For my Live Web mid-term project I will be working with HTML5 canvas and WebSockets to create an collaborative drawing app using the magic of glitter cursors.
While working in MS-paint style canvases, I was reminded of another time in my youth, a time when everyone had really great cursors. Real talk. When sharing this idea with friends, it seems like a pervasive nostalgia. Glitter cursors are a universal language. And, in case you were wondering, the cursor business is alive and well in the part of the internet that still makes Myspace themes.
Here is a picture of a cursor being created. When you think what people can do in a 31 x 23 pixel canvas, it's pretty majestic.
I would also really like to reference pixel art and old computer icons.
I didn't have my own computer growing up, so I didn't get to customize all my icons, but I was quite envious of my friends who did. There was really so much potential, and time to waste waiting for AOL to screech its way open.
I was also inspired by ducksarethebest.com, which lets you draw with ducks. I am aiming for something less flashy and more collaborative.