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30 July 1
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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Resources

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

This is probably one of the best animated illustrated presentations that I came across online recently. Adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates people at home and in the workplace.

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a registered charity in England and Wales and has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress for over 250 years.

Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action.

We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues. Our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and our work is supported by a 27,000 strong Fellowship – achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive social change.

View more enlightening presentations here.

22 July 7
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Nicoletta Ceccoli

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Crows

Crows

Surrealism, fantasy, magic, strange creatures and a beautiful doll-like character among all these with very distinct innocent facial features. There’s definitely much more in Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work to make you feel absorbed in a timeless and spaceless world she paints. I came across this brilliant Italian artist’s work through Bak Magazine and enthralled since.

Nicoletta Ceccoli, an award winning children’s book illustrator, has illustrated over 30 books since 1995 mainly with USA, UK , and Italian publishers. Her clients included among the others Random House, Simon and Shuster, Houghton Mifflin, Mondadori, and Grimm Press.

In 2001 she was awarded the Andersen prize ‘Baia Delle Favole’ as the best illustrator of the year in Italy. In 2006 she was awarded with a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. Nicoletta Ceccoli has exhibited her work in group and solos shows across Europe and North America.

The Magician`s Assistant

The Magician`s Assistant

Contrary Mary

Contrary Mary

View more of Nicoletta’s work here

13 July 3
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Quadrocopters are coming …

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Every now and then we get to see a video of these quadrocopters from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab performing new precise manoeuvres in a cooperative logic. The technology becoming mature as the time is passing and the practical use of such devices (or systems) in future is not very far – military or civilian.


Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors

Micro Autonomous Systems Technologies (MAST) is a collaboration with University of Maryland, University of Michigan, BAE Systems and Army Research Laboratories. Our vision is to develop Autonomous Multifunctional Mobile Microsystems (Am3), a networked group of small vehicles and sensors operating in dynamic, resource-constrained, adversarial environments. While individual units may be specialized, Am3 will be multifunctional because of its heterogeneity, the ability of individual units to automatically reconfigure and adapt to the environment and to human commands, and its distributed intelligence.


Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

Slice of Life

Under - Inspiration, Photography

A perfect moment of everyday life from Cornwall Road corner (London) captured by Tina Gao.

Slice of Life by Tina Gao

Slice of Life by Tina Gao

The Waterloo neighborhood behind my university campus looks like a Dickensian village. There’s something quite romantic about the intersection near a popular bakery that comes alive in the afternoon, as students leave class to head for the pub, parents bring their kids home from school, and workers nip into the bakery for a few slices of lemon chiffon cake to bring back to their families.

London’s new Routemaster

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Whatever the critics say I find this new bus design awesome. It’s beautifully done and indeed iconic.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

The New Bus for London is inspired by the much-loved Routemaster and will use the latest green technology when it launches in 2012.

The New Bus for London will meet London Buses’ requirements for vehicles in public service in London, including high standards of accessibility, safety and emissions abatement. In addition, it will be more durable, more fuel efficient and better ventilated. The bus will incorporate a double-deck and a platform at the rear near-side corner, so passengers will be able to get on and off easily.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

25 June 1
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Amy Casey and the nervous state of world affairs

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Keeping it together

Keeping it together

Urban landscape cluttered with debris, bunched up houses that are connected with cables and electric wires, and resting on uncertainty. Amy Casey paints the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in.

Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and the never-ending stream of bad news coming in from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling. In the wake of this, my created world bands together to come up with coping plans. This lets me explore ideas of anxiety and vulnerability, community, and the illusions of safety. I’m fascinated by the resilience of life. Every disaster is followed by rebirth, where we try to cobble together a plan b. out of what remains. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape and its creatures.

Begin again

Begin again

Bridging

Bridging

City walls

City walls

Pulling in the slack

Pulling in the slack

Neighbourhood web

Neighbourhood web

Future of UI by John Underkoffler

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology, Usability

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

Till Gerhard

Under - Art, Inspiration

Till Gerhard, based in Hamburg (Germany), paints large-scale canvases of rural communities, with delicate spills of colour and heavy brushwork, drips, splashes and smears in an unsettling atmosphere.

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

18 May 7
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Book sculptures by Jacqueline Rush Lee

Under - Art, Inspiration

We have seen Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s amazing work with books. Here comes Jacqueline Rush Lee who is deeply inspired by the materials, colors and forms in her everyday environment.

