solarbird: (korra-wha)
We Don't Know How To Do Modernism Yet, circa 1920:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll44/id/90701/rec/1

This is a gloriously ugly building; I hope it burned down.
solarbird: (korra-excited)
During the 1990s, between episodes of Doctor Who, KBTC would air various shorts, plus Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler (or Star Gazer, depending upon the year).

My favourite of these interstitial shorts was something called Computer-Home - or as we called it, Spider Chip 68000 - a bit of French computer animation that came out of nowhere, as far as we were concerned. And it wasn't ever online that I could find, until my housemate found it on one of his old VHS tapes!

So of course I ripped it and put it on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePeYkQ2HMCc

But! I did that a year ago. The NEW surprise is that somebody else has posted the original French version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PVey9TeGWs

And it's a much better transfer, even if you don't speak French. :D

So now you can relive your 1990s Doctor Who on KBTC fandom. Enjoy!
solarbird: (molly-happy)
There is a 10th Anniversary site up for the animated series, Molly Star-Racer/Oban Star-Racers; it's mostly in French (and a little Japanese) but there is lots of art posted, including the highest-resolution copy of the pilot/teaser that I've seen in years:

http://molly.catsuka.com/10ans/

I loved that show. <3 You know how there's this one song that I keep using when posting test pictures of speakers? Play the French/Japanese end credits that are up on this site. Now you know.
solarbird: (Lecturing)

I’m making a backdrop! Not for the big show Friday evening, but for Conflikt opening ceremonies a few hours beforehand. What it’s specifically for will have to wait until then, of course – but I can say it’s Vaudeville-style, for foreground-style action. Which is part of why it’s so painterly. Those backdrops tended towards that sort of treatement.

Oh, and here’s a short follow-up to that pickup build report from last week: I’m going to have to redo the piezo disc. I wasn’t able to make a clamping solution work, and I’m hoping that a clean disc will pickup the low-end frequencies without so much fiddling. Fingers crossed!

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solarbird: (Lecturing)

Anna has been rebuilding the website of a science-fiction club we were in when we met, back when I was out east for school. The club is still around, meeting monthly, doing things, but their website – which we’ve been hosting – was still pretty firmly stuck in 2001 – at best – so Anna has been throwing everything into a more modern WordPress environment.

They’ve had this old logo – their club name (LexFA) in a state-of-Kentucky graphic – but countries and territories, being irregularly-shaped blobs, are not exactly a design element, and there wasn’t really a place for it in the new site. So I decided to play with it to see what could be done, grabbed some NASA starfield and nebula imagery, and came up with something kind of interesting. (The star with the points is both in the original NASA photo and locates the club.) But it’s still pretty useless as a standalone element, even with added text.

So I started poking around with it as a background element, and, with translucency, realised I could take advantage of LCD screen technology to do something kind of cool.

I can’t screencap the result, since the effect relies on the way LCDs physically work. But I can photograph it, even if the photography introduces moiré patterns which aren’t visible to the eye.

Here’s what a typical page looks like, looked at straight on, or from higher than the screen – the usual screen arrangement:


Normal view

And here’s what it looks like if you tilt the screen (or laptop) back, or just look at the screen from below. Again, that’s minus the moiré pattern seen here, which is purely a camera artefact and not visible to the eye.


The Kentucky has you, Neo

Once you know the graphic is there, you can see it at the normal angle too, but it doesn’t get in the way. And it fades to black as you go down from the header – the version I actually have online has more stars below the state outline, and fades to black, so I don’t have to tile anything.

I’m pretty sure the only time anyone will notice – if then – is if they put their laptop down on a table in front of them and then lean back in their chair or on a couch.

Anyway, it’s kind of a silly trick, and will be less and less effective as LCD technology continues to improve. But it’s fun for now. ^_^

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solarbird: (molly-oooooh)


THIS HOUSE IS FUCKING AMAZING.

GO WATCH THE VIDEO, THE STILLS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE.

