Just caught wind of this helpful little website introducing the concept of a ‘Pylon’ in terms of a typographical feature. They define it as “the area of a stencil font which (a) adds structural integrity to the letterform, and (b) increases aesthetic value and/or legibility through the inclusion of counters.”

Whether you agree or not, they also include a nice, memorable graphical representation of typographical features which is always handy.

onOne Software have released a demo of their new ‘liquid resizing’ software.  Liquid resizing is essentially the process of resizing pixel based images without the general concerns related to this.  Instead of simply compressing the pixels into a smaller space it uses experimental techniques such as Seam Carving to fit the image into a smaller area whilst keeping areas of the image undistorted.  It’s a tricky one to explain in words, so just go check it out.

onOne Software Liquid Resize Product Page…

An informative video about Seam Carving…

>> Read a little more about Seam Carving…

Console Mods: 360

April 21, 2008

Continuing this series of the most creative, resourceful or just plain ugly console mods, here are a few XBOX 360 console mods the internets made.  I wonder what you do when you inevitably get the red ring of death?

The daddy of all 360 games gives inspiration for this cool cutaway mod.

Another cool cutaway console mod.  The Half Life 2 colour scheme has lent itself to this effort.

Keeping it simple and messy.

Totally pointless but kind of cool.

Garbage Island Uncovered

April 14, 2008

This is part one of a 6 part series in which vbs.tv travel out to the ‘garbage vortex’ rumoured to have created an island the size of Texas north of Hawaii.  There are plenty of rumours and myths about this floating trash-mass.  Is it really there?  Is it really that big? What are the real consequences?  See for you owns eyes and decided for yourself.

For this and the rest of the episodes visit:

http://www.vbs.tv

The Leading Letter

April 14, 2008

Just came away from seeing this Corporate design alphabet at the wonderful Logoblog and thought it would be worth sharing.

All hail the power of the leading letter!

This excellent video montage by Brooklyn based photographer Sydney Lo showed up in my inbox recently.  I think I need to go shopping.