HOW TO BE CREATIVE

Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we've come to believe, being creative...

COSPLAY CHANGES LIVES

With TV shows dedicated to it, and pictures and videos all across the internet, cosplay has now officially entered the public consciousness. All over the world, enthusiastic fans dress up as their favorite char...

ART IN THE ERA OF THE INTERNET

The internet has intensified connections between people across the planet. Let's take a look at the impact of this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of...

ANIMATED GIFs: The Birth of a Medium

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 28 years after the first GIF was created, ...

PRODUCT DESIGN

We swim in an ocean of products. Behind each one, there is someone (hopefully) thinking about the way we experience it. In this episode of Off Book, we explore three aspects of product design: build quality and...

TYPE

Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, ...

VISUAL CULTURE ONLINE

For decades now, people have joined together online to communicate and collaborate around interesting imagery. In recent years, the pace and intensity of this activity has reached a fever pitch. With countless ...

LIGHT PAINTING

Light painting dates back to Man Ray, but contemporary photographers are taking the practice of “painting light” onto long-exposure photographs to a new level. http://vimeo.com/26634967 SEE MORE AWESOME OFF...

STEAMPUNK

Steampunk art evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power. Technology, though highly advanced, has taken on a very different look and feel, and fashion is heavily influenced by Victor...

STREET ART

The street is a space where art thrives, and a place where artists can shape the public aesthetic. Olek, a sculptor whose medium is crochet, and Swoon, a mixed media artist, disrupt daily life with work that cr...