“It was a whirlwind of fresh new ideas and concepts two weeks ago as the Hospitality Design Expo (Las Vegas), the American Institute of Architects Convention (Washington D.C.), WantedDesign and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (both in New York City) went off without a hitch…”—The May 2012 Tradeshow Circuit Wrap-Up - from Interiors & Sources - read the full article including some of their “top picks” here
In the first post of this series we reviewed the 2 main types of photo editing applications and discussed a couple of great options to enhance your images. Click here to see our previous post.
In this post, we will talk about some tools available to STYLIZE your photos.
The applications covered in this series were chosen because they are FREE TO USE, are AVAILABLE ON MULTIPLE DEVICE TYPES (i.e. both iOS and Android and sometimes the Web), and generally are known for their EASE OF USE .
Characteristics of “Stylizing” Applications:
Provide opportunities to apply special effects, filters, frames, text, graphics, etc., to your photos
These apps provide tools to make your photos unique and give them a sense of personality or style.
The example “stylizing” apps covered in this post include Instagram and Pixlr-o-matic
→ Why would you want to stylize your images?
Example reasons people choose to “stylize” their images include:
creating a statement or vibe
to tell a “story”
to bring about a sense of nostalgia or an era
to camouflage imperfections in an imaginative way
and even purely to make their images unique and more artistic
To demonstrate how using one of these applications can stylize your photos, we have chosen a sample furniture image pulled from Craigslist “as-is.” We will use this image below to give an idea of what using example effects from both Instagram and Pixlr-o-matic might look like.
Some of the key features of Instagram include a set of 17 pre-set filter effects (each with a lighter or darker setting) and the quick ability to share to multiple social media outlets including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
You can take images directly with the app to allow for proper sizing and immediate access to the filters or you can select to edit a photo existing in your gallery. Another feature of the app is the characteristic “square” photo shape (like the old Polaroids). This allows for a a more consistent look, however, one drawback is if you are using a photo not taken through the app, it will be cropped into a square shape, possibly cutting off elements in a wider image.
As this application is currently only available via mobile device, it supports more “spontaneous snapshots” and maintains a more consistent look through the limited number of effects and photo shape.
Instagram Android App Screenshot from Google Play
Instagram iOS app screenshot - showing a sharing screen
Furniture Example Image:
Example Image with Instagram with “Nashville” filter applied
Another fantastic application to stylize your images by applying “vintage retro effects” isPixlr-o-matic. Developed by Autodesk, Pixlr-o-matic is available on the Web, onFacebook, as an Chrome web app and for your iOS or Android mobile device.
Pixlr-o-matic has quite a few effects and a number of ways you can combine them. They are separated into 3 categories – film effects, lighting effects, and frames. Numerous film effects are available such as “Vintage”, “Unicolor”, and “Creative.” There are many lighting effects such as”Vignettes”, “Flames”, “Leaks” and even “Tie-Dye.” The Frame options are also plentiful with “Film”, “Grunge”, and “Torn Paper”, to name a few.
Similar to Instagram, you can shoot photos on your mobile device directly in the application, or you can choose images from your gallery to modify. With the flexibility to use on a number of devices, and the number of effect combinations, the possible combinations to create your own “style” appear limitless.
The survey by HOUZZ found that while 45 percent of households at upper income levels ($150,000 per year or more) are choosing to hire an architect, an interior designer, a general contractor or another remodeling or decorating professional to complete a project in its entirety, an equal number of them are combining professional help and DIY efforts…
PHILIPPE STARCK’S WACKY AND COOL DESIGN FOR MAMA SHELTER MARSEILLES
Mama Shelter Marseilles follows Mama Shelter Paris as the second hotel in the Mama Shelter brand designed by Philippe Starck. Starck, the Trigano family (who were cofounders of Club Med), and French philosopher Cyril Aouizerate worked together to launch the Mama Shelter brand, and the hotel’s decor reflects the diversity of this collaboration.
Furnishly, the local furniture exchange, is the first ever consumer marketplace dedicated exclusively to the sale of second-hand furniture. They incorporate geographic search, item segmentation, and social functionality and are geographically focused on presently on Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Check ‘em out!
Also check out Furnishlyst which curates Craigslist postings for cities such as Austin to Dallas to Chicago to Washington DC and lots of cities in between!
Opened last week, 1871, a co-working space for digital entrepreneurs, is located on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart. “This place is going to provide a lot of possibilities for people to interact, for sparks to occur, for juxtapositions of people and ideas that wouldn’t have otherwise met…”
“We no longer live in a world where young people are looking for job security and a pension…but rather [they are] governing their careers and guiding their future by the lessons learned from some of Silicon Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovators…”—From “Think of yourself as a start-up company” - http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/technology/story.html?id=6377978
The Innovation By Design Awards offers entrants an unmatched opportunity to reach entrepreneurs and executives looking to find fresh talent.
There are 9 categories, including one for students, plus a “Best in Show.” Entries will be judged on their “business impact, beauty, originality, functionality, social impact, and depth of user insight.”
Finalists and winners will appear in print and on the web at Fast Company’s Co.Design.
“You are not doing design, you are selling design, which is a valuable service. If you don’t want to charge for your services, you can pick up Design Is a Hobby on aisle three of Michael’s between the balsa wood and yarn.”—