Monday, May 4, 2009

Ari Des622 Final

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Final Animatic Video - Flourish. Connect.

Networking Project: Jeff Munger


Jeff Munger is a Retail Manager and Jewelry Designer working in Matrix. According to him, the future of design is:

"The future is the present only faster, more precise, and with more flexibility and freedom. In my world of design we are gaining in our abilities to design as sculptor do. Free form has been a concept that has been largely ignored by the mainstream designers due to the rigid geometric nature of the available programs. This is changing and as it does the fashion trends will follow. Ours is an industry where style was strongly influenced by design technology.

In the big world around us...
The art of designing most all things can be made better with the aid of advanced technology. This will take place in each discipline when the science of improving the human interface becomes truly human."

Thank you so much, Mr. Munger!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Final stopmotion vedio



Final stopmotion video for 'Petal Project'.

Networking Project: Zach Sawan


Zach Sawan graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA - Illustration. He's currently working as a doggy daycare attendant and one of the greatest artists that I know from Pratt Institute.

I asked him about what is future of design is:

"I think the future of design will be dependent on resources. The more resources we have, the more it will be valued and flourish. As we run out of resources, design will become simpler and use less material and energy to create. It will be one of the first things to go if humanity becomes seriously strapped for resources, kind of like the way art and music classes are the first thing to go with budget cuts at schools."

Networking Project: Adam Munger


Adam Munger is currently majoring in Illustration at Pratt Institute. I met him at SLCC (Salt Lake Community College) in Utah. He's working on a comic book with Mark Andrew Smith right now and working in the OIA at Pratt.

I asked him what is future of design:

"The future of design will lead further down the path of blobjects and sleek, "futuristic" and minimalist designs. Portable functionality and all-in-one tools will continue to spread as the defining line between the singular purpose of objects blurs. I would hope that a rise in DIY design continues along the current boom and leads to more and more unique and culturally valuable designs."

Networking Project: Cilian Tung



I met Cilian Tung at the OIA (Office of International Affairs) at Pratt Institute and asked her some questions. She's currently a Digital Art Animation student at Pratt and she's a very talented artist who just had an animation screening show for her Senior survey.

Her opinion on the future of design is:

"future of design will be really awesome and will mix with really high technology. or even program a computer that can create design OoO~ i think."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Human Skateboard



'Core jr' from 'Core77' posted extreme video couple days ago. I know that some of you already seen this popular and well-made stopmotion video, but I would like to share it anyway. So enjoy!

Original post come from 'Core 77' and please click HERE to read more.

Tent Sofa - Milan Design week 09




'ap' from 'Core77' present Philippe Malouin's Tent Sofa via Campeggi.

"At first it appears to be an ordinary chair, but thanks to Velcro, Malouin's design transforms into much more!"

Original post and video comes from Here.

Pratt Digital Arts 2009 Animation Screening







Pratt Department of Digital Arts 2009 presents animation screening on Thursday, April 30, 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the memorial hall at Pratt Brooklyn campus. Come and enjoy this year's undergrad and grad students great films. I already watched hard working student Cilian Tung's animation and it is great.


Date:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Memorial Hall, Pratt Institute
Street:
200 Willoughby Avenue
City/Town:
Brooklyn, NY








Original pictures from DDA facebook page and more information, please click Here.

Pratt Grad ID Student Presentation


Wow! 'Core jr' from 'Core77' introduce Pratt Grad ID student's thesis presentation! It's glad to see Pratt name on this site as a Pratt student. :p

The Spring 2009 Industrial Design Graduate Thesis Presentations will be taking place on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, 12:30 pm-5:00pm on the 4th floor of Pratt Studios at the Brooklyn campus. A gallery reception will follow the presentations on both days. More info at the site.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hyuh Jin Lee's ID with a twist


Core 77 reviewer Hipstomp posted a recent article about London-based industral/interior designer Hyuh Jin Lee. According to Hipstomp, Hyuh Jin's products have a sense of humor, like his 'Protective Colouring Chair' and 'Dr. Hard Drive Bag' that "heals your PC."

To read the original article, click Here.
To check out Hyuh Jin Lee's other fun works, click Here.

