10.09.15 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: SmartHalo

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This Kickstarter will appeal to all the urban cyclists out there! SmartHalo by Montréal-based CycleLabs, aims to produce a smartphone compatible device that fits permanently onto your bike, directing you to your destination in the fastest and safest way possible. SmartHalo essentially turns your bike into a smart bike.

See more images and promo video below!

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09.09.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: Guy Builds Crazy Flying Machine Using 54 Drone Propellers

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54 drone propellers, 1 semi-protective dome/umbrella, an elaborate metal bar apparatus, and what looks to be some plastic crates. “The Swarm” is Youtuber gasturbine101‘s own personal flying machine which is basically both the best and worst idea ever! It only works for 10 minutes and cost the guy about £6000. Watch the precarious test flight video below!

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09.09.15 by Staff

Kickstarter of the Day: 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

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Designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, the duo behind the highly successful New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual Kickstarter campaign, are at it again. This time around they have their hearts set on releasing a reissue of the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual.

The Kickstarter aims to celebrate the now iconic work of Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn (of Danne & Blackburn), the young design firm responsible for the redesign, which was part of President Richard Nixon’s general initiative to raise the standard of design and communications of US government agencies in the early 70s.

More images and promo video for this fantastic archival project below!

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03.09.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Little Sun Charge

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Artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen have designed a high-performance solar phone charger and light called “Little Sun Charge”. Apparently you can fully charge a smart phone with 5 hours of sunlight. Watch the video below.

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28.08.15 by Staff

Unconventional Sandcastles by Matt Kaliner

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Harvard University lecturer, Matt Kaliner, combines his talent for building unconventional sandcastles with his research background in the sociology of art. However, while fascinated by the different ways people respond to his work depending on where they’re built, Kaliner admits to not having “worked up anything particularly deep about sandcastles” and ultimately being drawn to do what he does by “the sheer joy of playing on the beach.”

Whether or not you can read anything deeper in them, these sand castles are stunning to look at. See more of Kaliner’s amazing creations below!

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26.08.15 by Staff

The Painstaking Process of Handcrafted Artisan Globes

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Bellerby & Co. Globemakers is a London-based studio that specializes in handmade globes. Founded in 2008 by Peter Bellerby after struggling to find a quality globe, Bellerby’s is now one of only two workshops in the world making handcrafted, artisan globes.

The process includes hand painting individual sections, soaking them, and then stretching them onto the surface. Apparently it takes about six months to learn how to do it properly.

More images of the beautiful (and painstaking) process of globe-making below!

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14.08.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Banner Lamp by NOMTN

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Absolutely love this lamp designed by Eric Johnson, who creates objects under the umbrella of his Los Angeles-based studio, NOMTN. Johnson’s Banner Lamp is currently up on Kickstarter; have a look at the video and more images below.

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29.07.15 by Jeff

iOS Game of the Day: Specimen

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Here’s an addictive little iOS game for all you designers out there who feel you have a discerning eye for colour! You can test yourself to see just how accurate those eyeballs of yours really are.

Specimen was created by three New Yorkers; Designer Erica Gorochow, developer Sal Randazzo, and programmer Charlie Whitney. The museum-led incubator known as NEW INC acted as a home base for the project and it sounds like the community there really helped foster Specimen’s development.

The team now has plans to be able to provide users with data about the way they see colour. If you wanna check it out, you can download Specimen for free.

(I’ve found that I do better when I squint at the screen.)