Archive for the 'tiny' Category

e15, better lights and materials

Friday, October 19th, 2007

you gotta love those normals!

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e15 explores the tiny icon factory too

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I built a qbert style staircase with 2700 icons from the tiny icon factory. The icons are good building blocks to experiment with potential strategies to build virtual architectures for populating the e15 environment in the future. Complex shapes are also good to test different illumination models. Lights, materials and all that. We want to have a good control over all these resources to use them as tools to paint different subsets of large collections of data in interesting ways. The icons, for example, have names, and these names can be used to define the material of each icon. This would help to sort them visually.

All the icons in the following illustration are painted the same way, with a slightly tealish ambient color, a redish diffuse and a white and subtle specular (and infinitely faraway parallel light rays), but I could think of changing the material of all the Popeyes to spinach green, and then it would be easy to spot where the Popeyes are in the qbert staircase.

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oGFx explores the tiny icon factory

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Read about oGFx and visit Tiny.

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Some things just won’t work

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

A few months ago I included search functionality in the back side of the Tiny Widget. It works fine, but I thought a more useful way of having the search there would be to let people load a particular icon to the front of the widget for editing. After a few months of staring at the same 10 lines of Javascript code, I have decided to give up. It almost works; the result for the search query is properly paginated, and clicking on any icon flips the widget around and loads an icon, the wrong icon. I can’t figure out why, and I have decided not to worry about it anymore. The Widget is here for you to play with if you want.

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5000 Icons at Once

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The Tiny Icon factory, viewed in a 30 inch Apple display.

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When the page loads, it looks like the icons are racing towards their final positions in the grid.
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If an Icon was alive, what would it like to have for breakfast, clicks?
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Tiny Trace by Florian

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Florian Jenett attacks again, this time augmenting the Tiny Icon Factory with an interesting way of tracing vector drawings over the collection of icons, and enabling download in SVG format. His Tiny Trace tool is a good example of how you can combine the search API developed by Brent during IAP this winter with new ways of using icon data to generate graphics.

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Cities and Icons

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

After looking at the statistics of the Tiny Icon Factory since its creation date, in September 13th 2006, until tonight, February 22nd 2007, I formatted a paragraph that shows the City-Visits ratio between both dates in a decreasing order. 69184 new visitors and 5610 returning visitors over a total of exactly 100 cities have created 147701 icons. I really like it that Brooklyn is a separate entity than NYC, and that some of this places I didn’t even know they existed.

This are the results (world map provided by Google Analytics):

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Amsterdam-1020, Madrid-772, New York-650, Los Angeles-640, Cambridge-620, London-521, Rotterdam-472, Toronto-380, Barcelona-377, Paris-342, Chicago-333, Utrecht-322, Groningen-313, Athens-301, Buenos Aires-299, Seattle-295, Brooklyn-275, The Hague-270, San Francisco-269, Mexico-265, Santiago-259, Tokyo-258, Houston-256, Singapore-255, Nijmegen-244, Austin-243, Portland-243, Rome-239, Minneapolis-230, Vienna-224, Amersfoort-216, Beijing-216, Delft-215, Atlanta-214, Enschede-206, Vancouver-204, San Diego-202, Brussels-200, Washington-194, São Paulo-191, Dallas-188, Eindhoven-186, Stockholm-184, Cambridge-183, Helmond-172, Istanbul-171, Montréal-170, Berlin-169, Phoenix-167, Tilburg-162, Columbus-156, Calgary-156, Oakland-153, Zutphen-149, Taipei-144, Seoul-143, Miami-142, Saint Louis-141, Caracas-140, Central District-139, Ottawa-134, Boston-133, Denver-132, Bangkok-131, Pittsburgh-125, Bogotá-125, Valencia-124, Moscow-122, Saint Paul-122, Breda-116, Zwolle-116, Hamburg-113, Alphen Aan Den Rijn-112, Indianapolis-112, Hayward-112, Amstelveen-112, Hoofddorp-111, Lima-110, Federal-107, Zoetermeer-107, Philadelphia-106, Auckland-106, Leiden-105, Melbourne-105, Garlasco-105, San Leandro-102, Hilversum-102, Schiedam-100, Salt Lake City-98, Cincinnati-98, Sydney-98, Baltimore-97, Somerville-97, Oslo-96, De Bilt-94, Maastricht-92, Honolulu-91, Edmonton-90, Orlando-90, Shanghai-89.