It's another Friday making it time for another round of Friday Props. I'm back in the drivers seat for this week so we'll be steering clear of the crazy things Phil presented the last couple weeks. Let's dig right in!
In the student district of Desden, Germany there is a building fitted with rain gutters that are so whimsical and creative as to deserve Props. The Kunsthofpassage Funnel Wall actually plays music when it rains. They are not only designed to look like instruments, they are instruments. How cool is that!?
There is a new trend in web design called parallax design. The idea is to provide the illusion of depth to a web page by taking advantage of the parallax effect. According to Wikipedia:
Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines. The term is derived from the Greek ?????????? (parallaxis), meaning "alteration". Nearby objects have a larger parallax than more distant objects when observed from different positions, so parallax can be used to determine distances.
We've been spending a fair amount of time recently studying how to apply the effect to web design (spoiler: we've got one in the works) and in our research, we've run across a number of good examples, but one stands out among the crowd so we're giving out big Props to Hobo Lobo - a web comic with unbelievably great use of parallax design.
Props going out for the kinetic sculpture at Singapore’s Changi Airport. I'm a sucker for kinetic sculptures (building one is on my bucket list) and the one commissioned for the airport consisting of 608 copper-covered "raindrops" on steel wires is simply mesmerizing. Take a watch for yourself. Simply beautiful.