Tag Archives: PBS

Earth Video

The Microscopic World of Corals – [VIDEO]

PBS’s UnderH20 series takes a breathtaking journey through the microscopic world of corals and their fantastic biology.

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new tool called a laser scanning confocal microscope to take photographs of corals that are one part art and one part science. In this episode, they take us along for a ride with this amazing new technology and show us corals in a way we have never seen them before.

(h/t boingboing)

Art Space Video

The Beauty of Space Photography – [VIDEO]

The PBSoffbook series presents a film on the Beauty of Space Photography:

Images of space communicate the grandeur of the universe, and spark essential curiosities about what may be out there waiting for us once we make our way into the stars.


1) “My World” by CMA Music
2) “Et Cetera” by Hike
3) “Back to Life” by Dexter Britiain
4) “Blissful Ignorance” by Dexter Britain
5) “Startrek Theme (RAC Remix)” by RAC

Art Video Visualizations

The Art of Data Visualization – [VIDEO]

Superb film from the PBSoffbook series on the power and value of well designed data visualizations:

From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.

(via pbsarts)

Art Open Source Video

The Art of Creative Coding – [VIDEO]

From PBS:

Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. Their work includes everything from computer generated art to elaborate interactive installations, all with the goal of expanding our sense of what is possible with digital tools.

To simplify the coding process, several platforms and libraries have been assembled to allow coders to cut through the nitty-gritty of programming and focus on the creative aspects of the project. These platforms all share a strong open source philosophy that encourages growth and experimentation, creating a rich community of artists that share their strategies and work with unprecedented openness.

Art Video

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design – [VIDEO]

‘Good Graphic Design makes peoples lives better…Graphic Design is essentially a design for living…It’s about using words and images to convey a message’ – some introductory messages from this PBS short  on the art of Graphic Design.

From PBS:

Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

The film features Debbie Millman, Emily Oberman, Drew Freeman and Steve Attardo.

Art Internet Politics Video

How Will The Animated GIF Affect The Presidential Election? – [VIDEO]

PBS’s Idea Channel on animated GIFs and their potential impact in the US 2012 election:

The animated GIF has had a long and fascinating history, but the GIF took a giant leap forward this year when it became part of the 2012 Presidential Election!!! This election season, GIFs of Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan, populated not only Tumblr and Buzzfeed, but also media heavyweights like The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. It became the perfect vehicle to capture a reaction, a gaffe or hilarious election moment and stream it ad infinitum. Will the Graphics Interchange Format swing the election for Obama or Romney?

Music: Roglok


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Art Video

The Art of Web Design – [VIDEO]

From the PBS Off Book series comes The Art of Web Design.

From PBS:

The explosion of the internet over the past 20 years has led to the development of one of the newest creative mediums: the website. Web designers have adapted through the technological developments of html, CSS, Flash, and JavaScript, and have mastered the balance between creativity and usability. Now with the advance of mobile, the greatest websites have taken user experience and responsive design to the next level, and continue our evolution from print to a digital world.