Studio Bites: No. 2
More than meets the eye

Each week we hold a ‘creative breakfast’ here at Studio Output, where everyone shares something interesting they’ve seen around a loose theme.

This week our theme was ‘More than meets the eye’, turning up some intriguing finds that reveal hidden depths in their layers of message, medium, form and function.


ARTificial Intelligence

Robots are rumoured to be in the process of replacing all manner of human jobs, but what about artists? Surely the layers of thought and talent that go into (some) pieces of art are totally beyond the reaches of Johnny Number 5? For now it seems like they’re content to simply collaborate and copy, but Picasso 2.0 might not be all that far away



A smile in the mind

Technology in brand storytelling works best when it plays second fiddle to a powerful insight and great idea. In this example, Listerine created a moving story about a simple piece of tech, giving the gift of a smile to people who can’t see it for themselves.



Say it with pictures

Burmese typography has a curved, graphic aesthetic that stems from a practical consideration – straight lines would have ripped the leaves they were originally written on. Whether you can translate them or not, the characters have a simple beauty and appeal, and seem to be influencing contemporary type design.

In stark contrast is the type created for David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. The ‘letters’ which spell out Bowie’s name aren’t obvious at the first glance, but carry more meaning once seen – partly because they’re hidden in plain sight. Designers Barnbrook have now made the elements free to download, for non-commercial use.



All roads lead to… Mickey

Here’s a fascinating chart showing the various elements which comprised Disney’s business back in 1957, and all of the ways they were connected to each other. It’s a wonderful example of a complex ecosystem conveyed using layman’s language, which makes for an appealing read (use of cartoon characters clearly helps).

The updated chart from 1967 retains the same light-hearted feel despite an even larger number of moving parts. Presumably today’s version bears a striking resemblance to the Bayeux Tapestry!



History repeating

Films about time travel often leave audiences noodling on the complexities of messing with the fabric of space and time. What’s presented as a fairly straightforward ‘leap’ tends to unravel into all manner of complications.

Fortunately there are some great examples where graphics cut through the clutter. Particularly helpful are the Interstellar timeline and this straw diagram explaining the time paradoxes of the Terminator franchise. It seems doubtful we’ll ever hear, “I won’t be back”.



Möbius trip
Take a 360-degree camera, zoom-in on one side and zoom-out on the other, and you can make it appear as though you’re travelling through time. Who knew? A rather inventive mathematical artist by the name of Henry Segerman. Check out his ‘Spherical Droste’ video and have your mind a little bit blown.



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