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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mixed Messages: Slow Down




Late Sunday night, three 12 students, not content with the perceived negativity of Hurry Up, sneaked into Wieden+Kennedy to change the message. Bones were shattered, caffeine consumed, new bones created, and 12 hours later, Slow Down was complete. For one day only. Click here to see a larger video.

Brad Neely




Brad Neely is gold. Super-conductor of weird god genius gold. Truly, an unequal proportion of talent has been dosed this man. His Creased Comics are often homo-erotic and morbid. Wizard People, Dear Reader, his dubbed-over rendition of Harry Potter, makes drinking fun again. Washington, Washington may be the only YouTube video worth watching. And his new series of videos on Super Deluxe, including JFK, is worthy of looking up genius in a thesaurus to describe.

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worldmapper






Furthering my adoration of information graphics, worldmapper shows maps of countries distorted according to different statistics. The simple, colorful graphics are an easy way to visualize inequalities in health care, wealth, mortality, education, and tractor dependence.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

A poster of every book you've read


This is pretty cool. Adam, from Tailors Today, gives step by step instructions on how to make a poster of every book that you have ever read. He says the hardest part was trying to remember all of the books--he predicts it only contains 80-90% of the total. Haven't tried it yet, but I think that viewing this chronologically could be really amazing.


Also along the line of books, Paul Watson has posted a poster made from the covers of classic Penguin Books. A full collection of the covers is available in Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005.

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abelardo morell: camera obscura.










This month's Dwell has an article (Outside In) that shows the photography of Abelardo Morell. A former introductory photography teacher, Morell uses camera obscura as a medium. By blocking out all light save a pinhole, he is able to project the outside world on the walls of apartments. He then captures the images using prolonged exposure. My personal favorite is the Santa Maria della Salute in Palazzo bedroom--the one that looks like a capital on its dome.

From: Dwell

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Manhattan Rising



In light of the State of the Union, here are some artist renderings of what Manhattan and Washington D.C. may look like is sea levels continue to rise. Illustrations by John Blackford for Vanity Fair

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Next Industrial Revolution



I've been reading a lot of books and articles lately that try to bring to light how connected everything on this planet is. If we continue to neglect this connection, everything on this planet will suffer. The growing trend, and I believe the most practical present solution, is to make environmental change a viable business.

Our present world is a global economy, too long unconcerned with global ecology. This video changes the paradigm of thinking of production as utilizing our resources, to feeding our planet. If we create products that will feed our businesses in the future, both the economy and ecology will benefit. A good double watch.

From: Next Industrial Revolution

Friday, January 19, 2007

The meaning of life



The meaning of life as of Friday. Le Grand Content a film by Clemens Kogler and Karo Szmit. Voice by Andre Tschinder.
From: Clemens Kogler

Stuart Haygarth: Recycled Light






Lighting designer Stuart Haygarth creates beautiful illuminations created from found, discarded materials. "Tide Chandelier" is composed of items washed up on shore. "Millennium Chandelier" is made up of 1000 exploded Party Poppers collected after new Years 2000 celebrations in London. And "Shady Family" is a linear chandelier created from a selection of found glass lamp shades. The beautiful examples of green design available at the Cibone Gallery.

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Sagmeister on worldchanging


Speak Up has a nice interview with guitar hero Stefan Sagmeister his work on WorldChanging, the first mass-consumer book I have seen that recognizes the designer in the masthead. He describes some of the techniques he used in creating a "big book."
"It's not going to be another one of these Tibor Kalman-esque books with double-page spreads of Japanese ski-domes and African villages with strange seating arrangements. Because, you know, I think this kind of book was very, very fresh when Tibor started them. By now I can't stand it anymore. I mean every one of those books has the Japanese ski-dome and soonish the Dubai ski-dome. We wanted it to be dense."

"We didn't want to spend a lot of money on a photo budget. It was clear that some things needed to be illustrated, but as I said before, I didn't want this to be a photo book."
Another sort of amazing thing about the book: leave it out in the sun with the laser perforated sleeve, and an image will be burned into the newsprint cover. Sweet mustache! Read the whole thing at Speak Up.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

mao beer


As congrats for a show well done, Joel Colley of WK12 sculpted the lovely Mao Beer tap for Jim Riswold's Mao Home and Garden opening. Taylor Twist was responsible for the amazing intricate hand-made shipping crate. Thank you brothers.


Joel also crafted the Bone Tap for 12's Hurry Up show. No word yet on plans to sell these custom beer taps, but i'm sure he could be persuaded.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Contour Crafting: Robo-Construction


Contour Crafting, a technology developed by inventor and USC enginering Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, constructs objects or buildings by stacking layers of concrete. Think 3D printer, but on a much larger scale, with concrete instead of plastc or resin. The result: extremely fast production times, greatly reduced environmental impact, and less-inhibited forms. Job sites will be far safer and human error will be virtually eliminated.

But this isn't a distant pipe-dream. Within the next few months, Khoshnevis is planning to construct a 2000 sq/ft, two story house, complete with heating and electrical systems in 24 hours, without human hands. The implications are limitless.

This video gives a more in-depth look at what is actually happening, as does the shockwave narration on the Contour Crafting website.

