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Two Amazing Sites for Graphic Artists March 17, 2010

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My husband, an art teacher and free lance graphic designer, showed me two sites last night that are definitely worth bookmarking. CoolIris.com is a graphic/image search engine that blows both Google and Bing out of the water. How annoying is it to find an image, click on it, be brought to the site containing the image, then click on “full image”, etc. etc.? Cool Iris takes away all these steps and streamlines image searching in an aesthetically pleasing, and helpful, manner. (Admittedly, the site works best on a mac.) My screen shots below show browsing the search engine, what a still frame looks like, and then how an image is enlarged. All of these are done simply and seamlessly without having to click through various pages.

Update: I kept playing around on Cool Iris and discovered that you can also search videos, movies, etc. this way and play them right from the site. In addition, you can load your own photos from your computer (instantaneously) and search them all this way.

The other site is more interactive and a great way to waste time at work! The experiments on Escape Emotions, by Slovakian artist Peter Blaskovic, are nothing short of innovative (and entrancing). With names like Fire, Flame, Magic, and Fields, just to name a few, these artistic experiments enable the user to create artworks based on the fluidity of motion. Flame is the only one that can be saved and exported, due to its static nature, but all are worthy of exploring. Here are a few screen shots of my experiments but make sure to try it out yourself!

My attempt to write "Infomavens" in Flame

Water Fluid Simulation

In this one, the user builds “walls”, adds animated water and air to blow the water into circulation.

Burning "Infomavens" in Fluid Fire Simulation 3

Have fun!

Designing a Book Cover in Under 2 Minutes March 11, 2010

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Because we seem to be mildly obsessed with book covers over here at Infomavens’, I thought our readers would enjoy this time-lapse video documenting the creation of a book cover for Blameless by Gail Carriger, done by Lauren Panepinto, the Creative Director of Orbit Books. The video takes a six hour process and condenses it into a little under two minutes. After enjoying this whirlwind of a video make sure to check out the full discussion on Designrelated.com to understand Panepinto’s full process.

If Earth Had Rings Like Saturn December 12, 2009

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Liveleak.com has created a video entitled, “What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn”. It’s a bit slow and I can’t really understand why they are playing the schmaltzy Ave Maria, but still interesting and beautiful. It would appear they did some real research, besides the photoshopping. Enjoy!