When architects can't find work -- which is often -- they busy themselves by dreaming up quixotic design concepts that almost never get built. Bam!'s proposal for a semi-underwater world in Venice is precisely such a concept -- an exercise in pure design fantasy that, on the surface, seems so spectacularly crazy you'd never expect it to leave the drawing board. Thing is, it's not that far-fetched.
Let me see if I can write this post without referring to Minority Report -- nope, not possible, since Imogen Heap's musical gloves rely on the exact same idea as Tom Cruise's image-remixing handgear. Having the gestural interface scheme applied to music, though, is a pretty neat live effect for a stage show -- which Heap worked to great effect in a show at the TED conference in Edinburgh last month. Using gestures designed by her collaborator, Dr.
Art teachers are always telling students to make their sketches “leap off the page!” -- advice Monika Grzymala appears to have taken literally.
Glancing at your watch when someone's gnawing your ear off? Rude. Gently caressing your watch when someone's gnawing your ear off? Pretty harmless. Which makes Eva Rielland's "Visualize differently" timepiece in slides four through six, above, something even Miss Manners could get behind: It lets you check the time (and plan your escape) using just the tips of your fingers.
The American Institute of Architects has announced the winner of its Barbie Dream House competition: a four-story, eco-friendly Malibu manse with signature pink sliding doors.
Brazilian footwear company Melissa has turned the side of a building in São Paulo into a mega-huge movie screen for an animation that uses Post-its like analog pixels.
Twenty-five animators worked for a steady five months, stamping sherbet-colored notes on the U-shaped foyer of the Galeria Melissa to generate an ever-rotating cast of images -- from shadow boxes to a charming, psychedelic elephant -- captured on time-lapse video above. By project's end, the animators had blown through a whopping 350,000 Post-Its.
Most social-media clients for smartphones are pretty well-designed, or at least adequate, for what you want to do when you fire up Twitter on the go: scan and manipulate a bunch of updates quickly. But for those of us who use Twitter mainly as an RSS-like newsreader, that user experience all too quickly breaks down whenever we tap a socially shared link that we actually want to read, and get pushed to a site whose readability on a small screen often sucks.
At a time when we are constantly being told to value the new and the different, it may come as a surprise to learn that the standard, the shared and the common can be strong drivers of transformation. In fact, many of the innovations that have changed the world, including railroads, modern manufacturing and interchangeable parts, money, agriculture, containerized shipping, numbers, the Internet, even language, only succeed because of standardization.