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Welcome to the New Age of Interactive Art

Posted by Matt Harbottle on October 8, 2008

  

When you think about the word “art,” what comes to mind? For me as a graphic designer, the first things are, paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital prints, and so on, but apparently those mediums just don’t cut it anymore. Welcome to the new world of interactive art.

 

 

I would have never thought that to become a cutting edge artist in the twenty-first century, one would have to spend years in school learning computer sciences, engineering, physics, robotics, and alike. Now it’s evident that to catch someone’s eye, you have to bring something new and exciting to the table. I.e, Interactive art. 

 

 

 

Most North American’s can say that they’ve attended an art gallery or exhibition of some kind at one point or another in their life. If not an art enthusiast, a lot would probably say it was “boring.” On the other hand, traditional art lover’s analyse art from an emotional standpoint and base it on how it makes them feel. What if you could attend an exhibition and not only have the art spark certain emotions, but also communicate and interact with you? It caught my attention. 

 

To consider a piece of art being interactive, it would have to involve the spectator in some way. I have seen so many variations and techniques used now, it seems the possibilities are endless of what the designers can come up with. Some incorporate sounds, music, physical movement and illusions, which turns the art into a multimedia art-form, opposed to just 2D and 3D art. Interesting collision of artistic expression pooled into one form, which questions if static or stationary art is enough anymore?

 

 

So what’s the next art craze? Artists are trying to create the next movement constantly, combining new and old styles, where some artists are successful. To view some good examples of these artists, I would suggest visiting Processing.org to view some great and not so great work.

 

Matt

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Adobe CS4 Release Date Announced

Posted by Matt Harbottle on October 1, 2008

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced early on September 23, 2008, that the estimated release date of the Creative Suite 4 Has been set.  Creative Suite 4 (CS4), is targeting a release date for October 15, 2008.  This being Adobe’s biggest software release to date, it offers tons of new features that should catch the attention of most designers and developers worldwide.

Besides all the new features incorporated in the suite, the integration between the programs has improved further than before.  A designer can keep image and graphic integrity while moving between Photoshop and Illustrator, or move easily between After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Adobe Encore without rendering.  With this just scratching the surface, the rest of the programs within CS4 offer improved integration as well.

The new features on CS4 are too long to list , but I would like to mention a few of them that caught my attention.  First off, in the Photoshop CS4 features, they now offer content-aware scaling. Even though it seems like quite the cheat, it can be a helpful tool for designers and photographers.

Another new Feature within Photoshop CS4 is the 3D painting and composting.  This allows the user to paint directly on a 3D object.  The user can rotate the object and camera angle on the X, Y, and Z axis to a desired position.  Once the object is in place, all Photoshop tools are available to manipulate the object.  The Photoshop CS4 Extended Tour is available on the Adobe website.

The last I would like to mention is the Illustrator CS4 features, in particular the new multiple artboard feature.  A user can can create mutiple pages, varying in size, within one Illustrator file.  The Illustrator CS4 Feature Tour can also be viewed on the Adobe website.

The pre-order prices for the Creative Suite 4 range from US$999 to US$2,499, whereas the upgrade option ranges from US$399 to US$899.  Two weeks to go and I for one am starting to get excited to try out the CS4.

Matt

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