How can I tell ye, do not disturb? Let us count the ways

Thursday, 29 January, 2015

There’s this one hotel I sometimes stay at in Sydney that does not supply do not disturb signs… a rather odd establishment, no? Well, maybe.

Thankfully I usually only stay there while in town for work purposes, so it’s not like I’m going to be awoken from a twelve hour slumber or anything, and besides housekeeping only calls every other day, so it’s not like there’ll be too many disruptions in the first place.

If I do ever decide to make a holiday out of a stay there though, maybe I ought to print off one or two of these such signs from this extensive collection assembled by Lisa Hix. They’re not all signs as such either, take a look, and you’ll see what I mean.

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The art of the Sun and the wind

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Shade, an installation by Dutch artist Simon Heijdens, projects sunlight, in kaleidoscopic fashion, onto its facade, according to the speed of the prevailing breeze.

A cellular glass facade that filters natural sunlight into a moving kaleidoscope of light and shadow, directly choreographed by the elements passing outside, to restore the unplanned natural timeline of the outdoors to the interior of the building.

Via prosthetic knowledge.

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Progress bars that make making progress more fun

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Artwork by Viktor Hertz

Progress bars for downloads, web pages, and the like, generally aren’t much to write home about. It’s time therefore that some of the ideas of Stockholm based graphic designer Viktor Hertz, whose work I’ve linked to before, were incorporated into the apps we use regularly.

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The richly detailed artwork of Sean Norvet

Friday, 16 January, 2015

Artwork by Sean Norvet

The more you look at the work of Los Angeles artist and illustrator Sean Norvet, the more there is to see.

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Atsushi Koyama’s artwork, a glimpse of our bio-mechanical future?

Monday, 12 January, 2015

Artwork by Atsushi Koyama

The work of Toyko based artist and illustrator Atsushi Koyama blends human limbs with motor vehicle engine parts… a sign of things to come?

Via Dark Silence In Suburbia.

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The work of collage artist Tristesse Seeliger

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Artwork by Tristesse Seeliger

Vancouver based artist Tristesse Seeliger creates collages using historical maps sourced from the Geological Survey of Canada.

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The winner of traffic light pong gets to cross the road

Monday, 15 December, 2014

Pedestrians in the German city of Hildesheim can now play a variation of video game Pong, while waiting to cross the street at certain traffic signal controlled road crossings. All you need is someone on the other side of the street to take on. So, do people still get around to crossing streets in Hildesheim any more?

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In and out of The Louvre in ninety minutes on a Sunday afternoon

Friday, 12 December, 2014

You’ll never guess what the highlight of my trip to The Louvre was. Well, I did study the painting in question for my art history course at high school, and to say that there’s more to it than meets the eye is a veritable understatement.

Viewing the work is likewise the focus of many other visitors to what is one of the best known art museums in the world, but do most of these people zip in and out only to see it, or do they take the time to see more of the treasures within?

Unsurprisingly visitors to The Louvre can be cast into one of two camps, short stayers, people who spend about ninety minutes there, and long stayers, those who stop for at least six hours. Surprisingly though, there is little difference in how much either type of visitor sees, it comes down to how long they take in any given art piece.

Having say an hour to gaze at the Mona Lisa would be a luxury. The jostling crowds make staying in its presence difficult for any longer than a few minutes though.

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Marsala, Pantone’s colour of year for 2015

Thursday, 11 December, 2014

Pantone Marsala

The surest sign yet that the working year is close to an end… Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2015. Marsala it is.

A year ago I was gunning for Pantone 185 C as a future possible colour of the year, as it is the reddish hue that curently adorns disassociated. Maybe 2016?

The people at Quartz have kindly made the shade’s RGB, CMYK, and Hex numbers available, should you wish to whip up some Marsala in your web or print work.

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Economists on breakfast cereal boxes, who deserves a spot?

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

I have a thing with breakfast cereal boxes. Having said that, I don’t collect, or, for that matter, hoard them, even those that are full, but they have a certain significance that I may, or may not, say more about at a later time. Cryptic I know, but there you have it.

On the subject of breakfast cereal boxes though, if you had to, just for the sake of it, match an economist with a certain breakfast cereal box, such as “Special K” for instance, who might that be? If you think you can match one with the other, then the Marginal Revolution University is the place to be.

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