Google for the Arts

In case you missed it, last week Google rolled out its new gem known as Google Art Project. Absolutely fascinating in a manner only Google could deliver. Google Art Project brings the worlds greatest fine arts and museums to you giving you immediate access to over 1000 works of art in 17 of the worlds renown museums across the globe. With the same brilliance of the Google Street View technology, you have the freedom to tour collections at the MoMA and Met in NewYork City, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Gallery in London – these are just to name a few museums now available to you with out the travel expenses or the ridiculous lineups for a brief viewing.

Shift Disturbers – stirring some sh!t

As a student of advertising, sometimes I am lucky enough to be given opportunities to attend advertising conferences to gain inspiration and incite from our industries leading visionaries. The other day I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend Shift Disturbers, a conference that brings “a mash-up of visionaries to the stage, from the worlds of advertising, art and design for a half-day of inspirational words from the gods of creativity”. I was called up for the event about three hours before and had no idea what to expect, but it was clear from the moment I stepped up to the front doors of the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, that this would not be an ordinary conference. Greeting every passerby at the entrance to the centre was a man in a wild suit wearing a sandwich board, who could more or less be summed up as a crazed, possibly homeless man ranting at passerby’s. At first we all tried to scurry away from him as quickly as possible, but at a closer inspection you realized that the sandwich board was in fact a poster for the conference we were about to attend. Now if that isn’t a mood setting entrance I don’t know what is!

The Wild New World of 3D

People are constantly on the run searching for the latest trend or craze that they feel is going to be “the future”. Lately there has been a trend spreading rapidly throughout the entertainment world, hopping barriers like wildfire. I’m sure you have been pulled in by this trend, even if you don’t like or believe in it you are still somehow entranced by it. This trend is 3D entertainment, the concept that your favourite films should no longer be simply watched and enjoyed but should rather pop out to cause you to interact. Continue reading

The Single Life

Have you ever notice how easy it is to find what you are looking for on the derooted website? It is no coincidence that our website was designed with easy navigation and your best intentions in mind. What makes cruising our site so simple is that it is in fact a mere single page website — everything is accessible right there on the main page.

Logorama-Short Animation

Logorama brings to life a world built out of familiar logos. Hundreds of logos and mascots are used, and they include examples from software companies, shopping centers, restaurants, sports teams, movies, and any number of other products, agencies, and corporations. It’s a lot of fun watching all of these familiar logos used so creatively. They fill the screen and zip by without calling attention to themselves. Watching Logorama is like a game of “How Many Logos Can You Name?” To fully appreciate this animated short, one needs to freeze-frame each part and check out all the details.

snappity snap snaps

Photography has always fascinated me. I’m that person with a hundred photos of every event, trip etc and while I don’t consider myself a photographer by any means, I nevertheless can appreciate some good photography (or at least what I find interesting). There’s a lot of great photographers that collaborate with derooted, and Simon’s imminent involvement with CONTACT has loosely inspired my post today. Its more inspired by the concept of non-traditional photography and showcasing it using new mediums. Stop Motion animation is certainly nothing new. However, what was once rather limited for the guy/girl at home has become far more accessible. All u need is a decent camera, a huge SD card, a great idea, some degree of computer skills are a plus but not necessary, and in most cases A LOT OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS! Check out some personal favorites…