Jacqueline Rush Lee

CUBE / In the Collection of Allan Chasanoff, NY

For almost a decade I have found myself drawn to the intimate, tactile, and symbolic qualities of used books. I am interested in how these recycled books come with their own histories of use and meaning and how they serve as potent vehicles of expression. With the idea of working with them as my canvas or building block, I transform the books into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. By scrambling the formal arrangement of the book and transposing its material and conceptual qualities, I aim to create evocative art forms that suggest an alternative narrative.

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Flutter (Devotion Series) 2008 H3.5” x W6”x D5” Used Book, Hand-Painted Ink

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Flutter and Anthologia details

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Anthologia (Devotion Series) 2008 H9 xW9 xD6 inches. Used, assembled books, hand-painted, sanded, burnished inks, bookmarks, archival glue

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Book of R’s 2003 H15.5

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Unfurled (Devotion Series) 2008 and Peacock (Devotion Series) 2008

11 May 3
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Dado Queiroz and realm of design

Under - Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

I’m so full of praise for the Latin American art and design that I wish to go there and actually spend some time. I admire it not because I like it or have built a taste for it over the time but because it is genuinely inspiring, mature and unique. It has its own flavour, whether it is typography, illustration or graphic design, I always came across something stunning from that part of the world.

Dado Queiroz’s work is a statement of brilliance in terms of its style, identity and potential. Born in Curitba (Brazil) in 1980, he currently works at DDB in São Paulo.

Dado Queiroz

So, let’s talk about you. How it all started?
I studied ‘Architecture and Urban Planning’ for one and a half year, until I drop it to start doing freelance illustration projects. It didn’t work out quite so well, so I started studying Graphic Design in 2000, finishing in 2003.

After that I started a small solo studio with only me and occasionally my wife at that time (I got married in 2004). Then the studio got a little bigger, when I invited my good friends Anderson Maschio and Beto Janz to be partners. It was called ‘estudiocrop’. Later on, Renan Molin joined too, still as an intern, and became a good friend of all of us.

In the end of 2006 Renan had to focus on his graphic design course’s final project, Beto had some issues with his personal life and so did I, as I got divorced, so it seemed like we should take some time off. A time from which we never got back, as we decided to end the studio. Each one of us took a separate path: I ended up coming to DDB Brazil, from where I was laid off about one year later. Me and Renan then tried to get estudiocrop back together, but it didn’t work out as we expected. So a few more months down the road I came back to São Paulo and rejoined DDB once more.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz

What keeps you going?
What keeps me going on in my personal life are the good times, the laughter, some Seinfeld episodes, good beer, greasy food, learning how to play the guitar, music, travelling and stuff like that. Professionally, it is almost an addiction to that feeling you get when you finish a piece that you think is good. This and some nice people you get to know along the way, the evolution of the work, the expressiveness that any graphic piece can carry, the money (yes, the money, why not?) and, more recently, a new pleasure giving lectures and conducting workshops.

Your unique style – how it evolved to what it is now?
I wouldn’t call it unique, although I tend to get feedback from people talking about ‘my personal style’. I guess it came along when I started focusing more and more on what I like to do when designing something or making an image, and not so much on what people expect or what is trendy or strategically correct right now. I figured, since I’m going to spend some 75% of my waking hours working or doing work related stuff, I might as well do what I like. After all, it’s my life going down the drain and I don’t want to spend it feeling frustrated or angry or whatever.

So, as it turns out, I like to draw letters, to try expressive compositions and to shade stuff a lot. So this ‘style’ is really just a natural development of what I like to do. There were no big plans to build a style. Or, rather, a ‘personal’ style just started to surface when I stopped caring about having a personal style – which to me makes perfect sense. If it’s your style, it’s something natural… it’s not something you can force to happen, right?

In technical terms, at this time, it is all basically Photoshop and my Intuos3 tablet. From sketch to finish it all happens there, including the vectors, that I started doing directly on Photoshop (but of course I still use Illustrator for all vector or for more complex vector work). And I say ‘at this time’ because the techniques I develop usually evolve from time to time, not really to get better or more efficient, but much more to avoid getting so damn tedious to do the same thing over and over.

Dado Queiroz

Sort of a cliché question – what’s the source of your inspirations?
My inspirations are 95% out of the realm of design or illustration. And again, it’s not a noble pursuit like ‘I just want outside references and blahblahblah’. It’s much more because I find it a bit boring to see the same design/illustration pieces over and over on the internet or books, all very well done, but basically all the same. You see 300 images that are essentially the same, just done by different people for different purposes. I find it very boring. And not only that, I find it harmful to my own work, since it can influence me rather than just inspire. What I usually like to see is architecture, furniture, product design, photography, microscopic and other botanic/organic related photography (great for forms and natural patterns) and some type related imagery.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz