In How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer (UK; public library), Debbie Millman (previously) sits down with 20 of today’s most celebrated graphic designers to unravel the secrets of their creative process, work ethic, and general philosophy on life. The result is a kind of modern-day equivalent of the 1942 gem Anatomy of Inspiration, presenting a rare glimpse of the creative machinery behind some of today’s most talented and influential designers through conversations that reveal in equal measure their purposeful brilliance and tender humanity.
The Kröller-Müller Museum is located in the beautiful ‘Hoge Veluwe’ national park, about a 75 minute drive from Amsterdam. It combines the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world with the biggest sculpture garden in Europe. In spite of the uniqueness of this combination and the memorable art experience it delivers, the Kröller-Müller too often isn’t on the travel plans of many Dutch and most foreign visitors to The Netherlands.
With a new marketing strategy, updated profile and a totally new brand identity, this is going to change in 2013. Perfect timing because, after a period of dispersed presentation and storage, all the world-renowned Vincent van Gogh paintings are back together, well in time for the Kröller-Müller 75 year anniversary celebration next summer.
Edenspiekermann developed a dynamic typographic concept and logo that are based on the customer experience inside and outside the museum walls. It is both graphic and sculptural and becomes visible due to the interplay between light and shadow. We used Kris Sowersby’s beautifully crafted contemporary typeface ›Karbon‹ and brought it to life with the help of Cinema4D software.
Vincent is back
One of the first visible expressions of the new identity is the campaign we developed to celebrate the renewed presentation of all the museums’ Van Gogh paintings and drawings. Edenspiekermann was also responsible for the visual design of the exhibition and brought together Forbo Flooring and the Kröller-Müller to create the customized yellow carpeting in the Van Gogh zone of the museum.
A comprehensive identity program like this is always a work in progress and we’re still working on various other brand expressions like the website and wayfinding for the museum and its beautiful sculpture garden. But don’t let this stop you from scheduling a visit to this hidden gem in the heart of the Netherlands some time soon: it will surely tickle your senses!
French industrial designer Mathieu Lehanneur has created a “window” that shows what the weather will be like the next day.
The illuminated device—named “Demain est un Autre Jour” (Tomorrow is Another Day)—gathers real-time weather information from the internet and translate such data into a “glowing, impressionistic image” on its screen.
Looking at it is like looking through a semi-opaque window—for instance, viewers would observe what looks like blue sky and white clouds in the window when fine weather is forecasted.
Check out the designer’s demonstration of his unusual invention below:
Learning a new language can be tedious and frustrating. Thankfully, a new generation of startups are leveraging advances in mobile and web technologies to make that process more enjoyable and rewarding.
Verbling, a venture-backed startup wants to help turn language learners into polyglots by using video chat to connect them with real, live native speakers. Unlike the text-focused and algorithm-based Duolingo, Verbling wants to help users reach fluency and avoid the drop-out bug by creating a frictionless, in-browser live video chat experience that encourages immersion — albeit a virtual one.
Its new support for 11 languages puts the startup in good stead compared to Duolingo, Voxy and MindSnacks and puts it on par with the site that it probably most closely resembles — Busuu. A number of sites offer some kind of tool for connecting with native speakers, including courses and lessons on top of that. Co-founder Bernstein believes Verbling has an advantage in this regard because its been laser-focused on its novice-to-expert matching and one-to-one video model.
Most of us have read this classic children’s book, Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss. But how many of us have probed its “questions about the nature of human knowledge”?
The last paragraph’s quoted text all comes from Teaching Children Philosophy‘s Horton Hears a Who module. The project, an outgrowth of Mount Holyoke College professor Tom Wartenberg’s course “Philosophy for Children,” comes premised on the notion not only that youngsters can learn philosophy, but that they possess minds particularly well-suited to its study. Teaching Children Philosophy draws out the relevant philosophical issues and questions from the books they’ve been reading already, from the epistemology of Horton Hears a Who! to the metaphysics of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to philosophy of mind in Harold and the Purple Crayon. Targeted toward parents, educators, and kids themselves, the site promises great solace to any philosophically minded reader (or reader-aloud) of children’s stories who feel they have long since exhausted the depths of these beloved slim volumes. “How does Horton know that this voice means there is a person on the speck?” “Is the moon that Harold draws the same as the moon we can see in the sky at night?” “If Sylvester is still a donkey because he thinks, what happens when Sylvester is not thinking?” You supply the children’s books, and Wartenberg and company supply the philosophy.
