Friday, May 08, 2009

Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space

If you enjoy visual stimulation, and want to keep up with current visual trends, but you’re faaaaaaaaaaaaaar too lazy to actually look at lots of different websites to do so, I can recommend a weirdly compelling thing called 27Letters.



It’s basically an app that you download, and then it displays the 27 images that are being most widely talked about, referenced, and reproduced across the internet this month.

It claims to cover everything from “advertising to art, through to politics and celebrity.” And as it’s put together by image behemoths Getty Images, I’m guessing that if an image has made their Top 27, it’s there by rights. There’s also a facebook group.

Each image gets a short and actually not-badly-written piece of text, although why they’ve made navigating the site feel like you’re floating in space, I don't know. Have a play yourself, and let me know how it was for you.

11 comments:

Beirut said...

I think I prefer www.cooliris.com

mikej said...

www.cooliris.com is also a cool visualisation application that includes video as well

Anonymous said...

i think it reminds me of the Ford Fiesta ad

NewB said...

They seem to like their applications demoing images. A while back they commissioned artists to create visually interesting ways to explore images. It was called Interact10Ways. Unfortunately they have now removed it from the web so the best I can give is of 1 of the methods of exploring the images according to shades and colours in each image. We collaborated with the artist who created one of the 10 ways for BA. It was to allow the viewer to discover what made flying with BA a more worthwhile experience. Budget restrictions meant it couldn't be as sweet as we liked but it's arguably nicer than a traditional microsite we think. http://www.upgradetobritishairways.ba.com/

Anonymous said...

So basically, this is the cyber equivalent of flicking through old copies of D&AD looking for things to rip off.

NewB said...

No, the digital way to look for things to rip off would be http://ffffound.com/

The number of ads that seem to have been inspired by images from this site just seems to keep climbing

Anonymous said...

Why do you need an app or widget to view these images? Its slow and bloated, just another desktop app I'll never use.

Just grab the RSS feed:

http://apacimagery.gettyimages.com/27letters/application/rss.php

Lauren said...

It's nice. Would be good if you could set it as a computer back ground or screen saver. Then you don't have to physically sit and look through all the images. They would just be there for you to look at without thinking about it.

Also the background noise on the website is irritating.

overall i like it though. Good idea.

Anonymous said...

I like it. Better than cooliris, I think, because they're selecting the 27 most current images for you.

golublog said...

It does seem to be fffound in widget form.

Anonymous said...

Be good as an iPhone app..