A rocket-propelled life-preserver which can be launched up to 500 feet has won the 2010 James Dyson Award, one of the world's most prestigious student-design awards. Australian student Samuel Adeloju, who invented the so-called Longreach buoy, wins $15,000, as well as $15,000 for the industrial design department at his alma mater, the University of New South Wales.
It's the Oscars of American graphic design. 2300 entries. 16 judges. 125 winners. All that's missing are the sequins and Hollywood spotlights but for many designers, the AIGA's 365 Design Competition is every bit as exciting.
A reading theme is perfect for cafes filled with bookish patrons cradling cups of cappuccino. At the new location of Manhattan coffeeshop D'Espresso, a prevalence of books also nods to its unique location: It's located just a block from the New York Public Library. But that wasn't enough for designer Anurag Nema and his team at nemaworkshop.
We never thought about it before, but looking at a watch is kinda labor intensive. You have cock your head to the side and throw your forearm into your body, like you're about to march -- a lot of work just to tell someone it's 4 p.m. We're lazier than that, dammit!
Long Island, that interminable tract of suburban sprawl outside Manhattan, has fallen on hard times. Stripped of jobs and young people--and, perhaps soon, its natural resources--Long Island offers a sliver of the American Dream it promised decades ago. One group of architects has a radical (and elegantly simple) vision for resurrecting the place: Make it less of a suburb, selectively letting some areas hollow out, while building up density elsewhere.
Everyone is aware of how significantly Facebook has impacted modern technologies such as online communication, information aggregation, and boyfriend stalking. Less noticed, but just as profound, is its influence on art. Just as refinements in mirror crafting led to an increase in self portrait production during the Renaissance, Facebook's steady, unrelenting invasion of every crevice in the civilized world has led to a new renaissance in portraiture, notable for its creation by people who wouldn't know good art if it friend requested them.
Everyday, our brains are assaulted with ridiculously large numbers -- just watch cable news, and take a drink every time you hear "billion" or "trillion." You'd have to get your stomach pumped by 8am. And you'd forget the sheer size of a paltry one million.