22.10.15 by Staff

Bicycle Casts Elephant Shadow


Another bike-based projection project, this time by Swiss coder and graphic designer, Michael Flückiger. Made using “a speedometer, a projector, a car battery, an iPad mini and OpenFrameworks,” Flückiger’s bicycle casts a projection made to look like the shadow of an elephant walking and/or galloping (depending on how fast he peddles).

Wait… Do elephants gallop? Is “stampeding” inaccurate if there’s only one?

Watch the video and feel free to weigh in on the whole “galloping” thing in the comments below!

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15.10.15 by Kimi Hamada

100 Years of Typewriter Art


Frank Singleton, “Abstract 3” (1986)


Marvin and Ruth Sackner are responsible for the largest collection of visual and concrete poetry in the world and they now have a book featuring the work of 200 typewriter artists. The Art of Typewriting will be released by Thames & Hudson later this month.

The unique compilation appeals to a nostalgia for “mechanical imperfection” and working within technical constraints. It includes the first known piece of typewriter art (a butterfly of brackets and dashes by British secretary, Flora Stacey, from 1898) and other images that can’t be replicated with the slick and seemingly limitless technology of today. See more images from The Art of Typewriting below.

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14.10.15 by Staff

Keyboard Modification Allows Typing with the Flair of Handwriting


After receiving a dozen handwritten letters from his grandmother, French designer Nicolas Nahornyj came up with a way to bring back the personal flair of handwriting to computer-based word processing.

Nahornyj’s setup involves moveable palettes that allow users to purposefully distort their typeface as they go, effectively producing their own personalized font. Watch Lazy Pen in action below!

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14.10.15 by Staff

Innovative Virtual Reality Experience Allows You to Rediscover the Forest as an Animal


London-based design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast isn’t just about pushing creative boundaries; it’s about encouraging people to see things from a different perspective. Using custom software to combine footage from lidar (remote sensing technology) and CT scanning, photogrammetry and a 360º aerial camera, their latest project is a virtual reality experience that lets viewers rediscover the Grizedale Forest through the eyes of its natural inhabitants. See more images and watch the short teaser video below!

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12.10.15 by Jeff

Graphic Designer Spotlight: Jaemin Lee


Loving these poster and book designs by Korean designer Jaemin Lee. More images below.

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12.10.15 by Staff

Invention of the Day: Stone Drum Machine by DevKid


Jamky is a “postdigital” machine that creates drum patterns when small stones are placed onto its grid. The project was developed by Ján Šicko and Roman Mackovič of Bratislava-based design studio, DevKid. Check out more images and a video demonstration (complete with light installation) below!

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09.10.15 by Kimi Hamada

Upside Down Sea Urchin Planters by Cathy Van Hoang


Cathy Van Hoang (a.k.a. Petit Beast) is a Los Angeles-based designer and art director. Using sea urchin shells as planters, Hoang photographs the plants upside down to create what look like floating jellyfish (with the plant becoming the tentacles). See more images of Hoang’s air plants below!

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08.10.15 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: Robotic Arm That Does Everything


Makerarm is a robotic arm that can ‘help its humans make just about anything.’ It can 3D print, laser cut, carve, mill, plot, and assemble. It can even feed your goldfish.

Multi-purpose and cost-effective, Makerarm is part of the Austin, Texas-based company’s broader belief that everyone should have access to the tools they need to create their dream projects. Learn more (and watch Makerarm build a custom laptop) in the video below!

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