Understand Code in 38,000 Words

For the uninitiated, the world of coding and computer science might seem akin to the Matrix, where combinations of letters and symbols somehow make inanimate objects spring to life. But with computers powering so many of our daily interactions, isn’t it time we at least try to understand this dark magic? Thanks to a lengthy essay by programmer Paul Ford titled “What is Code?” you …

Kaho Abe of the NYU Game Innovation Lab

Exploring the intersection of wearables, fashion and bringing gaming into physical environments

In anticipation of NYU’s Brooklyn Polytechnic artist-in-residence Kaho Abe‘s presentation at Kill Screen‘s upcoming Two5six conference, we visited the one-time fashion designer, then wearable technology pioneer, now game developer on campus. The university’s buildings and atmosphere maintain a certain practical, quiet confidence. A geometric quadrangle lined with cherry blossoms acts as a center to blocks of research facilities, classrooms and lecture halls. However, one step …

Cool Hunting Video: Empire State Light Show

World famous lighting designer Marc Brickman on his incredible installation at NYC's iconic building

On the 86th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building, we had the chance to talk with the man behind the structure’s elaborate light shows—world-renowned lighting designer, Marc Brickman. His most recent installation unveiled an extra 200 feet of LED lights, reaching the tip of the building’s massive antenna. Displaying up to 16 million colors, Brickman’s spectacular computer-programmed lighting design gives new energy to …