January 6, 2016

Soso Welcomes Emily O'Brien

We'd like to welcome Emily O'Brien to Soso. Emily recently joined the Boston studio as a co-op from Northeastern University, where she studies Interaction Design. She'll be working with us on a gamut of fun design projects over the next few months.

Hey I’m Emily O’Brien and I am an Interaction Design student at Northeastern University. I really believe a true education lasts a lifetime, so my interests are constantly bouncing around (this past month I learned how to Curl). I am really interested in using the intersection of the digital and physical world to create valuable and informative human-centered interactions.

When I am not in front of a computer I am practicing hand-lettering, playing Ultimate Frisbee, making pancakes or re-watching 30 Rock for the upteenth time.

Author
eric

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Studio,
Posted by eric in Studio,
December 21, 2015

Calligraphy & Code: Designing the Soso Holiday Poster

Designing the annual Soso holiday card gives us a chance to cut loose and indulge in some creative experimentation. This year, we decided to illustrate one of our favorite Yogi Berra quotes on a poster in celebration of his legendary wit, wisdom, and wordsmithing. We love expressive typography, so we challenged ourselves to bring the hand-crafted flourish of lettering into the algorithmic world of programming. This post walks through the process of coding a set of holiday-themed brushes in Processing and using them to design a poster.

Most of the brushes began with snippets of code from “Getting Started with Processing” by Casey Reas & Ben Fry. The Processing sketches are available to download on Github.  

Candy cane brush.

Author
jackie

Topics
Design,
Art,
Process,
Posted by jackie in Design, Art, Process,
November 19, 2015

Soso Welcomes Aiko Nakano

We are happy to welcome Aiko Nakano to our Boston studio! Her background is in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and she has worked on some very cool projects that combine physical and digital design.

Originally from Osaka, Japan, I grew up spending the latter half of my childhood in Seattle. I like to design and build things. With backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture, I get to do both! I develop for digital and physical interfaces that people can interact and have fun with. Pictured above is my most recent art installation called Bloom, which is a sculpture that buds open into a semi-private pavilion and was featured at Harvard's Arts First Festival. I also develop for the web as well as digital art installations such as digiPop where people can blow differently shaped digital bubbles into the screen based on the way they blow into the microphone, their tone of voice, and movements.

When I'm not programming, tinkering, or in a fabrication shop, I'm touring and documenting architecture, playing soccer with my dog, and thinking of new things to build.

Author
eric

Topics
Studio,
Posted by eric in Studio,
November 2, 2015

Sosolimited + Print All Over Me

We’re very excited to announce our latest project - our own clothing line!  Sosolimited teamed up with Print All Over Me and the Processing Foundation to create PixelWeaver, a web app that transforms your internet searches into custom duds. 

Visualize the essence of your favorite search term on a scarf, T-shirt, leggings, or a tote bag, and wear your search on your sleeve. Create an entire outfit that represents your deepest curiosities. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Processing Foundation.

Author
Alex

Topics
Art,
Design,
Posted by Alex in Art, Design,
October 21, 2015

SosoTasty: A Gastronomical Tour of Twitter

Welcome to SosoTasty, our new platform that serves up an endless, curated stream of food trends on Twitter. Get the up-to-the-minute dish on what's most delicious in the conversation. Looking for something to satsify your sweet tooth? Curious about the word on wood-fired pit BBQ? Hungry for an exotic pumpkin dish?

The system searches Twitter for uses of words like delicious, tasty, and yummy. It analyzes all of these tweets and identifies emerging trends, by building up a dynamic dictionary of words, phrases, and hashtags. It provides three different views onto the conversation: trends, mentions, and themes. Trends are the words and phrases being used the most at any given moment. Mentions are the people being talked about and retweeted the most. Themes are curated categories that capture conversations around specific topics, using custom language dictionaries we created around each theme.

Twitter can be a vast and wiley universe of content. It can be challenging to track down, analyze, and showcase meaningful stories. We were able to strike a nice balance of narrative and technology with SosoTasty. We have a copy of it hanging in our studio and have been pleasantly surprised by the stories that surface each day. The site automatically scrolls through the content, and makes a great animated poster for your wall. 

Author
jc

Topics
Studio,
Design,
Mobile,
Posted by jc in Studio, Design, Mobile,
September 28, 2015

LightPost: Connecting Soso Coast to Coast

Long distance relationships are tough. At Sosolimited, we work hard to keep our bicoastal studios tight.  To augment our daily Google Hangouts and annual karaoke sessions, we created LightPost, a transcontinental LED portal.  

With LightPost, we can control LED walls located in each studio. Draw a picture, use your webcam, or write some Javascript to send a message to Boston or San Diego.  The web interface grabs your pixels and sends them to a server. We built the system to be highly modular and expandable, so that any drawing client can send frames to the server using a simple JSON based interface. 

Author
Alex

Topics
Studio,
Posted by Alex in Studio,