Radiohead has long been known for its compelling collaborations with animators and video artists, which have resulted in cool music videos, performance projections, and graphics. Now the band has now extended its interest into the iOS world with PolyFauna, a strange sonic tour through a decidedly eccentric audiovisual realm. It’s not a game – there's nothing to win, nor a final destination – but rather a wacky piece of interactive art that is deceptively simple to navigate and oddly soothing, even for those who are not usually turned on by Radiohead’s expansive, moody musical stylings.
Photoshop-style bitmap image editors work with pixels, and therefore require large file sizes in order to preserve resolution. By comparison, vector-based illustrations are lightweight and able to scale up or down without a loss in quality, but finding quality App Store solutions for creating and editing such files can be a challenge. One such option is Inkpad, which has now gone from paid to free with the most recent release – and not the kind of free that involves in-app purchases to be useful. Instead, developer Taptrix made the app open source, allowing others to build upon its work and contribute to future versions.
Call it a hunch, but the app Procreate might be getting a substantial boost in sales over the next couple of days. The reason? Cult of Mac reported today that British artist Kyle Lambert used it to create a stunning photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman. Had Lambert not posted it with a time-lapse video showing his work, it'd be more than temping to dismiss it as a fake.
If you appreciate the Beatles and John Lennon, you will simply adore this lavish, lovely app-based work of art devoted to the last truly creative period of Lennon’s life: the crafting of his final album, Double Fantasy. With truly innovative use of the iPad and iPhone as an entertainment consumption device, it’s one of the finest multimedia attempts we’ve experienced on the platform.
We here at Mac|Life know that Apple products are appealing because partly they hold up well and are intuitive to use, but much of the world knows them for just how darn good they look. To that end, as MacRumors reports, Jonathan Zufi has self-published a 326-page book celebrating Apple's design entitled Iconic: a Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation.
Sept. 28 marks this year's Museum Day, an event during which participating museums open their doors to the public for free to anyone presenting a promotional ticket. While we fully encourage you to appreciate the arts in person and support your local institutions, we know it might not be easy to do so. If you can't fit a visit to the museum into your schedule, these eight great apps offer simulated trips to some of the most amazing exhibits all around the world. If you can't experience Museum Day in person, or simply wish to extend your exposure to the arts, be sure to slot them into your download queue.
Limbo begins in darkness and near silence and doesn't stray much from either over the course of the side-scrolling adventure. It also doesn't feature any text beyond the menu screen and credits, save for a gargantuan neon hotel sign that punctuates the quest, nor does it mention the controls or detail any of the puzzle mechanics you'll encounter along the way. What could feel aimless is instead thoroughly gripping, as Limbo's brilliant and atmospheric quest makes exploring the unknown feel thrilling, terrifying, and ultimately fulfilling.
Sometimes the simplest of activities can be loads of fun. That's the case with Face Party, a stylish and goofy app that lets you create wild and wooly pictures of monstrous pals to tweak and share. Charm ultimately wins out over substance here, but that shouldn't stop you from tinkering with terrifying tomatoes, fidgeting with mega mustachioed men, or drafting evil cat-pigs to your heart's content.
The clear leader in iOS 3D software, Autodesk delivers the most user-friendly, powerful 3D app anyone has attempted to create for the iPad in its newest offering, 123D Creature. The app was designed primarily as a tool for creating models with bilateral symmetry and limbs, as the program is primarily geared towards making the process of whipping up articulated 3D characters – not easy for anyone except the most seasoned 3D artists. But it's a process you'll pick up by actually doing it, which sets app this apart from many 3D tools.
The idea behind GMX-PhotoPainter is to transform your digital photos into vivid, artistic paintings. The app provides an array of fine-art-inspired brushes, mimicking the effects of oils, pastels, crayons, and pen and ink, and you can layer these brushes over a photo to create a unique work of art. Brushes work in a variety of modes, from automatic to user controlled, and they pick up color from the underlying photo, while you control how much of the original photo you want to see through the paint.