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PUMA Fuseproject Packaging

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

PUMA and Yves Béhar developed over 21 months a more sustainable packaging and distribution system in keeping with PUMA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

PUMA setting a great example here by giving up wasteful packaging. It would be unjust not to appreciate the efforts behind it. I wish all those super market giants come forward and stop packaging and labelling grapes, bananas and sliced apples and spend that money for something meaningful such as determining realistic ‘sell by’ and ‘best before’ dates. And, on ideas to extend the life of on-the-shelves and purchased food.

The same applies to all electronic manufacturers. Have you ever noticed how ridiculously those SD cards are packed? From cell phones to headphones, things are so superfluously packaged that I literally get annoyed when my rubbish bin is full of stuff that can easily be avoided.

9 April 8
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Alexander Korzer-Robinson and the notion of inner landscape

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Literature

Dorothy L. Sayers once said:

Books…are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.

What Gods May Come and The Frogs Of Our Labour - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

What Gods May Come and The Frogs Of Our Labour - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s art is sort of an extension to what appears to be a lobster shell to Dorothy L. Sayers. His work giving life to something that is usually left to rot.

Originally from Berlin now living in Bristol (UK), Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s art focuses on the notion of the “inner landscape”. Creating engaging and inviting fine art pieces from generally discarded antique books, his work provides insight into an unknown dimension within books.

As we remember the books from our own past, certain fragments remain with us while others fade away over time – phrases and passages, mental images we created, the way the stories made us feel and the thoughts they inspired. In our memory we create a new narrative out of those fragments, sometimes moving far away from the original content. This is, in fact, the same way we remember our life – an ever changing narrative formed out of fragments. This mostly subconscious process of value judgements and coincidence is what interests me as an artist and as a psychologist.

Meyers - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Meyers - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

How the books are converted into art pieces?

The cut book art has been made by working through the books, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. The images seen in the finished work, are left standing in the place where they would appear in the complete book. As a final step the book is sealed around the cut, and can no longer be opened.

Beastiary - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Beastiary - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Brockhaus 3 and Brockhaus 2 - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Brockhaus 3 and Brockhaus 2 - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Pleasant Peasants - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Pleasant Peasants - Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Alexander Korzer-Robinson

30 March 8
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Ordinary to extraordinary

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration
Bad Table

Bad Table

Designer Judson Beaumont is always looking for a way to push furniture past the expected and into the exciting. His furniture has a personality and quirkiness that really makes you wonder why other furniture is so darn ordinary!

Little Black Dresser

Little Black Dresser

Squiddy Table

Squiddy Table

Wooden Rocks Cabinet and Cracked Dresser

Wooden Rocks Cabinet and Cracked Dresser

Sobey Dressers

Sobey Dressers

Boom and Joined at the Hip Cabinets

Boom and Joined at the Hip Cabinets

Visit Straight Line Designs to view more extraordinary furniture.

27 March 1
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SolarBeat

Under - Inspiration, Miscellaneous, Music

There’s something in it, I’ve been listening to this beat for some time now.

A simple ambient musicbox (by Luke Twyman), with sounds generated using the orbital frequencies of our solar system.

SolarBeat

SolarBeat

20 March 2
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Colosseo – a typographic rendition

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Cameron Moll’s rendition of the Roman Coliseum is as engaging as all of his previous typography work has been. Painstakingly handcrafted character by character, the artwork took almost 12 months to finish totaling roughly 250 hours from start to finish.

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Characters from the ‘Goudy Trajan’ and ‘Bembo Pro’ typefaces used in the artwork along with glyphs that Cameron recreated based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino from around 1550 AD.

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, and author living in Sarasota, Florida (United States) with his wife and four sons.

The best part is you can buy the Colosseo poster here if you like.

16 March 1
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Marriage of art and social activism

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Birds of Paradise - Ashley Cecil 2009

Birds of Paradise - Ashley Cecil 2009

Ashley Cecil’s been creating art ever since discovering that her mom’s favorite lipstick made a great oil pastel. Things fast forward and we see the artist evolving in to a ‘Painting Activist’. The secret of Ashley Cecil’s brilliant work is in addressing social issues through art.

