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


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



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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25.08.15 by Staff

Animation: Mesmerizing 3D Printed Zoetropes


“Growing Objects” is a series of kinetic sculptures by generative design studio, Nervous System. When spun, these 3D printed objects appear animated, mimicking natural growth processes. Watch video of the project below!

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14.08.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Banner Lamp by NOMTN


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.)

29.07.15 by Staff

Computer Generated “Kaleidome”


Currently on display at Shatin Park in Hong Kong, “Kaleidome” is a brightly coloured, stainless-steel structure that children can play on. Passersby can also gaze through it and see their surroundings reflected back in kaleidoscopic effect.

It isn’t just fun though. The installation was created by LAAB Architects using a highly sophisticated computer programming system that arranged all 262 laser-cut cells (of 22 unique shapes) into a formation that would allow for as little material and spatial consumption as possible. See more images of LAAB’s amazing design below!

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28.07.15 by Staff

90s Forever


“What do machines sing of?” is a project by artist Martin Backes that features a machine not only programmed to perform 90s hits from the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but to mimic the ballads’ emotional intensity. Click below to watch the most endearing AI ever!

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