Rising from concept to physical realization and lurking in the depths of imagination, Invisible Creature emerges. And its invisibility certainly knows how to handle design, illustration and direction.
Careful, its work may have two simple purposes: to feed your inspiration or to completely kill your creative ego.
Sweet typographical scarf by Little Factory. They also have a lowercase and a numeric version.
Kevin Slavin is the Managing Director and co-Founder of Area/Code, makers of cross-media games and entertainment, and pioneers of large scale, real world multiplayer games.
Area/code works with advertising agencies, media firms, networks, universities, and large consumer brands.
Clients include: Nike, Disney Imagineering, CBS, Nokia, MTV, The Discovery Channel, A&E, The History Channel, JWT, Cramer-Krasselt, Deutsch, SS+K, and the Carnegie Institute / Girls Math and Science Project.
Projects have been awarded at the Clios, the One Show, OMMA and the Future of Marketing Summit.
Area/code and its work have been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Creativity, The New York Times, Businessweek, The Chicago Tribune, MTV, Ad Age, and blogs including boingboing and PSFK.
Kevin Slavin has spoken at MoMA, the Van Alen Institute, the Guardian, DLD, the Cooper Union, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and NBC, and together with Adam Greenfield he co-teaches "Urban Computing" at NYU/ITP. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Design Museum of London and the Frankfurt Museum fuer Moderne Kunst.
Wow. This experiment from André Mintz is beautiful. It is part of the wider "Marginalia" project which aims to "incorporate the gesture and body movement of the spectator into image projection". Check out the blog (in Portuguese).June 27, 2008
You know Italic, you’ve heard of Roman and you know what Rotation is.
Let us introduce you to Rotalic.
This typeface variation by Filip Tydén (2007) is mainly used to highlight a text or as a display font. As wikipedia says, it can fit the same semantic purposes of the italic and oblique typefaces (emphasis, titles, foreign words), though examples of its usage are still rare.June 26, 2008
Sweat, body searing and adrenaline, Swiss photographer Matthias Willi captures the intimate moments of rock stars right after their running off stage.
Besides original photography and a clever project, Willi has a pretty nice site too.June 25, 2008
Calendars have a lack of creativity. Truth, their function is more important than their design, but here is when practical creativity comes. And risk.
We did a mini workshop today with Lynda Relph-Knight from Design Week. We chose to explore the idea of proximity - what happens when you get close to things. We ended up making a swing which uses a proximity sensor to turn on several very powerful light bulbs, and an electric fan. So it's like wind and sunshine, sort of....
I was a jury member for the Interactive Arts Prize at Ars Electronica in 2008 and this is the project we gave the main prize - a Golden Nica. It's called the Image Fulgurator and it's by Julius Von Bismarck. It's so simple it's annoying - a camera which projects images rather than captures them. The Fulgurator is a modified 35mm reflex camera with a flash light behind where the film normally goes. The film itself is replaced with a transparency. And the whole thing is controlled by a flash slave unit. When the slave detects a flash, it fires off its own flash unit, thus momentarily projecting the slide. So, if for example a Fulgurator photographer were at a Tony Blair press conference, he or she could project the words 'war criminal' onto Tony's head, but only for the instant when another photgraphers flash fires. So all the photos taken by other photographers would have 'war criminal' stamped across Tony.... but nobody in the room at the time would be aware of it. Confused? Go to the website and find out more...June 24, 2008
olafur eliasson at the joan miro museum, barcelona. opened june 20th 2008. Eliasson did the much loved Setting Sun at the Tate in 2003. I think maybe he's my favourite artist working today.
Sonarmatica, the art show held alongside (or actually, underneath) the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona. The title of the show - Future Past Cinema, curated by Oscar Abril Ascasos and Jose Luis de Vincentes. The concept was simple but effective - a mashup of Victorian zoetropes and media art. Here's the fabrica piece - We are the time. We are the famous. The title is taken from a Borges poem.
We are the time. We are the famous
We are the time. We are the famous
metaphor from Heraclitus the Obscure.
We are the water, not the hard diamond,
the one that is lost, not the one that stands still.
We are the river and we are that greek
that looks himself into the river. His reflection
changes into the waters of the changing mirror,
into the crystal that changes like the fire.
We are the vain predetermined river,
in his travel to his sea.
The shadows have surrounded him.
Everything said goodbye to us, everything goes away.
Memory does not stamp his own coin.
However, there is something that stays
however, there is something that bemoans.
Jorge Luis BorgesJune 23, 2008
This viewer created by clara boj and diego diaz lets users see wifi hotspots in the area by superimposing a layer showing that data on the actual image of the landscape; it can detect wireless networks within several kilometers. If only I had one on my apartment balcony!June 20, 2008
The beautiful Bato Novo (Jojo and Axel) of Berlin.
A tribute to summer, love, balconies, the beatles, bossanova, and panama hats.
