Rethinking…* the Pietà for modern times
Tom Kelley and David Kelley on Reclaiming Your Creative Confidence ~ Most people are born creative. As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But over time, because of socialization and formal education, a lot of us start to stifle those impulses. We learn to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world seems to divide into “creatives” and “noncreatives,” and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category. via Harvard Business Review, published in the December 2012 issue.
Groups Make Change: Creating frog’s Collective Action Toolkit ~ We jumped at the opportunity to place a team of frog designers in an environment in which design has no meaning at all, a collaboration with the Girl Effect to improve the lives of adolescent girls. This collaboration revealed a new purpose for design as an essential set of skills to help communities to solve their own problems—and the Collective Action Toolkit was born. What follows is the path we took from our collaboration to creating and releasing this toolkit, which is available to download for free from frog. via Frog Design, published November 19, 2012.
The Neuroanatomy of Freestyle Rap ~ Mapping the fugue state that allows rappers to freestyle, jazz musicians to improvise, and artists turn off their self-edit. via The Atlantic, published November 19, 2012.
100 Urban Trends That You Should Know About ~ The BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin has done us all a huge favor by rounding up 100 of what it calls “the most talked-about trends in urban thinking.” This is by no means a definitive list, but it is a snapshot of what people were talking about in Berlin during the Summer of 2012 (when the traveling city-focused Guggenheim Lab was in the area). via FastCoExist, published November 20, 2012.
Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again ~ Popular ‘neuromyths’ about how we learn are creating confusion in the classroom. via The Wall Street Journal, published November 16, 2012.
Architects Propose ‘Soft Waterfront Infrastructure’ to Protect NYC From the Next Big Storm ~ “soft infrastructure,” a design concept based on priming the city to “deal with storms instead of fortify itself against them” by using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs. via Inhabitat, published November 18, 2012.
Biomimicry Creates New Education Models For Learning From Nature ~ We can learn a lot from nature, but first we have to learn how to do that. A whole host of programs–from grade school to graduate school–are now teaching the art of biomimicry. via FastCoExist, published November 16, 2012.
Popcorn Maker: A Dead-Simple Drag-and-Drop App For Remixing Web Videos ~ The Mozilla Foundation’s latest project aims to bring interactive multimedia remixing to the masses. via FastCoDesign, published November 14, 2012.
VIDEOS & TALKS
Pop-up Lego Architecture ~ A Japanese Lego builder going by the YouTube handle “talapz” has rendered both Todai-ji and Kinkaku-ji, two World Heritage sites and famous Japanese temples in Nara and Kyoto, respectively, in Lego. But the crazy part is he designed the structures to be collapsible, like a pop-up book. via Core77, published November 19, 2012.
(via talapz on YouTube, published June 13, 2009)
(via talapz on YouTube, published Nov 13, 2012)
A House For All Seasons: D*Dynamic’s Home Adapts To Its Changing Surroundings ~ David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson of D*Haus Company have created a truly transformational home inspired by mathematician Henry Dudeney that can respond to its environment by adapting to seasonal, meteorological, and astronomical conditions. Based on Dudeney’s solving of “The Haberdasher’s Puzzle,” which allows a square to transform into an equilateral triangle, D*Dynamic can transform itself into a series of eight configurations. The external walls have the ability to unfold, forming internal walls and allowing glass interior walls to become the façade for those sunny days when you want a naturally lit abode. The open interior layout, consisting of two bedrooms, a living room, and a bathroom can adapt to various situations, such as family size, as the house transforms not only seasonally but also daily. via Architizer, published November 15, 2012.
Amazing Time-Lapse Video Features Ever-Changing Earth and Sky ~“Within Two Worlds” was created by photographer Brad Goldpaint. The film features shooting comets, a giant tilting Milky Way, and glowing purple and pink auroras peeking over the horizon. Stunning sequences watch day turn to night and night to day, as overhead stars shine their beautiful light above mountains, forests, and waterfalls. via Wired, published November 18, 2012.
Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense~ Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey’s Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea. He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — “old and unusual” all, as the store’s motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register. It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine. via NPR, published November 18, 2012.
Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy ~ via Edutopia, published June 15, 2012.
Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli cutlery by Jinhyun Jeon ~ The project was inspired by the phenomenon of synesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimuli like taste, colour and hearing are affected and triggered by each other. People with synesthesia often report seeing a certain colour when they hear a particular word, for example. via Dezeen, published November 18, 2012.
Sony Holds the World’s First Real-Time Digital Photography Exhibition ~ Imagine a photography exhibition in which all the photographs on the walls are being captured by their respective photographers in real-time around the world. That’s the kind of show Sony put on this past Thursday in London: the world’s first real-time digital photography exhibition. via PetaPixel, published November 17, 2012.
Storm-Battered Photos Become Public Flotsam ~ Images of one moment redefined by another. Hurricane Sandy turned cherished snapshots into an open-air exhibition of people’s lives. The photographs below were collected on Staten Island. via The New York Times.
Is This the Most Distant Object Ever Seen? ~ A weird proto-galaxy spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope may have broken the record for the most distant object ever seen. And—if it pans out—it didn’t just break the record, it smashed it. via Slate, published November 16, 2012.
Photos of the 37 Ingredients That Go Into Making a Twinkie ~ Photographer Dwight Eschliman based the project on the 37 individual ingredients listed by author Steve Ettlinger in his book, “Twinkie, Deconstructed.” The photographer collected a sample of each one, and then photographed it on a glass dish to show Twinkie fans what they’re eating every time they pop one of the cream-filled snacks in their mouth. via PetaPixel, published November 19, 2012.
Bite-Size Bits Of Design Wisdom, Made In Just 5 Minutes ~ Base Design’s Thierry Brunfaut gives himself 300 seconds to get to the point. via FastCoDesign, published November 14, 2012.
A Photo Showing the Energy Contained in a Single Orange ~ Photographer Caleb Charland is well known for his projects that mix science and photography. Recently he has been working on photos showing “alternative batteries,” or using things like fruits and coins to power lights. via PetaPixel, published November 16, 2012.