Archive for January, 2009

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Pretty in Ink

January 29, 2009

MSN has put together a fun little celebrity tattoo browser using Deep Zoom. Lots of nice UI details, like how the photos rotate as you drag them around, and bounce off the walls if you throw them. I also like the way the filtering works: the selected photos move to the center and the remaining ones are scattered around the edges. My only complaint is the discontinuity between the photo selection mode and the photo zooming mode.

Pretty in Ink

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Zooming Group

January 26, 2009

There’s a lot of interest in zooming these days, lots of different projects and experiments around the world, but the community still feels really scattered. In the hopes of creating a space where we can all come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate, I’ve started a zooming group on GROU.PS. Check it out, add some info, let me know what you think!

Zooming Group

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Infinite Canvas

January 22, 2009

I’ve been a fan of Scott McCloud since Understanding Comics. In his follow-up, Reinventing Comics, he proposes that the web could finally break comics out of their paper cage, allowing them to grow in whatever direction best fits them. He called this notion the infinite canvas, and even went so far as to discuss some of the technological ramifications that underlie Seadragon (and other similar zooming systems) today.

So, for the most recent Live Labs Out of the Box Week, I built a comic creator/viewer and called it Infinite Canvas. It’s all JavaScript (not Seadragon Ajax, but similar), even on the server side, where I’m using AppJet. Some early adopters have already created comics in it, so come check it out, and tell your comic friends about it!

Infinite Canvas

More generally, it’s also an exploration into how we create and consume content in a zooming world. I look forward to continuing to explore these ideas in this and other domains.

UPDATE: The AppJet link no longer works. Please use http://infinitecanvas.jgate.de/ instead.

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Obama Headlines

January 21, 2009

This isn’t new, but I figure now’s a good time to post it. The folks at Vertigo grabbed all the newspaper front pages from the day after Obama won the election and put them together as a Deep Zoom Collection.

Deep Zoom Obama

Scott Hanselman talks about how he did it in this post.

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The Moment

January 19, 2009

Photosynth and CNN have teamed up to create a synth of the moment Obama takes the oath, with photos from everyone in the crowd. Pretty cool.


The Moment

Check out the Photosynth blog for more info.

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bio-bak (NSFW)

January 16, 2009

Bio-bak is an amazing zooming/panning artwork/game/portfolio/thing with a bizarre sense of humor. If you’re not offended by crude language and imagery, I highly recommend checking it out; lots of good food for thought in terms of zooming interface, storytelling and design.

bio-bak

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Lovepixel Zoom

January 13, 2009

Lovepixel Zoom takes the extremely large pixel-art city, LOVEPIXEL, and lets you explore it with Seadragon Ajax. The original was already a fabulous treasure hunt of little scenes, and it’s fun to explore it in this new form (especially in full-page mode). Even better, there’s a “link to location” feature, so you can share the cool things you find. Click on the links below the viewer to check out locations other people have found.

Lovepixel Zoom

Read more about how it was put together on their blog post.