1 Hour Design Challenge: Business Card Hacks

This month's '1 Hour Design Challenge: Business Card Hacks' gives you the opportunity to create an extraordinary business card. The concept of the 'Seed Card', designed by Greenman, pictured above, is to cut off the the bottom part of the card and plant the top half of it in soil, using the sprouting flowers to remind others of you. I think this concept for a business card is brilliant, since the globe is into the Go Green theme right now. However, my friend told me that he had been seen this idea before from a Japanese book on unique business card designs somewhere several years ago, so it sounds like it's not a 100% original idea. Oh, well. It's hard to say anything is 100% original nowadays, right? It's still a nice design and idea for ordinary boring business card.

Original article and photogragh comes from 'Core77', posted by 'core jr'.
Click Here to read more.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Nintendo's new DSi

Nowadays, we often see the new Nintendo DSi commercial on TV. As a gamer and Nintendo nerd, I have been dying waiting for this system to come out. However, when I read several reviews, I made up my mind to wait until an upgraded version comes out, instead of upgrading my DS Lite. There are pros and cons about the DSi from 'Kotaku - the game blog', written by Brian Crecente.

Pros:
Hardware Redesign: The DSi has been overhauled inside and out. The new portable is 12 percent thinner, slightly longer and has a smudge-resistant matte finish. The DSi also has redesigned speakers, slightly larger, slightly more crisp screens, and a volume button that can also adjust screen brightness on the fly.

More importantly, the DSi sports a CPU clocked at 133 MHz, as opposed to the DS Lite's 66 Mhz, and with 16 MB of RAM has four times the RAM of its predecessor.

Cameras: There are two .3 megapixel VGA digital cameras built into the DSi, one on the internal hinge pointing at the gamer and the other on the top right corner of the case, pointing at the world. The cameras aren't fantastic, but they can be quite a bit of fun for playing around with images.

SD Slot: The ability to slap any SD card into the DSi for storing or transporting games, audio and pictures is a big plus for this system. It means you won't have to worry about running out of space when you start snapping pics or downloading games. It also offers plenty of opportunity for things like a video download service in the future.

Interface: The DSi's sports a slick interface that you can use to quickly hop around in the system with and personalize. The top screen can display an image you take with your DSi and the bottom screen is a row of icons that can be moved about. As you download software, more icons appear. When you pop a game in the DS slot, that game appears as well. The best part is that I have yet to have to restart my DSi after going online or playing a game, you just tap the power button to return to the home screen.

DSi Store: The ability to purchase and download games on the fly with your DSi is the main reason I wanted this portable. Sure, the initial offering is surprisingly weak, but it can only improve over time. And I'd be surprised if they didn't start offering retro titles for the store as well. I also love that I can buy points for the system without having to leave the store.


Cons:
GBA Slot: The biggest problem with the DSi is that it puts a bullet in the head of the Game Boy Advance. Sure, Nintendo might (read: should) start selling GBA games as downloadable titles down the line, but if you already have a bunch, that isn't going to be much consolation. Worse is the fact that nifty add-on controllers, like the one for Guitar Hero: On Tour, which use the GBA slot, will be useless if you pick up a DSi.

Photo Sharing: I love the idea of the cameras and the software, while super gimmicky, can be quite a bit of fun to play around with, even for adults. But not being able to import images taken from anything other than a DSi and not being able to send your photos to a cell phone or a PC is inexcusable.

While images can be loaded onto an SD card, Nintendo makes no claims about whether you'll be able to actually view edited images once you plug that card into a PC. When I examined an SD card with pics saved on it I was able to find the files, each about 35 KB JPEGs. It would be great, though, if they took a couple of steps out of the process and let you send email them or send them to a phone.

Nitpicks: In general, the DSi is a solid piece of equipment. It does, however, have quite a few irksome issues. The DSi's battery life is one to ten hours shorter than the DS (depending on use). The charger for your DSi is, once again, designed only for the DSi. Pictochat remains unchanged and is still missing the ability to go online. And the free downloadable web browser is painful to use, doesn't support Flash and quickly runs out of cache space.


Overall, the DSi is a great upgraded version of the DS Lite, but I feel they could have done a better job compared to other portable game systems. Definitely I want the DSi sooner or later, but I am going to wait until the second generation of DSi comes out. Hopefully, it comes out with better features.

William Warren - Shelves For Life


According to designer William Warren, "Shelves For Life is a self-initiated project to further explore ideas of built-in sentimentality within our possessions. The aim is to make stronger emotional relationships with our belongings and encourage life-long use."

