Category Archives: Design & Inspiration

Happy Belated Birthday, Thomas Edison

Yesterday, February 11th, Google’s homepage featured a Google Doodle commemorating the birth of one of America’s greatest inventors, Thomas Alva Edison. It got us thinking about his legacy, and about many of the things we use today (and take for granted) that are thanks to his curiosity and inventive spirit. Besides holding 1,093 patents, The [...]

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Book Recommendations From The World’s Top Designers

Designers & Books is compiling and publishing suggested reading lists from the world’s top designers. It’s shaping up to be a valuable and uniquely fascinating resource for anyone interested in the books that have motivated and inspired the most influential designers of our day. The website offers us real insight into these collections, and the [...]

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Coalescence Cascade – Waterdrops at 10,000 FPS

“Water doesn’t do what we think it does.  When you pour water into water the last droplets do a very quick but amazing dance. It’s invisible in human time, but we can see it here.  Scientists call this phenomenon coalescence cascade.”

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Beautiful Deceptions

John Pugh has built a career of fooling people.  As a trompe l’oeil artist, he is able to convince us that we see things that aren’t really there.  It’s a technique used throughout antiquity, first employed by the ancient Greeks and then popular with Roman muralists and many European renaissance painters. For the past few [...]

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Technology in 2011 – Google’s Art Project

It’s only February and already Google’s Art Project is looking like the hands-down winner of our Culture & Technology Award for 2011. You’ve probably heard the buzz.  On Tuesday, Google announced its latest jaw-dropping tech endeavor, a way for anyone with an Internet connection to explore the finest museums and artworks from around the world, [...]

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The Power of Symbols

From their Mission Statement: The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way. The Noun Project is simple, powerful and beautifully executed. www.thenounproject.com

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Geektastic 3D Star Wars Renderings

Check out this incredible work of 3D artist Ansel Hsiao, obviously a Star Wars freak of the highest caliber.  The force is strong with this one. http://fractalsponge.net/

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A Kaleidoscopic Wonderland of Hi-Fidelity

Vinyl records might seem outdated in this age of mp3 and pandora, but there’s just something about the tactile nature of vinyl that is imminently enjoyable.  Here is  a beautiful collection of logos and insignias from the golden age of vinyl recordings. Notice that many, if not most, of these record sleeves tout the words “stereo” [...]

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5 Minute Break

I just can’t get enough of this footage of space shuttle rockets being released and tumbling back to earth.

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