Coming soon, LEGO kit sets of the Titanic

Friday, 24 April, 2015

LEGO Titanic

By popular request it seems, LEGO will soon begin producing building-brick kits of the doomed ocean liner, Titanic. If enough people support a particular concept, such as part of the house where TV show The Golden Girls was set for example, then LEGO will bring it forth.

At present there are three proposals for a Titanic kit set, all of varying sizes, ranging from about forty-one centimetres in length, up to about one hundred and twenty centimetres.

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.

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A design classic, the soft drink can… who would ever have thought?

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015

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…

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Look up Moon phases for the next eight thousand years

Thursday, 16 April, 2015

Moon Phases installation

Here’s an interactive installation that allows you look up the phases of the Moon, as seen in the northern hemisphere, for any date from the beginning of the first millennium, right on through almost to the end of the tenth millennium. Cool, or what?

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:

  • 5 November 9106, Venus occults Regulus
  • 16 November 9682, Mercury occults Regulus
  • 21 November 9847, Mars occults Regulus

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Artworks from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” show sold at auction

Thursday, 16 April, 2015

Artworks created by Jon Lomberg for use in Carl Sagan’s 1980 TV show, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, were sold by auction in New York City last week. They would have been quite the keepsakes to score, for hard core fans of the series.

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Oil, water, and paint in motion

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

Pacific Light, artwork created by Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov through the combination of water, oil, movement, and music.

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Haas Unica the true rival of Helvetica? I thought that was Arial…

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

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.

That’s partly the story at least. Haas Unica, created in the 1970s, also just seemed to come along at the wrong time however:

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.

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The colour of art has undergone a blueshift

Monday, 13 April, 2015

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.

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The towers of London, old and new, illustrated for a vintage era

Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Illustration by Mike Hall

Renderings of prominent tower buildings and structures in London, both old and new, by Valencia based freelance illustrator and map designer Mike Hall, have the look and feel of drawings from centuries ago.

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Even in dust we have an artistic medium that we can work with

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

Artwork by Paul Hazelton

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.

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Suburbs, as seen by Florida artist Matthew Cornell

Friday, 27 March, 2015

Artwork by Matthew Cornell

The work of Florida based artist Matthew Cornell brings to mind an idealised notion of suburbia that lurks in my mind… in a serenity of the neighbourhood in the cool evening air, sort of way.

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