Recycled Amusement: A Ugandan Playground of Water Bottle ~ In anticipation of tomorrow’s Global Day of Play…* Ugandan eco-artist Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire doesn’t play around when it comes to play. The winner of TED’s first City 2.0 Award for 2012, a prize designed to encourage innovation in cities, is using part of his $10,000-prize to construct an amusement park for kids in Kampala’s slums built from thousands of reused plastic water bottles. via GOOD, published July 5, 2012.
Positive Posters Interview ~ Terrific interview with Nick Hallman co-founder of Positive Posters, a global poster competition and founder of the Sex, Drugs & Helvetica conference for young designers, and Zac Solomon, one of four designers heading the conference. Hallman talks about making the worst marketing mistake of his life–naming the competition Positive Posters (it’s not about telling people to smile, it’s about making people stop, think, and think some more); the constraints of the poster as medium and his long term goals for PP, “I want it to become a visual archive of each year’s issues as seen through the design community.” via T-Squat, published October 2, 2012.
How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators ~ Maria Popova highlights some of the best advice to come out of Alex Cornell’s Breakthrough!: 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination — a small but potent compendium of field-tested, life-approved insight on optimizing the creative process from some of today’s most exciting artists, designers, illustrators, writers, and thinkers. via Brainpickings, published October 1, 2012.
Kids Play the Way Scientists Work ~ In an article published last week in Science, psychologist Alison Gopnik reviewed the literature about the way young children learn, and she finds that the way preschoolers play is very similar to the way scientists do experiments: Kids come up with general principles, akin to scientific theories, based on the data of their daily lives. Gopnik argues that the research should steer educators and policy makers away from more-regimented, dogmatic kinds of preschool instruction. via Discover Magazine, published October 2, 2012.
After El Bulli: Ferran Adrià on his Desire to Bring Innovation to All ~ Rethinking…* haute cuisine in a way that would offer other creative endeavors a road map for innovation. via Wired UK, published September 24, 2012.
10 Amazing Videos About the Creative Process ~ Amazing selection, curated by Behance’s 99u, of videos from musicians, stand-up comedians, writers, and others to help give us a look inside the inner-workings of some of the world’s most talented creatives. Includes Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., Ray Bradury, Christoph Niemann, John Cleese, Baratunde Thurston & more. via 99u, published September 27, 2012.
True Grit: Education and Character Strengths ~ Brian Wiliams of NBC’s Rock Center investigates how some schools are trying a provocative new approach to education called “grit.” The idea makes it ok for students to fail so they can grow. Featuring rethinked’s…* own Dominic Randolph, headmaster of the Riverdale Country School, and David Levin, co-founder of the Kipp Charter School Network, speaking about their work on education & character…*
Check out Jennifer Livingston’s Awesome Retort to Fat Shaming ~ Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston went on air to stand up for herself against a fat-shaming email from a viewer and took this opportunity to highlight October as Anti Bullying Month. via Slate, published October 3, 2012.
Two Water Tables ~ A neighborhood in Brooklyn known as “The Hole” is thirty feet below sea level. It is so close to the water table, in fact, that local homes are not connected to the city’s sewer system, relying instead on cesspools; the streets—with names like Ruby, Emerald, and Sapphire—are often flooded, on the verge of permanently returning to marshland. The Hole is a short documentary by Courtney Sell and Billy Feldman about this neighborhood; cowboys on horseback wander through water-logged streets while abandoned housing developments soak up rain like giant sponges. via BLDGBLOG, published April 3, 2012.
Infographic: Humans Are Just A Twig On The Tree Of Life ~ In this graphic by the Tree of Life web project and designer Leonard Eisenberg, we see all 3.5 billion years of life on earth evolving, not through limbs and timelines, but an elegant rainbow swirl. It’s as if our whole history is a colorful bunch of balloons, all tying back to bacteria. via FastCo.Design, published October 1, 2012.
Stefan Sagmeister Creates Bike Chain Typography Poster ~ The graphic design duo, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh have collaborated on this poster that’s comprised of 4,209 bike chain links. This beautifully detailed new poster was created for PUBLIC, the San Francisco-based bicycle company and came about when PUBLIC asked 27 well-known designers to reinterpret the notion of ‘Public’ with a vision of reclaiming city streets, sidewalks, and spaces for walking, biking and eating. via PSFK, published September 28, 2012.
Kinetic Sculptures Paint Ghostly Phrases, Using Light And Magnifying Glasses ~At the Melbourne Art Fair last month, Ian Burns unveiled a specially commissioned piece called Clouds. The massive sculpture looks a bit like an old-fashioned watermill, if the CERN engineers had built it. Two metal cogs bristle with objects like toys, umbrellas, lightbulbs, and salad bowls. In motion, the bits and pieces created a fracture narrative, recorded on two mounted video cameras and displayed on nearby flatscreens. Toy planes and other objects arc across the screens, in an endless cycle of flight. There’s no plot, per se, and it repeats itself forever. The piece is a kind of mechanical, self-generating movie–where the actors, directors, and camera men are conspicuously absent. via FastCo.Design, published September 25, 2012.
Marin Dearie’s Shades of Change ~ An informational installation created to highlight the various color changes that occur in nature, popular culture, and elsewhere. via MarinDearie.com
Photographs of Mirrors on Easels that Look Like Paintings in the Desert ~ While staying in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park, photographer Daniel Kulka, “spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.” via PetaPixel, published, September 28, 2012.