It is hard work being brilliant. You should know... But all work and no play can, at times, be less than productive. So, why not trawl the web of intrigue and let the minds of other do the hard (and brilliant) work for you.
UNFINISHED MAN - Vintage ads for Facebook, Twitter, Skype & YouTube
NOTCOT - CIA:License to Inspire
BEST BOOKMARKS - Pencil sculptures of Dalton J. Paul Getty
DESIGN MIND - iPad as Retro TV
A statement from the resourceful artist, Jonas Damon: “I’ve heard designers lament the end of industrial design for some time now: single-purpose products like calculators and alarm clocks are being replaced by smart devices, leaving nothing more than a screen in a minimal enclosure. Another woe is that design is increasingly being offered by off shore OEMs and ODMs, leaving design quality to suffer at the hand of the cheap cost.
“I’ve got a different way of looking at it: all this advanced technology is actually enabling industrial design. A product’s form used to be dictated by its mechanical function. Products had distinctive shapes largely because the composition of the internal components mandated a certain form. But, as mechanics are being replaced by microchips, these constraints are disappearing. Designers have more opportunity with form now; ergonomics and expression no longer need compromising.”
IT’S NICE THAT - Chris Madden
GUERRILLA INNOVATION - SMSlingshot:digital text messages on urban facades
The SMS slingshot is a device designed to create digital augmented realities in urban space.
The device is shaped as a wooden slingshot with a build-in mobile phone display, a keypad and a laser. Users can type a text message and shoot it straight at a large facade. A projector pointed at the facade will show the message as a colour splash with the message written within.
The project is designed by VR/URBAN, a group of digital intervention-activists based in Berlin. They will demonstrate the device at various media-festival in the next couple of months. Check their website for dates and technical specs.