Archive for the ‘Multimedia’ category

A look at HTML5 in action

October 22, 2010

More than 50 years ago, the criminal justice system was both the same and very different. The Burton Abbott case is one of the best examples of this contrast – or lack thereof.

Executing Abbott: 50 years later is nice example of HTML5 design and what kind of interactive experience that can be created with it. It’s just one part of a larger project called Behind Bars, a report on incarceration in California. The work is by a team of 14 journalists at the News21 project at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The whole project is well done and worth spending some time with.

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Arcade Fire’s amazing interactive HTML5 music video

August 31, 2010
“We Used to Wait”

Arcade Fire

I had a lot of fun putting in different addresses and watching this amazing interactive HTML5/music video/Google maps mash-up for the indie band Arcade Fire. There is so much going on I had to watch it a few times. Windows pop open and shut, maps spin, photos of streets that you may know appear.

You have to use a HTML5 compliant browser, and be warned the film is processor intensive. You’ll want to shut down other programs first. It will take a while to load, but it’s worth the wait. I was able to view it with Safari 4 and 5.

“The Wilderness Downtown” page

Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown

More about the video

[UPDATE 9/6/10] NPR: The Secret Ingredient Of Arcade Fire’s New Video? You

Arcade Fire: Using social media to score a number-one album
Much like the now-fabled Old Spice Guy campaign, Arcade Fire and Merge Record’s use of social media is sure to be a model for album releases to come.

Official Google Blog: Arcade Fire meets HTML5

Google Chrome Experiment page
Choreographed windows, interactive flocking, custom rendered maps, real-time compositing, procedural drawing, 3D canvas rendering… this Chrome Experiment has them all.

Windows pop open and shut, showing video and Google maps all timed to the song “We Used to Wait” off of the new album

Some outstanding work

June 2, 2010

I’ve been a bit bored with the internet. Too many of the same stories told in similar ways. So many look-a-like projects. Is everyone copying each other? I want the stories presented in original and better ways. Then I saw the following projects and the internet was exciting again. (more…)

Apple, Adobe, Flash, HTML5, audio, video

May 17, 2010

The whole feud between Apple and Adobe over Flash and HTML5 and development for mobile devices is like watching a couple you are friends with go though a break-up. It’s sad and you hope you won’t be asked to choose sides. This break-up has been long and drawn out. Yet I don’t see either  “winning” this fight. They both have tools that most designers are not going to do without. They are just making each other look bad.  (more…)