How far we have come from the days when you couldn’t speak to someone if they weren’t at their desk near their phone? Remember when you had to make a mental note, or write on your hand to remember something when next you were at your computer?
As far as convenience goes, most of us are lucky enough to carry the world in our pocket via our smartphones. Information at the touch of a button couldn’t get any easier, could it?
Well, it just has.
You know that moment when you’re driving and you see the most amazing sunset and you wish you could share it with your friend living in the UK?
What you would do is (hopefully stop your car first) grab your smartphone, snap the sunset, open an app, type a message, insert your friend’s number and then send it.
Now, with Google’s latest amazing invention, Google Glass, you can just speak, and without having to pick up a phone or push a button your friend can see exactly what you are seeing, in real time.
In essence, your smartphone is turned into a pair of glasses which overlays information onto what you ‘see’, and seamlessly integrates voice control into the process. You can find out anything, any time by simply asking your Google Glass. You can share moments with friends and family as they happen, real time.
Not convinced? Watch this video to experience the world through Google Glass.
Here at Infestation we were late bloomers when it came to our Marc Johns illustration fandom. All the design hipsters were already calling him mainstream when we clambered onto the band wagon, but this is truly a case of better being late than never.
We have been following his blog for more than a year, although he has been making the internet a more interesting place since 2006.
There are few things with a better “feel good factor” than a Marc Johns illustration. Marc’s use of wit, whimsy and dry humour never ceases to amuse. He invites you to a world of lighting cats, a jazz-listening octopus, drunken sedans, polka dot elephants serving pie, jealous scissors and many more things.
His humour can be considered offbeat, but it leaves you with a smile long after you’ve closed his blog. Go and have a look at www.marcjohns.com. If you fall in love with his illustrations the way we did, start dropping hints to the right people to ensure your next birthday present is his new book – I made these drawings for you.
As graphic designers, we have an affinity for all things paper. It brings out the design geek in all of us; no matter whether it’s the new Antalis booklet, a die-cut wedding invitation or the new paper stock that Visi is using. In-depth paper discussions are a very usual buzz around the Infestation water cooler. So, naturally, when an animation short film entitled Paperman showed up on our radar, we were instantly intrigued.
Paperman is a black-and-white short that combines traditional hand-drawn animation with computer animation. This ground-breaking technique is driving animation in an exciting new direction and landed this short film an Oscar in 2013.
The story revolves around two characters that meet on their way to work. In a very cheesy fashion (which we obviously love), the guy immediately falls in love with the girl. Unfortunately, she boards a train before they can properly meet. The story unfolds against a backdrop of perfect music, no dialogue, romance, quirkiness and paper – lots of paper …
The animation is breathtaking and a wonderful example of the substantial emotional impact that animation can make in seven all-too-short minutes.