Strange plants of Socotra Island Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island < > and taking a good look around you. After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet - or traveled to another era of Earth's history. The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth. The climate is harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the most amazing plant life thrives there. The name Socotra is derived from a Sanskrit name, meaning "The Island of Bliss"... Was the famous Chtulhu myths creator aware of these forbidding mountains with their hauntingly weird flora (think of plant mutations from his "The Colour Out of Space")?
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25 must-see examples of kinetic typography | Typography Kinetic typography can come in all shapes and forms. Whether it's a homage to a famous movie speech or song or an exploration of the typography itself, these creations are a feast for the eyes. Here, we've picked our favourite kinetic typography animations including music videos, movie tributes and more... 01. From Paper to Screen This masterpiece was, unbelievably, a graudation project created by graphic designer Thibault de Fournas. 02. Ad agency YCN Studio recently collaborated with LA-based production company Buck on this powerful animation, which encourages children to talk about and report sexual abuse. The video promotes the services of UK-based, confidential, free, 24-hour counselling service for children, Childline. 03. American TV show Breaking Bad has won multiple awards since it first aired back in 2008. Graphic designer, illustrator and animator Paul Cooper decided to pay homage to the infamous scene using kinetic typography. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10.
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Information Design Watch | December 14, 2011, 9:57 am Game Theory, Starring the Bowerbird By Henry Woodbury For some reason I was reading about game theory over on Wikipedia, and followed a link to this: This is one of the “Mathematical Cartoons” created by Larry Gonick for Discover magazine. Comments (1) | Filed under: Comics, Creativity, Illustration September 27, 2011, 3:29 pm Theremins, Slot Machines, and Wheels of Destiny: Flexing the UI Design Muscle By Lisa Agustin When building a web site or application, the wireframes usually represent the first time functionality and content requirements take visual form. And yet the typical approaches to rendering a user interface–dropdown lists, calendars for date picking, rollovers and accordions for menus–seem to be lacking in the creativity department. The idea that constraints help creativity is not a new idea, but Heydlauf wants to up the ante by introducing artificial constraints as a way to “design solutions to problems we might not even have.” Game Theory
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