Fun with 1000 Rolling Stone covers, AndreaMosaic and the Deep Zoom Composer
Having finished helping Rolling Stone magazine put their archive online (our company, AIS, together with Bondi Digital, did the Silverlight-based archive portion (more on the project later, potentially), another company did the main site), I decided to get artsy by generating a mosaic of the latest issue cover, by using thumbnails of some 1000 previous covers.
AndreaMosaic worked beautifully in creating the mosaic, and even pre-generating the starting point for a Deep Zoom image. I opened that in Deep Zoom Composer, and generated both a Silverlight and an Seadragon Ajax version of the composite. I then uploaded the whole shebang to my public s3 bucket.
It all took a bit of fiddling to get right, but if I had to do it again I could probably do the whole thing in 5-10 minutes… It’s that easy. (Seriously, this blog post is taking longer…)
Of course, now that I’m putting in all the links in this post, I realize I could have simply hosted this at seadragon.com… Oops.
UPDATE:Since MS is so kind to do the processing for me, I figured I might as well create a bigger version of this. The following is around 180MP, made up of 3000 tiles, each 300px tall... Click the full screen button in the embedded viewer for the best effect.
Update, May 12th: ...and here's the latest 2-page cover:
Pretty neat, Oskar :)
Congrats on getting the rolling stone archives project out.
By Pete, at Friday, April 30, 2010 10:23:00 PM
Thanks Pete. It was quite the ride, and you'll see more of this from us and Bondi later this year....
By Oskar Austegard, at Monday, May 03, 2010 8:25:00 AM
...and version 2 of the archive is now live: Now also on the iPad. Check out http://www.rollingstone.com/allaccess on your desktop, laptop, or iPad!
For more on the project, see http://mo.notono.us/2011/08/archiverollingstonecom-another-feather.html
By Oskar Austegard, at Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:06:00 PM
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