Sunday, 29 November 2009

iPhone Travels: Carnaby Street of Love



































Carnaby Street has consistently been the most creative for street decorations in London for the past few Christmases (which isn't difficult to see if you happen to brave the shopping craze that is Oxford Street). It didn't disappoint this year. Harking back to it's Sixties heritage, the decor is combined with the seasonal theme.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense


More inspiring videos from the TED conferences. Dreams of seamless information at your fingertips comes a step closer with this MIT research which does away with today's physical interfaces. Using gestures and the environment around us, the portable projection device gives users the freedom to interact with the physical objects that surrounds us. Impressive stuff.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Flairs: Trucker's Delight


Outrageous 8-bit animation video directed by Jérémie Périn based around the Parisian pop and electro group's track title. Referencing diverse sources such as Spielberg's Duel to Atari computer games, the results are hilarious. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Lamborghini Gallardo by Sharpie Markers













Designed using Sharpe Markers then given a coating for protection. More photos here from
VOD Cars on Flickr.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Trillions: A History of Computing


A short film by MAYA Design on the story of computing and the challenges of where it is heading.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Termesphere



Ok, if you can put up with his droning voice, these videos are worth watching purely for the 3D illusions Dick Termes has created using a six point perspective system. The spheres seem to show a 3D world regardless of the viewing angle. The second video shows off the illusion more succinctly with an Escher painting. Clever stuff.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Fly Posting


German publishing company Eichborn using flies to promote their exhibition stand at the Franfurt Book Fair. RSPCA anyone?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Art: A load of hot air


Street artist Joshua Allen Harris creates animated art using nothing more than plastic bags and the ventilation air coming out of the New York subway. It all started out as bit of fun but soon progressed from the original polar bear to larger pieces such as the giraffe and Loch Ness Monster. What looked like ordinary trash on the street would magically transform into life whenever a train went by.

More videos at the Wooster Collective.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Disposable Design



Independent US advertising agency
Wieden + Kennedy have come up with some creative solutions even for the most unglamourous of products. Take these refuse sacks ready to brighten your weekly bin corner which can be bought at SUCK UK.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

iPhone Travels: Westway flyover W12

iPhone Travels: Wish You Were Here











Throughout October, 30 independent boutiques from 2 fashion neighbourhoods of Lower East Side, New York and Newburgh Quarter, London will trade places in pop-up shops in Carnaby Street. This will culminate in a US Halloween party finale on Saturday 31st October from 6pm.

More info at www.wishyouwerehereswap.com.

Mutate Britain: One Foot in the Grove


















It looks like East London isn't the only preserve for great street art.
Mutate Britain has moved west for a temporary exhibition of contemporary street art and graffiti. Situated under the Westway flyover off Portobello Road, the event showcases the best talent the UK has to offer. You can still catch it until the extended closing date of Sunday 1st November. Go see it.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

iPhone Travels: Curtain Road EC2A


















Can you have too much of anything? Someone apparently thinks so.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Bruce Lee vs Ping Pong



Bruce Lee plays ball with his nunchucks against some bat-wielding table tennis foes to promote the limited edition Nokia N96. Sweet.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Andy Awesome



































Brilliant Piktogramme illustrations from Andy Awesome for sale. How many do you recognise?

DVS Skate & Create



Skate & Create is a Transworld Skateboarding contest where 4 different teams have 9 days, 1 warehouse and a set of obstacles to create the best skateboarding documentary video.

Here, DVS shoes decided to pick Colin Kennedy as director and editor, Marc Ritzema for director of photography and Matthew Deak was the leading Art Director. The teamriders are: Daewon Song, MVP Torey Pudwill, Andrew Brophy, Zered Bassett, Kenny Hoyle, Jimmy Cao.

Watch this beautiful video and the follow-up making of video. The site's pretty sweet too.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Rocky tastes ace, with elbow space


Hilarious
marketing campaign from biscuit company Fox's, based on British educational TV broadcasts from the 70's on the dangers of opening a Rocky bar.

Fox's marketing director Mike Driver said: ‘We conducted research that showed biscuits can be risky. Last year there were 513 biscuit-related injuries.' He claimed these ranged from a man getting bitten by a squirrel while feeding it a biscuit to people burning their fingers when fishing out soggy biscuits from mugs.

We're all fed up with the nanny state interfering in our everyday lives,' claimed Driver. ‘We developed the idea of the BBAB as a parody of recent bureaucratic health and safety campaigns gone mad.'

See more facts at the British Biscuit Advisory Board.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Arcade Multimedia



Nice conceptual idea for an entertainment box from
La Boite Concept.

Body art









































Some beautiful examples of the human body as a blank canvas using the art of body painting at the M.A.C. Chinese Dress Exhibit.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Cariocas 2016


After beating Chicago, Tokyo and finally Madrid, the people of Rio (or Cariocas, as they like to call themselves) celebrate winning the bid to host the 2016 Olympics with this stylish video from Cidade de Deus (City of God) director Fernando Meirelles.

Cidade maravilhosa ...

