Saturday, December 31, 2005

Links : ZeFrank's Alphabet

Some beautiful typographic animation from Brooklyn based artist Ze Frank. Happy New Year everyone!

More information and some great interactive toys at

Friday, December 30, 2005

Just Added : Factory Records Posters

Building on it's existing design archive of fictional promotional and concert posters for Factory Records bands, Algorithm has just completed a further set of concert posters for New Order and Joy Division. The posters were inspired by the anticipation building towards not only next years new New Order album, but the excitement growing around a potential Joy Division tour, and new Joy Division material.

"As a mark of respect to their former singer, New Order have been throwing in Joy Division songs during most of their sets throughout 2005. This culminated in the band playing a set almost entirely made up of Joy Division songs last month, as a tribute to the former Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

Hooky said the band are considering playing all-Joy Division sets at some stage in the future. He added: "We have actually talked about doing Joy Division sets and gigs but we haven't actually found our footing yet. We did the festivals and had a bit of time off but because we've played two gigs recently and had the whole UK Hall Of Fame thing we haven't really decided what we're gonna do next. If we deem it to be enjoyable then we'll do it."

More information at New Order Online or view all the posters here

In Progress : Anna Interactive Project

In collaboration with the Zurich based Looking Lately studio, Algorithm is currently furthering development of the virtual 'Anna' interface design. The latest design is built to work online and be based in Macromedia Flash.

"You are about to meet ANNA. Feel free to name her differently if you prefer another name. We don’t know her real name anyhow. She is one of us. Her existence though, is limited, bound to a certain time frame. There was no before, there will be no after. Maybe a repetition if you like. It is a simple encounter, no extraordinary story. She expresses how she feels about you, on her face and in small sentances. You somehow control her, her reactions, her answers. But at times, she goes her own way. She seems familiar to you. In fact, you can recognize yourself in her emotions, in her words. Maybe you know her already? Some expressions on her face are common. You have noticed them on other people’s faces, of your friends, of strangers too. They always mean the same. But what if she only pretends, if she invents her emotions? Her face might display something different. But it feels intimate. You are face to face with her, looking into her eyes, reading her lips, listening to her voice. You interact with her, and she reacts to you, just like somebody you know."

References : Jonathan Cole ‘About Face’. Charles Darwin ‘The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals’. Erving Goffman ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’. John Suler ‘The Pyschology of Cyberspace’.

Just Added : Custom Lip Gloss

In collaboration with New York based designer Daniel Handal, Algorithm has just completed a design proposal for the upcoming Prescriptives online custom lip gloss offering. The flash based application would allow customers to be able to build their own custom lip gloss, based on color category, base color, finish and even flavor.

More information can be found at the official Prescriptives site

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Just Added : New Qee Toy Skins

Furthering its recent series of designs for the Qee / Bearbrick designer toy series, Algorithm has just added 10 new designs.

Please click here for more information.

Links : The Pandora Project

"Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask:

Can you help me discover more music that I'll like?

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you."

Currently playing in the Algorithm Studio :
Algorithm's Sigur Ros Radio Station
Algorithm's Interpol Radio Station
Algorithm's New Order Radio Station
Algorithm's Ride Radio Station
Algorithm's Slowdive Radio Station

More information at

Links : Tetran

"Tetran is the fun cable winder for your favorite iPod or MP3 player's earbud headphones. Just wind your cable around Tetran's body and use Tetran's cute mouth as a holder for your earbuds. The spikes keep Tetran from running away. There is a removable ball-bearing style chain included for attaching Tetran to your belt loop, cell phone strap or key ring."

More information at

Links : Easier To Read?

Bradbury Thompson's Alphabet 26 : A Font System For Early Readers?
From AIGA. Written by Audrey Bennett and Bridget Rice. Published on December 20, 2005.

"Some might argue that the introduction of Alphabet 26 for early reading would be complicated to implement, extremely costly, or even that the degree of unfamiliarity would be too difficult a challenge. However, as Thompson once argued: all of the individual characters of the Alphabet 26 font have been in use through 500 years of printing. Therefore, through common usage, the Alphabet 26 font could easily be conceived as both easier to read and write and simpler to teach and typeset."

More information at AIGA

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Links : Paul Is Dead!

