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Graphics of Oblivion

This article was posted on Monday, 27th May 2013

I saw Oblivion a couple of weeks ago, and I really liked it. I had blogged before about Tron: Legacy and how I loved the production design by Darren Gilford, and I also noted how he was the production designer for the, then, unreleased Oblivion as well. I'm pleased to report that it is another beautiful piece of work.

Oblivion UI

The production design reminds me of the work of Ron Cobb or Syd Mead- futuristic but believable, with the form of everything, following its function.

Another element that was particularly impressive was the user interfaces that the characters in the film interacted with. This was done by another past Tron: Legacy crew member, Bradley G Munkowitz, who was the Design Director for most of the holographic/UI elements used in Tron. On his website, he has described the production process for the Oblivion UI, and you should really take a moment to read it and check out the rest of his work.

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Rainsford Creative Collective

This article was posted on Thursday, 2nd May 2013

I have updated my design portfolio with a few recent pieces of work. Two of them relate to a little collective that my brother and I have set up, the Rainsford Creative Collective (it was a difficult naming process.)

RCC Crest

The RCC is one of two separate ventures we are working on, but the RCC is the place where we will be able to work on projects that are at the point where the line between art and design starts to blur. We hope to create and work on projects that combine aspects of design, illustration, video, audio and photography.

RCC Branding

I had already redrawn our the Rainsford family crest, so I plucked aspects of the crest out, namely the shield, helmet and deer head, simplified them and have incorporated them into a simple branding scheme to use while we get set up.

Also, I was able to register which I had been meaning to do for a long time. I won't be squatting on it though, I'll be using it thoroughly.

Embracing Facebook

This article was posted on Monday, 29th April 2013

For too long, I have been avoiding Facebook for anything other than informal messages with close friends and family. I find a lot of Facebook... unpleasant. I think Facebook has been trying to become the one and only web destination for the general public, and the thought of that is horrible. If the only site you visit is Facebook and the only online interaction you have is on Facebook, then you miss out on all the weird and wonderful stuff across the web.

While I always knew Facebook was a good communication tool, it's taken me a while to come round to using it. This started with the local youth group I work with, Aontas Ogra. In the past, I have set up guestbooks and message boards to try create a method of communicating with members and parents of members but with Facebook, we now have an incredibly successful medium to interact with members and parents. The obvious secret to the success is being able to post messages to where they are going to regularly visit.

Seeing how useful this has been and how other businesses and individuals have used Facebook for getting their message out there, I decided to create a Facebook page for my links, so if you don't have a Twitter account or subscribe to RSS feeds, you can now 'Like' this page and get all the links in your Facebook feed.

This is also the reason why I stopped Five Links for Friday, I was relinking too soon, before people had a chance to see the original. I am going to add tags to my links though, for better perusal down the line. 

Five Links

This article was posted on Friday, 12th April 2013

Vintage Penguin-style covers for Tarantino movies

I like projects like these, reimaging Tarantino movies as Penguin paperbacks. The only thing I'd change wold to keep all the covers simpler (Kill Bill in particular) and the colour scheme reduced, like the Penguin paperbacks of old. My favourite is Death Proof (I quite like the film too...)

LEGO paper airplane folding machine

Any video where Lego gets used to mechanically do something, not only gets linked to, but also gets relinked.

Period modern

This home got relinked because of the fantastic conservatory attached to it. So envious.

Pretending it’s Summer: Glen Lake Tower by Balance Associates Architects

I love everything about this tower Summer home- it's cladding, shape, space, interiors. Fantastic.

Lode Architecture: G House, Normandy, France

I love this simple home, which is deceptively large. I wouldn't mind this as my summer home in France.

Moving Images: Tron Legacy

This article was posted on Tuesday, 9th April 2013

I put a call out on Twitter, looking for recommendations for good movie soundtracks. The soundtrack for Tron Legacy, by Daft Punk, came up several times, so I made it my mission to find out more.

I got hold of the movie, and not only was I suitably enamoured by the soundtrack, I also loved the look of the movie throughout. Not just the CGI imagery within 'The Grid' but also the production design in the real world.

The production designer was Darren Gilford and his work is beautiful. He has also done the production design on Oblivion, with Tom Cruise, which also looks really beautiful too. I can't wait to see it.

I've posted some screenshots below of the first part of the movie, to avoid spoilers. There is also a home made of shipping containers, and everyone knows that I love reused shipping containers...

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