So, for most designers, the iPhone is the mobile of choice. But for most of those designers, the phone's camera is, well, rubbish: just 2 megapixels, and a cruddy lens to boot.
But, help has arrived in the form of a couple of deeply tasty downloadable apps that let you process your shots on the phone. We've secured the services of two 'resting' members of top pop combo Gorillaz (2D and Murdoc) to demonstrate those apps.
First up is 2D and the delicious QuadCamera from Art&Mobile. This application lets you fire off a salvo of shots, just like you might with a Lomo Super Sampler toy camera. Utterly brilliant. You can adjust how fast they shoot; which layout they come in (a rectangle of four, four in a row, a rectangle of eight, or eight in a row); and whether they're colour or greyscale.
We've pushed the colour/contrast on the shots above (using Photoshop), but even without doing that, they look great.
Fantastically, once you've got them on your computer, you can download the free QuadAnimator application to create gif animations of your shots. Eat your heart out Michel Gondry. Can't wait to see the first promo shot like this...
Next up is Nevercenter'sCameraBag app, which lets you apply some groovy filters to your shots, re-creating a whole variety of retro styles like Holga, Fisheye, and Lomo. (We're guessing there's some kind of copyright reason for them renaming Holga to Helga and Lomo to Lolo). It's still a bit buggy, but generally does great stuff. Here's a selection of shots of Murdoc using some of our favourites.
Hype for Type is the new site from the kids over at Nottingham design studio Thinkdust. It's their new online digital type foundry, and could be worth keeping an eye or two on - it launches in full later this year.
Loving this. It's the delicious Book Cover Archive - "an archive of book cover designs and designers, for the purpose of appreciation and categorization". It's got a heavy US slant at the moment, but that may change as they put more stuff up. You can check out their rather good blog too.
If you're looking for some other book cover goodness, check out The Book Design Review, and Covers from Fwis (who have a searingly honest way of structuring their site).
A quick note - we're in the middle of doing some techy stuff in the back room of the We Made This blog. It's involving some spanners, some wrenches, a lot of grease, and a bit of swearing. So if things aren't looking quite right, they hopefully will do very soon.
We're loving this home movie sent to us by Eric Testroete from Vancouver, who works as a 3D artist on video games.
The film documents his trip to Japan last October, and features most of the 3340 photographs (that's a whopping 46 gigs) he took while there, on his Pentax K20D*.
It made us think a few things:
Digital photography is ace
As a non-professional film maker, there's no way you could afford to do this on 35mm neg. With digital, the only costs are memory cards and time.
Sharing is ace
Once, you might have toiled over a project like this for months, but only been able to show it to a small audience of friends and relatives. Thanks to the web, and particularly its facility for sharing, you can reach a huge audience in no time.
They can be ace too.
Most holiday advertising is not at all ace
This made us want to pick up our passports and jump on a jet plane more than just about any advert we care to remember. It's not glossy and perfect. It just feels real.
LCD Soundsystem are very ace
All in all, not a bad thing to find in your inbox on a Monday. Cheers Eric.