Friday, November 18, 2005
Ideal Boy documents a delightful aspect of Indian pop culture: educational charts. Designed for the classroom, they cover every subject imaginable, from science and technology to guides on proper manners. Educational charts can be found posted across India in post offices and railway stations, among other public spaces. Although didactic in nature, many of them are riddled with errors that defy all logic.
Create the face of a person with the Ultimate Flash Face generator.
It provides a palette of facial objects: eyes, jaw, hair, etc. For each, you pick the one you like, then place and size it appropriately. You can even save your creation.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Project Gutenberg has for download Volume 1 of The Boy Mechanic: 700 Things for Boys to Do. How to construct wireless outfits, boats, camp equipment, aerial gliders, kites, self-propelled vehicles, engines, motors, electrical apparatus, cameras and hundreds of other things which delight every boy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Bob McIntosh was one of the main background painters at the leading design-oriented studio of the time, United Productions of America, where he worked primarily on the Mister Magoo shorts. He cites Picasso, Matisse and Miró as his primary modern influences. A typical example of his painting style can be found in these stills from MAGOO MAKES NEWS (1955).
Tadanori Yokoo, born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1936, had a successful career as a graphic designer from the 1960s until the 1980s. After that, he devoted his energies to painting. At the time of his "conversion" to fine art, the 1980s was dominated by the so-called "New Painting." At first glance, Yokoo's work appears to be a part of this movement, but Yokoo's goal is to discover new potential in painting, which is unrelated to modernism's goal of uncovering the basic forms of art through extreme reductionism.
This conversion was said to be triggered by the shock of seeing the 1980 Picasso exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Trilobis 65 is a semi-submerged dwelling environment. Reaching 20 metres in length designed by Giancarlo Zema for habitation by six people at sea. It is ideal for living in bays, atolls and maritime parks. The main aim of the project is to allow anyone to live in a unique environment through a self sufficient, non-polluting dwelling cell in unison with their ocean surroundings.
The Illegal Art Exhibit will celebrate what is rapidly becoming the "degenerate art" of a corporate age: art and ideas on the legal fringes of intellectual property. Some of the pieces in the show have eluded lawyers; others have had to appear in court.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Great technique for photographing flying insects using laser pointers to trigger the camera when the insect is in front of the lens. The site shows the construction of the equipment used to make the photographs and also many pictures with the results.
Why not have your own Charlie Brown's classic pathetic Christmas tree, an exact replica of the tree from the famous cartoon, made of wire branches and plastic needles with a criss cross wooden base. The bendable branches allow you to make it look just how you want, super pathetic or just kind of pathetic. The tree comes with one red Christmas ball ornament.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
The 3 rd Peugeot Design Contest saw Andre Costa carry off the first prize for his 2-seater concept car, the Moovie.
The main idea behind this project was to create a small 2 seated city car powered by electric power.
What shaped the visual look on the vehicle was the two big electric wheels with hollow rim, these wheels are hollow in the middle, this is where the doors of the car are located, the vehicle has like this big doors allowing the users to have enough space to enter and exit the vehicle.
The big wheels have a reason behind it, the bigger the wheel less turns it has to make to travel, less turns less energy expended.
The front of the vehicle is supported by two spheres, these are purely for support, the car turns by a system that makes one electric wheel go faster then the other, this system allows the vehicle in some cases to make 360º turns which is great for parking and moving in small city streets.
Eric Grohe Murals Working in cooperation with architects, designers, art commissions and community representatives, Eric Grohe creates mural art that transforms the environment and communities as well. He believes that his art should involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but integrate with its architectural surroundings.
The large public mural projects are painted on site and typically take several months, giving the local community a unique opportunity to witness the day-to-day creation of a work of art.
In 1999 Eric Harshbarger began taking a renewed interest in a childhood pastime: building with LEGO bricks. What started as an "adult hobby" quickly evolved into a serious endeavour. By the end of 1999 LEGO building was generating an income for Eric, and within one more year it was his primary form of employ. Eric's works have appeared on national television shows including NBC's Today Show and Ripley's Believe It or Not! He has earned recognition as being one of the top LEGO sculptors and mosaicists in the world despite the fact that he has never actually been an employee of The LEGO Company.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
This is a complete facsimile of F.W. Nack's Make Up Book for Professionals, a copyright expired lithographic pamphlet on stage makeup from around 1900. It shows clear diagrams of the common types of theatre makeup used for portraying popular characters and types on the American stage at that time.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Taking full advantage of the greater chassis design freedom afforded by an in-wheel motor, this is Yamaha's proposal of a completely new type of two-wheel-drive (2WD) EV (electric vehicle) with "Stretch & Shrink" functions in the vertical and horizontal directions that brings a very Yamaha joy of riding. In addition to the great drivability of the 2WD it is possible to adjust not only the riding position but also the silhouette of the chassis to fit the rider's body size, riding environment, road surface conditions and personal preference. This is Yamaha's proposal of a bike of the future that offers the kind of personal fit only possible with an electric vehicle.
