Stop motion study
I've been following Tomohiro Okazaki on Instagram for a while and he is some kind of genius. He makes these incredibly intricate, creative stop motion studies using matchsticks.
I'm quite a fan of weird, thought-provoking games. This indie title from Charlotte Broccard is certainly one of those…
Another internet banger from Neal Agarwal. This is a super compelling, fun way to explore locations round the world.
Interactive music tools
If you like tinkering and playing music like I do, you'll love this.
Art + AI
As mentioned in earlier issues, I am a little wary of the application of AI to create art. But Franck Gérard's Pop Girls Series (that I picked up via my old Airside buddy Malika) really jumped out at me as something exceptional.
I've been following the work of this creative duo for some time now and they never fail to inspire.
I've used this app quite a lot lately to help get myself in a good flow for work. Whether that's writing code or sketching/designing.
Identity design collection
This is a wonderful, growing collection of Sony’s sub-brands. From Playstation to the Sports range, it really highlights that the identity and graphic design that’s come out of Sony over the years is next-level good.
There seems to be a bit of a blogging renaissance going on, so this new directory of blogs from Phil Gyford is timely. It’s a great way to discover writing on all sorts of topics and a lovely jump off point to get lost on the internet.
Kids might be from a few years back, but I recently discovered that a few of my friends had missed it, so I thought I’d share in case you did too.
Absolutely love these ‘art houseplants’ by Irish designer Caroline Byrne. Perfect if you’re someone like me who inadvertently seems to end up killing many of your plants through overwatering or neglect.
What if we chatted about carbon emissions like we chat about the weather?
This magic 2009 game from Patrick Smith / Vectorpark is now available on Nintendo Switch.
A free repository of immersive natural soundscapes. Listen to the sounds of calming seas, birdsong and more from all over the world in your browser and get in tune with nature wherever you are.
Creative animation tools
Every now and again, something comes along that you can feel is going to be a big deal for digital makers. For me, Rive is one of those moments.
I’ve been impressed with every product teenage engineering have put out, and their latest, Choir is no exception.
iOS music creation app
I love Ableton’s products and have been a longstanding Live user for a good while. Note is up to the usual high standard and is a fantastic iOS app for sketching musical ideas. Play beats, melodies and even create recorded samples. Lots of fun.
For transparency, I’ve not played this new game from Etienne Trudeau yet, but I intend to very soon. It looks like a really cute, whimsical adventure. The fact it’s described as “a short contemplative game about catching frogs and restoring stars in the sky” says it all.
Like Explore in the last issue, PencilBooth looks like another example of a nice upcoming platform for creative folks. It’s is a micro-newsletter service built for artists, where you share weekly updates of four images and news of what you’ve been up to. I’ve just popped myself on the waitlist.
Game for iOS and Android
I’ve been playing this game from Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger for a while now and I’m still hooked. It’s a smart sort of mash-up of crosswords and Boggle where you have to find the right words by working out where they to fit into the grid.
A nice little site gathering some ideals and values that motivated Steve Jobs throughout his life. Also with the lofty ambition of “building programs, fellowships, collections, and partnerships that reflect Steve’s values and carry his sense of possibility forward.”
Staggeringly good 3D / animation work from this Barcelona design studio, featuring imaginary, dream-like worlds.
3D Printed Homeware
UAU Project is a design studio creating and selling incredible, sustainable homeware. The Warsaw based duo experiments with 3D printing and high quality materials to create environmentally sound, beautiful products.
Learn about synthesisers in this magic site from Ableton. Play with a synth in your browser and learn all the different features to create your own sounds. This is an old favourite I’ve lost quite a bit of time to.