Prouk’s Picks


Applied Arts friend and advertising legend Gary Prouk, of Sebastian Consultancy, provides links that will help you kill time, avoid work and find inspiration and entertainment.

Today: “Today is a weekly jewel box of seemingly random, yet thoughtfully selected, images. At times tender, wicked, nostalgic, amusing and dazzling, each edition is presented without narration, editing or explanation by its author, designer Eric Baker. ‘It all began as a goof. One day I sent a good friend about 50 random pictures of cheese. . . . Eventually I began looking closer, or should I say broader at “things.” Things lost on the fringes … ordinary, odd, beautiful things.’”

Japanese Condom Packages: Accidental Mysteries presents this hommage to the colourful, cartoonish, almost innocent Japanese approach to packaging “love gloves.” Who couldn’t like the Kit Sack (obviously modelled on the Kit Kat chocolate bar) or Monkey brands?

Danger is Everywhere: Will Schofield’s 50 Watts Blog offers this page to unsettle you with the prospects of the dangers that lurk on the farm and in the home – especially in the medicine cabinet that beckons curious children.

Going Postal T-shirts: “Going Postal is about the funky, the classic, and the timeless. No snarky pop-culture references, just beautiful vintage art.” The striking T-shirt designs can be searched by country, and in categories ranging from Cigar to Myth & Religion.

The Revolution in Photography: The Atlantic Magazine does an article on the Lytro – “a new camera that captures hundreds of images and lets you choose your own reality.” Writer Rob Walker explains: “The underlying technique is called ‘light-field photography.’ A traditional camera, of course, captures light reflected off its subject through a lens and onto a flat surface. Proper focus is important to ensure that the image you get is the precise slice of visual reality you want. But ‘computational photography,’ pioneered by Marc Levoy of Stanford University and others, takes a different approach, essentially using hundreds of cameras to capture all the visual information in a scene and processing the results into a many-layered digital object. One of Levoy’s former students, Ren Ng, added the twist that resulted in the Lytro: instead of using multiple cameras, he integrated hundreds of micro lenses into a single device.”

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