From: Wired

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Si Scott Typography




I first noticed this style of typography from one of my favorite design shops, Non-Format, and was infatuated by the organic lines. The typographer is Si Scott, a UK graphic designer, who manipulates the lines by hand to create completely unique forms. The video below shows a bit of his process. For more, this interview goes a little deeper.

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WorldChanging


A few weeks ago, I stole Jelly's copy of WorldChanging and have almost made my way through.

I am thoroughly impressed by the content and the straightforward, easy to understand and implement manner in which the information is presented. The design (Sagmeister) is clean and legible, with plenty of room in the margins for note-taking. And the supplemental WorldChanging website offers new content daily.

The book is meant to be a tool, an encyclopedia of brief introduction into topics like Urban Planning, Energy Conservation, Environmental Design and Political Empowerment. It is a starting point, yet provides much information to delve further into topics of interest. It is open and honest about environmental and social ills, but remains optimistic by offering solutions.

I admit I am relatively new to thinking in terms of environmental conservation. But I have yet to encounter resource so accessible to novices, so attractive in design, and so rich in content.

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The Emperor's New Hydrogen Economy


Confused by the debate over hydrogen-electric versus purely electric vehicles? This book helps to put into perspective the actual infrastructure necessary to move our automotive world away from fossil fuels. The McMahon argues that a move to hydrogen is not only a distant reality--if a reality at all--but it would neglect existing, less complicated methods of auto propulsion: pure electric and hybrid plug-ins. For a more in depth look at the differences, this article from The Gazette in Canada adds insight as well as this one from AutoblogGreen.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ossario: Reverse Graffiti






Alexandre Orion, a clean tagger or reverse graffiti artist, creates his images by removing dirt and soot on surfaces to create images. His images are beautiful and thought provoking, bringing to light death and rebirth in cities.

Law enforcement is fuzzy on the issue. Is it really vandalism if you are actually cleaning the surface? Legality debatable, but often these pieces produce immediate results by being cleaned by the owners of the property (shown below).

This piece, Ossario, comes from Sáo Paulo, Brazil.


If vandalism brings to light and even corrects civic problems, does it elevate itself? For more on the matter, NPR did a story a few years back on original reverse graffiti artist Moose.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Wieden + Kennedy Lunchbox


The LunchBox concert series at Wieden + Kennedy has filled our atrium with great music for the last few months. Above is the poster I did for Cold War Kids, and others include Cut Chemist, Lyrics Born, Art Brüt, The Rapture, Ladytron and Pigeon John. Expect a website soon that documents the performances, and a great list of performers for 2007. For now, YouTube has a nice selection.

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iPhone countdown / cut-out


Make Paris jealous. iPhone countdown also has a pdf template to make your own mock-iPhone.

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feltron vii




With beautiful typography and information graphics, the feltron vii annual report has become my latest design obsession.


While there, be sure to check out the 05 report.
From feltron vii.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cellswapper


The first thing I thought when I saw the new iPhone: Why did I just extend my T-Mobile contract another 2 years?

Enter Cellswapper, a service that lets you exchange plans with other service-stuck cell users.
Smart. Anybody looking to ditch their Cingular contract Junish?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

why the iphone will revolutionize design


Strictly from a design standpoint, the iPhone is revolutionary. I'm not talking about seamless integration of phone, email, pda, video, photos, music, and web browsing. No doubt it will accomplish this. But to my knowledge it is the first item available to the public to provide such tactile graphic interaction. Interaction that will further break down the barrier between concept and execution.


You see those two little white dots? One below the boy's chin, the other in the sky? Well those, at least in part, hint at the future of design on a computer.

A while back, I saw this video from the Ted Talks.



If you haven't seen it yet, it will change the way you think about interacting with computers.

Apple has been hot on the patent trail of this technology, and it is now in execution on the iPhone. Towards the end of this video, Apple Inc's Phil Schiller demonstrates.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Hurry Up


Hurry Up, a piece that out-paced Fail Harder in hours spent is currently on display in the W+K Lobby (224 NW 13th Ave in Portland). An intimate reception was held on January 4th and the show will be on display through the end of the month.






The process began by sculpting pink insulation with hack saws and electric carving knives. After that, we covered them in a thick layer of plaster.


We chiseled, filed, and sanded until the plaster was smooth, then added additional plaster for details. The color was an inaccurate amalgum of coffee, white and ocher paints, tea, gel medium, sand and dirt. One more round of sanding, and they were ready to hang.


Suspended from 25 foot crossbeams, the bones were hung with fishing line fed through eyelets. (Minimal) kerning and leading later, we were done. No one but Bernie and I will know how slow the Hurry Up process actually was. Kind of nice that way.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Credit where due: The Chevy Volt


It's here. Sort of. The Chevy Volt Concept. Debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevy has unveiled their (first) official plug-in hybrid. I'll go ahead and ignore the Robo-Cop design and acknowledge that they are finally beginning to think in the right direction.

With a plug-in range of 40 miles, a driver can go fossil fuel free for most of his daily commutes. As most of us rarely drive more than this in a day, the average person will get near infinite gas mileage from this vehicle.


But why 2010? Isn't all of this technology readily available? On existing, more practical, more attractive models? Chevy has a history of cannibalizing their own good ideas. I won't berate Chevy too much, as this is a step in the right direction, but why not release the Saab Biopower Plug-In now? Practicality has never been their strong suit.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Fingerbangers: 2 of 3

Thanks Mr. Hawkballs!

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