The EMBRIO concept is a recreational and commuting vehicle that uses gyroscopic and electronic technology. It is a means of transportation, as well as a way of enjoying transportation as a positive activity. The main power source is a hydrogen fuel cell. In stand-by configuration, the vehicle's front wheels deploy to the ground like a jet plane landing gear to increase longitudinal stability. Thus stabilized, the Bombardier EMBRIO looks perfectly at home in the urban landscape, displaying the beauty of its sculptural lines until it's time to go for a ride.
Friday, November 04, 2005
First roller coaster EVER to top 400 feet
First coaster EVER to reach speeds of 120 mph
Track Length:2,800 feet
Lift Height:420 feet
Angle of Lift Hill:90 degrees
Vertical Drop:400 feet
Angle of Descent:90 degrees
Angle of Twist on Descent:270 degrees
TIME, SPEED, CAPACITY
Launch Speed:Approximately 120 mph in four seconds
Drop Speed:Approximately 120 mph
Capacity Approximately 1,500 riders per hour
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Here is the Internet Chair with magnetic stripe card reader and spikes that retract when a seating license is downloaded from a license server in response to input from the card reader incoroprated into the chair. The license server is in the 19 inch relay rack behind the Internet Chair.
For two full years, Basic Hip Digital Oddio will be featuring weekly stories and songs from the golden age of children's records, a period which ran from the mid 1940s into the early 1950s. Each one of these recordings has been carefully transferred from the original 78s and encoded to MP3 format for you to download and enjoy.
Daniel Peacock a native of Southern California and a graduate of Art Center College of Design. Daniel Peacock has participated in LazLuz De Jesus's "Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists" exhibits in the past as well as other group shows. Many of his works are painted on aged and yellowed book pages appearing doodles from long ago.
Paul Slater is one of Britain's most popular and highly regarded artist/ illustrators.
Over a 22-year career Paul's list of clients is extensive and impressive. Corporations such as General Motors, Shell, British Airways, Volkswagen, Campbell Soup, Rolls Royce, Volvo, Colgate and Cutty Sark have used his images in their advertisements. He has also produced work for musicians/ groups such as OMD, Madness and Richard Thompson.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Ji Lee art director and designer born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Ji Lee currently works as an independent art director and designer in New York. He received a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1995 and spent four years at Saatchi & Saatchi before setting out on his own. He has designed catalogues for museums including MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Designer Charles Trevelyan had some new designs at 100% London and writes; "My main piece was the Shelflife shelving system, a large shelving unit or room divider that features a chair and table that can be pulled out from within the shelves. I also showed a lamp, Titanic, designed to appear to be sinking beneath the surface of the table."
Almost a decade before MGM's famed cat-and-mouse team, Amadee J. Van Beuren's New York studio had another pair of stars named Tom and Jerry.
Rocketeers a 1932 B&W animation Directed by John Foster and George Rufle is available for download under a Creative Commons license at the Internet Archive.
In this film Tom and Jerry are being feted by the Royal Experimental Society for inventing a rocket, which they plan to blast off to the moon -- with them inside. However, Tom and Jerry's ultimate destination proves to be quite different from the lunar surface.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Cavorting on a roundabout has always been fun for children. Now pure, clean borehole water can be pumped into water storage tanks while the playground roundabout equipment is in use. The Play-Pump is a specifically designed and patented playground roundabout that drives conventional borehole pumps, keeping costs and maintenance to an absolute minimum, while entertaining the children.
Between the 1930 - 40's cars and large electric refrigerators
have increased the size of food shopping trips.
but they couldn't've done it alone without a third invention
- without the shopping cart!
Shown at designboom the history of the shopping cart.
Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. The Futuro house was completely furnished and could accommodate 8 people. It was constructed entirely out of reinforced plastic, a new, light and inexpensive material back then. The plan was to mass-produce it, so it would be cheap enough to house all people around the earth. Because it was so light-weight, it was easily transportable by helicopter. Mobile living was the new possibility for the future. People could now take their moveable home with them, to wherever they went, and live like modern nomads.
Bert Monroy ia a Hyper-realist artist. His images are simply amazing, especially when you know that they are all 100% hand made using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. He's been creating digital art for over 20 years and started with a 128K Mac back in 1984.
San Francisco in Jell-O is a project from Liz Hickok, an artist and designer from the Bay Area San Francisco, which created a sculpture of the city landmarks using Jello. There is also a 1-min amazing video of San Francisco in Jell-O earthquake.
MobMov (short for Mobile Movie) is a grassroots movement aimed at bringing back the forgotten joy of the great American drive-in. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, what used to be a dark and decrepit warehouse wall springs to life with the sublime sights and sounds of a big screen movie. Best of all, the MobMov is free.