Inspiration: John Whitney’s 1972 Matrix III, Elegant Early Visuals

As visualists, the sad truth is we have a poorer sense of the history of our medium than musicians. Part of this is simply a lack of access. YouTube is a weak substitute, but it’s a start. In that spirit, Karl (Format K) sends us the minimal geometric machinations of pioneering electronic graphics artist and […]

Inspiration: John Whitney’s 1972 Matrix III, Elegant Early Visuals

As visualists, the sad truth is we have a poorer sense of the history of our medium than musicians. Part of this is simply a lack of access. YouTube is a weak substitute, but it’s a start. In that spirit, Karl (Format K) sends us the minimal geometric machinations of pioneering electronic graphics artist and […]

Peter Kirn - May 28, 2009

Larry Cuba, Star Wars’ Death Star CG, Arabesque, and the Dawn of Computer Animation

How do you make a computer-animated sequence of 3D wireframe visuals of fancy, Empire-built battle stations — in 1977? Very, very slowly. Our friend James at Retro Thing, aside from being a electronic-sonic inventor, is a fan of vintage visuals and was already teaching the history of computer animation in the mid 80s. (Hint: prepping […]

Peter Kirn - April 23, 2008

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