Skype is mainly for mums who miss their study-abroad kids, or for long-distance lovers. But Gabrielle Bell, the mind and hand behind alternative comics Lucky and Voyeurs, and collaborator of Michel Gondry, has found the best use of the software yet. She’ll do a tiny watercolour portrait of you over Skype. The results are gorgeous.
For the Glitch lovers, I introduce #SkypeGlitchArt, a collaborative project that aims to gather interesting artifacts from failed Skype video calls with no photoshop or retouching. #Skypeglitchart is a project created by Gastón Lisak, and developed by David Peñuela. Take part of it via Twitter by tweeting #SkypeGlitchArt, or upload your image on their website.
Between the multiple world clock displays, funky astroturf style rugs, clever rock shaped bean-bag chairs, and clean glass walls, the Palo Alto Skype office screams creatively modern yet practically comfortable design. This is the office that encourages you to get distracted with the right things. The 16 foot ceilinged rooms are scattered with unusual objects [...]
The Everything Ages Fast campaign for Brazil’s Maximidia Seminars features fake vintage ads for Youtube, Skype and Facebook. It got me thinking about changes in society over the past fifty years or so. Before the world went digital, people read or watched a glittering product promise, or they heard about some new wonder-product from their neighbours. They saw ads, courtesy of clever Mad Man-type folk, and they bought the promise. Then they told people about the promise.