Mmmm liquidy Metal Words … Nice : )

An Alarming Development ? Addart is coming soon…

http://www.addart.eyebeam.org/

Of the 100+ add-ons available for Firefox, “adblockers” are the most popular. The most current, Adblock Plus , has over 4 million downloads since Jan 2006 (currently around 150,000/week). It’s predecessor, Adblock, has been downloaded over 8 million times. These extensions work by preventing advertising images from downloading and replacing the ads with blank space. Their popularity has risen as pop-up ads, banner ads, and ads incorporating sound and animation have permeated the internet.

For many, replacing ads with blank space would be enough. AddArt attempts to do something more interesting than just blocking ads – it turns your browser into an art gallery. Every time you visit the New York Times online or check the weather you’ll also see a spattering of images by a young contemporary artist.

The project will be supported by an small website providing information on the current artists and curator, along with a schedule of past and upcoming AddArt shows. Each 2 weeks will include 5-8 artists selected by emerging and established curators. Images will have to be cropped to standard banner sizes or can be custom made for the project. Artists can target sites (such as every ad on FoxNews.com) and/or default to any page on the internet with ads. One artist will be shown per page. The curatorial duty will be passed among curators through recommendations, word of mouth, and solicitations to the AddArt site.

With the overwhelming popularity of adblockers, if AddArt were to attract 5% of existing users, the numbers would be in the hundreds of thousands. AddArt can bring contemporary art to the desktops of all types of people at home and in their workplace – all over the world.

Some nice new developments

Beautiful Evidence by Edward Tufte

EDWARD TUFTE’S NEW BOOK BEAUTIFUL EVIDENCEbe_cover2.jpg

Business Week, Best Innovation and Design Books for 2006
“A brilliant masterpiece, the Galileo of graphics has done it again.”

ZDNET, Best Business and Technology Books of 2006
“Tufte will get you thinking about the meaning of words and images,
not to mention your ability to tell the truth. A beautiful book.”

Scientific American, The Editors Recommend, “Outstanding examples, how seeing turns into showing.”

Digital Design Application Video Tutorials

A catalogue of video tutorials covering a wide range of digital design applications. Content qualitiy varies (user generated) but contains some useful run-throughs.

http://www.video-tutes.com/

MIA – KALA

KALA new CD by MIA ‘We’ve seen lots of great sleeves in the last few weeks. Bright colours and illustrated forms seem to be flavour of the month…’ Gavin Reece Creative review

great retro desgn, i’d say circa 1990 when Macs could barely breathe this would of been at the cutting edge. All made in photoshop i think. It is firing off all kinds of strange signals, from theMTV esque ‘MIA’ logo itself to the Iron Maiden heavy metal font used for the body text.