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Thomas Kalak: Thailand – Same same, but different!

Sunday, September 21st, 2008


Photographer Thomas Kalak sent me his new book “Thailand – Same same, but different!” containing a colorful variety of street improvisations containing creations in leveling objects in challenging environments, sourcing water in unique ways, making broken products useful, converting objects into other uses, and a variety of other everyday needs. The photos are simple, mind-provoking, and very humorous once you realize the entire story. You’ll look at an image, wonder what they were solving, realize the initial problem, then understand how they solved it. Each image is a puzzling fun story in itself.

We live in a culture where resources are abundant, but at times we also find ourselves sourcing our needs around what we already have. The art in improvising is one of the most elemental needs in creativity just as “perspective” is to creation. Just because something is made to do “this” does not mean it cant’ do “that”. Thomas has created a wonderful simple book giving us a lens in seeing such beautiful samples in Thailand!

A little bird tells me this is selling out fast! Get your orders at RupaPublishing.com or direct here!

A few pictures from the book after the jump provided by Thomas!
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Sandy Smith: Mauritian Sunset

Friday, September 19th, 2008


This is just way tooooo coooool! Artist Sandy Smith brings us this colorful creation. I want I want!

via TodayandTommorrow


Eeepy Bird Guys: Post-it Notes

Sunday, September 14th, 2008


EepyBird’s Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

The Eepy Bird Guys, infamous for their Diet Coke Mentos fountain experiment(post), hinted during the Art Center conference their next experiment with Post-it notes here (above)!

This video reminds me in the shift in marketing. The Coke+Mentos video was made for fun and gave Coke and Mentos tons of great PR (even though I still dig the old fresh-maker commercials), and the post-it note was most likely a paid experiment. You no longer need to explain what a product does, you just need to make people curious and aware of that “something”. Anyhow, this can be a long discussed topic, so I wont dive into it, but I guess it’s just a note on how companies are pushing for the success in viral videos for their brands and products.

eepy website


Weekend Links

Monday, August 25th, 2008

jetblue terminal
Thought of the week: Keep trying and believe.

- A peek into Jetblues new restaurant terminals!
- Made in USA shirt in Chinese.
- Flower Foaming Fire Extinguisher.
- Wifi Heatmap..kinda nerdy, but kind of works.
- How to get into any club by pretending to be a DJ.
- A very bad paramedic!
- Free the airwaves!(internet for all!)
- Windows Error page projected during Olympics opening Ceremonies!


Wasara Paper Tableware

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Wasara Paper Tableware
Oooooooooo, my gosh, Wasara makes some unbelievably beautiful paper tableware pieces with a very keen sense in Japanese aesthetics. I especially love the slight curves in the plates to fit around your hand. I’m not sure if I’d ever want to throw these plates away but they are eco-friendly in manufacturing and in material.

If your seeking something more sturdy you can always buy the beautiful plastic “Tast.es” object though there is a beauty about 1 time use paper plates.

via notcot
1 more picture after the jump of each piece.
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Glue Jeans! Very cool!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Glue Jeans

Woa! No more stitching, just Gluing… Yup, this Dutch manufacture Glues their jeans together! Looks pretty slick, though not very sustainable using glue. I’d love a pair if I make it over to Amsterdam soon… let me know if any readers out there can help me out =)

gluejeans.com
via joshspear

a few more pics after jump…
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Chris Jordan: Picturing excess

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I’ve mentioned Chris Jordan’s work and amazing presentations throughout this year, and now he’s online for ya’ll to watch!… so go watch it here or above via TEDtalks.
Buy his amazing book Running the Numbers” here.


400,000 Balls Dropped into Ivanhoe Resevoir

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

LA Silver Lake Ivanhoe lake black balls
Sweet goodness, this rocks! Tossing 400,000 plastic black Caviar like balls into a reservoir with 3 million to follow in an attempt to shade off the reservoirs exposed water from sunlight for the next 4-5 years.

The water needs to be shaded because when sunlight mixes with the bromide and chlorine in Ivanhoe’s water, the carcinogen bromate forms, said Pankaj Parekh, DWP’s director for water quality compliance. Bromide is naturally present in groundwater and chlorine is used to kill bacteria, he said, but sunlight is the final ingredient in the potentially harmful mix.”

Reminds me of the beautiful Sony Bravia Bouncing balls commercial. I want to by a pool of spheres now!

Tons of fun pics after the jump.
Source via LA TIMES with video, Curbed, and CBS and video.

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Jan Vormann: Dispatchwork

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Jan Vormann dispatchwork

“As part of Bocchignano, Italy’s group project “20 Eventi,” Jan Vormann went around town and filled in all the cracks in the walls with painstakingly clicked-together patches made from Lego’s.”

Very cool! Gives off the vibe that entire city buildings are fabricated from Lego’s and their rustic outer layers of mud bricks are breaking off exposing the fun beneath! The hidden Lego lands discovered ;) . I heart this!

Lots of pics after the jump>

via BoingBoing
Jan Vormanns site.

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Nick Demarco: Reuse, Garbage Chair

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Nick Demarco XS garbage chair

Call it what you want, but I think this is a great idea by student Nick Demarco! Buy this plastic bag/mesh shaped chair, stuff it with dry items you’d be throwing away anyways or what you have too much of, and you have a comfy chair. Take those old shirts, magazines, bottles, stuffed bears, newspapers, etc.

This is a great “Reuse” project. I’ve got a huge pile of old shirts and magazines that would work great for making a snazzy couch! Reminds me a bit of the very expensive yet cool Campana teddy chairs!

via treehugger!
video interview


Tast.es: Disposable Elements for Catering

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Tast.es: Disposable Elements For Catering
Wow! I love it when the ordinary becomes extraordinary. In this instance Tast.es creates “Disposable elements for catering”! I’m not sure the cost on these jewels but every time I pass by cheap ugly paper/plastic plates in the grocery store, I’m going to venture my eyes around for a set of these, especially the sweet soup cups! Plastic at it’s best! Damn this is hot!

More images after the jump mirrored via NotCot

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Weekend Links

Sunday, April 6th, 2008
braile graffitti

It’s been an awfully busy month with projects, some ping-pong action, lots of lectures, and a few great conferences coming up (GEL, Art Center). Sorry for the lack in posting, but please keep sending in goods.

Thought of the week: You never know what your good at unless you try doing it.
- What the world eats by culture.
- Is Wholefoods becoming the Hybrid SUV, and victims in their own success?
- Very eerie…virtual face follows your cursor.
- A hilarious Blog on photoshop disasters!
- Pop-up alphabet book!
- Solar Film reaches 19.9% efficiency/transfer! Awesome!
- www.ffffound.com , a visual dig of creative images.
- Ping Pong flopping skill madness!
- A pretty nifty label made to remember what wine you liked!