From :
The rumor began in earnest on October 12, 1969, when someone identifying himself as "Tom" (Zarski) called Russ Gibb, a radio DJ on WKNR-FM in Detroit, Michigan, and announced that McCartney was dead. Fred Labour, a junior at the University of Michigan, published a review of Abbey Road called "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light", itemizing various "clues" of McCartney's death on Beatles album covers, in the October 14, 1969 issue of the Michigan Daily. (Adding to the mystery, Terry Knight, a former Detroit DJ and then singer on Capitol Records released a cryptic, portentous song, "Saint Paul," shortly after his alleged meeting with McCartney in London.) Soon, national and international media picked up on the story and a new "Beatle craze" took off.

More information at :

Links : Tiresias

The Tiresias web site provides in-depth information on assistive devices for people with visual disabilities, current and future research, technical information, disability organisations and agencies, sources of research, funding, publications, standards and legislation.

This site is for professionals who work in the field of visual disabilities and for all people who have an interest in solving the problems faced by people with disabilities. Guidelines on accessibility issues for all types of disabilities are also on this site.

More information can be found at :

Friday, December 23, 2005

Just Added : Algorithm New Year 2006

In the continuing tradition of seasonal and holiday Algorithm e-cards, the 2006 New Years card has just been completed.

Nav : Print

Thursday, December 22, 2005

In Progress : Daily Algorithm Photo Diary

Algorithm is now in the process of keeping a daily photo diary based on current projects and items of interest or inspiration. It is hoped to create an annual calender each year based on the images from the previous year.

Nav : Photography

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Links : Sky Vegas Live

From Broadband Bananas : "Sky have managed to learn from the experience of AVAGO and have upped the production value stakes to create a slicker offering, but one which still plays on the fact that viewers like to see and hear their name on TV. Sky's channel has a primary position in the Sky EPG, just below Sky's Movie channels and also benefits from additionally being stripped across Sky One Mix's schedule on a daily basis during a late night, post-pub slot.

In terms of presentation, Sky Vegas Live have brought together a team of professional presenters, Sky's branding of the channel is repetitive and solid, reinforcing the message to viewers to keep playing. The use of a virtual studio means that draws are fast-paced and better synchronised. Virtual studios will also allow Sky to easily introduce different games with or new on-screen identities overnight.

Sky Vegas Live also offers a much cleaner on-screen experience. It is very seldom that presenters on Sky Vegas Live are obscured by the on screen display of the game cards, which contrasts with AVAGO's on-screen experience which can seem cluttered, obscuring the presenters and taking up too much screen real-estate."

More information at

Links : Nintendo Theater

Some very nice commercial and promo work or various Nintendo products can now be found at

Links : Tekken 6 PS3 Rumored Release

From Wikipedia : "Tekken PS3 is the upcoming PlayStation 3 installment of Namco's Tekken series, suspected to come out sometime in 2006. At E3 2005, a teaser video featured Jin Kazama demonstrating some martial arts moves. Jin's skin showed different scars and shades, giving it a sense of realism. Sweat could be seen evaporating from Jin's body and going down his face. At one point, when he touches his flesh, it moves along with the movement of some sweat droplets. The video portrayed a similar dynamic look that Tekken has followed over the years; however, no more details were provided by Namco. Nothing about the story has yet been confirmed except that it will continue from Tekken 5's storyline. It is possible, however, that it may continue from Jin Kazama's takeover of the Mishima Zaibatsu, as seen in his epilogue in Tekken 5."

More information at :

Band Of The Year : Sigur Ros

Easily the greatest live show of the year was Sigur Ros at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Following the release of the sublime Takk earlier in the year, the live shows were beautiful, overwhelming, and simply magical. We are looking forward to their shows at Madison Square Garden early next year. Algorithm is currently working on a fan site devoted to the genre of shoegazing music (of which Sigur Ros tentatively falls under), which, whilst still in development, can now be found at

More information on Sigur Ros can be found at their official site :

Friday, December 16, 2005

Links : Typographic Throwdown

Image generation based on typeface selection and audio synchronization.

Further beautiful examples can be found at :

Links : Andy Warhol Diaries Blog

"This is Andy Warhol’s diary entries posted exactly 29 years to the day after they were first recorded. All text is taken directly from the publication the Andy Warhol Diaries, edited by Pat Hackett. All notes and comments made by the editor have been removed. The Diary spans just over 10 years, bringing this project to completion in Febuary, 2016."

