Body language cards for the online generation

Monday, 31 August, 2015

So many body language gestures, so little time to comprehend them instantaneously. Tom Rothe and Stefan Wabner have put together sixty three cards that will help you figure out what someone is really thinking, or how they see themselves.

Comes in app form as well, so you can conduct such inquiries discretely.

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The world needs more emojis, so turn photos into emoji mosaics

Friday, 28 August, 2015

This sounds incredible, but it has been almost three years since I last mentioned the word “emoji” here. It also happened to be first as well. That is weird though, because the world is awash with emoji, the smileys, emoticons, or pictographs, that originated in Japan.

I better get back with the program then… here’s a link to Emoji Mosaic, by Eric Andrew Lewis, that allows you to turn any image you care to choose, into a mosaic of emoji characters.

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If a quiet room is listening to itself, how much noise it is making?

Friday, 21 August, 2015

A Room Listening to Itself is an intriguing sound installation created by Montreal based composer and sound artist Adam Basanta, made up of numerous microphones that are “listening to themselves”, by way of a series of reclaimed speaker cones.

The feedback generated by this loop, together with the sounds made by people viewing the installation, results in a somewhat ambient consonance.

Via prosthetic knowledge.

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The colours of feelings by Thomas Blanchard

Thursday, 20 August, 2015

What are the colours of feelings? Mix paint, oil, milk, honey, and cinnamon together, as Lyon based creative director Thomas Blanchard has, and you just might find out.

One thing is beyond doubt though, the colours of feelings are certainly very easy on the eye.

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Who needs a computer to play solitaire anyway?

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

Solitaire cards by Susan Kare

If, like me, you’re a Microsoft Windows user who has recently upgraded to version ten of the operating system, or OS, you may be surprised to learn that a fee is now payable before certain games, including the much loved Solitaire, that are bundled with the OS, can be accessed. Or, more to the point, accessed free of adverts.

Lucky for me I have an older machine – that I keep as a back up – running on a previous version of Windows, I can fire up when the desire to play a hand or two manifests itself.

Of course not everyone has that option, but now, thanks to Susan Kare, who designed the artwork for the Windows 3.0 version of Solitaire in 1990, there is now an alternative… an actual deck of cards, based on her pixelated Solitaire designs, can now be purchased. Still not free, but who would be worried?

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The photorealist paintings of Stephen Fox

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

US photorealist painter Stephen Fox is clearly a night owl, and we are better off for it, as his impressive collection of work goes to show.

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On a wingtip and a prayer, the illustrated flyer

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

Artwork by Claire Harvey

You may need to look twice next time you’re on a flight, cruising at thirty thousand feet, when you think you see someone standing on the wing, or engine, of the aircraft. Most likely, and hopefully, it will be an illustration by Claire Harvey, that has been carefully placed on the window, rather than an actual person.

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Will New Zealand soon have a new flag?

Monday, 17 August, 2015

New Zealand new flag proposal by Pax Zwanikken

New Zealanders are currently considering whether or not to change their national flag, and as part of the process, were asked to submit ideas for a new emblem.

Over ten thousand submissions were received – remember that New Zealand has a population of about four and a half million – and now a long list of forty designs has been drawn from these ideas.

From here just four proposals will be chosen to be voted on in referendums planned for later this year, and in 2016.

The design above, by Pax Zwanikken, titled Tukutuku, is one that caught my eye immediately. I don’t envy those tasked with trying to select just four though, given the standard of the submissions.

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The Helvetica smartwatch, now there’s a very smart watch

Friday, 14 August, 2015

It’s been a while since I wore a watch, now that smartphones are the timepiece of choice and all, but if I had to wear a watch, a smartwatch at that, it’d be the Helvetica 1, a smartwatch that isn’t really a smartwatch, except pretty much for the smart font that its face bears.

Then there’s the fact that the watch isn’t particularly smart, at least not in the “Hey look, ma! I can send my heartbeat” sense of the word. There are no notifications, no voice activation, no gimmicky apps, or watch faces that can be loaded onto it.

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Stefan Kuhnigk’s illustrated coffee monsters

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

Illustration by Stefan Kuhnigk

Like Carter Asmann, whose work I pointed to earlier in the year, Hamburg based illustrator Stefan Kuhnigk, also finds artistic inspiration in paper stained with spilled coffee, and has a penchant for drawing up monsters from the resulting splatters, coffee monsters, that is.

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