June 24, 2015

A Design Handbook for the Code-Minded

These days, designers are increasingly expected to know how to code. At Soso, we think it is just as important for coders to understand design. There is a special type of creative magic that happens when we combine forces: we come up with ideas we'd never think of solo, we avoid hiccups in implementation, and we just plain appreciate each other more. A shared basic knowledge of each other's specialties helps us collaborate more effectively throughout the entire process of developing a digital work.

We've created the Sosolimited Design Handbook to establish a common language about design for all members of our team. The lessons compiled in the handbook cover the foundational design principles that we always return to—with a particular focus on applying them to screen-based media.

The Design Handbook curates useful design articles, tutorials, videos, and games available on the web into digestible and focused "lessons." The lessons rely on resources that experts have written, designed, programmed, and released to the world. In the open-source spirit, we are making our handbook publicly available as a GitHub wiki. 

Author
jackie

Topics
Design,
Open Source,
Posted by jackie in Design, Open Source,
May 21, 2015

The Soso Mix Vault

It's not a well kept secret, but before we were an art and design studio, we were an international audiovisual boyband. For almost two years, we had a monthly residency at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each month we curated movies and music around a theme, and mashed them all up live, through our custom audio visual software.

At the behest of some friends in San Diego, we decided to publish our archive of mixes on Soundcloud.

soundcloud.com/sosolimited 

Author
eric

Topics
Studio,
Posted by eric in Studio,
February 4, 2015

Grafik Screenshot

Check out our screenshot article for Grafik magazine, waxing on CNN's unusual data visualizations during the 2008 US Presidential Debates. We're long time fans of the magazine at Soso and happy to have a chance to contribute.

Author
eric

Topics
Design,
Exhibitions,
Posted by eric in Design, Exhibitions,
December 10, 2014

A Soso Tour of Cpp

Want to get familiar with modern C++ concepts but don't know where to start? Take a Soso tour of modern C++.

While C++ has always shone as a high-performance language, it also has a reputation for being hard to use effectively. Fortunately, modern C++ (aka C++11 and C++14) has a number of language constructs and library features that make it way more fun (and much simpler) to use.

New library features include smart pointers for automatic memory management and function objects because passing functions is awesome. Language constructs include lambdas for closing a function over your current state.

Author
david

Topics
Open Source,
Posted by david in Open Source,
October 29, 2014

Of Art Auctions & Munnies

Our little Canti-sama

Our good friend & San Diego office manager Marc Hedges sort of dragged us into participating into what revealed itself to be a great cause & cool hands-on experience: making a custom Munny doll for an art auction.

The auction was held by AIGA's San Diego chapter, and was about raising funds to promote youth access to art education.

Anywho, Colin and JC decided to recreate Canti, from FLCL.

Author
jc

Topics
Studio,
Posted by jc in Studio,
October 16, 2014

Art of the Thrill

Heart and lungs pumping through fast turns

Sosolimited recently teamed up with The Atlantic Re:think and Porsche of North America to produce a super-fun data-vis promoting the new Porsche Macan.

In mid-August, 25 participants were summoned to a race course on the outskirts of Chicago. Each driver was outfitted with a Hexoskin to collect biometric data whilst careening around the track in a 400 hp Macan Turbo. Heart and respiration rates were correlated with GPS data by the personal analytics team TRAQs, and we dragged the full heap of numbers back to the studio to massage into something beautiful.

Check out the full story and videos at The Art of the Thrill.

Author
wade

Topics
Art,
Design,
Studio,
Posted by wade in Art, Design, Studio,