Interactive Street Art: Space Invaders on the Streets of Manchester

Filthy Luker teams up with Red Stripe to create this fun and exciting street art project of Space Invaders. He’s taken normal elements seen everyday on the streets (street furniture, road signs, construction barriers) and with some behind-the-scenes electronic rigs, he’s been able to successfully create a fully interactive experience – where the people of Manchester can – with the press of a button – play Space Invaders on the streets with each other. The orange construction barriers each look like a Space Invader, so when someone presses the button, the lights (behind the objects) display a gigantic game on the side of this building in the city. So much fun!!!!!

You’ve seen plenty of love stories, though none in the style of this animated film.

“Thought of You” by Ryan Woodward

Before I looked up more information this artist, I’ll admit I was completely enthralled as each frame unfurled. It wasn’t so much that this was about another love story, but more so it was the style he used to let the story unveil that was so captivating to watch. Both characters, brought to life each frame through this impressive and expressive sketchbook style to a song that evokes just as much emotion as the overlapping, gyrating pencil strokes. Of the multitude of videos and sites I’ve browsed over the years, I keep coming back to this video. Let me conclude by saying beautiful is an understatement. Thank you, Ryan, for creating this piece.

Oh, and the music is: “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies. There. Done.  🙂


Here’s a peek at the “making of” video for this… very interesting!



And if you’re still wanting more information, you should probably know Ryan has a long history of success behind him – as an animator, animatic artist, storyboard artist and concept artist. Most recently, he has worked as a storybook artist for the new Avengers movie. Before that, he worked on: Thundercats, Where The Wild Things AreIronman 2Spider-man 2Spider-man 3Power Puff Girls The movie, to name a few. Here are a couple of examples to see his work.

Traditionally animated short film

MAKE SOME MUSIC ::: Turn your volume UP ::: Click to REMIX and share

Oh, and I forgot to mention, “Happy New Year” from everyone at Mono. Who are they you say? They’re a pretty popular design agency based in Minnesota (that’s Min-eh-soooooooooooo-dah) for those outsiders. So these guys do some pretty cool stuff for some pretty cool companies. Some you may have heard of: Apple, NBA TV, USA Network, MSNBC  to name a few. And their projects range from those in digital, tv/film, print, social media, experiential – pretty much across the gamut. So what of it then?

Well, they made a really cool interactive experience where you can create your own remix or song just by activating different sounds generated by clicking on one of their pixel people. When you click, you unleash the sound AND they also animate similarly to the sound in various pixellated loops. It’s really interesting to hear the melodies unfold, but they made it even MORE fun and exciting by adding a little REMIX button at the top. Press this baby, and well… you can just see for yourself. Enough blabbing… go make some music, people!!!

Unleash the fun, here.

Check out these beautiful visual interpretations of the music from “Selbstgespräche”

Britzpetermann and the musician Karlo Jurina teamed up together to launch this incredible project for the launch of Karlo’s debut album, “Selbstgespräche” which means “internal dialogue.”  What is this project you might ask? A simple answer with an incredibly complex description. Britzpetermann created a visual interpretation that reacts and changes its properties to match the track’s waveform, note by note.  Not only are the visuals really soothing to watch, but the entire album is comprised of really beautiful and bright guitar-like acoustic melodies. I emphasize the like because the sounds you’re hearing were actually recorded from an iPad! This is how Britzpetermann explained the process:

Basis of this interpretation is a constant grid consisting of 190 coincidental symbols. The music itself modifies the grid. This impulse changes size, position and symbols itselves whereby new structures and pictures occure. Every moment is unique. We decided to play single signs by hand which not just distributes a handmade touch to the digital character of interpretation but also a precise possibility to control visualization. As control input we used the iPad as the multitouch surface allowed very intuitively flowing movements. The final signs to this project were played by Karlo Jurina itself, so he could decide on his own how his songs are supposed to appear visually.

You can watch the video below to take a look at how these guys created these stunning visual animations by using their iPads. Brilliant!!!

Now THAT’s an impressive reel… check out this guy’s MOVES!

Let me present to you… ANTON NENASHEV. Made in Russia. Lives in Moscow. Owner. Designer. Art Director at Nenashev, his post-production studio. I’ve seen a sh!t ton of reels in my life, but none that have had this much variety to offer. Your eye is constantly teased from start to finish with one visual execution to the next, AND with each one, I just want to see MORE! That is the ultimate sign of (1) a great montage and (2) an incredible exhibition of talent. Watch his reel below and then jump on over to his site to satisfy your hungry eyes!!! OH! In the top right corner, make sure you click the fullscreen mode for the ultimate in viewing pleasure!

A Glimpse into the Mind of Edouard Salier

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The Replicants “User” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I love the concept of the flip book featured here. Although you’re seeing the same composition pretty much through this whole video, the style of the visuals changing up so frequently keep it fresh. Whether it’s photography, motion sequences or hand drawn visual elements and typography, the variations keep you fixated throughout the piece. It almost mesmerizes the user into watching it oh-so-intently, so you try not miss anything flipping by you. I will mention there are a few surprises as well along the way, which also help to keep it fun and interesting.

The Replicants "User" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Nike “Woman” | Directed by Edouard Salier

Although this commercial shows an expressive style of animation, and it’s pretty dark in its nature, the concept of this piece still captures the spirit of all of Nike’s athletes, showing: strength, determination, endurance and not to mention the ability to persevere through anything – even what Mother Nature throws your way. All because you’re wearing Nike of course. They don’t even have to show the clothes or accessories anymore b/c their name carries the poise and reputation in this world-renowned brand. For this reason, a director like Salier doesn’t need to show their products either – but, it is implied by watching this play out. Brilliantly executed!

Nike "Woman" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Jehro “I Want Love” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I’m including this because I love how the waterly texture, extra-vivid colors and how he managed to integrate them with the illustrative typography. Even the layering used when the painterly textures overlap and the colors bleed over another, while the text and type convey the lyrics throughout… all of that combined with the illustrations just really bring this video to life.

Jehro "I Want Love" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Tété “L’envie & Le Dedain” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I have no clue what this guy is singing about, but with the type visuals and the ability to stop and start, I might be able to teach myself some French by the time I look up the words for translation. The song and the singer are definitely not my personal favorites, but I’d venture to say Salier’s video for Tété’s song has definitely elevated his cool factor for sure. (Not sure about you, but he kind of reminds me of a French version of Hootie & the Blowfish.) Ok, back to the video though… what I LOVE is the how interesting the visuals are in this piece, with the constant camera moving into Z space, rotating, incorporating the singer surrounded by the layering of lyrics that seem to pop up in perfect time with the music. I LOVE the European/Neville Brody style of using poster fonts on 90 degree plains to create a rhythmic, visual flow throughout. AND, I’m a big fan of black and white, so at any point, I could do a screen capture and admire the composition at that instance. Take a peek.

Tété "L'envie & Le Dedain" | by Edouard Salier

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