Jason Safir and Justin Shenkarow Win a Communicator Award

October 7th, 2014 | BY JASON SAFIR

Jason Safir Wins 2014 Communicator Award in the ‘Movie and Film Website’ category

We recently won a Communicator Award for our work on the comedy series He Don’t Got Game. We have also received recognition from CSSA Awards, One Page Mania, CSSREEL, The Web Show Show and PageCrush.

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vimeoEmbedder.js: Embed and extend the customization of the Vimeo player using jQuery

August 12th, 2013 | BY JASON SAFIR

vimeoEmbedder is a jQuery plugin that helps artists and designers present their Vimeo videos on websites the way they want them to.

vimeoEmbedder.js is a lightweight jQuery plugin designed to help give artists and designers creative control over how their Vimeo videos are presented on the web. In addition to simplifying the process of embedding and styling the presentation of Vimeo videos, vimeoEmbedder.js has a host of configuration options that can be extended beyond the Vimeo player’s native abilities: (more…)

Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks!

March 30th, 2011 | BY JASON SAFIR
Join Vaughn Murphy in a journey of self-discovery

Join Vaughn Murphy in a journey of self-discovery

A collection of powerful interactive self-help artifacts designed to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny!

Let the unlimited power that lies sleeping within you slumber no more. Vaughn Murphy can inspire YOU to help you make the decisions that you ultimately desire most! Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks® technology is really simple to use which is why they have helped so many people! The moment you interact with one of Vaughn Murphy’s interactive books, you will immediately be joining him in a journey of discovery. You may navigate your journey with Vaughn by selecting a chapter from the menu system that you are particular interested in soaking in.

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Serial Communication Between Max/MSP and Arduino Using the ‘Serial’ Object

July 13th, 2010 | BY JASON SAFIR

I needed a script to send multiple values from Max/MSP to an Arduino to control a few components. After researching for a viable solution for my application, I had discovered that it is really easy to interface Max/MSP with an Arduino microcontroller by simply using the ‘serial‘ object built-in into Max/MSP’s objects library.

Screenshot of Arduino to Max/MSP patch

Screenshot of Arduino to Max/MSP patch

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The Funny Side of Technology

March 25th, 2010 | BY JASON SAFIR
Image courtesy of Bekathwia

Image courtesy of Bekathwia

I think it is safe to say that for most of us, our relationship with technology is a love-hate affair. Tech gadgets that start out as luxuries quickly become must-have necessities. I have become hooked on invention, ingenuity, and innovative products over the past few weeks while doing research for my thesis at ITP. The question I keep asking myself is whether these problem-solving products actually make the world a better place?

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10 Interactive Video Art Projects that Get Physical with Screens

February 8th, 2010 | BY JASON SAFIR

People have always loved watching screens. The video screen has surged where people love this window onto a whole new world of possibility and opportunity. We are increasingly feeling this attraction with screens. Over the past decade we have seen the emergence of more and more screens with serious multimedia capabilities. Today, we use screens for informing, communicating, entertaining, and connecting. The following are ten of my favorite interactive video art projects that I believe make strong emotional connections with people using screens.

1. Potent Objects
Potent Objects playfully examines the way we ascribe emotion to inanimate technologies. The work parallels current research in ‘affective computing,’ in which the capability of sensing and conveying emotion is built into computing devices. (Work by Camille Utterback)

Potent Objects by Camille Utterback

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Mood Board

February 4th, 2010 | BY JASON SAFIR

A collection of images that will help inspire the design of my thesis project at ITP. Gathered from a wide array of sources, some of the artists’ and designers’ works assembled into my thesis mood board include Han Hoogerbrugge, Rafaeal Rozendall, Morgan Guegan, paperad, Redman, Slick Rick, and Craig Robinson.

You can view each individual image from my mood board on Jason Safir’s Flickr page.

Rusty Business Documentation

December 21st, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Presented at the ITP Winter Show 2009 and NIME 2009, Rusty Business is a video sequencer that produces electronically controlled cartoon antics using large inflatable hammers. (more…)

Rusty Business @ NIME 2009

December 14th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

This week I performed my new interactive comedy project “Rusty Business” at the ITP New Interfaces for Musical Expression Concert 2009 in Brooklyn at Southpaw. My project is a video sequencer that produces electronically controlled cartoon antics when large inflatable hammers hit jumbo push button switches. My performance also featured a guest appearance by Elie Zananiri who played the role as my character’s boss.


Click here to view more photos from the show. (Courtesy of LEESEAN)

Pacer Times

October 28th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

The web site I designed for the University of South Carolina Aiken’s online student magazine was recently launched. The site’s overall purpose is to provide a news resource for student’s studying at the University. My focus on their redesign was to create a more youthful and fun look to help students become more interested to engage in on campus social life, take a look.