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

China's 60th Anniversary National Day

Time lapse video of this incredible spectacle in Beijing's Tiananmen Square from Dan Chung celebrates the 60th anniversary on the founding of the people's republic. Say what you like about the Chinese - they sure can put on a show.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Mobile Numbers


Some facts from NewsWeek on the world's usage of mobile phones portrayed in a more interesting fashion than your average bar chart.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Life of a Stormtrooper













Have you ever wondered what a Stormtrooper gets up to on their day off from the dark side? Photographer Stéfan documents their everyday experiences 365 days of the year. Funny.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Idiot's Guide to Internet Dating

















A few simple statistics in layman's graphs on what to say, and more importantly, what not to say to woe those virtual ladies out of their digital panties. Gentlemen, you have no excuses now.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

iPhone Travels: Romilly Street W1

Auto Erotica: BMW 300














The ultimate driving machine has come a long way since the early days of the BMW 300 Isetta Moto DeLuxe. This 293cc single cylindered 4-stroke engine could reach an urban speed-breaking 53mph. It became one of the most successful microcars ever produced in the post World War II years due to the need for cheap, short-distanced vehicles at that time. Originally designed in Italy by Iso Spa, it was soon built in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Brazil and the UK.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Just a Pool Table



So, not content with just a pool table in your home? Perhaps this video projected version from
Obscura Digital will satisfy your inner child.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

China celebrates 60 years













































I particularly like the irony of tanks trundling down the Avenue of Heavenly Peace.

More photos here at Boston.com.

Monday, 21 September 2009

iPhone Travels: The Old Blue Last














This old Victorian boozer on the busy junction of Curtain Road and Great Eastern Street is somewhat of a favourite for cool, young music types. The pub is run by the guys of VICE, where bands and live DJs play every night of the week. The external artwork of cuddly angry animals is a recent incarnation.

View on Google Maps.

iPhone Travels: Brick Lane


















View on
Google Maps.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Lacoste - Zaha Hadid


































Zaha Hadid tries her hand at footwear design in collaboration with sports brand Lacoste. The architect's designs will be on sale in limited editions of only 850 pairs.

“The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids. When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body."
- Zaha Hadid

When is a window not a window?



The Bloomframe® balcony is designed by HofmanDujardin and manufactured by Hurks Geveltechniek.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Quote of the Day

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised God doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness."
- Emo Philips

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Chris Pfeiffer rides at BMW Towers


Stunt rider
Chris Pfeiffer has some fun at the BMW headquarters in Munich on his new F800R.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Recycling Dress

























Remember the days when your fountain pen leaked inside of your shirt pocket? Well designer Fernando Brizio has invented a dress using the same principle. Coloured felt-pens are inserted into the pockets of the dress where the ink is allowed to bleed into the cloth to create circular patterns. When you get bored wash it out and start all over again. Brilliant!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

iPhone Travels: Drink works














It certainly does. [ hic! ]

View on Google Maps.

iPhone Travels: Urban Cow


















Lost cow spotted on the rooftop of The Prince Albert on Albert Bridge Road.

View on Google Maps.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Switchital Clock



The Switchital Clock designed by Matthias Pugin uses an unconventional digital screen where the numbers are formed from small metal bars which are repositioned by magnets in a ballet display.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Ink Calendar














Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most beautiful. Here, Oscar Diaz has created a calendar that uses the natural capillary absorption of ink on paper to print out the days of the month. Stunning.

Zimtstern: Snowboarding on leaves




The video 'Leaves' by Marco Lutz for Zimtstern TV illustrates perfectly the instincts of all boarders to search out new paths to follow in anticipation of the snow to come. Simply beautiful.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

iPhone Travels: Fiat's big smile














The Big Smile is a festival celebrating the launch of the new Fiat 500C with a 5:1 scaled up model. Passersby will be encouraged to come inside and enjoy the garden deckchairs whilst watching the entertainers. You can see the model on London's busy Oxford Street from the 28th August to 2nd September.

Bear Art


















Disturbingly cute pretty much sums up the artwork of Luke Chueh. His paintings depicts his alter-ego bear and dark humour to tell stories, mostly unfortunate, of a particular moment.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

iPhone Bites: LMNT


















Queensbridge Road isn't really the first place you'd go looking for a bite to eat, but this unusual venue is worth the visit for it's decor alone. Think abandoned Cleopatra Hollywood film set, and you pretty much have an idea of this crazy but fun place. The experimental European food is equally as eclectic with starters such as moules in curry, beer and cream sauce, which worked quite well surprisingly. Though what this has to do with Egypt is anyone's guess. You'll also be forgiven for taking a little too long in the restrooms for admiring the exotic art.

View on Google Maps.

iPhone Travels: Alien Bouncer


















Bouncers have always been something of a different species in my book. Take this example with it's pasty night eyes guarding an unassuming door down Union Walk in Shoreditch.

View on Google Maps.

iPhone Travels: Emigrating Toasters














Somewhere in Kingsland Road, East London.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Abisko Washbasin


















Abisko is the result of a collaboration between Eumar Santhenica and Swedish Designer Johan Kaupii together with architect Lars Sundstrom, representing design firm We Think AB, from Gotheburg, Sweden.

The Impossible Mission















Since the production closure of analogue Instant Film in June 2008 with factories falling silent in Mexico and the Netherlands, there has been an outcry from Polaroid enthusiasts around the world. The introduction of digital photography spelt the end for instant photography that became iconic in the 1960s and 70s.

But a small group of diehard enthusiasts have formed a company intent on reviving this photographic format. However, they face an uphill struggle as the components needed to build the cartridges were all made internally at Polaroid which have now ceased production as well. The Impossible Mission led by Austrian entrepreneur Florian Kaps has taken over the factory in the Dutch town of Enschede.

"There are 300 to 500 million working Polaroid cameras out there, it's huge, and 24 million films have been sold last year. Our aim is to sell one million next year. I don't have any fear that we can sell it."

Let's hope they succeed.