Have bike in a bag, will travel

Wednesday, 30 July, 2014

While the Kit Bike remains a concept at the moment, a bicycle, consisting of just twenty one pieces, that can be dismantled and packed away into one relatively small carry bag, may become a boon for travellers who want to move about at their own pace.

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Auto Aerobics, they’re cars, but not cars as we know them

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Image by Chris LaBrooy

They’re actually 3D graphics, but these images – created by British designer and artist Chris LaBrooy – easily look as if they could be experimental vehicles of some sort.

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Jon Juarez, a non-writer who storyboards his ideas as illustration

Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

Jon Juarez is an illustrator and artist, but according to this article posted at the recently re-booted Netdiver magazine, he is, in effect, a non-writer who storyboards his ideas. It’s a description that may intrigue or puzzle, but that Juarez’s concepts end up taking visual form is what really counts.

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To see what lies within anything, grab an industrial sander

Monday, 14 July, 2014

Fascinating, Laurin Döpfner takes day-to-day objects, logs, walnuts, electrical fittings, and cameras, and slowly grinds away at them, layer by layer, with an industrial sander, until they end up as a pile of fine particles.

Via Colossal.

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Card stock and an idea, can movie posters get any more minimal?

Friday, 11 July, 2014

Design by atipo

Some of these minimally crafted movie posters – made by Spanish design studio atipo with card stock – take some thinking about, while others are a little more straightforward… once you know the title of film in question that is.

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Victorian Wars and other illustrations by Terry Fan

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Image by Terry Fan

Take some time out to peruse the work of Toronto based artist and illustrator Terry Fan… this image, from his Victorian Wars series, somehow reminds me of the group photo of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and associates, that was said to be taken in 1900.

Via Design is Kinky.

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A 1785 guide to creating fireworks

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

I’m not sure what’s the more fascinating, a book, published in 1785, choke full of recipes for fireworks, or the tome, complete with hand crafted text and illustrations, itself.

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A pylon dressed as a lighthouse, easier on the eye than one that’s not

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Photo via klasse lobbert

When it comes to power pylons it’s definitely a case of function over aesthetics. Most of the time anyway. About four years ago a group of German art students decided to enhance the visual appeal of one such structure by attaching stained glass panels. This idea needs to be more widely adopted I think…

(Photo via klasse löbbert)

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Into the wide blue coloured internet

Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

If there’s one colour that web designers and brand strategists have a preference for, it would be blue, but you don’t need me to tell you that. But why is so much blue used on the internet in the first place? Might it be because blue was one the first colours, aside from black and gray, to make an appearance online, back in the day?

The man who invented links was writing them to a grayscale screen. The first popular browser, Mosaic, later turned links blue because it was the darkest color available at the time that wasn’t black; they needed to stand out, but only just. Blue was the best alternative. Blue always survives the focus group. Blue wins the a/b test. Which is convenient, because blue is usually already there.

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Would equations be more interesting if rendered as 3D models?

Thursday, 3 July, 2014

Maths model, UIUC Altgeld collection

I don’t spend a great deal of time trying to visual maths equations, that would be way too bamboozling for me, but were they to be rendered as three dimensional models, that might be another matter.

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