From My Modern Met: 3D Book Sculptures Convey Artist’s Emotion

A graphic designer from the UK, Thomas Wightman, has created a series of sculptures created from pages in a book to depict the feelings of people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. My Modern Met wrote an article about his three pieces and why he chose to use a book as his medium and what it symbolizes in terms of relating to someone with OCD. Each sculpture shows a different emotion associated with obsessive compulsive disorder.

“Plagued by Doubt features a swarm of typography insects, eating away at the book just as OCD can eat away at a person who does not seek treatment.”

The Future of Storytelling Across Media Boundaries

On May 29 and 30, a variety of professionals from all around the world are meeting for the second annual StoryDrive China conference in Beijing. Hosted by the Frankfurt Academy of Arts (who host the Frankfurt International Book Fair each year), StoryDrive China “is the first all-media platform in Asia dedicated to exploring new forms of collaboration and business models across media boundaries.”

Matt Costello, a multimedia author who has worked across a variety of media fields including writing and scripting and designing best-selling video games (Doom 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rage), is one of this year’s speakers at StoryDrive. He recently interviewed with Publishing Perspectives where they discussed the event and the future of storytelling as a whole.

The motto of StoryDrive China is “Tell your story differently.” Costello believes a good story, at its core, “should exist on all relevant media, each bringing its own facet of the story and the characters.” How the story and characters are conveyed is how the audience or user or reader will experience it. He thinks the film and TV industry will start to embrace the second screen in years to come and many companies are incorporating different technologies to make a “storytelling” experience better for the user. Overall, the way professionals and artists from various industries tell stories are changing how we see and interact with the world and the vision they have for storytelling.

From Cool Infographics: New Map Showing the World’s Submarine Internet Cables

You don’t have to be a cartographer to understand this map or even to create it. Telecom Egypt recently sponsored a project through TeleGeography that created a map depicting all the current active lines of international and US internet cables.

“Cables depicted include all active international and U.S. domestic cables.  In-service cables have an announced Ready for Service (RFS) date by December 31, 2012.  Planned cables include those actively under construction and those that have announced they were fully funded as of year-end 2012.”

It’s design gives it a hand-drawn look, and there is an interactive website with all the lines, as well.

This can also be purchased as a 36” x 50” poster for $250.

Source: Cool Infographics 


From Creative Bloq: Japanese Art Created Entirely from Microsoft Excel

Yes, you read that title correctly. Japanese artist Tatsuo Hourichi creates beautiful Japanese masterpieces using Microsoft Excel’s AutoShape feature. Creative Bloq featured him on their website; Hourichi “believes that Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool, and that quality art needn’t require complicated and expensive software.” For those who are like myself and think Microsoft Office software is the bane of your existence, maybe we should reconsider what can be done with a seemingly simple computer program. You never know what you can create!