Scott McCloud (smccloud) wrote,
Scott McCloud
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[Cross-posted with the new site blog until I have a proper rss feed bloggy thing]

Making Faces

The Grimace Project is a freakishly cool facial expression generator that came out a few weeks ago in which you can mix and match any two of the six "emotional primaries" that I charted in Chapter 2 of Making Comics.

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The project comes out of the Vienna University of Technology under the guidance of Peter Purgathofer. The team kindly acknowledges me, but credit is equally due to my own inspirations for the charts, artist Gary Faigin and researcher Paul Eckman -- not to mention Mr. Darwin.

Facial expressions should be taught in every grade school. Just because kids can "write" and "read" them through instinct is no reason not to help them understand this powerful communicative tool we all carry around on the front of our heads. Widgets like the Grimace Project could be a great starting point.
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  • 25 comments
Wow, this is really neat!
Awesome! I gave it some press.
Thanks!

abersager

11 years ago

BRILLIANT!

... And creepy ...

I think this is what they talk about when they say that robots have to be just like humans or not like humans at all, or the subtle differences in their facial clues will weird people out - some of the faces this thing can make are almost TOO good.
Ah, yes. The Uncanny Valley strikes again. ^^

tgeller

11 years ago

smccloud

11 years ago

tgeller

11 years ago

abersager

11 years ago

tgeller

11 years ago

abersager

11 years ago

smccloud

11 years ago

This is fantasic(ly creepy)!
Nice. Looks like a really useful tool.

I was thinking much the same thing - about teaching people how to read expressions - when watching Lie To Me the other day. But that sort of knowledge is both fascinating and practical, so I don't know if it would really be suited to a classroom environment. Figure out a way to make it boring, then they'll be all over it. :)

hey..

Anonymous

February 26 2009, 05:59:22 UTC 11 years ago

Hi scott, i've just found this site: http://nawlz.com/ I wonder if you have seen it, if you haven't, you should check it out. its one of the coolest web comics i've seen.
Nawlz is way cool. I mention it here toward the bottom of the page, and I'm sure I'll link to it soon.

A lot's been happening recently, but I have to pace myself or I'll have a 6,000 word post right out of the gate. ;-)
Ha!!! How fun!!
What a brilliant resource, thanks!
wow- very cool!
Hey thanks for all the nice comments from me as well.
This is great. I twittered it earlier and a lot of my non-comicking friends loved it too! :D
I might mention here that children with Asperger's Syndrom can use this to study facial expressions.

I know of someone using it (Scott's book) in that way since they have difficulty deciphering expressions. Having shown this (Grimace Project version) to them I was told "that is the most useful thing I have seen in my whole life!! Epic!!"
Wow that is so great! I always dreamed of someone making use of Grimace in such a beneficial way. I'd love to hear more about it.
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