A lot of amazing people come and go as trial students. Hugh Frost was one of the very kind, here a few short months ago. I don't think he's coming back to Fabrica, and by the looks of it, he doesn't need any help from us suckers.
Check out this cool video he did for the Maccabees.
An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday. Link
This guy created a fake ad for Gucci using a photo of himself, and asked the Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung to run it, which it did. He also told the paper to send the $50,000 bill to Gucci, which it did. Now the paper is trying to find the guy, which it can't. Link
via boingboingFebruary 27, 2007
The winner of the 10th edition of the Japan Media Arts Festival are announced. My highlight is the Japanese fusion with Escher, but also the unique Swiss akzent on the video for MediaFlies. See all the winners: plaza.bunka.go.jp/english/festival/sakuhin/
What have you been doing before Fabrica?
I was studing in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Then I worked at two different design studios in New York.
What do you expect from your time here?
I want to seriously fill my portfolio and meet many inspiring people. I want to travel down to central Italy to see my family as often as possible. And meet an nice Italian girl, I have to perfect my Italian.
You do speak Italian?
A little bit. My parents migrated from Italy to the States and both still speak Italian to me and my sister, but I always answer back in English.
What was your first impression of Fabrica?
Exactly as expected. I just wish I would have been traveling less before, I was all smelly when I arrived.
I hope I'll not get home sick, like on trial. I thought it effected my trial performance. But as you see... I'm back.
First, I was not thinking to come back, but now I am glad to be here.
Visit his portfolio: www.mciancio.com
February 26, 2007
So this weekend I along with Reed and Matt got to meet Cosimo's family. During the meal Reed offers me some bread and I look down to see this pointing directly at me! I burst out laughing but had to try conceal it. Of course I had to steal it, it couldn't be a more perfect p-spot post could it?February 23, 2007
If you guys haven't heard yet ... Al Gore.
Part of LJ Lindhurst's "men who rule the world" paitings.
Short movie by Sean Ellis, UK.February 22, 2007 February 20, 2007
The spring comes to Treviso. And the desire for out door activities... like body skating: www.eatpes.com/sneaux.html
ps: an other thing I'm looking forward to: www.simpsonsmovie.com
February 19, 2007
What did you do before?
I lived in Berlin for a year, freelancing as a flash designer, spent three months backpacking around Europe, and before that I lived in Hiroshima and taught English - just for a change.
What do you do the most?
I like developing flash navigation systems, and animating by code.
Is Fabrica how you thought it would be?
It's more creative than I thought, and less organised. The people are more down to earth than I ever imagined.
What do you expect from it?
I hope to free some of the ideas floating around in my head, and I expect to have a lot of fun.
What will you miss from New Zealand?
Fejoas (a fruit), gingernut biscuits and being the only person on a beach.
See her work at: www.burstloveletters.com/liz/February 16, 2007
Once a week, one cinema in Treviso (cinema Edera) shows a movie in original language. This is the only chance for us to see a movie without struggeling with our miserable Italian skills. This time it was Al Gore's 'An Inconvinient Truth', trying to make people aware of what going on with our planet. And people start to react. Our programmer Julia will not use her car anymore this sommer, celeberties like Pharrell speak up. Here is his statement (I know it's also propaganda, but it's for a good purpose): http://video.msn.com/v/us/fv/msnbc/fv....February 15, 2007
Former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson has a new column -- on Gizmodo -- in which he excoriates gadget bloggers and their readers for buying "chromed turds" that are broken, DRMed, overhyped, and useless. The rant is nothing short of breathtaking -- Johnson hits so many nails on the head, he's practically an air-hammer.
"And you guys just ate it up. Kept buying shitty phones and broken media devices green and dripping with DRM. You broke the site, clogging up the pipe like retarded salmon, to read the latest announcements of the most trivial jerk-off products, completely ignoring the stories about technology actually making a difference to real human beings, because you wanted a new chromed robot turd to put in your pocket to impress your friends and make you forget for just a few minutes, blood coursing as you tremblingly cut through the blister pack, that your life is utterly void of any lasting purpose...
Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don't need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else. Stop buying broken products and then shrugging your shoulders when it doesn't do what it is supposed to. Stop buying products that serve any other master than you. Use older stuff that works. Make it yourself. Only buy new stuff from companies that have proven themselves good servants of their customers in the past. Complaining online about this stuff helps, but really, just stop buying it...
Get it together: every single one of these consumer electronics companies should be approached as the enemy. They work for us. Hold their feet to the fire when they say their product is going to change even a small part of our lives. Circle back again in six months when they're shilling the incremental upgrade and ask them why the last version didn't cut the mustard..."February 14, 2007
So today is valentines day, but for those of you who don't know February 14th is also VDay, something that is far worthier of celebrating. VDay was the realization of Eve Ensler the brainchild behind the Vagina Monologues. VDay was set up as a non profit movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Since it began it has raised over 3 billion dollars for organizations fighting for women's rights. You can check out more about VDay and the global events that will be happening right here. If you understand Italian the Vagina Monologues will be performed in Udine, i've not seen it myself but I am desperate to, apparently its brilliant.
I hope that you all have a wonderful day and i'll see you for our romantic game of football this evening!
I love you all. Baci
February 09, 2007 February 08, 2007
Tandem umbrella designed for the inseperable by Marc Owens. Check out his amazingly diverse range of innovative product designs here. Personal favourites of mine are the OCD range, designed for nut cases like me!
Illustration by Andy Rementer.