Buon Weekend.June 19, 2008
With the aim to have an identity, countries also have their own logos.
Putting together symbols, colors and typography to represent a whole nation is probably one of the hardest tasks for a designer. See a collection here.
Radiohead for MTV Exit Foundation
Via The Science of Creativity
Rainbow in your hand. A Flipbook.
See the video here.
Check out his other work here.June 17, 2008
The idea behind the book “The Other Side” just fascinates me. Each page has a corresponding opposite, so we get to see the “two sides of the picture”. Here is a door, what’s on the other side?
Hungarian Istvan Banyai, artist and designer, uses his characteristic stylized illustrations to surprise us with the answer.June 16, 2008
First date: You get to kiss her goodnight.
Second date: You get to grope all over and make out.
Third date: You get to have sex, but only in the missionary position.
First date: Meet her parents.
Second date: Set the date of the wedding.
Third date: Wedding night.
First Date: You take her to a play and an expensive restaurant.
Second Date: You meet her parents and her Mom makes spaghetti and meatballs.
Third Date: You have sex, she wants to marry you and insists on a 3-carat ring.
5th Anniversary: You already have 5 kids together and hate the thought of having sex.
6th Anniversary: You find yourself a girlfriend.
Porcelain figurine from the "Otherworld Uprising" series by Shary Boyle.June 13, 2008
Lisbon has probably the most beautiful and imaginative tiles. They became an art form and today they still remain a very important part of the country's architecture.
Here you can find 64 different -and really nice- patterns to download and save as wallpapers.June 12, 2008
Tad, the yellow wearing, ubertalented, ubermodest, web-foraging, 80's speaking, good-natured american of few words (but very very good ones) has left the building. Total bummer.
What was life like pre-Fabrica?
Before Fabrica, I was living and working in New York at a big advertising firm specializing in branding. When I wasn't working I was riding bikes, laying on the roof, going on weekend adventures and watching a lot of movies.
What was life like at Fabrica?
At Fabrica things were pretty good, especially towards the end of my stay. There were a lot of ups and downs, but there were always great people and great food and drink around to make things better.
What did you learn at Fabrica?
I learned how to deal with a lot of different types of people. I also feel like I learned to be more confident.
Most memorable moments?
Some of the most memorable moments are a little foggy unfortunately, but some of my favorite memories revolve around bike rides down the river.
What's the plan now?
The plan now is to enjoy being back in NY before I get sick of it again. Spending time with Megan and my friends and going to the beach a lot are also up there on the list.
June 11, 2008
We are very sorry that we couldn't keep him here longer, but know he is going back to better things (namely NY and his fiance Megan) and we wish him it all.Thanks for for all the love you gave to the blog. It will miss you very much. As will we.
Today I went with my friend Nova (&Sytse) to pick up a swing that Carlos Corpa made for her project at Interactivos in Madrid. We went to his metal shop where he had lots of boxes with mechanical contraptions and multi-leveled wheels, and he also makes robots. It was quite an enchanting experience. And his dog humped me.June 10, 2008
We present 1000 -very well used- words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design by Allan Chochinov.
A little bit of good reading for our own benefit. Like the author said: The power of design is an amazing thing. Let's wield it wisely.
Our interview with Sophie Thomas also has a lot of interesting material.
June 09, 2008
A glorious, beautiful collection of maps and other visualisations, created by an enigma. Above is Trace - a year of walking and biking in New York City, 4.1.05 - 3.31.06. Check it all out here.
Their delicious account is also worth an explore, it has supremely well tagged and incredible links.
Insert a coin. Your selected piece of china will fall to the bottom of the vending machine. It will shatter. You will feel better.June 06, 2008
"Adelaideans Sam Barratt & Chris Edser, have hand-picked art-friends from all over the world to customize their own breed of schaffas. They were each sent a similar blank shape and given free reign to add, subtract, paint or destroy these objects. The response was inspiring with a wide variety of styles and approaches covered."
Meet the Schaffers here.
(or in person at Urban Cow Gallery in Adelaide until the end of June)
Look closely for Schaffas by Fabricante Scott, Lars and Gabo, and a host of former ones.
"A Jalousie (French for jealousy) is a window that one can see through but not be seen; barriers that allow us to observe the world without being invited to the table."
The perfect daily reminder to a less wasteful life, the Greenhouse, was designed by Swedish studio JANTZE BROGÅRD ASSHOFF, which creates useful products with a poetic soul and playful character (perhaps as playful as their name...)
Good old-fashioned dice animation set to a rockin' tune...
Artist and genius Chris Jordan has some new images for his “Running the Numbers” project, which analyzes the contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics.
He is currently working on new images that will look at some global issues, so stay tuned.June 03, 2008
June 01, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the exploding and unexploding yellow chair...
We are blind to more than we comprehend; watch this color changing card trick video and see if you can notice the changes!