Much like a photojournalist, I photograph events, scenes and people of interest, and then translate those images into illustrative paintings. My talent is as an artist, my passion is advocating for social change; this is how the two work together.

When asked how she would describe her approach towards her subjects, she said:

Specifically in regards to how I approach my work: I was formally educated in art at the University of Dayton (03), but didn’t really begin to grow into my own style until after graduation. This is when I began to shift my subject matter from landscapes and anything that was simply aesthetically pleasing to things that addressed social issues. I launched the Painting Activist in 2006 and have generally stuck with that theme ever since. Meshing this subject matter with my painting gave me a new and motivating reason to paint.

I just moved to London England with my fiancé and am loving the visual inspiration of this city. The website and my work may take a new turn, but I’m sure the fundamental elements of what has worked for the past 4 years will continue.

Kingsways and Great Queens St. Jan - Ashley Cecil 2010

Kingsways and Great Queens St. Jan - Ashley Cecil 2010

London - Ashley Cecil 2010

London - Ashley Cecil 2010

Oxfam commission - Ashley Cecil 2008

Oxfam commission - Ashley Cecil 2008

Home, Louisville - Ashley Cecil 2008

Home, Louisville - Ashley Cecil 2008

Soho - Ashley Cecil 2007

Soho - Ashley Cecil 2007

You can view more of her work here.

Papierkrieg (paper war) by Makaio

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

I watched this interesting video on Vimeo few days back and liked it very much. Thanks to Makaio (aka Matthias) for translating his wonderful short film from German to English especially for LivingDesign. I hope to see more of his work coming online soon.

Papierkrieg:

The two-minute short film ‘Papierkrieg’ tells a story about two kids, arguing about whose paper plane is the best. Everything in the children’s imagination seems to become real and functioning. Rapidly they get mad at each other and start a race of arms until it comes to the final clash with weapons of mass destruction where nobody could end up as a winner.

The film deals with the fact, that kids have the possibility to break the borders of the real world through their infinite creativity. On one hand the story shows children’s playful fantasy and on the other it refers to situations in the real world (e.g. political debates).

Translation:
Boy: My airplane is the best one in the whole world. It even has a jet engine!
Girl: Mine has super cannon, which shoots fireballs!
Boy: Mine deflects them with a tennis racket!
Girl: Mine grills you with a flamethrower!
Boy: Doesn’t matter, it has undestructive-paint!
Girl: You’ll stop laughing after my army of killer bees attacks you!
Boy: But i got a flower bouquet…
Girl: ?
Boy: …of carnivorous plants!
Girl: Acidic rain!
Boy: Protective umbrella!
Girl: Gigantic shredder!
Boy: Soup spoon!
Girl: Shotgun!
Boy: Spider web!
Girl: Hammer!
Boy: Teleporter!
Girl: A-booomb!

Chopin, Nocturne, Opus 27 #2, piano solo (animated)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Music

Nocturne by Frédéric Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type.

27 February 12
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Katarina Stefanović: Truly stunning.

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Katarina Stefanović

The intensely saturated colors with extraordinary compositions, breathtaking sceneries, terrains with all sorts of turns and twists, and with lows and highs, fluffy clouds forming master strokes and magical lighting sending viewers into a fantasyland. Yes, I’m talking about Katarina Stefanović. Her landscape photography even has some sort of surreal effect that I find difficult to explain – it is hard to come out of it though. All her pictures in fact speak for themselves.

An engineer by day – Stefanović’s style is very creative and unique. Unlike most of the photographers these days, she still shoots on films – then scans images to image editing tools to play with shapes and colors.

I remain faithful to my old 35mm SLR

For Stefanović the world is often quite close to home, with many of her photographs taken in the nearby Pannonian Plain in Serbia.

You could live your whole life within a 50-kilometer ring around Belgrade (Serbia) and always find landscapes worth photographing

Here are some selected photographs from her portfolio:

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

View more of her fantastic work at Flickr.

22 February 2
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Flyfire

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Imagine transforming any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment! This is what exactly SENSEable City Laboratory and ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aiming at MIT.

From the project website:

In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario.

With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.

Visit Flyfire project website to learn more about it.