23.09.14 by Jeff

Javier Jaén

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Javier Jaén has the uncanny ability to create really simple and memorable images. I’d seen this Louis C.K. quote made of balloons floating around, but didn’t know who made it. Lots more work below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

$20,000 Leica M Edition 60 Camera: The Stupidest Invention of the Year

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This year Leica celebrates 60 years since the release of the first Leica M3 camera, considered by many to be the most iconic rangefinder in history. Despite the camera brand’s sparkling legacy they continue to produce new digital products that no one buys; beautiful design objects with zero regard for usability.

Such is the case with Leica’s latest offering, the new Leica M Edition 60 camera will feature no LCD screen. No screen! For the fabulous price of nearly $20,000 dollars you can have all the convenience of not knowing what you’ve shot. Innovative! I didn’t think it would be possible to top the Apple Watch as the stupidest invention of the year but this is surely it. At least it looks better than the watch, I’ll give it that.

 

 

Why any photographer would buy a digital camera, at this price, and not have any way to view their images (or access to any onboard menu) is beyond me. If the idea is to get people to slow down and remember what it was like to shoot film why not buy an actual film camera and shoot film? Or use a digital camera and simply turn off the display???

It is no wonder all the images you see on Instagram are taken of Leicas not with Leicas. Anyone who buys this camera should be required to attach a giant spinning red light to it, at least then it could be a pretentious asshole alarm system.

I try not to be negative on this site very often but this is so idiotic. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments, but be honest with yourself – you are not buying this camera.

 

 

15.09.14 by Jeff

THAW: Seamlessly Combine Your Smartphone and Your Desktop Computer

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This proof-of-concept from MIT Tangible Media Group is NEXT LEVEL. This video demonstrates an interface design concept that could revolutionize the way we use our phones and desktop computers. Amazing stuff! Watch the video below!

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11.09.14 by Jeff

VHS Skateboard Series by 5Boro

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It’s been a while since I bought a skateboard but this series of VHS inspired decks by New York brand 5BORO is fantastic. If anyone knows who designed them please let me know (I searched for a design credit for awhile and came up with zilch).

*Edit – The designers behind these boards are Mark Nardelli, Matthew Tapia, and Max Vogel Razauno. Thanks to Gerry, Daniel and David who helped me track them down via Facebook.

Have a closer look at each deck below.

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26.08.14 by Jeff

The Yerka Project: “The Unstealable Bike”

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Three engineering students in Chile, Juan José Monsalve, Andrés Roi, and Cristóbal Cabello, have designed a bicycle frame that effectively locks itself around a pole. This eliminates the need to have a lock and provides more of a deterrent as a thief would have to break the frame to steal the bicycle. This doesn’t however solve the problem of thieves stealing things like the wheels but the working prototype is a pretty innovative idea.

Watch the video below!

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19.08.14 by Jeff

“Omote” Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

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Nobumichi Asai and a team of digital designers and make-up artists have created a pretty amazing piece of technology. Through the use of face tracking and projection mapping a models face can be altered in real-time! This would be incredible for live performances. Watch the video below.

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12.08.14 by Jeff

Umbra Shift

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Toronto-based design company Umbra recently launched their new product line Umbra Shift, cleverly re-designing everyday items for the home. Some of the products were designed in-house, and others by emerging designers.

I love the sense of play in the product line; Tom Chung and the rest of the team at Umbra Shift have done a terrific job designing and curating this collection. See more below.

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16.07.14 by Jeff

Vases Created from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika

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Studio Markunpoika (Tuomas Markun Poika) is producing vases made out of hundreds of pencils in a series called “Amalgamated”. The writing utensils are treated as raw materials, glued together, and shaped with a lathe. There is something so satisfying about watching the video below!

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