The smallest, and most recently added to the campaign page, is a still sizeable 750-piece offering, which measures 41.4cm long and splits in half for authentic sinking action – a design feature Ssorg says is “a little macabre, but many people have been asking for.” The lower part of the hull is also detachable, allowing it to be displayed on a shelf as if it were at sea.
The best design is invisible. So to speak. There’d be countless products we use daily whose design process we wouldn’t give any mere hint of a thought to. And that of course would have a lot to do with the success of their design. The aluminum soft drink can is one such item. Simple, yet so incredible…
Talking of the tenth millennium, here are a few astronomical events, perhaps the only things we can be sure may happen, that are scheduled to take place. Regulus, a star in what is still the constellation of Leo, will feature prominently, assuming it is still around in eight thousand years:
If someone tried to tell me that the sole reason the Helvetica font thrived was because an apparent rival typeface, Haas Unica, somehow, by hook or by crook possibly, didn’t come to the attention of enough designers, I wouldn’t believe them.
Through a long and contrived series of events, Unica ended up being owned by Monotype. It had simply fallen through the cracks thanks to industry-wide turmoil and technological upheaval. In the years that followed, it never quite disappeared completely. “Most type designers know if it,” Rhatigan tells me, and perhaps its inaccessibility even increased the mystery surrounding it.
Actually, it’s not too bad a typeface, I may see it I could use it as the web font here one day.
Painted artworks are increasingly featuring more of the colour blue, according to research conducted by Martin Bellander, a psychology student at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, who analysed over ninety-four thousand paintings that were created between 1800 and 2000.
Bellander considers a few explanations for the increase in blue. The most persuasive are that the aging of resins has changed the color of oil paintings over time; that the pricing of different pigments have changed over time, with blue getting less expensive; or that it represents an artistic trend in the use of color.
A true artist can work with just about whatever material they are able to lay their hands on. British sculptor Paul Hazelton is a case in point, much of the substance of the works he creates is dust. That’s right, household dust. And for good measure, he also makes use of cobwebs, hair, cut paper, and stuffed toys.