31.08.10 by Jeff

The Wilderness Downtown

The Wilderness Downtown” is an interactive film by Chris Milk, featuring “We Used To Wait” by Arcade Fire. The film utilizes Google maps technology and, although the final product is far from perfect, it is exciting to see people attempting stuff like this.

The Wilderness Downtown by Arcade Fire

The Wilderness Downtown by Arcade Fire

The film asks you to plug in the address of the house where you grew up and, well, I’ll just let you experience it for yourself!

Watch the film here.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.deptm2.com mike

    I watched this the other day and although I really like the idea and that Chris Milk is trying something new and innovative, I just couldn’t get past all the pop up windows. Doesn’t he realize that we’ve been conditioned to not like pop up windows when viewing things on the internet.

  • xallxsewnxupx

    this is incredible. it gave me chills.

  • http://www.artonomous.com craig

    Phenomenal. If all pop up windows were so beautiful and meaningful I think we’d all have a different response to them. This was amazing.

  • http://www.faucethead.com/blog/ elissa @ faucethead

    I saw this the other day and was blown away. It’s so exciting to see things like this being done.

  • lapetitefaon

    Well, I think its absolutely perfect!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Especially the ending when the trees take over, its always been my dream that my part of Brooklyn would some day have a few more trees…just perfect!!!

  • Shinead

    I think it depends! it worked perfectly for me but not so well for a few others i passed it along to! Still…UNREAL. This has got to be the best album release campaign ever.

  • Kayoko

    I really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing and in a way, it was exactly what I needed.

  • Matt

    Its cool but reminded me how i loved the old house so much 3;

  • Jan

    I really enjoyed although it was a little depressing. My mother passed away in April of this year and my Dad passed away in 2008. I have had a difficult time letting go of this house because it is where I grew up and the memories are overwhelming. I finally had to let it go a few weeks ago. I loved the movie anyway – I don’t know why–just because! It absolutely brought me to tears, but in a good way. Thank You!

25.11.15 by Jeff

Free Learning of the Day: Skillshare Classes

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

25.11.15 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Jon McNaught


Love this series of puddles by illustrator Jon McNaught. More images below.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Casey Gray


Paintings by artist Casey Gray, who lives and works in San Francisco. More images below.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Cleon Peterson


The violent, mesmerizing, and brutally honest work of artist Cleon Peterson. In some paintings demon-like characters are attacking people, in other paintings similar actions are being carried out by uniformed figures. What is perhaps most disturbing is the realisation that we are drawn to such darkness; titillating news headlines, and bloody movies. The violence is inside of us all. More images below.

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24.11.15 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Michael Dandley


Striking and thoughtful series of gouache and ink works by Newmarket, New Hampshire-based artist Michael Dandley. “Side Effects” is concerned with the disturbing and ultimately incompatible ways lands and oceans are changed to accommodate our modern conveniences. More images below!

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