This is The House that Calculus Built and it is wonderful. And though they aren’t using the word, it is brutalist as all fuck. Look at all that raw exposed concrete! Look at all that exposed bare metal and glass and stone. Look at all those repeating patterns and curved, plastic forms. Look at the exterior massed forms, particularly in the front. Look at WATER AS A GODDAMN DESIGN ELEMENT AND NOT DECORATION. (Again, watch the video at the link for that, and also look at the stairs inside the water I AM DYING here.)

FUCK YEAH BRUTALISM!

Seriously, this is what happens when you do brutalism the right way instead of as an excuse to throw up a bunker building on the cheap. I am crying a little it is so beautiful.


h/t Yvonne Pawtowski on Google+

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solarbird: (ART-gonzo)

I haven’t posted many leaf pictures lately, but I took a couple recently that I liked. Here’s one that really needs to be seen bigger – click on it to go to the large version on Flickr.

Have fun with Halloween!

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solarbird: (korra-fruck-out)

I kind of like it, to be honest, but I can’t resist. I mean, at first glance, I thought it was Twentieth Century. It’s not, I mean, the default kerning is different! And they didn’t use a calligraphy pen. CRITICAL!

“Product Sans” they’re calling it. Product sans what? Oh, I get it, sans everything.

Also, NOT SINCE 1987 HAS A VOWEL BEEN SO JAUNTILY TILTED:

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solarbird: (shego-rule?-you?)

So I bought a Colonial Raptor sticker that I found for sale online, but it wasn’t the adhere-inside kind, it was the adhere-outside kind, and not vinyl, so I don’t trust it in weather. But I found a place that will make inside-window static-clings for you for like $5 from your own art, so I converted it for that. And also changed the text layout. Anyway, it looks like this now:

I’m not sure that the slightly-offset circles thing reads as entirely intentional but I like it, it adds a hint of extra depth for me. The white parts will be transparent, so I hope the design actually shows up well. If not, eh, it wasn’t exactly a lot of money anyway.

I’ve never spent this much attention on a vehicle before, what is wrong with me? \☉~⚆ /

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Who designed this? Seriously. It's like the worst candy ad ever. Or maybe sugar cereal. It's NEW CHOCOLATEY MEASLES ALERT FROM HERSHEY!

(Of course it's "chocolatey" not "chocolate" because there's no actual chocolate. ONLY MEASLES. Chocolatey, chocolatey measles.)

Honestly, what.

source
solarbird: (korra-excited)

Heavy weekend of graphic design and editing here at Supervillain Studios. Particularly the editing – Anna got through the last sweep of Bone Walker the novel today.

The CD case we’re using for Bone Walker the album is wraparound-style! It’s also damn near indestructible. It comes from Australia, so that’s undoubtedly why. But it also means we can do new things with the art:

There’ll be a little booklet on the inside again too, with thanks and liner notes and all the usual. This thing is becoming physical, it’s turning into an object. (An object that, I remind you, you can pre-order. You’ll have a good shot at an extra present, too.) The album is starting to manifest.

…and the book is not far behind. Pre order now, because pretty soon, it won’t be a pre-order anymore.

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solarbird: (Default)
The chandelier in the media room was really meant to be used in a dining room or something - it's too low, there's a big lower heavy bell that's the largest shade on it, stuff like that. I've raised it and removed the lower bell with the idea of pulling out the arm carrying the bulb entirely, but I fiddled with a much smaller porcelain shade and some decorative copper wire and I think I'm onboard with it.

The bulb in the new small lower shade needs to be brighter, I think, but not as much brighter as this picture makes it look.

solarbird: (korra-excited)

The soundtrack album is still at the mastering engineer – these things take a while, particularly since we’re having the same people do the replication. We’re using the same people that SJ Tucker uses for her CDs (thanks for the rec, Sooj) and I know their work, it’s quality. We’ll be getting it back in time for the release show at Conflikt, and there’s still time to pre-order it and help us pay for all these things.


Here’s the disc label graphic, as sent to the printer. It’s Kiri Moth’s art. Pretty, no?

All these pre-orders will be signed, and one of them will get a small special present included. Remember that test CD I was carrying around for a while? I posted about it back in October, and talked about carrying it around to places here.

One pre-orderer will also get that test actual CD. There are differences, too – we made mix changes on three tracks. I’ll sign that, too, and include a little note certifying that yep: it’s the one in the picture. It’s unique, a one-off, and if you find those sorts of things interesting, well, this is how you can get a legit shot at one. It’s not super-fancy or anything – it’s a CD-R with sharpie writing on it, I mean, go look at the picture. But it’s the only copy of that exists, and there won’t be another.

You can pre-order here. The pre-order ends when the CDs get here, and I don’t know exactly when that’ll be. So if you want a shot at the bonus stuff, now is the time. Clickie!

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solarbird: (music)

This came up in talking about posters for this Saturday’s joint show with Leannan Sidhe at the Dreaming. (6pm, 5225 Univeristy Way NE, Seattle, hope you’ll be there.) What matters more in a poster graphic: relationship to music or dynamism?

I had came up with this poster design:


YELLING

The background image is from a comic, drawn comic style, which makes sense because hi, comic book and gaming store, and we’re doing some related songs, so it all works. I think it’s quite dynamic and eye-catching, which was my primary consideration.

Shanti, quite correctly really, felt it didn’t relate to her music, and she came up with some other imagery for the background. That’s what made the official poster:


Godking Owl Has No Pity For You

It’s a good image, I like it. It is more evocative of her music. It’s also lower contrast, and less dynamic from a distance. The eyeflow is still good, but… as a designer, I think it’s less attention-grabby.

So, as someone seeing these posters, which matters more to you? A graphic that is more grabbing (but not as evocative of the music style), or one that grabs less attention (and thus makes people less likely to see it) but which is more evocative of the music on some level?

And does it matter if you already know the music or not?

I tried to fit this into a poll, but couldn’t quite get it together in my head. So I’m just asking outright, in text. Do you think relationship of poster graphic to music is more important than eye-catchiness in show posters? Would you even think about the two if you went to a show, or would you forget about it as soon as you walked in?

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solarbird: (molly-content)
Shanti (fairly, I think) thought the previous background didn't fit her musical themes well, so she made another one.

solarbird: (Default)


It's not an official poster, but I stole a couple of elements, mostly Shanti's treated photos of herself, Jeri Lynn, and me.
solarbird: (Lecturing)

I’ve started a special-purpose Tumblr blog dedicated to an old newspaper I found being used as packing material at an estate sale. It’s called Seattle—July 20, 1971 (or “Let’s Read the Newspaper!”) and it’s photos of pages, ads, ephemera, and mostly-local-news articles from salvageable pages of that newspaper.


No deep meaning; just ephemera.

I won’t be crossposting that here, so if you want to follow it, go follow it separately, either on Tumblr or via its own RSS feed.

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solarbird: (shego-rule?-you?)

Well, it’s official: my music has enough fans to be worth pirating. Yay?

They’re both in Russia and they’re probably going to be 128kbps preview-grade streams (or worse – one’s lifted from YouTube), so yeah, have fun with that. I’m kind of flattered. I mean, to keep copyright I’m kind of required to protest (hence this), but lol yeah like that works. XD

But still, if you like my work, throw me some coin, eh? Stuff costs money. :D

Any of you hit any weird milestones like this? What’s the weirdest milestone you’ve ever hit?

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solarbird: (utena-with-anthy)

I made that new version of the comp sheet I talked about this morning. GIF embedded, PDF linked, in case somebody likes it that much.


PDF version

Changes: “Project” label added. Pink subsection lines (very faint in print) added. “Notes” section moved; “Legend” section added (see below). In-worksheet numbers changed from black to light blue, for easier visibility of marks made by pen. Top-sheet labels moved up a little.

I’ve got a fair bit of comping to do, so I’ll get to try this one out soon. The pink lines are just there as guides and print very faintly on my printer, by design. I thought about adding a leftmost column to indicate what each subsection meant, but that cost marking space, so I added a legend section down at the bottom instead.

I tried pink lines in notes, too, but they were really hard to see and I want them more obvious there. So I either needed to change them back to blue, make them a lot thicker, or introduce another colour, so I kind of decided it was best just to go back to blue.

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