While perusing KCET’s always fabulous and always informative Food section, we read a story about a little buying app that seeks to help you sidestep the shit of corporate greed through technology. It’s called Buycott and the idea is to give you–the consumer–the power to make informed purchases that aren’t somehow supporting a cause you are against. It gives us the chance to stick our money where shitty people can’t find it and, hopefully, cause some change in the world. It all started from Angeleno Ivan Pardo, too.
Art Center is always on top of their shit. From their students to their staff to everything else involved, they are certainly an institution in town that we’re always watching because they are so contemporary. Moreover, out of all the schools in town, Art Center and their students do the best job at getting their work out into the world and using the Internet to share what they are doing. We heard mentioning about this from Ophelia Chong but, apparently, Art Center has worked its way around and through Behance and has made their own little online destination for finding what students are up to. It’s the Art Center Network and it is a great resource for finding new artistic talents (and, you know, it’s full of great eye candy too).
LA based band OK Go have a new app out that sounds cool: it’s a game that gets you to say the same thing. It’s really fun and, for you improv people, it’s the same concept as warm-up Mindmeld. We’ll be downloading this!
How do you articulate taste? Taste in terms of what you like is easy to express–but taste in terms of flavors of a food? This is very complicated. It’s something we struggle with in terms of food reviews as we want to make sure we efficiently convey the exact flavor of something. Is there a better way to express this? Local designer EunJin Park must have had a similar conundrum and may have found a solution: use color and shapes to show what you taste! She’s created an app concept called Spotaste that gives you the tools to visualize what you taste.
So many times when researching people’s work to share and local talents that we want to suport on LAIY, we often find their work hosted to strange or notoriously bad websites that are in no way helping them get their work into the world. In fact, it’s making all people who encounter their work super, super frustrated since their websites can be so damn bad. Unless it’s on Cargo Collective or Tumblr, things can get a little tricky. Former LAIY cover boy Amir H. Fallah had a similar feeling, which we chatted about that with him briefly when we interviewed him a few months ago. What was his solution? Team up with some people to make a website building app to help creatives have websites that are super attractive and super modern. The result is Made With Color.