If Instagram is for squares, Rando is for … ehm … circles?

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There’s hardly anything you can eat without throwing a picture of it on Instagram, hardly anywhere you can go without checking in there on Foursquare and hardly any thought you can think without tweeting it. But even before smartphones, social media or internet, human beings have always found a way to share their behaviour with friends.

“Antisocial is the new social”

Rando, a new photo sharing app is going against the stream by delivering a totally different experience. When you take a picture with Rando, it is sent off to a random user, who receives no extra information about the picture, except for a rough geo-location which is accessible via a simple tap on the image. After the image has been received by the random user, you get a notification with the rough location of the person who received it. And here’s the cool thing, a minute or two later you’ll receive a totally random Rando as well, which could be seen as a reward.

So that’s it. No likes, no comments, no response, no usernames, no nothing. The app is like nothing you’ll ever have used before. And to add some visual purity, the designers have made the app very intuitive and simple. You can’t use flash when taking pictures with Rando, there’s also no filters or other novelties either. The only visual difference is that the app takes circular pictures, which in all gives the images a very stylized and pure look.

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Okay, but why?

It’s not easy to explain why Rando delivers such an addictive experience. One possible explanation could be that receiving a slice of life from a random place in the world is quite exciting. But there’s also no barrier not to send a Rando into the world, there’s nobody to judge you, so in a way there’s total artistic or creative freedom.

The app is now available on both Android and iOS.

via randoapp.com

** formerly posted in Apps & Software Forum on The Verge **

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The city that never sleeps?

Tokyo may seem like a city that never sleeps, but those with a watchful eye can always spot some inhabitants that don’t abide by that rule. Photographer Adrian Storey tried to capture these inhabitants in a serie of photographs titled ‘Let the poets cry themselves to sleep‘. The series is meant to be a commentary on contemporary Japanese society and shows a few very strong images which really dazzle the mind. Enjoy!

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via Uchujin Photos

Life flashing by

A person’s life can often be shown in pictures covering their most important moments in life, but it off course leaves us with gaps between events.

The following stop-motion video, created by Olympus for the 50th anniversary of their PEN camera model, shows a complete story in pictures. But they took a more original approach here, by printing and developing almost 12 000 pictures and laying them out over each other all across the house, whilst using the surroundings as a set. The video was created by digital advertising agency DSG with the stop motion animation Flo and Pete at BigFish Produktion, Berlin. The song was written and performed by Johannes Stankowski and is called Down Below.

The inspiration for the video came from Mr Takeuchi’s “A Wolf loves Pork” which shows a similar use of developed pictures to create a stop-motion video.Both videos are amazing, but in my humble opinion, the atmosphere and the feeling in the video created by Olympus is breathtaking and amazes on so many levels. Creative and compassionate marketing. Check it out and enjoy!