A gallery of Twitter’s keyboard character artwork and patterns

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

You’ve probably seen special-keyboard character artwork pop up in your Twitter timelines now and again, but here is a collection of such designs and patterns.

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Even when painted black and blue the song remains the same

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

British artist Alex Baker – in a style possibly reminiscent of say Jackson Pollock – creates artworks by pouring ink over rubber stereo speakers, and capturing the resulting patterns made by the vibrations of songs, such as Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”, as they hit a nearby sheet of paper.

“Certain frequencies respond better and give a clearer image,” he says. “A pure-tone sine wave produces an incredibly delicate pattern.” Baker also considers short percussive notes and the frequencies of the sounds which define speech successful.

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Memory good, but bad for remembering the cheese gets moved

Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Having a good memory has its drawbacks, as we may come to overly rely on our recall to find many of life’s necessities, such as food.

If, for instance, we never forget where the supermarket is, then we may lose the ability to keep our options open when it comes to sourcing food. Those with a poor memory will forget the location of one supermarket though, and develop the habit of looking for others.

Needless to say, this could severely disadvantage those who are used to only going to Food Station C, (or whatever it was, I forget)…

Take as an example the question: if the ability to remember is such a good thing, why hasn’t evolution given us photographic memories? The answer according to Boyer and Walsh’s model is because we’d starve when the local supermarket went out of business.

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The many marbled patterns of paper

Wednesday, 6 May, 2009

For some more design inspiration, a database of marbled paper patterns.

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You mean you don’t use computers to create patterns?

Monday, 2 March, 2009

The pattern design work of Danish designer Verner Panton created, by the way, before the era of computer graphics applications.

It almost seems unthinkable to work by hand sometimes…

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Design patterns to takeaway

Thursday, 19 June, 2008

From website backgrounds to gift wrap, some of these patterns are pretty cool. :)

The Pattern Foundry is an archive of decorative patterns, open for anyone to license and use, created by designers and artists from around the world. The uses of these patterns are not prescribed; they can be applied anywhere and to anything.

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