Istvan Banyai is known for his gestural virtuosity and conceptual acuity—and his character depiction is damn good, too. He has recently done some cool (perhaps old school) animations (here) but his new 3D interactive project caught my eye and hit the market just a few days ago!
“A startup company called Mental Canvas approached me a year ago,” Banyai told me, “a software engineer, Julie Dorsey, from Yale University, to be precise, who had a program, developed for architectural rendering, to move 2D elements, mostly sheets / as walls and create the illusion of space with it for presentation! Using this technology as a vehicle … they found me and asked me to collaborate, since my artwork is flat—only line and shadow, and has a somewhat semiotic content to play with.”
Mental Canvas is currently working on Banyai’s award-winning children’s book Zoom, but his earlier book, The Other Side, is now available with 3D design, visual design, user interaction, and sound design by Mental Canvas. See the trailer here.
PRINT’s Summer 2015 Issue: Out Now!
The New Visual Artists are here! In this issue, meet our 2015 class of 15 brilliant creatives under 30. These carefully selected designers are on the scene making the most cutting-edge work today—and as many of our previous NVAs, they may go on to become tomorrow’s design leaders. Why not get to know them now? Check the full issue out here.