We read Flannery O’Connor in creative writing courses, listen to Bach in music composition courses, and stare in collective awe at Van Gogh’s Starry Night in visual arts courses. Why? Partly because these works of art remind us what the creative mind can do with just a few basic tools.
But, what happens when the tools change — when universities put iPads in their students’ hands instead of paint brushes? When the canvas is backlit and the brushstrokes are finger gestures? In these cases, it helps to have new models, fresh inspiration.
While I’m not suggesting that Fast Food iPad painting (featured below) is a Starry Night for the digital age, there’s certainly value in appreciating the artistic imagination and skill of those who create remarkable works of art on a tool most of us use to play Angry Birds.
So, in follow-up to Monday’s post about how to turn mobile devices into tools for creation, here are five inspiring examples of what’s possible with an iOS mobile device, a few apps, and a little imagination.
North Point iBand: Reid Greven, music director (and mobile tech musician) from North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, wrote of this 2010 iBand holiday concert: “It’s amazing what you come up with when you sit in a room, hook 3 iPhones up to some speakers, and get adventurous!” Using borrowed iPhones and iPads and a few musical apps, like SoundGrid, MelodyBell, Guitarist and others, Greven and his bandmates composed renditions of popular Christmas songs to entertain church members and the hundreds of thousands of others who tuned in online.
“Goldilocks” iPhone 4 Mobile Series: Two USC film students — Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James — masterminded the filming of this action-packed, episodic web series shot entirely on the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. When the first of nine episodes was released a couple years ago, it generated lots of press, lots of fans, and lots of discussion about what happens when creative people get their hands on powerful tech tools. The New York Times called the feat, “stunning.”
Fast Food iPad Painting: Speaking of creative people with powerful tech tools, self-taught portrait artist Olga Shvartsur used nothing more than an iPad, the brushes app, and a Pogo stylus to paint in vivid detail an image of a man biting into a fast food sandwich. (For more of Shvartsur’s iPad art, click here.)
Paint with Light: London design agency Berg took iPad art to a whole new (highly technical) level with their “Making Future Magic” project, which incorporates long-exposure photography, stop-motion animation, 3D typography, and new technique called “light painting.” Check it out. Be inspired.
iPad Design Lab: Dr. Mario Garcia of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies developed this e-book to teach journalism students the finer points of news media design for the tablet. Garcia’s book is less of an inspiration piece and more of a call-to-action to today’s journalism students who will enter a world where they’re expected to tell “enhanced” stories. View the ebook trailer below.
What examples of mobile device creation inspire you? Share in the comments.