Working for the upcoming Colors issue about Sustainable Development, we decided to ask everybody about their questions, answers and thoughts regarding sustainability and the future of our planet.
Please choose your language - English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, French, Japanese. - to share your question, answers and thoughts, together with your name, age and city. Your contribution may appear in Colors 71. Thanks for your help.
Spread the word.
Yesterday there was a lecture in the Fabrica auditorium. The lecture was about Futurism and was presented in Italian. The Italian was then translated into English, running for a total of 2.5 solid hours.
The rhythm of the speaker, for those of us who cannot understand Italian, seemed to have a stupefying affect, pulling many into a deep, deep, unconsciousness. This made me think about Professional Wrestling and the way the Wrestlers speak.
Although virtually meaningless and nonsensical, a wrestler's words still come across as being poetic and powerful.
To prove my point, there is a video and the transcript of a wrestler's speech:
With the impending Valentines day nearly upon us i thought i'd start checking out some little treats that the web has to offer us this year. Here is a very cute little card design I stumbled across by a husband and wife duo who call themselves youngandwithit. Great name and a really simple little card for your chosen loved one. They are hand screen printed and a very understated and beautiful way to say I love you, or ummm I love penguins! Either way check out their designs here.
After the cards featured on design*sponge they did actually sell out but youngandwithit are promising to print more so get your hands on them while you can.
Have a LOVEly day. mwahh
February 07, 2007
American type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones is probably the creme de la creme of font design. Recently they unvelied a rounded version of Gotham, an incredibly 'practical' typeface by Tobias Frere-Jones, based on hand made lettering found in the 'American urban landscape'. You can read about the origins of the typeface here.
February 06, 2007
"Artists were invited to reserve a dog breed on a first come, first served basis. the only requirement was that the artist attempt to capture the look and spirit of their chosen breed in their own unique way."
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There is a life after Fabrica. Diego Cofone, Merche Blasco, Jan Kurth and Gergor Kuschmirz will perform together in Germany. The ex-fabricantis will unite the 24th of February in Stuttgart. More informations you can find here: www.gez.name. Sound like fun.February 05, 2007
This is a bit of a personal post but I felt it to be an important one to share. Recently I went and had a sexual health check up just to make sure I was ok down there, and thank goodness it was all in working order and infection free! But during the check up I did learn a very interesting tip which I wanted to share with you all.
Did you know that urinating before and after sexual intercouse can help to reduce the possibility of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI). It doesn't help prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STI) but it's a good way to try to clean the tubes out after sex!
Obviously condoms are the ONLY way to fully protect yourself from infection but keeping this little tip in mind could mean avoiding a possible urine infection. I'm sure most of you know that lots of infections have no symptoms so it really is important for you to get regualr check ups. I know so many people who are too scared to go get checked out but surely it's far more devastating to find out years later that you are infertile becasue of an untreated infection? My dear mother sees people like this all the time and it is absolutely devasting. So if you haven't already, go get yourselves checked out and take it from me it's not scary and it doesn't hurt it just puts your mind at rest and allows you to sleep soundly at night, or not as the case may be if you're enjoying a happy and healthy sex life!
A big thanks to my buddy Natalie for perfectly drawing the vital parts and not being embarrassed when people walked past her screen!
Hi there... another episode of: Fabricaaa Gossip! Things are changing here. Students start to have new tasks, the communication still seems a bit jumbly, some people don't really know what they are supposed to work on, but things are definately in transition. In terms of applying there is still no new information. They have written a new procedure, but it will still take a while till it's published. Officially nothing has changed yet. Stay tuned.
Oriol sits just in front of me, he pays us a visit for some days to work on an exibithion. Same as Yianni, who came back for a month to work on his UN Road Safety campaign. Also Erik Faggin has come back, he is a new Consultant.
Last Saturday we went with Lorenzo to Venice. He showed us a great place to dance, they also had the Italian version of Tito & Tarantula playing there. We had a great time and wish him all the best in his new home, London.February 02, 2007
The man of the stripes, Lorenzo, is leaving us today.
Photo by Reed Young.
What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Before I was working as a set painter, for movies, in Venice and Rome.
What is the plan now?
I'm moving to the trend metropole London. Starting to be a famous photographer. Which kind? I call it constructive photgrapher. I don't know if that makes sense in the English language.
Which was the best moment here?
Eating the pasta fagioli soup (of corse) in mensa. Ahh no, also the last party, when we danced for hours just in socks to quieted music, because of the complaining neighbours.
What did you learn in Fabrica?
I learned how to use iChat and Skype. I never used these communication tools before. Skype I just learned yesterday, so it took me one and a half year. Like that we can keep in touch.
What do you think about Treviso?
I really hate the posh Treviso people, they are the worst horrible, drunk, huge car driving idiots in whole Italy.
Come to dance with me in Venice this Saturday night.
If you've got a electronic pages to dispose of, put them in the shredder.
shredding the Past Fabrica People page
via VVORKFebruary 01, 2007
My god, the president of the United States has the same pop up book as I do...!!!
Grey London has produced this shockingly realsitic campaign for Women's Aid using a variety of British female celebrities. It's sad that we rely on celebrity endorsement these days but if it brings attention to the serious issues of domestice violence then it is absolutely worthwhile. The photos taken by Rankin are beautifully crisp and focus all the atention on the injuries. Hopefully this will be a sucessful campaign for Women's Aid and will encourage sufferers of domestic violence to admit the severity of the problem and seek help.
via creative review
How safe are we? www.germ2.com/images/entry/shortlist/257_Act_of_War.mov
Done by Maverick, via Channel4 GERM