Posted September 17, 2013
Khoi and I made something! We’ve created a set of 50 stock user photos for UI design and presentations. These are photos of real people that we really found while walking the streets of New York City. What’s more exciting is that it’s awesome, available today, and called Facebox.
Facebox was built with a simple problem in mind — it’s hard or expensive to find good photos to use in design mockups. Personally, I often spend half an hour pulling together photos of friends (which aren’t rights-cleared) or I drop $100 on stock photography (and still spend half an hour wading through garbage). Our goal was to provide an affordable product that has the natural look of your friends’ photos with the professional polish and legal clearance of stock photography. If you look at what we’ve produced, I think you’ll agree we’ve succeeded. For just $25 at launch, it’s something I’d buy in a heartbeat.
What’s in the (Face)Box
As you might imagine, we’ve included all 50 photos as JPGs (at 640px x 640px, big enough to fill the portrait view of an iPhone 5). We’ve also included sets at the same size with rounded rectangle and circle masks as 24-bit PNGs.
Since the tools you buy should make your life easier, we’ve bundled in several files that remove a step or two in your process. In the download you’ll find a Photoshop file with all 50 photos that makes it easy to export versions with custom masks (we include some options) and sizes; PowerPoint, Keynote, and Sketch files with the images placed on the canvas; and an OmniGraffle stencil.
If there’s something you think is missing, I’d love to hear it. We want this purchase to feel like a no-brainer.
This project made me happy. We pried ourselves out from behind our Cinema Displays and spent 7 days outside taking photos. Even better, we produced something we believe solves a simple, but real, problem in a graceful way. It’s something I’m proud of and I hope it solves a problem for you, too.
Check out Facebox, or send it to a friend. Cheap, legal, and totally awesome.
The folks behind all of the quirky, throwback still cameras have introduced their first moving picture camera. It is hand-cranked (see above) and produced a 144 frame movie from a roll of 35mm film. I would almost certainly never use this (me, not it), but I might buy it anyway because it looks beautiful. It harkens back to the Lomo LC-A, which remains one of my favorite objects.
Posted June 6, 2011
A couple months ago, Andre and Amber of Simpleform brought us the delightful image and video sharing site that is MLKSHK. Seriously, it is one of my favorite things on the internet these days. For those of us who are dormant or infrequent or suspect photographers, it’s an easy way to share and explore visual content. If you need more convincing, I suggest you read Chris’ post.
One of my favorite light-browsing activities is clicking on photos from their @bestofmlkshk Twitter account. It’s consistently entertaining. Unfortunately, there is a lot of clicking and I often miss stuff. Instead of complaining, I made something.
This is BSTSHK, a prettier view of the @bestofmlkshk feed. I made it last week and I’ve been looking at it 3-4 times a day. I think of it as Stellar (I’ll tell you about that in another post) for MLKSHK. If you want to get a flavor for what people are posting and liking, you’ll like this.
For the nerds in the audience, I made this by hitting the Twitter JSON API, regexing a bit, and spitting it out to a webpage. Magic! Also magic, is that I made it responsive-ish. See below.
Posted April 21, 2011
Jamie Beck, who blogs at From Me to You, has worked with Kevin Burg to elevate the lowly animated GIF to new heights. As you can see below (and on her blog), it’s quite striking.
They’re calling them cinemagraphs and this interview sheds some more light on the subject, even though they don’t walk us through the process. They do explain that these are still photos being combined and not snippets of video.
The effect definitely reminds of the moving photographs from Harry Potter. Granted, we’re not seeing this in our newspapers, but it has a similar haunting effect. I’ve seen Noah Kalina use a similar effect in some of his short videos. I guess they’re more of the long photograph style. In all of these cases, I find the concept fascinating. Of course, sometimes it can be incredibly creepy.
Moving Photo Essay on Autism
In Focus, the Atlantic’s new photo curation blog by Alan Taylor (creator of the still fantastic Big Picture), has a photo essay in support of Autism Awareness Month. Not only is the photo essay fantastic — I don’t think I’ve ever read each word of every caption — but it reminds you just how powerful this medium can be. Some of these photos have been around for years, but the right context and audience makes a world of difference.
