Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Update - The Perfect Shuffle

Music: Miike Snow
Yet another reason to love Sweden, Miike Snow is a Swedish indie pop band formed in 2007. This band is the epitome of what pop could be if we demanded artists to inject feeling into the otherwise flippant and airy genre. Each song explores a theme of human emotion that comes through so clearly, you'd think the songs were being performed on a stage in your ears. Their 2009 self-titled debut album is a prime example of this, from the bright yet eerie "Animal" through to the sulky and meandering tones of "Faker".

And don't even get me started on their second album, Happy To You. "Black Tin Box" features Lykke Li, another Swedish favourite, coming in with cool electronic drones and robot-sounding beeps to which you'll undoubtedly be bobbing your head. With each new layer of sound, the song becomes something unlike anything I've ever heard. Check it out below:

As per last week, I have created my icons and selected my variables for the infographic project I am working on, but I am slowly realizing that with such an intense (and emotionally heavy) dataset, the options are exponentially revealing themselves. I want to make a poster, a website, an app, an interactive data visualization, and a textile out of this project.

Therefore, my goal by next week is to have a clear view of exactly what I want to do with this data. Say I limit myself to two outcomes. And then if there's time, textiles for everyone! Imagine wearing your most likely cause of death as a pattern on your socks. A little morbid, I know.

Random Thought:
Being the logical shrew that I was nurtured to be, I am quite the fan of Apple's theoristic approach to the shuffle. Specifically, I have always appreciated how the 'random song chooser' was made. As we all know, selecting a song from a list at true random would mean that the same song playing three, four, five, one hundred times in a row is a valid subset of 'random'. Apple actually does not shuffle songs like this, but in a more user-friendly way. Instead, you'll hear every song on the list once (albeit in a randomized order), and once each song has had its play, the list randomizes and begins again. Although, I have noticed one more rule, which is that if a predetermined randomized list ends with 'song X', that song will not be the first song of the next play-through. So basically, you'll hear every song equally, and you won't hear a song back-to-back. Beyond that, I suppose you might attach the word 'random' to the process, although it is really anything but.

And hey, in a simple google search, I found pretty much the same answer here.

Inspiration: Richard Perez
I am so intensely happy with the way design illustration is going these days. Having grown up with an unhealthy love of Hello Kitty (although it certainly could have been worse), I have always been a big fan of flat colour, rounded corners and bold outlines. I'm talking like 30% point size compared to the size of the document. That's some bold line. Anyway, this exact style is gaining heat on Dribbble, and Richard Perez is a bold-line-wonder.

His illustration just, makes me happy. Just look at the woman with her tongue sticking out in the top left corner. Hilarious.

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