Archives - August 2009

Analogue Digital Clock

How awesome is this…

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Eat your Tony Hart out

The most fantastic range of coloured pencils I’ve ever seen. 500 colours, 500 different names. And if that wasn’t enough some beautiful ways to display them all. AND you can even upload your work into a Tony Hart style gallery.

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Visit the website here.

Found at Coolhunter

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Agrie Paint Services

Keep it simple! Loving this…

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Client: AGRIE Paint Services
Agency: Extreme Group, Toronto

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Etch-a-sketch gone supersize!

Sketch-3D is an interactive, integrated software/hardware system that enables users to create their own anaglyphic 3D drawings. By using a ubiquitous interface metaphor (the “Etch-A-Sketch “), Sketch-3D allows anyone to participate in generating stereoscopic imagery in a way that is simple and engaging. In addition to the personal experience, Sketch-3D can be scaled to work with any output device from large scale projection to plasma displays to an integrated LCD. This versatility allows for Sketch-3D to be tailored to fit a wide array of installation environments.

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Found at design you trust…

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Race for the 2016 Olympics

Two months from now the International Olympic Committee will name the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. If the decision were based solely on design, which candidate would win? Take a look and add your comments and opinions… The host city will be announced October 2, 2009 at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Designed by Ana Soter and selected by a special jury, the logo uses a stylized Sugarloaf Mountain in the shape of a heart to represent Brazil’s passion and enthusiasm for sports. With the slogan, “Live your passion,” Rio’s logo also features an exclamation point replacing the ‘1’ in ‘20!6’ symbolizing the excitement of the games.

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Madrid, Spain
Designed by 26-year-old Argentine Joaquín Malle, the logo was one of 2,700 submissions in a contest chosen by a public vote. Named “Corle,” the logo features a hand in the Olympic colors—which intends to represent unity among different cultures, people, and nationalities—along with silhouette of an ‘M’. The city’s bid slogan is “Hola everyone.”

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Chicago, USA
Designed by VSA Partners, this is Chicago’s second logo for its 2016 bid. The first (which featured an olympic torch with flames resembling Chicago’s skyline) violated Olympic rules which prohibit the use of the Olympic symbol, motto, flag, flame, torch, or medal. With the slogan “Let friendship shine,” the new logo uses a six-pointed Chicago star representing a compass pointing out in all directions of the world.

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Tokyo, Japan
Using the slogan “Uniting our worlds,” the logo ties the five Olympic colors in the form of a traditional Japanese knot. The knot, known as ‘musubi,’ has long been utilized in Japan to signify blessings during times of celebration. Tokyo’s logo was created by acclaimed designer Kenji Ekuan of GK Design Group.

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In an Absolut world you’re with the band

I wish! The new Absolut ROCK bottles do just that. I am SOOO getting one of there bad boys on my shelf this September (launches 1st September in Selfridges in the UK). Don’t think the vodka will last that long but those studs and leather were built to last! Not that we need more and more reasons to be interested in vodka, but the Absolut people come up trumps again with another great idea you just can’t do without…

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Found at BrandRepublic

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A B C vitamins

I think this concept of letter shaped boxes for each different vitamin supplement is a great idea, making something dull like the humble vitamin a whole lot more interesting. The concept is by Polish designer Viktoriya Gadomska

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Google gets out-geeked!

I think it’s fair to say that Google Street View entertained every single one of us when it was first launched (not least for the fact that some of us were spotted on a fag break by the Google cam!)…and now it has become an every day tool which is useful on so many levels.

Well, if interactive 360 still images sounded good then some clever chaps over in Holland have out-geeked Google and taken this to the next level with interactive real time video*?

(*OK, it’s not technically video when the images are captured but the end result certainly is)

Give this a whirl below and get into the spirit of things with a bunch of sweaty ravers! – just click and drag the mouse on the vid when it plays….

You can read the full story here…

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A new, New Street for Birmingham

Today designs showing how Birmingham’s New Street Station will look after a £598m revamp have been unveiled. The Birmingham Gateway project, which got the go-ahead in February, aims to cater for more than 52m rail users a year. The designs by Foreign Office Architects create “a modern gateway to the city for millions of people”, project leaders said. New Street has long been criticised for its outdated concrete appearance. Work on the scheme is expected to begin next year. For more info visit BBC News and the dedicated website of the development: NewStreetNewStart.co.uk

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50 Years of the MINI

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Mini was born in 1959 and this small car was produced by British Motor Corporation (BMC). It was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and this this weekend saw the International Mini Meeting 2009 (on 7-10 August 2009) at Longbridge, Birmingham, UK where the last Mini rolled off the production line. Several other meetings are being held around the world to celebrate the iconic, timeless classic.

This brand film “Rebel without Pause” focuses on MINI fans and drivers all around the world and their personal experiences with MINI. In a documentary style, the milestones of MINI history are shown – narrated by authentic people: From the future to the past – back to present and vice versa.

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The Mocha Lisa

The Mona Lisa, one of the world’s most famous paintings, has been recreated using 3,604 cups of coffee – and 564 pints of milk. 

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It measures an impressive 20 feet high and 13 feet wide and took a team of eight people three hours to complete. The different colours were created by adding no, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee. It was created for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia, and seen by 130,000 people who attended the one-day coffee-lovers event.

Watch the Video below to see the construction of the piece.

Found here…

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Sears Tower – The Ledge

Sears Tower, which opened its new set of glass balconies for public viewing. “The Ledge,” as they’re collectively called, hangs 1,353 feet in the air. With transparent walls and ceilings, visitors say its like floating in the sky.

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