The Big Picture: Scenes from China
TBP has been on quite a tear lately. The breadth of photos is particularly impressive.
Totems by Alain Delorme
These photos were taken by Delorme in Shanghai and, damn, they are striking. [via ze frank]
Locals and Tourists
Looking at photo data, Eric Fischer creates maps that show what areas are dominated by local or tourist photographers.
Blue points on the map are pictures taken by locals (people who have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more).
Red points are pictures taken by tourists (people who seem to be a local of a different city and who took pictures in this city for less than a month).
[via burrito justice]
A Town in Sichuan, China
Seeing this blew my mind today. I just can't imagine how different my life is from those living in this village. [via david]
Posted June 2, 2009
Last month, Jori and I went to see the work on display at this year's NY Photo Festival. Like the previous event, there was only one artist who really stood out. Last year was Jeffrey Milstein and this year I was enamored with the work of Geovanny Verdezoto.
Geovanny is a 25 year-old photographer from Ecuador, but that's about all I could find about him. I do know that his photographs on display were expansive, panoramic shots. They look like 360°ree; shots, but I wonder if they're stitched togther at all. The one above was on display and is my favorite, but there are few more on his site.
Finally, here's a Google-translated interview with the photographer. I wanted to hear about how he created the photos, but I'll take some insight into his inspiration instead.
Comparing Teen Females and Male-to-Female Transsexuals
These photographic comparisons are certainly thought-provoking. It seems obvious, but I'd never really thought to compare these two groups. Time to dig up some studies with more words. [via kottke]
Composite Photos of New Yorkers in a Particular Place
Peter Funch stakes out a corner for weeks at a time, then pastes together the most interesting elements into one striking photo. The photo of yawners is especially awesome. [via boing boing]
I meant to publish this slideshow when the NYT published it last month. I could flip thousands of photos like this. Another cool thing: the audio that accompanies the piece ended at almost the exact same time I finished clicking through the photos. Say hello to the median.
Earth from Above at The Big Picture
Earth from Above, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's collection of photos, is coming to NYC next year. Big Picture has a selection of them and this was my favorite.
How Many Photos Did Olympic Photographers Need to Get It Right?
More Laforet as he looks at how many photos he shot and offers this ridiculous stat: "[Sports Illustrated] shot over 300,000 images of which their staff kept 17,000. One of their editors took that down to 1046 'super selects' and then their director of photography Steve Fine, edited his selection down to 135 images. That means their 'best of' turned out to be 0.045% of what they shot."
Posted August 26, 2008
My favorite coverage of the Olympics has been via Vincent Laforet's blog at Newsweek. He's caught some amazing photos and documented the process.
The photos above are from a series of portraits of divers in motion, which I found incredibly striking and odd. It's very funny to see together. Laforet also spent time explaining how he got these bird's eye shots. Talking about the swimming competitions, he explains, "Once you are approved, you gear up an hour before the race and have to follow the following rules: one camera, one lens, one card. Nothing else."
Since he has so many fantastic shots, I'll end with one more photo. This tilt-shift shot makes everything seem more like a video game or toy set.
All photos are by Vincent Laforet for NEWSWEEK
Posted May 20, 2008
On Saturday, Jori and I took in the New York Photo Festival. There wasn't a whole lot to get excited about, but we were both curious about Jeffrey Milstein's AirCraft typology.
The photos are much more striking when seem large, but we couldn't help but wonder how he took these photos. A release about another exhibition explains, "Standing with his camera at the end of a runway watching them descend, he freezes their headlong 200 mile per hour motion, capturing all the details of their shapes and construction with absolute precision."
That was my guess, but the photos were so perfectly aligned and photoshopped it was hard to believe. Now, Mr. Milstein, I believe.
Crazy Photos of an Electrical Storm Above an Erupting Volcano
I imagine this is what the earliest time on earth looked like. [via kottke]