twomuch is a London based collaborative practice between Benjamin Chan and Malone Chen. We specialise in graphic and interaction design, with a digital first approach. We combine tech and design to create playful and visual experiences, resulting in creative and unexpected outcomes.
Our projects include:
1. Boook.Land, a space for collaborative storytelling, bringing the online world together to write a novel
2. twogether, an experimental generative typeface that changes live to our physical positions.
3. Every(001), a chrome extension that connects people online through their cursors.
4. nextimage.xyz, a new way for people to explore images on a website.
5. An image based portfolio website created for Sterling Chang.
6. Directory based Website for the CSM Graphic Design Degree Show 2018.
7. Agenda 2020, an AR exhibition exploring how technology would affect out daily lives in the future created with Omsetype.
8. Visual identity for People's Studio, a residency programme created by Neighborhood.
9. Posters and animations for the Reebok Rapide launch for Size?.
10. Selection of 3D posters and animations.
Boook.Land is a space for collaborative storytelling, bringing the online world together to write a novel. Participants continue the story using only the last few paragraphs for reference. Participants could also illustrate the book live as it was written. Vol.001 Birthland, ran throughout November 2018, in which time it received over 2,600 text submissions, resulting in a 56,000 word novel. In addition, over 1,300 illustrations where also submitted.
The project has been featured on It's Nice That
, LS:N Global
, Brutalist Websites
Created in collaboration with Harry Boyd
A personal project exploring the creation of a generative typeface. The result was a 'living' typeface which reacted and changed based on elements of our collaboration together. Every 10 minutes, a new font is generated based on the physical distance between us, monitored by an app on our phones. The closer we are together, the the more whole and complete the typeface is. The further we move apart, the greater the typeface gets distorted. This font was then hosted on our previous website, assigned to our '2m' logo. An additional input was a programme running on both of our computers, which was tracking our mouse movements. These were then translated to how the '2' and the 'm' moved around on the webpage.
Every(001) is an ongoing experiment focusing on connecting people together online through their cursors. The primary output is a Google Chrome extension which allows users to experience a more social web browsing environment. By installing the extension, you are able to see and interact with other users who also have the extension, regardless of what webpage you are on. All of this is happening in realtime. Hovering over someone else's cursor sends them a friendly greeting.
We've also developed Every(001) to be used on static sites, showing the mice of everyone who is currently browsing the site. This was implemented in the CSM GCD degree show website which we helped build.
We are planning on launching the Chrome Extension in early 2019.
nextimage.xyz is an ongoing project which reimagines the ways we can browse images on the web. It currently exists as a mobile web app. We developed an algorithm which uses the API's of various image databases online, such as Flickr and Arena, to create an endless stream of images. The user enters their subject of choice to start the sequence. All images after this are selected based on the contents of the previous image, using Google's Vision API. The result is a collection of images which gradually flows from one subject to another.
To progress through the sequence, users have to be physically moving. When you have moved far enough away from the previous image, the next one is displayed. We wanted to create a journey though content which was more then just scrolling on a screen.
A beta version of the project will be launched in early 2019.
6.CSM GCD degree show
We designed and developed the website for the 2018 BA graphic design degree show at Central Saint Martins. The site features an auto scrolling showcase section, which can be filtered using a selection of tags and categories. It also features a collaborative element, displaying all visitors mice movements in realtime.
Featured on Brutalist Websites
Created in collaboration with Nathalie de Vallière
Typeface by Asel Tambay
Agenda 2020 was an augmented reality exhibition by Omsetype
that looked at daily interactions in the future. We explored, designed and developed different interactions and animations in AR for the the exhibition while working at Omse
. The exhibition consisted of a number of posters, wall vinyls and 3D objects, all used as markers for the AR app we helped develop.
Collaborators include Oliver Ellmers
and Serafim Mendes
People's Studio was an artist residency programme organised by Neighborhood
Singapore, the event was part of Singapore Design Week. We created the visual identity for the programme based off the idea of creativity flowing through the district in which the programme was being held.
Posters and animations created for the exclusive launch of the Reebok Rapide shoe at Size?. We creates artworks inspired by the shoe and it's history, transforming the shoe into an abstract 3D sculpture make up of it's elements.
Posters & Animations
A selection of 3D posters and animations we've created over the last couple of years, for various client briefs and competitions as well as personal explorations.