05.01.15 by Jeff

Best Album Packaging: Moldover Album Also A Fully Functional Theremin


Before I go any further, yes, I realise I am posting about a CD in the year 2015. After I posted about DJ Qbert and “The World’s First Interactive Album Packaging” last week, Facebook user Ray Doeksen was quick to point out that back in 2009, musician Moldover released a self-titled album in which the CD packaging itself was a fully functional theremin! The artist learned how to make custom circuitboards, so the track titles were actually written into the circuitry!

So it would appear DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria album is not deserving of the title. Actually, to be fair, I’m sure there have been lots of examples of interactive album packaging over the years (depending on your definition). The Rolling Stones album, Undercover, had removable stickers, and my favourite of all time, Radiohead’s Kid A album had the hidden booklet you had to remove the CD tray to find! I think what Qbert meant was album packaging that doubled as an instrument, but it looks like Moldover did it years ago.

Watch the video below to see just how next level this packaging is!

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02.01.15 by Jeff

Future Technology: “Face-Hacking” Real-Time Face Tracking and 3D Projection Mapping


Nobumichi Asai and a team of digital designers and make-up artists return with a new video expanding on their “Omote” real-time face tracking and 3D projection mapping idea. They now refer to this as “face hacking”. This kind of technology will be amazing for live performances, watch the video below.

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02.01.15 by Jeff

Future Technology: DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria is World’s First Interactive Album Packaging [VIDEO]


Extraterrestria is DJ Qbert’s long-awaited follow up to his groundbreaking debut album, Wave Twisters (2001), and it features a pretty next level album cover. The printed cover is actually a set of functional Bluetooth MIDI decks and DJ controller that connects to iOS and OSX, making it the world’s first interactive album packaging.

QBert’s company Thud Rumble collaborated with Algoriddim and Novalia to create an album cover that allows fans to manipulate the album (or any mp3s) by moving their fingers along the surface. Apparently most of the copies will be going to those that funded the project on Kickstarter, with a small number made available through Thud Rumble.

Watch the video below to see it in action!

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Future Technology: Google’s New Self-Driving Car

google-selfdriving-car-booooooom1Google’s functional self-driving car with steering wheel.

Google has unveiled their functional self-driving car and it looks like a friendly man wearing a really tiny hat. Unlike the prototype (seen below) that was announced back in May, this one has a steering wheel and headlights. The electric two-seater currently only goes 25 mph but Google says it will eventually travel up to 100 mph.

Google is still testing the vehicles but hopes to have them actually on the roads in Northern California in the new year.


google-selfdriving-car-booooooom2Google’s early prototype without steering wheel, announced in May.

I have to admit I like the design of the prototype a lot more (the face is hilarious) but it’s really cool to see Google actually making this a reality. If you haven’t already seen them, take a look at the videos of the early prototype below.

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Interactive Installation: OUTSIDE


OUTSIDE is an interactive installation of a projected frame floating in space. Everything that goes through the frame modulates the frequencies of an FM radio and controls the projected visuals.

The work was developed by Montreal-based studio, Iregular, as part of the Human Futures program of artistic exchange between Canada and Europe. The work explores how technology is making us more and more reclusive.

Watch the video below.

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23.12.14 by Jeff

Michael DeForge


Poster designs by Toronto-based artist Michael DeForge. More below.

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18.12.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: The Perfect Keyboard for iPhone


The folks at Toronto-based Next Keyboard claim to have designed the perfect keyboard for iPhone users, and based on their Kickstarter video it looks like they’ve might have. At the very least they’ve addressed all the most common complaints people have. Things like: Actually being able to tell whether you’re in uppercase or lowercase, easier access to emojis, and what appears to be an auto-correct system that adapts to your typing over time. Watch the video below.

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16.12.14 by Jeff

Free Learning of the Day: Watch Aaron Draplin Design A Logo in 15 Minutes


Here’s a good one for all you graphic designers out there. Watch everyone’s favourite logo designer, Aaron Draplin, design a logo in 15 minutes. This is the sort of content that I was dying for around the time I was in school. Actually, watching this is exactly how I felt when I first started as a co-op in the concept art department at Electronic Arts. All these seasoned illustrators and designers were making stuff all around me, and I was just sitting there, watching every thing they did, soaking it all up.

Watch the video below.

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