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Smilies and Typography

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 17, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

Increasingly the conversion of smilies into cute little graphics by various software programs is looking juvenile, like an incorrect solution to what is clearly a problem based in punctuation. Consider the way that punctuation is essential to the creation of meaning in this singular statement:




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Discolored Computing?

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 21, 2009 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

Has your older computer equipment turned an ugly beige? (Assuming that it hasn't always been beige.) Then the Retr0Bright project might be for you. It's a way to de-discolor older plastics that have turned yellow from UV radiation. The results are impressive.






 
Thought Forms Illustrations

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 8, 2007 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

Thought Forms illustrations scanned and put on-line for your information. Besant's book may have been influential on early abstraction, especially both Kandinski and (possibly) Fischinger. Note the illustration that looks a lot like Fischinger's work.






 
Frank Lloyd Wright at Disney

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 17, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Disney History blog has posted several pages of transcript of FLW talking to Disney animators about their use of music. From what they're talking about it sounds like this discussion may relate to the origins/development of Fantasia since the use of music FLW talks about it closer to Fischinger's work than to Disney's other films.

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Credits NeverEnding

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 30, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Credits NeverEnding is a video art project that invites anyone on-line to add to their list of credits so they can run forever, without ending. Interesting idea. Take a look and add your own...