Vintage Classics, an imprint of Random House UK, has republished five sci-fi novels in gorgeously kitschy covers full of splashy colors and eye-popping typography and camp illustrations on the order of a tentacle embracing an improbably phallic submarine (for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, natch). The kicker: They're all rendered in 3-D. Nerdgasm!
Infographics already gets tons of play on the web. But geek superstar Golan Levin wants to spread them even further. So he developed an adjustable stencil that lets you spray paint pie-chart data visualizations of your own making on walls, highway underpasses, the house of your high school math teacher -- wherever! As someone noted perfectly on Twitter, it's "Bansky meets Tufte."
It broke my heart: Mere days after I waxed ecstatic about a Kickstarter-funded iPhone camera accessory, Steve Jobs announced an update to iOS that will make that product redundant. But Apple still can't do everything.
The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is one of the poorest places on the planet. Whipped by the winds of the Sahara and cursed with poor soil, it has an annual per capita GDP of just $1,200, earned mostly through subsistence farming. It doesn't have diamonds. It doesn't have oil. It doesn't have any of the rare earth minerals that developed countries fight over.
What it has is mud. And rarely, since God fashioned Adam, has that homely element been used to such remarkable effect.
Transportation infrastructure accounts for 20% to 40% of all urban land. These systems grossly enable global warming, with transit now representing an outsize 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But for as little as $20,000, cities can convert streets, highway underpasses, parking lots, and more into urban oases that encourage people to get the hell out of their cars.
To launch three new "extreme!" flavors of Mountain Dew in New Zealand, Mountain Dew and its agency did the extreme -- they launched a giant pinball machine-shaped skate park.
Auckland's Colenso BBDO worked with specialist designers and New Zealand's gnarliest, including skateboarders Brett Band and Mike Bancroft and BMX rider Haimona Ngata on the new Dew campaign, which revolves around a 600-square-foot skateable pinball machine, complete with 40 foot backboards, sensors, flippers, and lights. The skaters are the pinballs.
Old and busted: iPad apps. New hotness: iPad Smart Cover apps. You read that right: why stick to just the screen when you can design and develop headspinningly innovative experiences that take advantage of the iPad's stylish dust cover, too? Last week Evernote became the first company to do just that, with an app called Peek that turns your tablet into an addictively interactive flash card game.
Not furry, cuddly or by any means cute, bugs always get a bad rap. At the sight of them, people reach for rolled-up newspapers and insect sprays. But to textile artist Jennifer Angus, insects are simply material for art. She's so comfortable with them that she'll handle bugs while eating a bag of chips. "It sounds a bit gross, I know," she says, laughing.
Angus hopes to highlight how important bugs are to life.
Amidst the delirious joy of seeing LeBron James and the Miami Heat get humiliated in the 2011 NBA Finals, we actually forgot something important: That means the Mavs won! So this is probably the first time ever that most basketball fans would rather give Mark Cuban a fist bump rather than a kick in the junk.
Anyway, one of our favorite infographic-poster companies, Chartball, is out with a new poster celebrating and dissecting the Mavs' charmed season.