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CES only comes around once a year, and that’s simply not enough time. While it is here, let’s talk about what it has to offer. Hot off the press is Toyota’s New Mobility Ecosystem and Concept Vehicle just released at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
Turn the hand crank on a jack-in-the-box and the lid bursts open to reveal the human-shaped toy inside. LG’s projector was designed pretty much the same way, except the lid opens to reveal one of the world’s best 4K Ultra High Definition projectors on the inside.
Wood-lined bedrooms, a minimal diner and a shop all feature inside the Muji Hotel in Shenzhen, which is due to open to the public later this month. The Muji Hotel, located in the city’s Futian district, is the first hospitality project initiated by the Japanese retailer, which is best-known for its minimalist homeware products.
The recent availability of automated design and production techniques is changing the development of building details. With parametric and algorithmic design methods and the use of digital fabrication, new abilities are required from architects for the design of details, at the same time as new players are beginning to take part in their development.
It’s both fitting and encouraging that in the year of #MeToo, three people working to combat the issue of sexual harassment and abuse have been awarded one of the top fellowships in the world. Laura Dunn, an attorney, founded a nonprofit to provide legal assistance to survivors and to advocate on their behalf.
A decade ago, there were more than 50 liquor stores in West Oakland and zero full-service grocery stores. But in 2009, community members launched Mandela Foods Cooperative, a health food store in the neighborhood with a small but Whole Foods-like produce section. Despite the high failure rates of new businesses-around 70% fail after 10 years-the store has survived.
CES is a wonderful time of the year, filling our techy heads with more exciting and enlightening products than one can possibly test out. One company to keep an eye on is the ever impressive Kohler, who this year have announced their new smart home products with ‘KOHLER Konnect’ – introducing voice-command technology into the bathroom with Amazon Alexa.
Being an artist’s significant other has its own perks, and one of them is receiving original gifts. Kells O’Hickey’s girlfriend Linds was recently surprised with a unique gift like that- her sketch artist boyfriend drew them two in 10 different famous cartoon styles.
Photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé captures the sadness and magic of Lebanon through his lens. Cabbabé has been all over the world: from South Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, to Vietnam. The artist moved from Beirut to Paris at a young age. Born during the Lebanese civil war, he is no stranger to the sociopolitical complexities of the tiny Mediterranean country.
With its beautiful 3D printer aesthetic and perfect countertop-worthy size, the Tetra is a $299 dishwasher that’s a pretty little aquarium for your dishes. It sits on any kitchen counter, occupying a fraction of the space you’d normally reserve for dishwashers, and will wash anything from dishes, to glassware, to baby bottles, to even food ingredients.
US hip hop supergroup Run the Jewels’ third album cover design features a striking image of two gesturing gold hands.
The news has been met with mixed reviews. It’s Nice That points out how they’re predictably following in the footsteps of brands who have already done this, such as YouTube, Airbnb, and IBM. FastCo Design further scrutinizes the move, examining the well-known fact that soda is actually kind of terrible for you and that maybe the company should be putting more efforts into planning the long game.
What mistake or trap should a young artist/designer avoid when working on sequential art? “It’s worth leaving some space, a breather, in both drawing and narration. It’s usually better not to overdo the amount of text. Sometimes leaving a few understatements gives better results.
New work from artist Matan Ben Tolila (previously featured here). See more images below or on display at Noga Gallery in Tel Aviv from January
martijn koomen and tadas maksimovas designed and built a fully-functional fixed-gear bike in tribute to an enigmatic, mathematical constant. martijn koomen and tadas maksimovas designed and built a fully-functional fixed-gear bike in tribute to an enigmatic, mathematical constant. are you knowledgeable about architecture? passionate about writing?
Universal Favourite have developed a range of modular chocolates Complementary that are formed in 3D printed moulds to satisfy any architect with a sweet tooth. The architectural forms have been developed to establish a connection between the two pieces to be eaten as one, complementing one and other.
The Present /&/ Correct blog has somehow got their hands on, and posted tons of photos of, vintage Soviet control rooms from “Power stations, control towers etc. Posted mainly for aesthetic reasons.” Despite some detail differences there is certainly a consistency of aesthetic that is almost disturbing in its order:
All the while, ‘the dance is set to the musical cadences of Bach, played by pianist Glenn Gould.’ A perfect combination. This film participates in a long tradition of animations exploring geometry, some of which you can find in the Relateds right below. Related Content:
DUSK is a clock that continuously changes shades depending on the time of day-a visual spectacle from dusk till dawn. Inspired by the simplicity of Mother Nature, there are no unnecessary decorative elements in this clock-only clean, monochromatic aesthetics that are both soothing and easy on the eyes.
Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only sites are more and more common, reminiscent of the days when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominated the web browser market.
Best selling author and executive coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith just announced his pay-it-forward project, 100 Coaches, where one hundred leaders agreed to teach others what they know. For free. Goldsmith came up with the idea in my Design the Life You Love program, where I ask attendants to name their heroes and their qualities.
In case you hadn’t heard, the future of travel is autonomous. After getting a look at Toyota’s self-driving stores, Texas’s Bell Helicopter just unveiled its self-piloting air taxi at CES in Las Vegas. Per Fast Company , the vehicle has yet to receive an official name, but Uber already plans to launch the robotic flights in the 2020s.
Recently I was attacked by several people online, saying I must not have “real” mental illness since I am able to work, be in grad school, and have stable friendships and a marriage. Those words hurt me deeply.
Most cat enthusiasts would agree that cats deserve the best, and only the best. Luckily, and thankfully several designers over the last few years, have created something spectacular. So house-proud cat owners no longer have to settle for ugly cat furniture. (Yes, it’s the truth) Just take a look; This design will catch your eye.
Bolstered by growing trade routes, over the ages cultural cross-pollination has been a productive force in art and design, so it’s always welcome to see initiatives that explicitly foster a cross-cultural dialogue, especially if the aim is the design and development of new artefacts.
Simon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment