Archived posts: Toys

iPhone camera app goodness


So, for most designers, the iPhone is the mobile of choice. But for most of those designers, the phone's camera is, well, rubbish: just 2 megapixels, and a cruddy lens to boot.

But, help has arrived in the form of a couple of deeply tasty downloadable apps that let you process your shots on the phone. We've secured the services of two 'resting' members of top pop combo Gorillaz (2D and Murdoc) to demonstrate those apps.

First up is 2D and the delicious QuadCamera from Art&Mobile. This application lets you fire off a salvo of shots, just like you might with a Lomo Super Sampler toy camera. Utterly brilliant. You can adjust how fast they shoot; which layout they come in (a rectangle of four, four in a row, a rectangle of eight, or eight in a row); and whether they're colour or greyscale.


We've pushed the colour/contrast on the shots above (using Photoshop), but even without doing that, they look great.

Fantastically, once you've got them on your computer, you can download the free QuadAnimator application to create gif animations of your shots. Eat your heart out Michel Gondry. Can't wait to see the first promo shot like this…


Next up is Nevercenter's CameraBag app, which lets you apply some groovy filters to your shots, re-creating a whole variety of retro styles like Holga, Fisheye, and Lomo. (We're guessing there's some kind of copyright reason for them renaming Holga to Helga and Lomo to Lolo). It's still a bit buggy, but generally does great stuff. Here's a selection of shots of Murdoc using some of our favourites.

First up, the original shot:

Now, the Instant (Polaroid) version:


And the 1962 version:

And the Lolo version:

And finally, the Helga:


Lush eh? Check out the full size shots over at Alistair's iPhone Flickr set.

Thanks to 2D and Murdoc.
Clothing: Models' own
Styling, hair and makeup: Jamie Hewlett

Wilfrid Wood


We’ve got a fairly substantial toy collection here at We Made This, ranging from comic characters to the Tango doll produced a bunch of years ago.

So we were dead excited to come across the website of Wilfrid Wood. A Central Saint Martins graphic design graduate who went on to work on Spitting Image, his work bridges the gap between toys and sculpture:

Well they’re toys in as much as they’re funny and brightly coloured and accessible.

My character Fat Boy was produced by Howies clothing company as a toy called Doh Boy. Another called Coot is coming out soon.

They’re art in as much as they’re fairly ‘adult’ in subject matter, are hand made and I sell them in galleries rather than toy shops.

They are also art because they are straight from the heart.

Check out his Howies character here.