Looking to decorate your house with something you cherish from your childhood? No…I’m not talking about your chess trophies, or photos of you and your family having a braai at Zeekoevlei. I’m talking about THIS…
That’s right, it’s an interactive Super Mario Mystery Box Lamp. And you hit it, to make it go on. And it makes the actual sound the box makes in the game, every time you turn it on. And every 8 strikes, it makes a 1-up sound too. And you can buy one. Indeed, you can buy one, or a kit to build one yourself, from American company, 8-Bit Lit for the equivalent of R450 to R580, if you factor in shipping. Check out the video below, for a demonstration.
Pre-built, or kit, either way….
Not much has been said about the creator of the awesome, fake movie poster, envisioning a biopic of one of the world’s most loved anti-semites, Walt Disney, which has been doing the rounds lately. Done in a very convincing Disney-ish style, the poster caught quite a number of the more gullible people, offside. But what a lot of people might not know, is that the creator of the poster, Pascal Witaszek, actually has a few other similar pieces, which are also very, very cool. As a man who does similar stuff, I have a fond appreciation for his work, so here…take a look at some of the others.
Working in Photoshop, we tend to go down many avenues in a single project. The ability to try so many different things is really one of the coolest things about this program, however, despite our love for ctrl+alt+z and ctrl+shift+z, there are sometimes changes we need to make that require a bit of rummaging about in the pixels.
Now, you might be familiar with less elegant workarounds that, admittedly have become part of even my Photoshop experience, namely the duplication of layers when any major pixel work is needed. But the more this can be avoided, the better it is for your project, in terms of file size, and layer-count and complexity, but most importantly for flexibility. This is the non-destructive way to work in a Photoshop project, as dealt with in this cool post, by Adrian Taylor, on Smashing Magazine, where a number of these techniques are discussed. There are some drawbacks, especially in the use of smart objects, but otherwise, it’s a more elegant way to do things.
For a more in-depth look at some of these techniques, check out this video, from the post.
For those unfamiliar with the term, in context, what we’re referring to when talking about Tilt-Shift is changing the apparent depth-of-field in an image, through special lenses at capture, or through digital manipulation. The most prominent use of this, is creating the illusion of a miniature scene. And this is essentially what you’ll see in the video. So if you’re interested in learning how to create your own miniature vibes, using Photoshop, check out this video. It’s very easy, really.
I gave it a try, using this photo of everybody’s favourite white elephant. Here’s what it looked like before…
And here’s what it looked like after tilt-shifting it and playing around with the saturation and contrast, in Photoshop…
Indeed, it’s a small world after all. Give it a bash, yourself and see what you come up with.
What does a designer do to pop the question? Fancy restaurant? Hot-air ballon ride? Eiffel Tower? Sneak the engagement ring into a glass of champagne?
Well, according to this interesting post on Buzzfeed, he uses one of the most effective mediums of information known to man…the infographic. Indeed, when it is not being used to relate amazing cat facts to you, or the myriad of unknown uses for a slice of peach cobbler, the infographic has now entered the world of proposal mediums and it’s first use, was an emphatic success. She said yes. Well… I’ll be a dead pixel…
But what if this scenario wasn’t all moonlight and r…er, pixels? What if your significant other was ever to decline this proposal? I thought about this for a while and figured, that if you were to assume that your girlfriend was of the right sort of mind to like this sort of thing, but for some reason, she felt she had to refuse the proposal, she could do it in an equally creative way. So I created this, to show you all what it could possibly look like.