“We believe that abstraction, a movement away from realism but towards reality, is the ultimate form of engagement. We believe that to focus on the physical dimensions of design, to create a piece of design as a functional entity, as an object in itself, is the most social and political act a designer can perform.
That’s why we believe in color and form, type and spacing, paper and ink, space and time, object and function and, most of all, context and concept.”—
When Karel Martens began studying art in Holland in the late 1950s, “graphic design” did not even exist as its own course of study. Today he is widely recognized as one of the most important practitioners of that very discipline, with an esteemed client list that includes major publishers,…
I went to my boss and said to him, “You know, I’m going to go do this crazy thing and I’m going to start this company selling books online.” This was something that I had already been talking to him about in a sort of more general context, but then he…
“When you fire the pistol in Nuclear Throne, first of all the Pistol sound effect plays. Then a little shell is ejected at relatively low speed (2-4 pixels per frame, at 30fps and a 320×240 resolution) in the direction where you’re aiming 100-150 degrees offset. The bullet flies out at 16 pixels per frame, with a 0-4 degree offset to either direction. We then kick the camera back 6 pixels from where you are aiming, and “add 4 to the screenshake”. The screenshake degenerates quickly, the total being the amount of pixels the screen can shake up, down, left or right. Weapon kick is then set to 2, which makes the gun sprite move back just a little bit after which it super quickly slides back into place.”—
“When an artist uses a multiple modular method he usually chooses a simple and readily available form. The form itself is of very limited importance; it becomes the grammar for the total work. In fact, it is best that the basic unit be deliberately uninteresting so that it may more easily become an intrinsic part of the entire work. Using complex basic forms only disrupts the unity of the whole. Using a simple form repeatedly narrows the field of the work and concentrates the intensity to the arrangement of the form. This arrangement becomes the end while the form becomes the means.”—Sol LeWitt | His ‘paragraphs on conceptual art’ are still relevant read them (via 7knotwind)
“my ideal setup would produce a certain feeling, a feeling that arises when the space is so familiar you no longer notice it, when the tool melts into you and becomes an extension of your mind or body.”—The Setup / Jack Cheng
“Software wise, I feel like the programs I use to make graphics and music could all be much better. If I ever get the time, I’d really love to make my own programs from scratch and use those. I love that Jason Rohrer uses his own music tools, and Eskil Steenberg makes his own 3D tools. I think it’s a big part of why their work is so distinctive.”—The Setup / Terry Cavanagh