michelangelo’s david has often been the beacon of perfection in the human form. well now that david has some competition from david the robot creating his mechanical masterpieces one perfectly, calculated stroke at a time. david is not alone, check out harvey moon’s automated artist at work.
the brother’s grimm may have a monopoly on the children’s book market, but here is a whimsical pop-up picture-book for grown-ups that will bring you as much delight as tales like little red riding hood and the frog prince.
made in america is becoming quite trendy, and taken up as an anthem for some. you might actually be surprised at what brands are still made in the good ‘ol usa. companies sneak in a flag or note on packaging, but is the lack of a uniform identity impairing the momentum of this movement? usda organic began with congress in 1990 and the seal in it’s current iteration was introduced in 2002 with wide-spread adoption. would a similar standard benefit made-in-america makers? madeintheusabrand.com believes so, and is offering there own icon to unite the enterprise.
on the web, whether it be website, blog, or twitter, we all know content is king. companies have found this challenging particularly in social media, with their only real contribution being coupons and sales advertisements. here is a brand that are taking a different tac. these videos embrace the stories that connect with their customers with little advertising interference taking full advantage of micro documentary culture and people’s fascination with the behind-the-scenes-look.
pbs’s “off the book” has brought us another fun feature detailing the history of data vizualization. as the capacity of data collection increases it has become more and more important to have effective ways to make sense of the information and make it meaningful and ultimately actionable.
neenah paper has once again proven why print isn’t going out of fashion with this new promo. paper is tactile and has a direct connection to the logic and emotion centers of the brain. touch is one of main senses and consequently influences our interpretation and engagement with the world. these sensations are provoking enough to inspire a few dance moves from neenah, and they want to know “what moves you?”
people have been obsessed with davinci’s sketch books for centuries, but is this a pastoral art like diary keeping and letter writing? the sketchbook project mobile library is taking a definitive stance and bringing the creative musings of over 27,131 sketchbooks from 135 countries. you can get your inspiration on in one of the 40+ cities they visit across the country or peruse the digital collection at your leisure.
for fonts, form is the difference between legibility and chicken scratch, but for christian boer a graphic designer with dyslexia the function of form has a greater importance. he has created a typeface called dyslexie to combat the brain’s tendency to flip and rotate letters. scientific american explores the font and it’s designer’s process in this article including the challenges dyslexics face and boer’s thesis that led to the creation of the font.
3D printing got its start in the mid-80′s on a scale much like the computer, it was large and in-accessable to the general public. fast forward almost 30 years and 3D printers are becoming a tool for makers and product innovators at a table-top dimension. people are finding a way to create and customize just about everything from toys to furniture, and now records. amanda ghassaei has explored bringing music back to “vinyl” at the individuals command.
with records currently limited release commodities or collector oddities the art of album covers has become an even greater niche market than those that collect the music ephemera of that bygone era. will 3D printing bring record albums to a new generation and foster a new stock of cover artists in the tradition of storm thorgerson and his like?
product trends have featured the downsizing from mini to micro in just about everything imaginable. will the next demand be for individualization? if the fashion industry is any indication products may become at least aesthetically customizable, if not an infinite smorgasbord of options, to make your next widget all yours.