If you’re like me, fonts can drive you bananas on the internet. Not in a “oh look how bad that font is” way, but in a “what a nice font, I wonder what it is” way. Sure, bad type happens. But when you see that great font being used, the inability to identify it can feel so close yet so far.
Thankfully, I’ve come across a solution. It comes in the form of a Google Chrome extension called WhatFont. If you aren’t familiar with Chrome extensions, that’s okay – many aren’t. Like your iPhone or Android device, the Chrome browser has a marketplace for third-party software that runs inside Chrome. Games and apps, of course, are there. But extensions are small functions that you add to the browser; oftentimes in the form of a button that goes up near your bookmarks.
Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.
The fine folks at Instrument, hands down one of the best digital creative agencies, have released a new experimental projects which pairs a short film with contemporary web technologies. Titled The Build, the film follows the lives of three motorcycle builders – Casey, Thor, and James – as they discuss their lives and passions.
This film is everything I truly love about Portland. First, it’s about makers, people who really do get their hands dirty and are passionate about what they build. Truen Pence, Instrument’s resident filmmaker, does an incredible job of capturing each of these guys as they ride around town or in the woods of Oregon. And from tech side it’s great that Instrument is pushing HTML5 video and WebGL to do some interesting projects. It makes me excited for the possibilities of film on the web and how the two could mesh together even more to create some truly unique experiences (see also: Carly’s Cafe which Andi wrote about).
Off the top of your head, how far away from Earth do you think Mars is? If you were to ask me I’d say something ridiculous like, “a million billion miles.” Now there’s a rather fun way of answering that question: a pixel-by-pixel journey from Earth to Mars which takes place in your browser.
Created by David Paliwoda, How Far Is It To Mars? starts with the simple idea that the earth is 100 pixels wide, as you can see above. If the Earth is 100 pixels wide then it would be 3000 pixels to the Moon (which would only be 27 pixels wide, for comparison). You then zoom down the page, travelling toward Mars at a rate of 7,000 pixels per second. It honestly takes a good minute or two to get down to Mars, which ends up being 428,000 pixels away.
You really need to just click the link and do this for yourself. Using pixels and the browser as a way to measure scale is actually a really neat idea, one I haven’t personally seen before. I feel like we might start seeing more of this sort of exploration in the near future.