I had the opportunity recently to do some work on a new interactive album from a Philip Glass / Beck collaboration called _REWORK. Good friend David Wicks was hired by Snibbe Studio (of Bjork iOS app fame) to create the app.
I created a series of visualizations in Processing that were used as jumping-off points for several of the tracks on the album. I lucked out and got to spend most of my time on Beck’s 21-minute track NYC—easily my favorite track on the album. The tests above use keystrokes to choreograph connections between independent particle subsystems. Final iterations in the app were rebuilt by David in Cinder to leverage events and information from MIDI, SVG, and XML.
The music is amazing, and the app well-worth the spend. My part was small in the much larger effort to produce the app. You can read more about the development process from David at sansumbrella.com.
Addis Creson approached me to create the motion graphics and interstitials for CompostModern 2011—a sustainable design conference in San Francisco presented by the AIGA. I rebuilt the tessellations from the brand into a code framework that allowed me to explore varied iterations and arrive at more natural constructions of form and motion. The final sequence was composed in AfterEffects using animation generated in AS3.
I enjoy animating on the timeline, but most of the motion here is driven by code. Interaction and motion design are strongest when given a little room to move and grow within natural and organic systems.
The unique beauty of the travertine exterior of the Getty Center is the result of complex geologic processes. Its intricate structure is derived from the rapid precipitation of calcium-carbonate from geothermally-heated hot springs. Calcification reveals the nanostructure of the walls of the Getty. An animated rendering of calcium-carbonate suggests a landscape as substantial as the quarries from which the travertine was cut. The animation was projected on the exterior stone walls of the museum as part of Jennifer Steinkamp‘s [re]vision project at the Getty Center in May 2011.