolling as a technique that takes “the user experience to a new interactive level of online viewing.” Used in a story-like layout, parallax is a solution for web designers in creating websites that are more appealing to visitors.
Examples of Parallax.
The Sony store website shows just how creative you can get with parallax scrolling. When you create a parallax scrolling site with Webydo’s professional design studio, keep in mind the techniques used on the Sony Be Moved page. It begins with an introduction to the story of their company, and as viewers scroll down through the site, the story unfolds via parallax.
While scrolling, the parts of a Sony product “float” together to show how the technology came to be. The interesting part is that one funky part is thrown in, such as the lollipop mixed in with the parts that make up Sony’s mobile phone camera lens attachment. Users can click the + button to read interesting tidbits. It’s little extras like these that really make a site unique.
Site speed and mobile problems.
Two negatives of parallax involve mobile compatibility and site speed. Fortunately, Webydo’s parallax animator is optimized for quick load speed and mobile compatibility, so users don’t have to worry about these aspects.
And Sony shows another way that designers can further speed up a website: it does not try to keep all of the content on a single page. Its menu at the top of the page leads to product pages, an easy aspect Webydo users can also implement.
SEO and usability problems.
Two more complaints of parallax scrolling designs are poor SEO and usability. SEO problems are usually due to designers simply leaving this consideration out of a design, which is why Webydo makes it easy to include important SEO factors like meta-tags.
To avoid usability issues, simply use Webydo’s advanced design suite to add in factors such as chapter buttons. Sony kept the buttons inconspicuous – descriptions only pop open when users hover the mouse over each chapter button.
Is it just a fad or here to stay?
The difference between a fad and trend is that a fad passes quickly but a trend remains for more than just a season. Parallax Scrolling has been in web design for a while now, which is a good indicator that it’s here to stay.
It is true that parallax is an intimidating design style to learn, especially with no code experience. But this is why so many designers are taking up the chance to create their clients websites with Webydo’s code-free parallax scrolling animator. One designer even created a Game of Thrones teaser site for “Death Is Coming”. Now the possibilities are limitless, so you can create your site today with Webydo and join the growing community of 95K professional designers around the world who designing with Webydo.
This article is presented by Webydo’s community of professional designers.
Tilt-shift photography is always great fun to look at, with the resulting toy-like-feeling giving a fresh perspective to the subject.
Over the last couple of years we’ve begun seeing some tilt-shift in motion with, beautiful time-lapse films of New York, Melbourne and Singapore. Although all three are impressive it’s the latter which really blew us away.
Shot by tilt-shift specialist Keith Loutit, the film uses an innovative post-production technique which we feel sets it apart from the competition.
Speaking with Planet5d, Keith explains:
“Because its the first time I’ve released in this style, the film is hard hitting, and full of effects… more so than if I were releasing a story based concept. Many of the scenes are not really tilt shift.. they’re what I call ‘clean shocks’, or ’tilt shocks’, depending on whether I choose to keep the tilt shift effect, and these are the focus of most of my experiments now going forward.”
However The Lion City was produced, the end result is visually stunning must-see look at Singapore.
“I hear hissing, rustling and hushing, and my ears are bleeding…” ~ Oscar Wilde on Polish language
Oscar wasn’t a fan of Polish, but then he didn’t have model Ola Rudnicka teaching him the finer points of the language. This beautifully shot video for ID Magazine with art direction from Robert Serek (who has created sets for Chanel and Stella McCartney) sees Ola – with mother tongue firmly in cheek – teach us handy phrases such as “W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie” – A bug is buzzing in the reeds.
With art direction from Robert Serek, who has created sets for Chanel and Stella McCartney, the icy blue-toned video sees Ola enunciate key phrases in Polish amidst a stark white graphic set.
Check it out.
Known for her award-winning work designing brand identities for organizations like The Public Theater, Citibank, The Museum of Modern Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, her first online class is entitled Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems.
The 70 minute class is broken into 10 lessons, where students will research an organization’s goals, develop a series of design solutions, simplify them to their essence, and stretch them to their limits across animation, products, signage, architecture, and more. Scher hopes her class will inspire designers at all levels, all around the world, to think creatively about brand identity.
Enrolment for the class is now open at Skillshare. A free one week trial is available to try out the lessons, thereafter it’s $10 per month for access to all of Skillshare’s classes, which cover design, film & video, photography and fashion.
G.R.R Martin, The Lanisters, Starks, Targaryens, Baratheons and Greyjoys are all names that millions of Game of Thrones fans will be familiar with. Two more unsung heroes of the series are Jörn Großhans and Katharina Kessler, the Visual Effects Supervisor and Visual Effects Producer respectively.
Working for Stuttgart VFX studio Mackevision, Jörn and Katharina have been helping to bring Martin’s epic series to life, by subtly realising the worlds of Westeros and beyond. Check out their ‘making of showreel’ to see some digital magic in action.