Recently finished a couple of small websites for two professionals in the film & television industry. First up is Nick Jones, a director who has worked on commercials for the likes of Subway, 118 118, Match.com, and Ebay, as well as directing several TV dramas and comedy sketches. More info here. Visit Nick Jones’ website [...]
Amazing interactive music video created using HTML5 & WebGL. You’ll probably need to use Google Chrome web browser to view the video in all its glory. http://ro.me
A fun project by the guys at FWA streaming live video from studios around the world. theFWA.tv
Video of an original Eames ‘Powers Of Ten’ flipbook (via @motherlondon)
New website for Daisies Flower Shop in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Illustrations by Emma Peake. Read more about the Daisies Flower Shop website
abc Joined Up has been updated to v.1.1 — now with graphics designed especially for the iPad. Get abc Joined Up for the iPad / iPhone / iPod touch from the App Store Read more about abc Joined Up
Supernova has created the ‘abc Joined Up’ iPhone app for software publisher, Letter Layers. abc Joined Up is an educational app for iPhone & iPod touch and is available on the App Store now. Read more about abc Joined Up
cool CD packaging with built-in headphone jack + electrical components (via DJFood.org) http://www.djfood.org/djfood/1-bit-symphony-by-tristan-perich
2000 year-old Antikythera Mechanism recreated using Lego (via @fastcodesign)
Today the Stevens household expanded by one member. Welcome to the world, Alexander.
Nihil Ex Nihilo [MaxMSP] (via @creativeapps) http://www.creativeapplications.net/maxmsp/nihil-ex-nihilo-maxmsp/
A parting snapshot of the old studio in Bow.
Yuri Suzuki’s solo show: ‘Sound Interjection!’ @ KK Outlet, Hoxton. http://www.kkoutlet.com/art/2010/yuri-suzuki
The Poundshop #2 @ Bethnal Green E2 http://www.thepoundshop.org/poundshop_two.html
astounding visualization of asteroid discoveries from 1980–2010 (via @feltron)
I went to the launch party for the Science Museum’s new ‘Who Am I?’ exhibition last night – snapshots from the event: Science Museum – ‘Who Am I?’ Launch Party photos
Really loving this voice-controlled iPhone clock by studioheat. KEI 2010 is available on the App Store in English and Japanese (via @creativeapps)
Don’t Panic – desktop image (via @SupernovaID)
Footage from recent visit to UVA’s Speed of Light installation in London
Digging in the Crates is an interactive installation by Roland Loesslein which attempts to explore Sampling as a production technology of modern music. Dynamic music data is navigated using modified turntables with information graphics helping un (via Digging in the Crates [Flash, Sound])
It’s About Time – Volume 1 [iPhone] A collection of nicely designed clock apps for the iPhone on creativeapplications.net
Concept interactive magazine app built with Flash.
Exhibition by Åbäke* & Yuri Suzuki from Saturday 13 February —Saturday 20 February 2010 at Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo Japan. SUZUKI ÅFFICE
Studio Array aka. Jens Jenson & Hans Kim. Studio Array
Snapshots from Kinetic Art Fair 2010 Kinetica Art Fair gallery
A look back at some of the projects I worked on during 2009: Rock Constructions- identity design & website (www.rockconstructions.co.uk) VN01 Oscillate- limited edition screensaver (www.youtube.com/watch?v=stCiONNuE8Q) Alphabetas- typeface design (3D browser: www.benstevens.co.uk/projects/alphabetas) Freelance projects:: Matt Rowe Music – Flash website development (Agency: Rehabstudio) KangaROOS Global – Flash / Papervision3D website development (Agency: Rehabstudio)
I was fortunate enough to stay in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean over Christmas, a truly unforgettable experience I’m glad I had the chance to do before the islands are inevitably lost to the waves some time this century (a fate shared by similar low-lying islands in the Pacific). During the trip I visited [...]
My ‘AlphaBetas’ modular typeface gets it’s own 3-D browser made using Flash and Papervision3D, and it also works with blue/amber 3-D specs. Go to http://www.benstevens.co.uk/projects/alphabetas to play and learn more about how I made it.
