Archive for August, 2009

Bobby McFerrin Crowd Sources the Pentatonic Scale

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Awesome! Music is a universal language for sure!

“Bobby McFerrin, a master in the possibilities of the human vocal chords, recently demonstrated the common understanding of the pentatonic scale at this year’s World Science Festival.  The playful and simple demonstration uses audience participation to recreate the scale even when it goes beyond the given instructions.”

via psfk(rest of article)

Video above or here.

Deposit Checks iPhone App: USAA Bank

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Woa, pretty cool, though I try to do direct deposits, it’s amazing how many paper checks I still get and send!

“A mid-sized bank, USAA, has become the first bank to let you snap a picture of a check with your iPhone and automatically deposit it once you hit the send button.” Video above.

via venturebeat

Lemonade the movie

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Lemonade the movie:
“More than 70,000 advertising professionals have lost their jobs in this “Great Recession.” Lemonade is about what happens when people who were once paid to be creative in advertising are forced to be creative with their own lives.”

Right after you watch Art&Copy covering the fun hectic creative work life in an advertising agency, it only seems fit to check out “Lemonade” which follows a few creatives who lose their jobs only to find spare time to chase after their dreams!

Can you get the best in both worlds? Yup… Guru graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister during TEDglobal 2009 encourages creatives to take 1 year sabbaticals every 7 years to recharge.

“He described a typical life timeline: The first 25 or so years are devoted to learning, the next 40 or so to working, and the final 25 to retirement.

Then he asked: Why not cut off 5 years from retirement and intersperse them into your working years?

So every seven years, Sagmeister closes his design shop, tells his clients he won’t be back for a year, and then goes off on a 365-day sabbatical.It sounds costly, I know. But he says the ideas he comes up with during the year “off” are often what provide the income for next seven years.” (daniel pink blog)

Art & Copy Documentry

Monday, August 10th, 2009

“ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

I blogged about another documentary called The Alchemists back in 2006 which links to the same production company behind Art&Copy… weird yah! . Anyways, great to see the film making its rounds even though the name changed I think. Check out if it’s screening near you here.

Food Inc Movie

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I finally watched Food Inc the movie!

“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”

I found Food Inc to be a disruptive glance into the hidden political powers ruining the food industry where profits overwhelm the integrity of farmers and quality in healthy food.  As the film says, you’ll never look at food the same way. You’ll be left appreciating local farming, an understanding in how an individual can influence large corporations, and cringing to take action which you can here. They also have a book you can buy: Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It

Go watch the film, get everyone you know to see it,  and don’t bring too much food into the movie while watching. Start buying from farmers markets, eat organic, get local schools to serve healthy meals, and have restaurants display nutritional facts. Food Inc will not scare you away from food, but it’ll influence your food buying decisions while giving you a better idea in how some foods are manufactured, treated, transported, and concealed.

Food Inc website

Michael Graves + [yellowtail] Wine Glass Collaboration Interview

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Last week, I had a brief interview with architect and product designer Michael Graves about his recent collaboration with [yellowtail] wines in creating a limited edition set of glasses which will be auctioned off this month on Ebay with profits going to the American Association of Museums.

I’ve always had an interest between the blurry design intersections in space and objects. Graves is one of few successful architects to bridge the object world most notably known for his Universal designs along with a line up of products sold at Target.

The brief interview with Graves and a video explaining the project more after the jump along with images of the 3 glasses his team created.


Junior Jacquet: Toilet Roll Faces

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Junior Jacquet
creates some oddly familiar and intriguing faces using the the brown chipboard tube from an empty toliet roll! I’m not sure what to make of them, but making art from trash is always cool!

A few more pics after jump.
via zoomdoggle


Alicia Martin: Streaming Books Installations

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Installation artist Alicia Martin sure has a thing for Streaming Books. This would have been a great PR piece for the Amazon Kindle!  a little kindle at the end of the book rainbow…

Reminds me a ton of the always fun zippy wooden Tunnel House here.

A few more pictures of her work after the jump including a video.

via urbanprankster


Nikon unveils world’s first projection camera

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Nikon just announced the worlds first Compact Portable Camera with an integrated projector capable in blasting an image on any surface 5-40 inches! The Nikon s1000pj 12.1 MegaPixel Camera is surprisingly thin at .9 inche and will cost roughly $700 $430 when it comes out this fall in Europe! and yes, it still has a 2.7 inch screen.

I’ve  played with integrated portable projectors since 2002 during some projects but only now are they coming out in real products. This will surely disrupt the portable media industry, though I’ve grown keen on sharing small screens with people lately.

What will happen… Will projectors over rule touch screens or will projected touchscreens be next. Or maybe augmented data will be projected on people your taking pictures of (watch the TEDtalk on the “6th Sense” project shown this past February embedded after the jump).  I do wonder if you can project onto something your about to take a picture of… fun times in creativity and augmented reality!

via dpreview (source reghardware)


MailStream: What’s in your mailbox infographic!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Fun infographic by Jude Buffum illustrating the different types of mail sent in 2007. Lots of mail!
via 2Modern

Cheeming Boey: Styrofoam Cup Drawings

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Artist Boey has a fun collection of drawings on Styrofoam Cups using one of our favorite pens the mighty Sharpie.  Boey’s cup collection is an endless diversity in curiosity and whim that will hopefully end up in a major brands series soon.  Make sure to see his Process and video of him making one of the pieces which I’ll add after the jump. I think he does commissions too if you want…

I know plenty of people willing to pay a small premium to have these  disposable cups any day! Or maybe just provide pens with every cup making it a DIY disposible cup.

I’ve had my share in using sharpies on everyday objects including Styrofoam cups, though my favorite is still the backside of a paper plate for some reason. I’ve always mentioned to students about drawing on more than just paper. Draw what you visualize after reading a page in a book… right on top of the page, sketch on a sphere, a cylinder, clothing, walls, shoes, chairs, wallets, pencils, CD’s, your desk, etc. Just because an object isn’t made to b drawn on, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

I’ll post a few of my favorite cups from Boey’s collection after the jump.