Why is it that I’m drawn to the “beauty” of decay? Perhaps decay reminds me that nothing is perfect. And this points me straight to the ultimate, and only, Perfector. "The perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance." Psalm 50:2
Though the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds blur more each day, Budapest based textile designer, Judit Eszter Karpati decided to try an experiment that would bring those mediums together even more. Specifically, she wanted to explore the relationship between technology and textile arts. This led her to try her hand at creating a programmable, electronic color-changing fabric, that could soon knock the fashion world off its feet.
Chromosonic is a fabric that can change its color based on its surroundings by using the Arduino open-source platform. Heat-sensitive technology creates shifting patterns that are generated from processed sound files and react to environmental impulses. The textile is first covered in silkscreen, then a special dye is applied that changes with temperature. Wires have been woven into the fabric and they heated up by sound- causing the fabric to change color.
Karpati says she is interested in integrating interactive technologies into textiles because it is a way of making something that is digital become tangible, and a way of connecting textiles to humans. Her experiment raises questions about how wearable tech could be embedded into our clothes, and how we can make use of that from both a technological standpoint and in fashion. To learn more about Chromosonic, watch the video below.
Pretty cool 3D sand art from artist Jamie Harkins of New Zealand.
Luis Fabra and a team of designers have created ‘multinational typeface’, a 106-letter font based on national flags. By abstracting and breaking down the emblematic symbols of various countries to their most basic geometry, the designers brand each global location with both the colors and shapes that represent them most clearly. the letter forms have been designed for the Singapore branch of the international advertising firm grey as an identity tool for their own multinational team and as a clear and communicative signage tool for their new offices.
As a discourse regarding the dichotomy between ‘global vs. local’ continues, the designers explain their mission: ‘when you set up a new hub to work with the rest of the world, it kind of makes sense to install a multinational team to do so. Not just a local setup running a global account, but a team that has got a clue about the world out there. We did just that. And we invented a design tool to brand this team, and to communicate our mindset and vision – the world’s first multinational typeface.
New ways to package
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, the Ooho is a magical way to have your bottled water and eat it, too. Just maybe bring a towel.
One way to stop the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills? Make a bottle people can eat.
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based industrial design students created Ooho, a blob-like water container that they say is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and edible.
The container holds water in a double membrane using “spherification,” the technique of shaping liquids into spheres first pioneered in labs in 1946 and more recently popularized by chefs at elBulli in Spain. It works a little like an egg yolk, which also holds its shape using a thin membrane.
“We’re applying an evolved version of spherification to one of the most basic and essential elements of life—water,” says Rodrigo García González, who designed the Ooho with fellow design students Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche.
A compound made from brown algae and calcium chloride creates a gel around the water. “The double membrane protects the inside hygienically, and makes it possible to put labels between the two layers without any adhesive,” García explains. read more»
MaricorMaricar in Sydney Australia creates beautiful embroidery!
Now the question is whether Spritz tested various fonts at different sizes, spacing and colors. I bet some improvements can probably be made.
I can see this working great on Pebble but perhaps the refresh rate won’t be quick enough. Still, having type size bigger running at 250wpm would help.
I saw this “think outside the box” graffiti yesterday… and then I thought I might give it a stab as well. Making the “think” text run up, creates action and I think its easier to process. The transition in thinking is shown with negative type becoming positive. A nice bonus in my version is the “ink” in the context of graffiti ;)
Design indaba conference 2014
‘standard chartered’ campaign by stefan sagmeister
image courtesy of stefan sagmeister
Based in Madrid and Barcelona, this team of interior designers and art directors banded together to form (fos), a multidisciplinary agency that tackles all kinds of projects, including this ephemeral installation they call (fos). Named after their own agency, (fos) means “melted” in Catalan and “light” in Greek, which happens to perfectly describe the new façade of this restaurant in Madrid.