World Wide Web: 10 Best Sites of the Week
Pro, Ash, The Independent (London, England)
Visit this website for impressive, Flash landscapes from the leading German design company, Moccu, which has picked up several awards since its creation. It's easy to see why, as you swim - virtually - among fish and coral in the magical Moccu Reef, play games with a rocket-riding cowboy at Moccu Creek, or check out the Goodies section for greeting cards, wallpaper and more besides. The Lab Moccu section provides an insight into Moccu's creative processes.
Arjan Westerdiep, a Dutch web designer and artist, showcases his Flash experiments, sketches, games and lots more at this intricate playground site. The devils are in the details, as you navigate via a jumpsuited, goggle-wearing helper to a host of perfectly formed creations built in a variety of programs, all of which showcase the artist's wide-ranging skills. The Mousetrap section should make you smile.
In this tie-in website for the recently published book of the same name, Flash Math Creativity showcases the work of 15 designers from around the globe. These cutting-edge web artists specialise in the organic patterns and creations made possible by mathematical tweakings in the Flash format. Highlights include Germany's Gabriel Mulzer, with his Fibbonacci Flowers; Chilean Stem Generators from Lifaros; and the recursive swoops and circles of London's own Paul Prudence.
A downloadable, free magazine in PDF format, this website boasts an old-school 'zine feel, filled as it is with cool cut-ups and jazzy jottings. Against most of the stuff that it is wise to be against, and pro most of the stuff it is useful to be pro, Beast is a hotch-potch of sloganeering and imagineering, and it allows the welcome earnestness of the creator to shine boldly through.
A splash page from the depths of off-world oceans heralds a fantastic voyage into the fizzy world of Carbonated Jazz. The bubbles of weird here include the multi-paced electric-wire spitting of Bpm_Sqlrrrp, and an alien abacus that calculates to a low-tone soundtrack in Details. There are also links to commissioned sites and art pieces, which confirm the great creative energy flowing through the anonymous artist behind this impressive work. …