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NY Times Launches Interactive Social Painting Easel

NY Times Launches Interactive Social Painting Easel

You Made That was launched in honor of Photoshop's 25th anniversary and NYT Magazine's Innovation Issue.

Keerthana Jagadeesh

In honor of Photoshop’s 25th anniversary and The NYT Magazine Innovation Issue, NYT put up the DIY abstract-expressionist art app, You Made That, that allows people to create their own Monets and Picassos.


The app was created by Christopher Nieman and Jon Huang in honor of Photoshop’s 25th anniversary. On the NY Times blog, Neiman reminisces about Thomas Knoll’s first version of Photoshop that inspired him to build You Made That’s creative experience that brings people back to the messy art of finger painting and simple shapes and color splashes.


On the app, users can pick up different types of tools like string, block prints, swatches, circular paint buckets and flower petals. The interface is so easy and fun to use because everything is visually vivid and reminds you of the first time you made a brush stroke.


It seems fitting that The NYT Magazine is using You Made That to draw attention to their innovation issue entitled Who Made That? The issue is devoted to innovations, ideas and bizarre inventions that have either helped our social progress or revealed something wonderful (or scarring) about our society’s mentality.

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