More information at

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Algorithm Featured In Phirebrush Issue 34

A selection of the latest series of Algorithm Wallpapers (available in the downloads section) have been featured in the latest issue of online magazine Phirebrush.

Blogorithm : Logotype

Typographic variation on the Algorithm logotype.

Links : AmazType

A typographic book search. Enter a search word and the application will generate the same word but made up of book covers gathered from the Amazon books database.

More information at :

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Now Available : Algorithm Blog Syndication

Above : RSS Logotype Redesign Proposal

The Daily Algorithm Design Studio Blog is now available for syndication as an XML feed. Simply click on the image above to get the XML feed, or go to :

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Links : 10X10

The image above is updated every hour.

Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

More information at :

Milestones : Over 5000 AIGA Visitors

Initiated in April 2005, Algorithm surpassed the 5000 visitor mark for its AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) Portfolio page earlier today. Thank you to all who have visited, and we look forward to many more new visitors in the coming months.

For more information please visit :

Links : The Pong Clock (Buro Vormkrijgers)

What's the score? The time. As Pong randomly plays, the score shown is the time of day on this "amusing, unusual timepiece" by Buro Vormkrijgers. Watch the movie (be patient, takes a while to load). Also by the Buro; MIC, the flexible, telescopic LED-powered portable lamp. The Pong Clock plays a random game of Pong that goes on for 24 hours at a time — right side wins every minute, left side wins every hour. We’re scratching everything else off our list this year — this is the only thing we want.

More information at :

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Links : Current TV Pods

"Pods are like TV shows, except short - just a few minutes long. Above are some of the different kinds they air."

For more information please visit

Just Added : Algorithm E-Cards

Above : Thanksgiving 2005 and Holiday Season 2005 Algorithm greetings cards.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Awards : Algorithm Wins Designer Of The Month

Congratulations! Your site has been chosen as one of our "Designers of the Month" at Your site shows strong design skills and a great sense of creative knowledge. Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Milestones : Algorithm Hits 5000 Visitors

Algorithm is delighted to announce that today it surpassed the figure of over 5000 unique visitors to this website. Sincere thanks to all who have visited, and we look forward to providing you with more entertaining and engaging experiences in the future.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Links : Dott 07

Dott (Designs of the time) launches in North East England in 2007 and will provide the opportunity for designers, businesses and public service providers to engage with consumers and citizens in improving national life through design. Dott is a 10–year programme of design promotion, manifesting every two years and spanning entire regions or nations across the UK. The programme is about supporting and encouraging design as central to the future economic and social success of the UK.

Dott will provide an inspiring, involving and educational initiative with relevance to young people and the broad national public. Over 10 years, the Design Council will work in partnership with five of the UK’s regions or nations and each Dott will be driven from within the region or nation in response to its individual needs. It is about an inclusive and participatory approach to design that will stimulate long–term change and create a lasting legacy in each region.

For more information visit :

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Just Added : Mulberry Christmas Card

Algorithm has just completed this year's Mulberry Consulting Christmas Card. Happy Holidays.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Just Added : Syndicated News Feeds

Algorithm is pleased to announce the addition of a number of syndicated news feeds to the site. The feeds are updated daily, and come from a variety of related sources of interest to the Algorithm studio. They use syndicated RSS and XML feed technology to deliver their content.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other Web content. Think of it as a distributable "What's New" for your site. Originated by UserLand in 1997 and subsequently used by Netscape to fill channels for Netcenter, RSS has evolved into a popular means of sharing content between sites (including the BBC, CNET, CNN, Disney, Forbes, Motley Fool, Wired, Red Herring, Salon, Slashdot, ZDNet, and more). RSS solves myriad problems webmasters commonly face, such as increasing traffic, and gathering and distributing news. RSS can also be the basis for additional content distribution services.

Nav : Studio & Bio

Thursday, December 01, 2005

News : Emigre To Publish Final Issue

"Everything must come to an end, and after publishing Emigre magazine for over 21 years we’re both relieved and just a little bit sad to announce that #69 will be our final issue. This milestone issue features a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Emigre magazine, while our contributors and colleagues bid us farewell. It was quite an experience."

Links : Comcastic!

Some really great interactive games, overall interface design and user experience projects promoting Comcast's high-speed services. Check out the physics on the interactive puppets and the smoothness of the file sort game in particular.