Ferenc Cakó animation

If you haven’t seen sand animation before, check out this beautiful example on youtube…


link to youtube

Vivaldi Four Seasons Winter Sand Animation film Ferenc Cakó

link to more about the artist


more of his films


Ferenc Cakó was born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1950. His individual and special sand animation show is very popular all over the world. Sand animation is done on a stage, where people can see Mr. Cako actually doing the performance. He is performing in total darkness, and the picture is projected out with a high power and resolution video projector.

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Rockband Merch

Rock Band 2 developer Harmonix has opened a new section of its game’s official site allowing players to order custom merchandise based on their in-game bands — including 6-inch figurines of individual bandmates.


3d models in Photoshop

Here’s a great way to bring editable 3d models into photoshop for product mockups and other digital compositing:
Photoshop® CS3 Extended Plug-in for Google 3D Warehouse is a free plug-in that enables you to search and download 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse? directly from Adobe® Photoshop CS3 Extended.


the plug in will give you this new 3D toolbar in photoshop for rotating and altering 3d models. After you open a 3D model you can change the model’s position, camera view, lighting, or render mode, create a cross-section view, or play animation contained in the 3D file. To create these changes, you use the Photoshop 3D tools.

BUT FIRST you must download the free plug in for CS3 extended Google 3D Warehouse

from http://www.labs.adobe.com



Once you have downloaded the plug-in, you can search Google 3D Warehouse from Photoshop CS3 Extended by going to File>Automate>Search Google for 3D Model.

search for a file you want + download it (everything from pop cans to cars to greek temples!)

NOTE> all of this will be changing + updating in the new CS4 software!

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Design Literacy > Continued

For extra credit in GD2 post your comments here…

You can comment about another of the essay’s in Steven Heller’s Design Literacy book

(an essay from the MEDIA section?)


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Voice: AIGA Journal of Design is an online publication for the discussion of design matters, featuring insightful interviews, engaging essays and thoughtful criticism.

Don’t forget to list the name of the essay + author and give us your insight about it!

Erik Loyer's SWING for Wii

Erik Loyer’s Swing demo is an experience with Jazz typography. Check it out.

New version of Swing the Wii Remote typographic karaoke Flash experience, to debut this Saturday http://erikloyer.com/index.php/blog/

Since it’s debut last year, “Swing” has evolved into a kind of typographic
karaoke experience–we’ll use online services to stream your choice of
song, download the lyrics, and get you waggling your way to happiness.

from his website
Generous Machine : Experiments

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