Monday, November 25, 2013

From Gifpop; Bloomingberg Business Week Quote


Source: imgur.comIt’s almost impossible to use the Internet today without coming across the grainy, looping images known as animated GIFs. Made popular by such websites as Tumblr (YHOO) and Imgur, GIFs have become a widespread alternative to photos or videos for capturing a particular moment that you want to see over and over, such as frantic Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flattening an unlucky woman. The oddball medium has also spurred a beautiful new community of GIF artists.
A new project by former Stamen designers Sha Hwang and Rachel Binx aims to take GIFs out of the native digital habitat and into the real world. Gifpop!, a custom greeting-card tool, smashed its Kickstarter funding goal in a single day, and last week the designers announced that they will soon be ready to print animated GIFs. “We are really interested in making bits of the Internet physical,” says Hwang. The Gifpop founders shouldn’t have been surprised by how fast the concept caught on—it’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t want this pug pushing a stroller hanging from their fridge.
The duo collaborated on a previous project called Meshu that prints 3D location information as jewelry; users input ZIP codes or addresses to create a series of lines forming a polygon, choose the material, and order away for it to be 3D printed elsewhere. In a similar vein, Gifpop will allow users to upload their own GIFs (or a Vine (TWTR) or Instagram (FB) video) through a web interface and choose 10 frames to be printed through an old technology known as lenticular printing. Finding a manufacturer that could print 10 frames (or more) was the most technologically challenging part.
Like those glorious holograms that mesmerized you as a kid (or still do, if you’re us), Gifpop cards use a similar technique involving more than two images to give the impression of motion. At the printer, the 10 frames from the uploaded GIF are sliced up, much as a paper shredder might do, and interlaced together. The printer lines up the lenticular sheet with the interlaced images, which creates the illusion of depth and motion when the image is viewed at different angles. “The facets and ridges of [the] sheet allow you to view each slice individually,” explains Hwang.
Gifpop prints at 60 LPI—lenses per inch—which means that there are 60 different facets to view through. The process looks something like this:

Gifpop isn’t some breakthrough technology—it’s just combining the best low-tech part of the web with another low-tech printing process—but the end result is quite incredible. “It’s a relatively old and relatively straightforward technology,” says Binx. “But the magic for us is that we get to see these GIFs out in the real world.”
Once the Gifpop website is completed, users will be able to order one-off cards ranging in price from $10 to $18 or subscribe for a six-month collection for around $12 per month. As for pieces made by GIF artists, Gifpop will be implementing a similar model to the online art site 20×200 that splits revenue with its artists. In the future, the founders plan to make bulk orders available for wedding invitations or business cards. What could be better than holiday cards featuring awkward family photos in animated form?
McCann is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @atmccann.
Rashid is a Bloomberg Businessweek contributor.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dawn Thrailkill, Conductor - Chamber Orchestra


Dawn ThrailkillDawn Thrailkill, a Norman High School graduate, was a student of Dr. John Clinton, and studied cello with Marjory Cornelius at the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree. At the University of Oklahoma she was awarded the Colbert Hackler Music Education Award for the most outstanding music education major, and the Lolagene Chaudion Award for most versatile graduating senior.
She has taught in the Putnam City School District for 25 years, nineteen years as orchestra director at Western Oaks Middle School, and currently as orchestra director at Putnam City High School, Rollingwood Elementary, and Coronado Heights Elementary.
Miss Thrailkill has been on the artistic faculty of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra program since 1996. She first served as conductor of the Festival Strings (1996-1999) and since 1999 she has been the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra.
Professionally, Miss Thrailkill has served as All-State Orchestra Chairman, Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association Orchestra Vice-President, Treasurer of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association, Central Oklahoma Honor Orchestra Chair and North Central Oklahoma Honor Orchestra 8th/9th grade Chair. She has been a clinician and judge in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Montana.
Honors and recognitions include Western Oaks Middle School Teacher of the Year (2000), Oklahoma Music Teacher of the Year from the National Federation of High Schools (2008), and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teachers Association selected her their 2009 Teacher of the Year.