If you're getting hitched, we highly recommend making friends with designers, and here's why: They can make some sweet-ass wedding invites. Case in point: Graphic designer Kelli Anderson's invite for a couple of close pals, bound by their shared love of music, literally sings. Just watch:
Unless you're an incredible procrastinator, you've completed your taxes recently. Even if you got a refund, looking at that W-2 makes you think that the government takes a lot of your money. Which leads to the annual question: What are they actually doing with that money, besides paying for congressmen's pizza during late-night negotiating sessions?
Less than two weeks before Christmas 2005, a car bomb exploded outside Beirut, killing Gebran Tueni, a lawmaker and the editor of Lebanon's leading Arabic-language daily newspaper, An-Nahar. It was a carefully orchestrated attack, an assassination of a fierce advocate of democracy in a nation where democracy is a life-or-death matter.
Professional designers learn early to work within constraints: time, budget, materials, price. But the team at the London graphic arts firm hat-trick design has a special knack for a particularly daunting creative challenge: delivering big design on a tiny canvas.
Remember the Spirograph toys you had when you were a kid, which let you draw mathematically precise hypotrochoids and epitrochoids (or, as I called them, "neat shapes") without cracking a sweat? What if you had a Spirograph that was the size of an entire room? That's the essential gist of Eske Rex's enormous retro-tech sculpture "Drawingmachine," which does exactly what its name suggests.
Carnivores, hold onto your drumsticks: Someone clearly dead-set on sucking the joy out of dinnertime has invented cutlery designed explicitly to discourage people from eating meat. That includes several useless, round-tined forks; a knife with an unpolished finish; and a blade which, to judge by the pictures, appears no sharper than a lump of Play-Doh. You'd have better luck hacking into a Porterhouse with a spoon.
Photographer David Friedman makes gorgeous mini-documentaries about inventors (32 so far), and his latest is a must-see for anyone who wonders where world-changing technology comes from. Friedman interviewed Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera, in Kodak's Rochester, NY headquarters last October, and got a little "product walkthrough" of Sasson's first working camera -- which looks like a clunky '70s Polaroid crossed with a Speak-and-Spell.