I am in awe. Motion designer/director Chris Abbas used photography from NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to create an absolutely beautiful, meditative short film of Saturn, her rings, and her moons, building motion from the publicly available archive of sequenced stills.
Interesting note: Vimeo user Hynee explains that the streaking star trails seen near the end and throughout are “navigation system calibration runs; the spacecraft uses spinning wheels to stabilize itself, and [they need] to be checked on.”
The music is 2 Ghosts I from Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I–IV album.
Design 101: Putting Contrast in Context. For the Studiobanks blog, I wrote this broad, abstractionist introduction to contrast in graphic design. While I’m a little concerned that this is merely the subconscious result of one too many make-the-logo-bigger’s in my life, I enjoyed writing it. I attempted to be informative to readers who are not in advertising or graphic design, and maybe also a bit therapeutic for those professionals who are “beyond” such elementary principles.
As a child, I was fascinated by what would occur in that split-second after shutting off a tube television. While watching the screen, I would often catch a fleeting glimpse of such beautiful abstract colors and shapes; before my mind could even register what I had seen, they were gone. Immediately, I would turn the TV on and off again, trying to recreate the event with little success.
The imagery above, Luminant Point Arrays, is a series of work by photographer Stephan Tillmans, who has captured these very moments as the television picture dissipates. Tillmans describes his series as the following:
The television picture breaks down and creates a structure of light. The pictures refuse external reference and broach the issue of the difference between abstraction and concretion in photography. The breakdown of the television picture discribes the breakdown of the reference. The product is self-referential photography.
via swissmiss, but does it float