Oakland artist Franky Aguilar developed several mobile art apps such as CatWang, Snoopify, Ima Unicorn and Gif Yogurt. Come along with KQED Art School as we talk with Aguilar about how he started his company, 99centbrains, and his widely used apps.
I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.
Looking for ways to spark your creativity this summer? Check five of the greatest Art School hits, which include artists such as cartoonist Thein Pham and multimedia artist Meryl Patakay, and discover new ways to expand your creativity.
Tumblr is a hugely popular, highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images. Tumblr is a great tool because it’s free, easy to use and a lot of fun. Many Tumblr sites are dedicated to gathering and sharing images on a particular theme. Lots of individual users use them for social networking, and it is also common for groups and businesses to use them as part of their online identity and for social marketing outreach.
Google has a whole host of online document creation tools that are browser based and free to use. You may already be familiar with Google docs for word processing, and if so, you probably know that it can be a powerful tool for collaboration and cloud-based document creation.
Dirpy Studio is a free web-based tool that allows you to save online streaming videos as offline files. Before diving into the use of this tool, it’s important to consider some of the ethical and legal issues surrounding this tools and others like it. It is not the intention of this post to encourage or condone any illegal or unethical activities.
Popcorn Maker is a free online tool for creating enhanced web-based video experiences. It is part of the ‘Webmaker’ set of tools from Mozilla that are designed to help everyone be able to make dynamic work on the web. Popcorn Maker allows you to do simple edits, remixes and mashups of online videos, and to enhance them with images, text, popups, links and info from Wikipedia and Google Maps. You can even incorporate 3D models, all in a layout that you determine and in sync with the video you choose.
Popplet is an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. We will be focusing on the web tool as it presents the most functional free version of the experience.
The creators of Zeega, an interactive digital storytelling platform on the web, recently launched their new mobile app, Pop! As explained on their website, Pop is about putting two things together. Capture a photo or video and combine it with anything on the web—an animated GIF, a movie clip—whatever comes to mind. To experience a Pop, press and hold down to reveal what’s underneath. Many Pops are funny—the app is perfect for the art of setup and punchline. But Pop can also be used to tell impactful stories.