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Hype for Type

06/15/09 :: by brocksteady

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Inspiring and truly original fonts from Hype For Type.

Webby Nominee

06/09/09 :: by brocksteady

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Hey kids…one of our sites — TripKick.com — was nominated this year for a Webby. Check it out! Super useful tool for power-travelers.

Dan Funderburgh

02/12/09 :: by brocksteady

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Great to see old school (Jayhawk era) friend of mine, Dan Funderburgh featured on QBN today. His work is looking ever so tight — as usual.

Image Spark

02/11/09 :: by brocksteady

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Image Spark is a nice little web app that let’s you upload and create a library of images that inspire you, and also allows you to share them with the web community. It’s a fairly slick solution for a problem that pretty much every designer has: how to best organize your visual research.

Holidaze Photobooth Party Pix

12/19/08 :: by brocksteady

Yo! Thanks to everyone who came out to our holiday party! Here’s a t-lapse cut of the photobooth hijinx. Sorry for the low-quality — we’ll post the hi-res photos to flickr soon for your downloading pleasure. Good times!


Fluidesign Holidaze 2008 from Brock Batten on Vimeo.

Camera lust

11/14/08 :: by brocksteady

I’m taking deep breaths right now. First, Canon announced the game-changing 5d Mark II, and now RED just went official with its modular DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System. I won’t dive too far into the mouth watering details, but shooting video at 261 megapixels with a 6×17cm sensor is nothing to gloss over. Should be a good xmas this year ;-)

JCDC VS LEGO

11/06/08 :: by brocksteady

Brilliant all-Lego animated fashion show:


JCDC VS LEGO from Four H on Vimeo.

Good times.

Kiel Johnson: Awesomist Tomorrow

11/06/08 :: by brocksteady

Friend of Fluid, Kiel Johnson, is having an opening tonight at NYC’s Nancy Margolis Gallery. For those of you that can’t make the opening, the exhibition continues through December 20th.

Obama’s Social Media Advantage

11/06/08 :: by brocksteady

Here’s an interesting article outlining not only the role the internet played in the 2008 U.S. election cycle, but the clear advantage Obama had in using technology to connect to his audience.

2008 California Biennial

11/04/08 :: by brocksteady

SoCal art fans should definitely head down to the Orange County Museum of Art for the 2008 California Biennial. The so-called “tour de force” of the exhibit is an animatronic sculpture by Daniel J. Martinez, which was built and programmed by my good friend (and fellow SACI alumn) Peter Clarke.

Here’s a nice description of the piece in action:

Dressed in white pants and white shirt, with close-cropped hair and facial stubble, the figure appears deranged. Its eyes are rolled back, its teeth bared. A chunky, hip-hop-style silver belt buckle spells out the name “Ishmael.” At regular intervals, the reclining robot comes to mechanical life. An arm flops. A leg kicks. The head rolls forward and the torso twitches. When the flailing body parts hit the raised floor, it acts like a loud drum. The herky-jerky motion gets steadily more forceful, sometimes exposing the mechanical works beneath the floor that propel the man. The escalating racket is a cross between percussive music and a machine gun. It’s exciting, but there’s also a sense of relief when the figure finally pipes down and goes limp, returning to its static, soundless state.

I was fortunate enough to see the sculpture at various stages during the process, but I find these images documenting an extremely early stage of development to be some of the most haunting interesting.