Two separate art fairs debuted in Houston in the fall of 2011. Houston Fine Art Fair happened in September, whileTexas Contemporary – the result of a disgruntled spinoff from the former – touched down in October, both at the same venue. Glasstire has a thorough article on the origin of these two fairs and the subsequent drama.
I wanted to have a bit of fun with these two entities and created a webpage that portrays the two fairs in a competitive manner. Each fair is represented by a floating construction of its site’s favicon logo atop a background of the Houston skyline. (Information on favicons and my sculptural rendering of them is provided below.) Clicking on each of these will allow you to “favify” the page, creating a swarm of smaller red and yellow icons, as show here:
About Favicons and Favify
Favicons are the 16×16 pixel icons that appear in the address bar or tabs of most browsers. Using Google’s Sketchup, I developed a process to extrude each pixel into a height, based on a its luminosity. In the examples below, for example, the black pixels are pulled to the tallest height, while the brighter pixels remain at a shallower depth.
Favify is a made-up term for allowing users to deploy multiple favicon renderings directly into their browser, as with this project. Use the red link in the sidebar to visit the project, then start clicking on either large favicon.