The Beauty of Lacks and Limitation

October 29th, 2010

At the end of April of this year, Manuel Bürger held a one week workshop “The Beauty of Lacks and Limitation” at the New Media department of the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany. The course was about: Design Awareness / Composing in Boundaries / Template Distending /  Breaking inflexible Patterns in Design / Carrying Ideas into Effect. He asked the students to learn to know their software and then to try to bring the software to its knees. The second step was to carry their ideas into effect.
You should definitely check out the website of the workshop. There’re a lot of great examples, research and inspiration, but also the results made by the students. These are my 2 favorites.

Julian Beekmann used the calc-function of Apple Pages to draw mountains with beautiful stone fillings.

Ulricke Schock made these animated GIF’s with TextEdit.

Internet Landscapes

October 27th, 2010

Internet Landscapes by Niko Princen. I really like a lot of his work. You should definitely check out these 2: Lorem Scriptum and Abstract-O-Matic. Maybe you’ll like the abtract version of today and tomorrow even better.

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet …

You can easily recreate the next one by opening, and

Ascii Moiré

October 26th, 2010

Ascii Moiré by Hector Llanquín is actually just some black characters with an animated gif behind it.


October 22nd, 2010 is an online platform where the users can post pictures for realtime communication and collaboration. Just think of a chat room with almost only animated GIFs. It is definitely not the right place for everyone, but if you’re up for it … register and join the fun. is holding an IRL event in New York starting tonight, running till October 31th. If you’re in Brooklyn you can go and see the exhibition and you might even see some live action at 319 Scholes.

One of the images posted on was this one by Ryder Ripps, one of the founders. It was the result of a few iterations.

Jasper Elings added that animated gif to one of his “It was a great opening” images. The result is pure bliss.

An other example of the remix culture is this other one made by Ryder. You might recognize the source image, an animated gif made by davidope for today and tomorrow’s 5th birthday last summer.

Digital Natives

October 18th, 2010

Digital Natives by Duncan Alexander.

Story to Be Told

September 21st, 2010

This is the new music video for “Story to Be Told” by M.I.A. Just like her previous video XXXO, it’s again an internet style inspired one (just like the cover art and her website). This time it’s not that glossy but more like real amateur style mixed with CAPTCHA’s. She even bought an URL for it:
The track itself isn’t that great though.


September 20th, 2010

Happyplz, an on going series of paintings of an internet icon by

found at bevel and boss


August 27th, 2010

Aqua is a series of digital paintings by Johannes P Osterhoff. He only used elements like scrollbars and menu-elements from “Aqua”, the graphical user interface from OS X by Apple Computer.

RGB Airplane

August 24th, 2010

CSS Mural

August 24th, 2010

This CSS Mural by Paul Flannery is actually a little nerdy. He didn’t use any drawing or painting software but just HTML and CSS. The downside is that it looks different in different browsers.

This is the HTML & CSS version.

This is how looks like in Firefox.

And here’s a bonus piece by Paul: Spellbound.