I spent Tuesday night bundled up on a couch, watching NBC’s coverage of the election with hot chocolate and a few close friends. One of them, Lee, casually picked up my iPad and launched a new app: a free game called Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? A splotchy block filled the iPad’s screen, and Lee pinched to zoom closer, revealing that the cube itself was composed of millions of much tinier cubes.
Lee tapped the screen, breaking a few of the blocks. Coins flew into the air, and immediately, for some reason, he was engaged.
In fact, half a million players so far have registered to help destroy the 64 billion tiny blocks that compose that one gigantic cube, all working in tandem toward a singular goal: discovering the secret that Curiosity‘s creator says awaits one lucky player inside. That’s right: After millions of man-hours of work, only one player will ever see the center of the cube.
The studio says that the secret hidden beneath the final layer of Curiosity‘s cube is something momentous. “Whoever chips away at that last block will have their life changed forever,” a launch trailer for the game proclaims.
Yaroslavl is a Russian city with about half a million inhabitants located northeast of Moscow. Founded about 1000 years ago, its centre is now a World Heritage Site. Last month, on December 26, a new symbol was unveiled that will be used by the city in its communication, created by Art. Lebedev Studio.
The symbol takes inspiration from the fact that Yaroslavl is lovated at the confluence of two rivers, the Volga and the Kotorosl. It is also a stylised version of the letter Я, which is the first letter in Yaroslavl, and - of course - an arrow.
Adobe announced this afternoon that it is acquiring Behance, "a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work," to become part of their Creative Cloud suite of tools and online services for designers.
Most people are born creative. As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But over time, because of socialization and formal education, a lot of us start to stifle those impulses. We learn to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world seems to divide into “creatives” and “noncreatives,” and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category.
In October 2012, the letters “S.O.S.” were carved into the ground of Western Sahara/Algeria near the Saharaui refugee camp Smara. The graffiti measures 5 km x 1,7 km, which makes it the largest graffiti in the world.
The piece refers to the Saharaui peoples struggle for independence from Moroccan rule in the almost forgotten West Saharan conflict. For 36 years they have lived in makeshift conditions under the provisional arrangement of the refugee camps in the Sahara desert, south east of Tindouf. The poject is headed by Santiago Sierra, whose work is featured in Art & Agenda in collaboration with Artifariti and the Frente Polisario.
Scale: 5.000 m X 1.700 m Lenght/path of outlines: 37.000 m Marked reference points:Almost 2.000 Font: Arial Narrow Font size: 6.800.000 pt Area: 8.500 m2 Latitude: 27.4348919287 degrees Longitude: -7.9418410842 degrees
“Strandbeest” by Theo Jansen brings the best of two worlds. The ingenious walking mechanism combined with 3D printing. And there is even a new evolution - the Animaris Geneticus Ondularis.
Sporting 20 legs this latest evolution has an even more elaborate walking mechanism than its twelve-legged predecessor. The walking mechanism makes a beautiful and fluent wave motion, resembling a walking centipede. This mechanism is based on Jansen’s original ‘Animaris Ondula’ type Strandbeest.
The new Strandbeest is an innovative example of what 3D printing is ultimately capable of. Although the Strandbeest consists of 122 separate moving parts, it is 3D printed in one piece and will work straight after printing, requiring no further assembly.
The Animaris Geneticus Ondularis is available now at Theo Jansen’s Shapeways Shop.
Stephan Fry on QI on the BBC has also taken note of Jansen’s work recently showcasing the “Animaris Geneticus Parvus” version of the 3D printed Strandbeest;
Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts All Over Web
On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence Deprimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.
The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona.
Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to the New York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer Deprimo an overnight Internet hero.
By Wednesday evening, the post had been viewed 1.6 million times, and had attracted nearly 275,000 “likes” and more than 16,000 comments — a runaway hit for a Police Department that waded warily onto the social media platform this summer with mostly canned photos of gun seizures, award ceremonies and the police commissioner.
A version of this article appeared in print on November 29, 2012, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online.
You’re lied to 10 to 200 times a day, and a stranger will lie to you three times in the first 10 minutes of a conversation. That’s unsettling news, but according to a TED Talk by Pamela Meyer, we only pretend to be against lying.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.