There’s this neat contest at Vimeo, where you get to download a couple of Moby songs and submit a video for one of them. I’ve been playing around with particle systems for a while and recently started using Timeline for Processing which let me sync the system to the music. Please show some love with the video’s like button.
A while ago I was playing with AS3 and thought it would be a cool idea to create a Santa Claus that could react in real time to your Christmas list. After a couple of coding I got running a nice beta version that looks like this:[vimeo 8588272 w=600]
More programming and robotics projects in the Experiments > Engineering section of this blog.
Many of you don’t know that Improv Comedy is a big part of my life. After reading a bunch of books on “How to tame your creativity” I got a little disappointed that their approach was basically brutal force, in other words their philosophy came down to “If you write one thousand headlines, one must be good.” This approach didn’t convinced me at ALL, and sent me on a search for a better answer. While in Los Angeles I met Bill Johnson (my first Improv teacher), who not only showed me what Improv can do for you, but did it in a way I’ve never seen before: only rewarding the rights and letting the wrongs fade throughout time. Through his method my stage-fright disappeared without much pain and I was introduced to the theater’s approach to creativity. In that new world the term “writer’s block” didn’t exist and amazing ideas could be created in just a couple of seconds. Obviously I instantly became a fool for those methods and began applying them to my work.
After that period I started giving workshops about how to apply the concepts of improv to creativity in advertising. At first, things didn’t went as smooth as expected, it was hard for me to explain in just a couple of hours all the benefits of this philosophy. For me it was clear, but what I didn’t take in consideration was that understanding the power of those concepts took me at least two years of taking classes five times a week. So I went back to the drawing board and now applied advertising to my workshops. I separated a whole improv philosophy into smaller workshops focused on specific skills: Shyness, finding your sense of humor, learning to create by observation, listening and so on. With that change a brand had to be made and that’s how “Abierto” came to be.
The following are the posters and logo I use to advertise the workshops. Be sure to double-click on the last poster “Reglas Generales de la Improvisación (General Rules of Improv)” for the high res. Don’t you worry if you don’t speak spanish, it comes in English as well and just by reading them you can get a good sense of how valuable these lessons are.
Update: Recently got a comment from Bill Steinkellner and now that I got his site, I think it’s fair to put it here. To visit the man himself visit: http://greetingsfrombill.wordpress.com/
So one day one of my best friends posts in her Facebook profile: “If I were a millionaire I’d adopt all dogs in town.” After that, a bunch of replies appeared cheering her up to go forward with the idea, but still there was a little detail to be taken care of: the millionaire part. I couldn’t do much about that but where I could was the advertising part. So followed by her post I sat with Inkscape for a while (yay for Open Source!) and that’s how this logo came to be named: “This is a start”.