TrendsPrisma: creative need satisfied


The whole world is talking about an app, a viral phenomenon. Not the usual app as many are thinking. Your picture will become works of art…

We are talking about Prisma, free iOS app that in just 10 days has been downloaded 1 million times. Through a sophisticated technology that puts together A.I. and neuronal networking, Prisma analyses the layers of the image to recreate it. Not simple filters, like Instagram, but elements that deconstruct and re-make the picture starting from zero. As Alexey Moiseenkov, the Russian co-founder, said “We do the image fresh,”. “It’s not similar to the Instagram filter where you just layer over … We draw something like a real artist would.”

Like a real artist…and this is why it has a huge success. Because it responds to a real need, especially in an historical moment where technology seems to do everything better than us. Well, with this app we feel like we are doing something. Even if we just have to choose the effect we want, selecting among different art styles, like Kandinskij, Munch, Lichtenstein, Chagall and also Picasso.

But why do we feel more creative with Prisma?

Surely the immediacy is fundamental. Easy to use, just upload the image and choose among the 33 filters. Way a little, sine the app needs to have time to re-elaborate the picture and transform it into a work of art. And then share. During these few days, 650 thousand posts with the hashtag #prisma have been posted.

Sharing. After we chose the effect we can share everything on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. And then?

Immediacy, sharing and… velocity…

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Behind the quickness of this app, there’s a trick. Everything that is created is stored on cloud, not on the user’s device. Nothing is memorized, but simply shared.

The creator revealed that only four people developed the app, and they started last spring, in 2016. Incredible!!!

Simple and plain creativity, with an amazing result. So much that designers and illustrators around the world are trembling. Many are saying that this phenomenon will end very soon, but the creators are already thinking about the next step…videos.

If in this moment there wasn’t the Pokemon Go mania, surely everyone would be talking about this app… and about its ability of satisfying the desire of creating something… We need this. A viral phenomenon that involves and subverts for its simplicity and, for those who don’t truly understand, banality. But as the founder reminds us “People want to create something, and we allow them to experiment,”…

When a products meet and gives value to a specific need o the user there’s a future for it. We don’t know what Prisma might become, as we didn’t with Snapchat or Instagram. We’ll se…

Michela Di Nuzzo

« Se scrivo ciò che sento è perché così facendo abbasso la febbre di sentire». - Fernando Pessoa Giornalista e co-founder, vivo il digital come imprenditrice e appassionata. Percepisco il cambiamento come un'opportunitá mai una minaccia. Occhi spalancati e orecchie aperte, sempre pronta alla condivisione, la chiave di ogni evoluzione.

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