Photo and Design

Looks like scientists at Dartmouth have come up with a metric that quantifies the perceptual impact of geometric and photometric modifications of photo retouching.

Take that Elle, Vogue, and Ralph Lauren.

National Academy of Sciences Abstract.
PDF of Abstract.

“Your ship looked like **** so we painted it – what would YOU prefer Mr Council?”

The boat has sat on the North Wales coastline since being abandoned. It has been left to waste away and go derelict but now is the largest open air art gallery in the UK.

The Black Duke

The Telegraph’s pic set

Vid of Kiwie painting the Duke

Obviously I have yet to go responsive with this site bit what’s more obvious is that it has become a needed skill for any web designer. Smashing Magazine has posted 2 good articles in the last week that touch on the current state and future of responsive image usage.

Responsive Images Done Right: A Guide To <picture> And srcset

Picturefill 2.0: Responsive Images And The Perfect Polyfill

Photography using an industrial robot arm and stitching over 500 shots together makes an image higher resolution then the eye can see.

See for yourself.

Jonas Ginter is one of my favorite photographers and it turns out he does great things with video as well. This is one of the coolest things ever.

See the ultra fisheye video here.

Came across this guy that goes by Fin DAC the other day. Dragon Armoury Creative takes stencil art to an awesome level. His artist statement on tumblr says he’s a non-conformist urban/stencil artist with influences ranging from graphic novels to Francis Bacon/Aubrey Beardsley. Founder/Originator of Urban Aesthetics.

The flickr     A good interview

www.metro.co.uk/tech

Photoshop will have fans everywhere raising three hands in a toast as the image editing software celebrates its 20th birthday.

Who would have thought the computer graphics tool, released on February 19, 1990, would become so popular?

Photoshop has been used to make family photo albums, magazine fashion spreads and scene designs for Hollywood movies such as Avatar.

It has even entered the popular vernacular, as in ‘It must have been Photoshopped’ when something looks too good to be true.

There are countless Photoshop contests online, encouraging users to make clever or, frankly, rude pictures using the editing equipment.

But perhaps Photoshop’s biggest gift to us has been the Photoshop howler, when someone tries to be clever with the software and gets it spectacularly wrong, leaving subjects with bits missing or, equally bizarrely, with extra appendages.

When one of four missiles from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard failed to launch during a 2008 test, the country turned to Photoshop for help. A bogus missile was added to a photo posted on Iran’s official news website. Of course, the cheat was spotted.

Photoshop’s origins date to 1987, when Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, started messing about with greyscale digital images on a monochrome display.

His brother, John, soon joined him and together they came up with the image editing software, which was also called Display and ImagePro along the way.

This week, John Knoll, now a visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, said: ‘It’s endlessly amusing to see how much it has permeated popular culture. It really is everywhere.

‘You can hardly turn around and not see something that was done in Photoshop. And it started out with Tom and I screwing around with it as a hobby. It was the right product at the right time.’

wordpress.org/development

I was very excited last week to learn that WordPress has been awarded the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. This is a landmark for us, as it is the first time we’ve won this award, and it marks a shift in the public perception of WordPress, from blog software to full-featured CMS. No small contest, the Open Source CMS Awards received over 12,000 nominations and more than 23,000 votes across five categories.

As Hiro Nakamura said when he first bent time and space to land in Times Square: “Yatta!”

In addition to winning in the Overall Best Open Source CMS category, WordPress was named first runner-up in the Best Open Source PHP CMS category. This is significant because we weren’t even in the top 5 last year, and now we’re #2, ahead of Joomla! As is stated on the Award site, “WordPress made its way into the top five for the first time. The fact that it was outranked by Drupal by a very slight margin indicates how popular it has become with users as well as developers over the past year.”

Every day thousands of new people are embracing WordPress to power not just their blogs but entire sites and communities without compromising on usability or scalability (as would be the case with a legacy CMS). Every member of the WordPress community, from core developer to beginning user, should be proud to be part of this momentum: congratulations to us all!