27.05.16 by Staff

Google Cultural Institute’s New Art Camera

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It took the Google Cultural Institute five years to archive 200 artworks in super high resolution (we’re talking gigapixels). Now they’ve scanned 1,000 in just a few months all thanks to a new camera! The device, dubbed the Art Camera, has cut down capture time from a full day to around 30 minutes. With 20 cameras built, Google has been lending them out to major institutions in cities across the globe free of charge!

It is pretty incredible how far you can zoom into the artworks; have a look here. Watch the video below.

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25.05.16 by Staff

Barcelona Design Week: June 2 – 12

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We recently put out an open call to be our official Booooooom correspondent at this year’s Barcelona Design Week. We’re happy to announce that we’re sending one of our readers, Cory Gibbons, to Spain to attend the event.

Barcelona Design Centre’s annual Barcelona Design Week runs from June 2-12 this year. The event brings together creative professionals and businesses from around the world to share ideas, trends and knowledge about a variety of topics — offering over 70 different activities ranging from workshops and roundtables to tours and art exhibitions.

This year’s lineup of speakers includes Brett Wickens (of design studio Ammunition) and Alice Rawsthorn (who writes about design for International New York Times and frieze) kicking off the opening conference on June 2nd. June 6th to 8th marks the return of the Design is Future “congresstival”, which involves 3 days of 15 speakers discussing success stories and new approaches to design, specifically focused on improving people’s lives and the world around us.

More information and images from last year’s BDW below!

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20.05.16 by Staff

Anti-Social Media Messages Presented Like Cigarette Warning Labels

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Bratislava-based web designer Slavomier draws parallels between social media use and cigarette smoking in these anti-social media mock-ups. Made in the same style as Tobacco package warnings, the banners highlight the potential dangers of social media addiction. More images below.

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19.05.16 by Staff

Hilarious App of the Day: Mood Chat

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Belgium-born, New York-based artist Tom Galle has invented an app to help you express yourself better. Or, at least, make your excuses seem slightly more believable. With a selection of over 70 background noises, Mood Chat allows you to add extra emotional emphasis to your voice messages. Watch the hilarious video below!

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13.05.16 by Staff

Lego Braille Bricks Help Blind Children Learn Through Play

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The Dorina Nowill Foundation and Lew’Lara\TBWA ad agency have joined forces to promote literacy among blind children and help them better integrate into society. Braille Bricks are special legos designed according to each of the 26 different formations that make up the Braille alphabet. See below for more images and information on the project #BrailleBricksForAll!

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09.05.16 by Staff

Bicycles Built Based on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory

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In 2009 designer Gianluca Gimini started asking friends and strangers to draw a men’s bicycle from memory. While some got it right, most made technical errors — missing fundaments parts of the frame or chain.

The exercise is similar to psychological tests used to demonstrate how little we know compared to what we think we do. However, for Gimini this isn’t about proving how dumb we are but, rather, how extraordinary our imaginations can be! Having now amassed a collection of 376 drawings from participants ranging from 3 – 88 years of age, Gimini has started building realistic renderings of the bikes based on these sketches, in a 3D program.*

*Post edited to clarify these are 3D renderings

See more images from “Velocipedia” below!

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04.05.16 by Staff

Hand-Stitched Photographs by Art Director Rebecca Chew

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Rebecca Chew gives a hand-made look to traditional glossy magazine spreads. Check out more portraits stitched with luchador masks for Esquire Singapore below!

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04.05.16 by Staff

Crowdfund Project of the Day: BrushKnob by Wataru Kami

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This one may excite all you digital illustrators out there! BrushKnob is a device designed to make the creation of your digital artwork more intuitive. Developed while working as a concept artist at a production company in Tokyo, Wataru Kami’s invention is simple to use and incredibly streamlined. With only two functions — a knob to control brush size and a switch to transition between the brush and eraser tools — it operates like an extra keyboard and can be used with any application (not just Photoshop) using the same keyboard shortcuts assigned.

More images and information about how to support Kami’s project below!

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15.04.16 by Staff

Kickstarter of the Day: Replica of the Moon Based on NASA Data

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Amazing collaboration between London-based designer Oscar Lhermitte and design studio Kudu, this lunar globe isn’t just topographically accurate – it can rotate along with the phases of the actual moon! While created on a much smaller scale (1:20 million), “Moon” is based on data from NASA and computer outfitted with the same memory as the Apollo 11 computers. Check out more images and their Kickstarter video below!

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