From Russia with Love: OFFF Features Russian Designers' Motion Work

From the northernmost reaches of the Eastern Hemisphere, we’re treated today to some terrific visual imagination from Russia. The OFFF design festival this year collected Russian work in a special event, and CDM reader and presenter MRfrukta! (aka Alex Frolov) shares his terrific reel for the event. OFFF2011 RDP View from the scene RUSSIAN DESIGN PANEL June 10 2011 OFFF Festival Speakers: Arseny Vesnin, Vladimir Tomin and Evgeny Kiselev For his part, Frolov is a 19-year-old designer, typographer, and “motionmaker.” Some terrific work. You’re making some of us feel … well, older, if not old. I’d better stretch this aging …

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From Russia with Love: OFFF Features Russian Designers’ Motion Work

From the northernmost reaches of the Eastern Hemisphere, we’re treated today to some terrific visual imagination from Russia. The OFFF design festival this year collected Russian work in a special event, and CDM reader and presenter MRfrukta! (aka Alex Frolov) shares his terrific reel for the event. OFFF2011 RDP View from the scene RUSSIAN DESIGN PANEL June 10 2011 OFFF Festival Speakers: Arseny Vesnin, Vladimir Tomin and Evgeny Kiselev For his part, Frolov is a 19-year-old designer, typographer, and “motionmaker.” Some terrific work. You’re making some of us feel … well, older, if not old. I’d better stretch this aging …

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Offf Ambient Reel, and Why Festivals Must Always Be Cool

Offf 2009 Oeiras : Ambient Reel from Designflux : Devoted to Motion on Vimeo. Design Flux and Mark Webster send along this lovely documentary film they’ve done of the Offf festival last month in Oeiras, Portugal. It’s fun to go back to that aesthetic world. It’s difficult to describe the Offf experience: there were sometimes hard-to-hear talks in the cavernous concrete steel mill, crowds of young, able-bodied designer boys and girls from Portugal, Spain, and around Europe packing into lines as if for a rock concert, and an even slightly chaotic sense. At the same time, there was an infectious …

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Democratizing Creative Tech: Julià Carboneras, OFFF (English + Espanol)

Gijs Gieskes setting up, as I look on (bottom left). Photo courtesy OFFF Festival. What does it mean to truly democratize technology? When is DIY more than just the creation of an object? That’s the question asked by our friend Julià Carboneras, who curated the new Nerdeferences feature of the OFFF digital design conference in Portugal last week. DIY is more than just cool devices, argues Julià: it’s social hacking, too. He brought together myself, Instructables.com founder Eric Wilhelm, and musical inventor and artist Gijs Gieskes (who stole the show, showing some creations live onstage). But there was a bigger …

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Images from OFFF: When Designers Make MacBook Graffiti, and Other Pictures from Portugal

The OFFF Festival, held last week in Lisbon, Portugal, has to be one of the most visually stimulating places I’ve ever been. Herds of bright-faced, young, handsome European artist boys and girls pack by the thousands into an old steel mill. In a cavernous, resonant concrete bunker, the echo of excited chatter never really stops. Instead, to be noticed, presenters have to create visual flash – visual demos here are everything. It almost seems like it shouldn’t work. I notice a few bloggers complained about sometimes-disorganized presentations, the difficulty in hearing (tough for me, and the presentations were in my …

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Touchscreen Particle Drawing, Memo’s MSAFluid Particle Library, and Why Sharing is Good

Interface 27 from CyberPatrolUnit on Vimeo. There has been a long tradition in live visuals and motion graphics, inherited from many other media, of maintaining a “secret sauce,” or the guarded formula of eleven herbs and spices. Ironically, for all you hear today “DIY” and “open source” in the same sentence, a lot of the motivation for doing something yourself has historically been doing something no one else can. Keep your secrets, and raise your value. As our friend Bryant Place / CyberPatrolUnit sends over this latest set of live clips from a recent gig, and I browse through the …

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Touchscreen Particle Drawing, Memo’s MSAFluid Particle Library, and Why Sharing is Good

Interface 27 from CyberPatrolUnit on Vimeo. There has been a long tradition in live visuals and motion graphics, inherited from many other media, of maintaining a “secret sauce,” or the guarded formula of eleven herbs and spices. Ironically, for all you hear today “DIY” and “open source” in the same sentence, a lot of the motivation for doing something yourself has historically been doing something no one else can. Keep your secrets, and raise your value. As our friend Bryant Place / CyberPatrolUnit sends over this latest set of live clips from a recent gig, and I browse through the …

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Peter + CDM at OFFF, Portugal: Visualist Heaven, Reporting This Week + Next

Photo: Sascha Pohflepp (bottom), watz (top). I’m now headed to Newark Airport to fly to Portugal for the amazing OFFF conference. Don’t be jealous, though, if you can’t make it – expect plenty of coverage for both CDMs. (My talk Saturday will actually be more music-focused than visual, though as you know, the lines are always deliciously blurry between the two.) http://offf.ws/ If you are making it and showing work, do be sure to find me during the week! I’ll be doing impromptu interviews in video/sound through the week in hallways and the hotel (most of us are staying in …

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