If you love skiing, you are going to love Slalom House

Monday, 1 February, 2016

Slalom House, by Shokhan Mataibekov

The usual enticements waved in front of would-be apartment buyers include communal facilities such as swimming pools, gymnasiums, and hot tub spas, but the architects of a proposed residential block to be built in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, a republic located in Central Asia, plan to go one better by including an artificial ski slope.

The best part of it, so far as ski enthusiasts are concerned, is that the slope can be used all year, as it will be coated with artificial snow, according to the building’s designer Shokhan Mataibekov. I could see any serviced apartments that might be offered for hire, as being very popular here.

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The Lost At E Minor Young Creative Australians Awards winners

Thursday, 28 January, 2016

The winners of the inaugural Lost At E Minor Young Creative Australians Awards, that I mentioned last week were announced on Tuesday, Australia Day. Awards were made across six categories, with Georgia Hill winning art, Kirra Cheers photography, Tomek Archer architecture, Stav Adameitis fashion/design, Kacie Anning film/video, and Adrian Kalcic music.

Some amazing work on show there. Congratulations to this year’s winners and nominees.

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Would a classic car rip through a modern car like it were tin foil?

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

In a scene during Back to the Future Part II, that plays out in 1955, Marty suggests to Doc Brown that they land the DeLorean time machine on top of a car being driven by Biff, so as to stop it. Doc Brown retorts by saying that Biff’s car, being a 1946 Ford, would rip through their more modern vehicle, as if it were tin foil.

That may not have entirely been the case though, as this video of a crash test between a 2009 Chevy Malibu, and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, demonstrates. While both suffer extensive damage, the much heavier, and you’d think, sturdier, 1959 vehicle definitely comes off second best.

The video is intended to show that improvements in car design over several decades have made them safer so as far as passengers are concerned, more than anything else. So Doc Brown was probably still correct in deciding that making direct contact with Biff’s car was not a good idea.

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Punctuation posters, that’s art that lies between the words

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

Image by Nicholas Rougeux

Chicago based web developer and artist Nicholas Rougeux has selected eight classic novels, including A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, and The Time Machine, subtracted the words, and then created a series of posters made up solely of the remaining punctuation, that he has titled Between the Words.

The above image is a sample from the poster for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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New Japanese pictograms that are now more to the point

Monday, 25 January, 2016

Japanese hotel pictogram

A new set of pictograms, being symbols for a word or phrase, such as airports, police stations, and restaurants, as seen on tourist maps and the like, have been unveiled in Japan, in an effort to make them a little easier for foreign visitors to comprehend.

Previously hotels were represented by the letter “H”, logical in a way I guess, but the new symbol, on the right in the above image, makes a whole lot more sense.

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The Lost At E Minor Young Creative Australians Awards

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

Encompassing art, photography, architecture, design and fashion, film and video, and music, The Lost At E Minor Young Creative Australians Awards will recognise the work of young, and emerging, Australian creatives.

Nominations in each of the six categories are being announced daily until next Tuesday, Australia Day, when the winners will be unveiled.

I’m not sure if this is to be annual event, but I hope so… what a great way to bring new creative talent to the fore.

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The illustration work of Anton Gudim

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

Illustration by Anton Gudim

There’s a message in the work of Moscow based illustrator Anton Gudim, even if it may not always seem apparent at first.

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An illustrated letter from Edward Gorey would be a red letter letter

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

Illustration by Edward Gorey

It would have only have taken the merest glimpse at the envelope to know that you’d received a letter from late US writer and artist Edward Gorey, who was known for adorning both letters and envelopes with his illustration work.

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What a difference a knitted shell can make to a wireless router

Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Knitted shell by ishknits

Can you guess what the above object is? A cafe chocolate sprinkler, wrapped in a knitted cover? No idea? That’s ok, I’ll clue you in. What we have here is a wireless router, covered with a shell knitted by Philadelphia based yarnbombing craftivist ishknits.

It’s one of numerous similar such covers created by artists and designers who were invited to participate in Google’s Shells for OnHub project, which has the simple goal of making routers, especially those used in the home, a little easier on the eye.

As a result, people will be more inclined to better place them around their houses, thus allowing for better connectivity between their various devices.

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Forget window seats, SkyDeck is the way to fly with a view

Monday, 14 December, 2015

Aircraft SkyDeck/turret

Now here’s a way to fly, seated in a glass turret, called the SkyDeck, that is embedded in the fuselage of an aircraft, offering three-hundred-and-sixty degree views of the flight path.

They’re not the sort of thing you’ll see on all aeroplanes though, given their asking price starts at eight million dollars, but certainly an option to look out for the next time you’re choosing your seats when checking in for a flight.

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