“My first search was for Olympic swimmer and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller (the picture behind Ringo and Paul). When I eventually located the source image, with the unexpected chimp and horn, it was so bizarre and out of context it piqued my interest.”
A very deep dive by obsessive researcher Chris Shaw.
“Bringing compelling real-time digital humans to life is incredibly challenging and time-consuming. It can take months of research, costly scanning equipment, and an army of tech artists. What if we could make the process radically simpler, faster, and more scalable—without compromising on quality?”
Unreal has, for many decades now, created a platform that increasingly makes more and more realistic looking film and videogame environments. Now they’re focusing on the characters, their faces, their body movement, etc.
This is a fascinating set of developments.
Making the rounds. Deservedly so. Just imagine the sheer volume of work this took to achieve. Phew.
“City Guesser is a geography based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience. City Guesser launched on August 13th, 2020, and welcomes thousands of geography-enthusiasts each day.”
Since none of us can, you know, ACTUALLY visit other international cities…
“Please Be Seated was a landmark commission for London Design Festival and British Land, located in the busy thoroughfare of Finsbury Avenue Square. It was designed as a rippling wave of wood that rises up to form arches for people to walk through, and curves under to create spaces for people to sit, lie, and relax.”
We did it!! We made it out the other side of a terrible, terrible goddamn year!
Welcome to the First Friday of 2021! Happy New Year!
As there are every year there are big lists of lists of lists of the best “something something” of the year. Here are a few of my favorites that will keep you occupied and probably shopping for many hours.