Beautifully designed functional business cards designed by Katharina Hölzl for jazz duo Ritornell. The laser-milled cards play back music when ran through a specially designed music box. Very clever take on the idea of a calling card.
Those of you familiar with midi controller surfaces will know that, by in large, the product design associated with them leaves much to be desired. They are usually garish, overstated affairs seemingly designed to catch the eye of 18 year old ravers passing through Guitar Center. So I was pretty surprised when I saw the new line of Cubase control surfaces from Steinberg. The CMC line of modular controllers allow you to build a control surface using only the modules you deem necessary to your workflow. They even offer a frame to hold up to four modules of your choosing.
Of course, upon seeing these I was immediately reminded of the question I have been asking myself for years: why don’t we as Photoshop users have a system like this? There is something that comes close; the Avid Artist Color, but it isn’t compatible with Photoshop. Can you imagine having a modular system like the CMC that you could customize to run actions, edit color on the fly, manipulate images? Perhaps I’m being a little presumptuous, but I would think a lot of Photoshop users (and creatives in general) could benefit from an open standard for controlling software like Photoshop, Lightroom, and After Effects. The funny thing is that the standard exists already in MIDI, Adobe just needs to implement it and allow us to map controls to functions within their software. I guess after working with music software for so long and having hardware control surfaces as a given, it’s hard to understand why they’ve never made the leap to the world of visual production.
Would you use a hardware controller to work with Photoshop?
Also, here’s a pretty annoying video detailing the CMC system:
Just got home from tour and was pleasantly surprised to see all these nice gig posters from DKNG Studios on GrainEdit. DKNG are apparently the in-house firm for the Troubadour, pretty good gig. Seeing stuff like this (almost) makes me wish I was practicing freelance still. Would be nice to get a spec once in a while for something outside my comfort zone. Bonus: the images are huge! Nice of them to post the high-res versions. You can get the original Gif format ones over at DKNG’s site.
We’re wrapping up the Little Dragon / Tycho tour tomorrow night in Tampa (Tuesday, Oct. 25th). It’s been an incredible tour, we started out up in Toronto and made our way down through the south. It was our first time playing a lot of these cities and we were amazed by the warm reception we got from everyone. We’ll definitely be back very soon with the full show (visuals etc.)
We’re driving from Orlando to Tampa right now, can’t wait to get back out there for the first time with the live band. We have the day off so going to try and get some sun and swimming in today.
You can purchase tickets for the Tampa show here or you can enter to win some here.
See you out there!
Photo from Music Hall of Williamsburg show by Every.Seven
If you didn’t already know, we’re on the road for the Tycho / Little Dragon tour this month. Jakub is along for the ride as tour manager so posts are going to be a little slow for the next week or so. I’ll do my best to post a couple updates when I get the chance. You can follow along on Instagram (@ISO50) or Twitter (@ISO50) for more frequent updates.
Side note: this is my first time posting to the blog from a phone. Tried using the official WordPress app this morning only to have two complete drafts deleted for no apparent reason. Got the Blogpress app now so we’ll see if this one makes it.
Driving from Boston to Philadelphia now for tonight’s show with Little Dragon and Questlove at Union Transfer. should be a good night, hope to see some of you out. Jakub and I will be lurking around the merch booth (where you can score the Tycho Dive CD early along with the new Tycho shirts) so come by and say hello.