From today, a new clock screensaver is available to download for free from the VectaNecta page on my site. “‘Oscillate’ is a conceptual version of the traditional clock. Visually, it takes the form of a compass where each line represents a quarter of a standard clock face. Three coloured vectors pulse in quick succession [...]
Last night I watched a lecture on BBC1 by HRH Prince of Wales where he talked about humanity’s environmental impact and the immediate need to adopt more eco-friendly practices particularly in business. Nothing new, but it got me thinking. Even though my consumption of raw materials and waste is negligible as a digital designer, there [...]
I’ve just given my site a long overdue makeover. The last major update was about a year ago, and it was starting to look a bit tired and messy. This new look is dead simple, clean, and colourful… and it only took 3 days to bash out. I had spent a couple of weeks on [...]
Rock Constructions is a stage-set design & construction company based in Lincolnshire, UK. They’ve been making stages since 1979 for concerts, fashion shows, conferences, and many other high-profile events. The new ‘Rock’ identity was designed using a geometric triangular grid to reflect the company’s stage-set construction credentials. The word ‘Constructions’ is typeset in AlphaBetas [...]
Just finished work on the official website of music producer-extraordinaire, Matt Rowe. He’s famous for producing many Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, and Sugababes hits.
Snapshots from visit to ‘How Manga Took Over The World’ exhibition at the Hub Centre, Sleaford Lincolnshire: How Manga Took Over The World
Moved into my new studio on Bow Road today. Here’s a few snapshots.
I’ve just finished work on the new KangaROOS Global web site, designed and directed by the guys at Rehabstudio. Being one of the first Flash Papervision3D web sites I’ve developed I’m very happy with how it has turned out. Chances are that if you’ve seen an interactive spin-able 3D globe on the web it’s probably [...]
I’ve recently finished a new web site for Backwater Media, which launched earlier today. It’s a simple Flash site but the Backwater guys and I are very pleased with its design and how it compliments their existing branding. Why not take a look at the site and some of the great short films they’ve produced: [...]
Last week I arrived home from a fortnight in Antigua in the West Indies/Carribean, and it was without doubt the best vacation I’ve ever been on. Everyone is friendly, the annual Antigua Carnival was sheer technicolor brilliance, and it really is a tropical paradise – epitomised by the neighbouring island of Barbuda.
It’s approaching two months since I made the decision to become a freelance interactive designer, and so far, touch-wood, there’s been very little to regret. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last couple of months
There comes a point in every designer’s career when they need to spread their wings and leave the comfort of a safe but uninspiring salaried job in which menial tasks are drip-fed to you on a daily basis.
Updated graphics for Cabvision London.
It’s always nice to receive unexpected gifts, so I’d like to thank the nice people at D&AD for sending me their 2007 Student Annual. Lots of great work in there by a talented bunch of youngsters. My particular favourites are Nick O’Brien’s “Scream” poster for the London Horror Film Festival, and Marc Pavlovic’s “Oblo” sphere [...]
This is an animated clock screensaver I created for Liquid Digital using Flash, inspired by PixelBreaker’s Polar Clock. You can download the screensaver from their blog.
One of the lesser-known curses of being “creative” is that you tend to get creative ideas almost constantly, at any point of day or night, and usually when you’ve got an existing project already on the boil. In the past, most of the ideas I’ve had for potentially interesting projects would have been subject to one of [...]
Me and my mate Lloyd got a bit bored the other day so we did a bit of stop-frame animation using a fixed camera and a shed-load of sticky Post-It™ Notes! A few hours later, and you can see the result below. Happy Christmas everyone!
Just finished a Flash web site build for Harveen Gill Associates, launched today.
It’s official: my new favourite typeface is FF Meta Serif. It’s a thing of beauty. Expect to see it featuring in all my work for the next 5-10 years. I wouldn’t normally waste my time writing about a typeface (or watching a film about one for that matter!), but I just feel that when someone [...]
Recent visitors may be wondering why I ditched the Flash version of my site in favour of this; a rather generic-looking web log. Well, the truth is, I only tend to update my portfolio (that can still be found here) when I feel I’ve produced an outstanding piece of work. So as you could imagine, it doesn’t get [...]