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Paul Potts and the very first performance on Britain’s Got Talent

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Music

This incredible performance by Paul Potts on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2007 is never going to go old. The 90 seconds spirit-lifting performance in this clip by Paul Potts is not only inspiring but motivational as well.

14 October 3
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Credo E-Bone: Eco friendly and sustainable concept bus by Peter Simon

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Credo E-Bone, a brainchild of Peter Simon for his industrial design degree project at the University of West Hungary, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable public transportation solution. The concept bus is powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology with four in-wheel motors. The bus shell is made of lightweight composite plastic which is a bone-like material composition with varied density close to joints. The lightweight construction makes the concept energy-efficient.

The organic design is quite supplemental to the overall bus concept that catches attention immediately. It would be interesting to see such concepts becoming reality to make public transport greener.

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11 October 20
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Arabic calligraphy and logotypes by Wissam Shawkat

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Typography

Wissam Shawkat has been passionate about calligraphy since the early age. Originally from Iraq, he now lives in Dubai, UAE. Wissam is a Civil Engineer by profession from Basra University where he completed his degree in 1996. His unique style, inspired from the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional practitioners and the vibrancy of contemporary culture, demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium in a very refreshing way.

Wissam not only earned a name in traditional and contemporary calligraphy art but in logotype design as well with over 20 years of experience within advertising and branding with well-known clients. Wissam’s calligraphy artwork is included in many private and public collections throughout the world and has appeared in numerous books and publications. He has participated in many local and international exhibitions and won many awards. His work resonates with a wide range of audiences and testifies to the fact that calligraphy knows no boundaries.

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8 October 5
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GAP logo redesign: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Under - Advertising, Design, Media, Typography

Gap unveiled their new logo few days back that nobody seems to like – designers to consumers alike. I’m completely stunned to see this redesign getting approved and released for a brand that took more than 20 years to build and doing business over billions of dollars a year!

Gap logo redesign

Gap logo redesign - before (left) and after (right)

The redesign not only looks unprofessional but ridiculous and non-serious as well from a company that already owns owned an iconic symbol. It appears to be a quick comp in MS Word by someone without a sense of direction, confidence and leadership.

Logo redesign is closely aligned with branding and any negativity around brand symbol sure hurts businesses very hard. Gap is now trying to engage with the consumers for suggestions to avoid the continued backlash around this redesign which took place in the name of ‘modernisation’.

On Brand New website, an overwhelming majority of 90% visitors voted this evolution as ‘bad’.

Gap vote

Good.is published an article applying the Gap redesign approach to some well-known logos which shows how simple it is to destroy years’ hard work.

7 October 3
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Time-lapse and HDR short films by Patryk Kizny

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Technology

The Dalescapes of Time by Patryk Kizny

I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.

Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.

He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.