Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Some thoughts on Art Installations

Before being a designer/programmer I used to work in events. So you´d realised I´m fascinating when I see things as UniversalEverything or Mark Jenkins. I decided to look for more art-installations of this kind and if possiblyrelated to Actionscript although they usually use other software. Some examples I like:

Forever at the Victoria & Albert Museum from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

installation art from atlnav on Vimeo.

VP3L from satoru HIGA on Vimeo.

art video installation - "Migraine" from Samuel Jørgensen on Vimeo.

VP4L from satoru HIGA on Vimeo.

See more here

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

7 days of crisis, flash jobmarket in Europe

The word "crisis" comes from greek, it means change. I have always talked a lot about job market for flashers and actionscripters, so here is my experience.

Day 0: Monday 18:00 hours I´m given the sack. I´m told there´s no production, don´t come tomorrow Mr. Comet! Oh yes! I´m happy! What an illusion!
Days 1 y 2: I just sleep only 4 hours working in my cv, portfolio, preparing contacts and all that.
Day 3: How is the market! Websurfing on portals, webs, consultants, get in touch with headhunters, contacts, friends. The answer: The market is OK. There´re plenty of offers, both for flash design or for hard flash programming.
Days 4 - 6: Just in one week I have talked to more than 5 interactive agencies. Ok, this is Madrid and I have contacts but I am not a crack in programming or designing although I do both things. I say again, there´s no flasher unemployed, at least here.
Day 7: I have an offer, I accept, end of the crisis.

So, what can I say? I have moved fast, I don´t like to be stopped. It called my attention there´s a huge market now for freelancing.

About my last job I won´t say anything, just that things can be done better. What I can say is that flashers continue being special, they look for us. Consultants, headhunters, agencies, portals, etc. Where is the next generation of flash designers/programmers? I can´t see it yet...

Monday, 26 January 2009

Web Design: Video Sites

So, here is my opinion about this book. You can have it here in Taschen.

I miss more theory content instead of just screens and screens. There was a news in Spain some time ago saying that we spend more time in internet than in tv. This idea is taken by Wiedemann, he reminds the song "video killed the radio star".

Other main idea of the book is the "do it yourself", cos now everyone has access to make videos, but for me videosites should be more than just playing videos on the web, interactivity is the key. So the main points here are speed (see Japan sites please) and interactivity.

There are good examples from Adidas, transitions as the ones from blackbeltmonkey, or maximeperelmuter, music sites as muselive, funny sites as relearntodrive or wouldyoulikeawebsite. But I am more interested in whole video sites, so please visit feelSomething or the nice timeline of whalefootage or this one from Saab.

So although I like very much Wiedermann I would say many of us could make this book just in a day. I miss cue points, miss more about interactivity and definitelly miss vodafoneJourney

Other posts about Wiedemann:
- Web Design and Interactive games
- Julius wiedemann, guidelines for online success

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

LosPeces, StopMotion vs. SlowMotion

Pay attention to this marvellous video from RARO for LosPeces

LosPeces, Ocho brazos para abrazarte from fernandocomet on Vimeo.

Can you tell me how this great video was done?

To tell the true, I have serious doubts between what do I like more, StopMotion or SlowMotion? You decide!
- StopMotion examples
- SlowMotion examples

Here´s one of my favourites about SlowMotion:

Shaking / Alternate Take from Tommi Kortesniemi on Vimeo.

Friday, 9 January 2009

2009 First week Link Farm

Just some quick links from this web surfing week.

I came up with art newsletter and found nice work from chiho aoshima and others like Kenji Hirata. So I decided to take a look to Wooster Collective and some institutional places promoting art as ArtOnTheUnderground does in London, nice work there from past and actual exhibitions. Finally I took a look to Art&Architecture Guardian section, I cannot say we have the same here in Spain.

Going around the globe I let you this photo collection of Japan mixed with LCD Soundsystem

Japan from Eric Testroete on Vimeo.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

How can Adobe make learning ActionScript 3 easier?

I was censured yesterday after making a comment on Mike Chambers' blog, How can Adobe make learning ActionScript 3 easier?

This is what I wrote:

"I am an animator-programmer with a background design migrating from AS2 to AS3

- First thing I shall say is that opinions in this blog don´t come from designers as expected (I am specifically interested in input from anyone who does not consider themselves hardcore developers).

- Second: Related to migration to AS3:

- We need more examples: There are good ones in Kirupa or in theFlashBlog but we still want more. For a designer examples must be CLEAR and SIMPLE, I have not found yet a good example about a whole website or frameworks.

- The DisplayList is bad done. There are things which used to be much more easier in AS2 and methods removed. Read Collin Moock. Usually a designer doesn´t need too much code. he just makes banners, microsites, maintennance work and websites. If you want a designer to use Flash with AS3 I think there´s no point. He will probably move to Flash Catalyst or will stay in AS2. I think this is a question of profiles, you cannot place a designer to program in OOP with AS3. If you want him to use Flash with AS3 you will have to think in other alternatives.

- There are good books as "Learning ActionScript 3.0 a Beginners Guide". But I cannot say the same from Adobe."

So, I understand he doesn´t like my opinion, but I think it should be there with the others...