I did what I suspect a lot of people did. I saw this beautiful Facebook visualisation and went “oooh”. My oooh contained just a couple of things:
Isn’t that pretty
Facebook is big and global
But I just read this account by Paul Butler, the intern who made the thing. And all of a sudden it took on a whole new dimension. It gets a little technical in places, but you should read it, you’ll view the whole thing as more than just a pretty picture once you have. Go on read it.
All of a sudden you realise that there isn’t a background map here. Everything you see, including the recognisable shapes of countries is created by connections between people.
All the shots are done as Polaroids. I’m not a massive fan of the over-use of Polaroids. But for some reason I really liked the art direction of this shoot for Details magazine. I think it’s because they muck around with perspective and have a bit of fun with it.
If you want to explore an exquisitely curated world of electronic music all you need to do is hang out over here: http://mnmlssg.blogspot.com/. So many great mixes. So much great stuff. Lots of it fresh and exclusive to the site.
AM is powerful and brutal, without ever getting too aggressive or banging. this is techno music for warrior gods, it’s what i imagine you would hear at a rave at valhalla…
They do a really nice thing where they post up the mixes for a week or so before they release the tracklist. So it stops people from being judgmental based on what they think something is going to sound like. A little touch that I love a lot.
Then I start playing the mix, and look what happens to my tab:
Spot it? If not let me make it clear…
SoundCloud have always been very good at attention to UX detail and this might seem like just a tiny little thing. But it’s actually really very good. It means that you can spot in a multitude of tabs which one is playing. Love it a lot.