Beyond the golden spiral, a fractal curve illustrated

Monday, 27 April, 2015

Illustration by Edmund Harriss

Arkansas based mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss has discovered a fractal curve, based upon – and remember I didn’t read maths, I just looked at the pictures – the golden spiral.

This new fractal curve, called the Harriss curve, as illustrated above by Harriss himself, comes about, long story short, from repeatedly subdividing rectangles within the golden rectangle.

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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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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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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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Seen but no longer heard, Leo the MGM lion

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

A lion named Leo has been the centrepiece of the distinctive Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo, that features at the beginning of movies produced by the US film production and distribution company, since 1957, even though the logo itself has undergone a number of alterations in the last fifty-eight years.

While Leo had a number of lion predecessors, he must be the longest serving to date, even if the roar we now hear isn’t his anymore… an electronic version was created some time ago.

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To me, absurdity is the only reality… and if that inspires, so be it

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

The work of New York based Canadian photographer and artist Andrew B. Myers is titled with the words of Frank Zappa, “to me, absurdity is the only reality” at but does it float.

Story of my life right now. Have you ever known reality to be logical?

Some of Myers’ images look a little like illustration to me, not that it makes any difference, it’s still all mighty fine stuff.

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Dominic Wilcox and the reinventing of normal

Friday, 3 April, 2015

Bird listening, rather than bird watching, a football that acts as a smoothie maker, and the unrequited handshake watch, these are but some of the concepts and ideas of British inventor and designer, Dominic Wilcox.

Via Hypnophant.

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“The Simpsons”, an eight-bit intro by La Tigre Forte

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

And on the subject of the Simpsons, an eight-bit variation of the show’s opening sequence, produced by Melbourne based animators La Tigre Forte.

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Barry Patenaude, Sydney based illustrator

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015

Illustration by Barry Patenaude

The work of Sydney based illustrator Barry Patenaude includes images featuring cutaways, such as “Pepsico” above, an added bonus for anyone – such as me – who likes to see what’s happening behind the scenes as it were.

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