The concept seems interesting, but a little morbid. I like that the shelves are custom built for the person's measurements, but those are not likely going to be the same measurements as when the person dies (I hope). Also, the likelyhood of a person actually keeping or enjoying the shelves for their entire lifetime seems unlikely, although that is the point of the shelves and their design in the first place.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fabien Nauroy's Nokia concept phone

Rain Noe, who goes by hipstomp on Core77, never disappoints me with his article. He posted Parisian Industrial design student Fabien Nauroy's Nokia concept phone design. It is a very slim and slick design that will likely become the iPhone's big rival, if this concept design sees creation. Obviously this design has more keys, but even nowadays, people still want the analog style of keyboards. It is a very exicting thing to be able to watch two big companies battle and wonder who will win the battle in this industry.

UNITECH futuristic commercial



While I was looking for some references for the assignment, I came across this commercial. It's not only 'Cool' looking TV commercial, actually it's very well made futuristic commercial presenting the company well, so I thought it would be nice to share this one with others as well.

Tagline, Treatment, Storyboard, Animatic Video

"TOMORROW NOW" QUOTE:
- Blobjects carry the flag in a world whose manifest destiny is 'organic behavior in a technological matrix.' Chips shape them and make them behave. Computer-aided design and injection molding allow them to assume any form. They get their organic forms directly from us: from mimicking human flesh."

DESCRIPTION:
- The organic behavior concepts of blobjects will spread in use.

THEME:
- Blobjects flourish.

PRODUCT (PETAL) DESCRIPTION:
- Utilizing perpetually self-updating, amorphous N-CEL technology, the Prototype is the only all-in-one digital device you will ever need, including wireless data-stream access and vid-talk and chirp services with global coverage and the ability to reshape itself to your specifications.

TAGLINE
- Flourish. Connect. Evolve.
- Let life bloom.
- Flourish your life.
- Flourish life.
- Let life flourish.

TREATMENT
  • Open on sakura (cherry blossom) petals slowly falling down the screen. The scene is filled with falling pink.
  • Camera angle zooms slowly forward with the petals still falling, losing focus on the trees in the background.
  • One black petal falls down the screen along with the other pink petals.
  • Transition movement to the ground beneath the viewer, showing the floor a carpet of pink sakura petals.
  • The black "Petal" lands on the ground, as a blobject, not a black flower petal, peaceful and calm.
  • The tagline "FLOURISH. CONNECT. EVOLVE." shows on the screen.
MOOD BOARD COLOR AND TECTURE
- Black, Pink, Red, White
- Smooth, Slick, Matte

Monday, March 30, 2009

PETAL Prototype 01


PETAL prototype 01 - Default mode

Great lesson on Typography



I thought this video is a very interesting way of teaching basic typography in a method that you can remember easily. This video was created by the Vancouver Film School.

RbG Rainbow Glasses



I found these great glasses frames from the membership gallery on Core77, designed by Spainish designer Luis Por'em. This RbG Rainbow Glasses project was for the contest Opus Award.

According to Luis Por'em, "the sturcture of this glasses has an internal channel where the colourful ink passes through, painting it with the colours you desire, allowing you to have a different look every time you want."

What a great idea! I imagined color-changing glasses before, but I never took the thought any further and just went on living with my glasses. However, he came up with a solution to the idea in an easy and simply way; just fill hollow frames with colored ink! For someone like me who needs to wear prescription glasses every single day and wishes to have a different look every once a while, these glasses will be on my MUST BUY list, for sure. The frame are made out of plastic with flexible arms and are filled with water-based ink, so you don't have to worry about the frames breaking and spilling ink everywhere.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Tagline, Treatment, and Storyboard

QUOTE:
"Blobjects carry the flag in a world whose manifest destiny is 'organic behavior in a technological matrix.' Chips shape them and make them behave. Computer-aided design and injection molding allow them to assume any form. They get their organic forms directly from us: from mimicking human flesh."

DESCRIPTION:
The organic behavior concepts of blobjects will spread in use.

THEME:
Blobject proliferate.

TAGLINE:
Go Simple
Free yourself
Simplify
For precious lifestyle
Proliferate your style

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
"Utilizing perpetually self-updating, amorphous N-CEL technology, the Prototype is the only all-in-one digital device you will ever need, including wireless data-stream access and vid-talk and chirp services with global coverage and the ability to reshape itself to your specifications."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pocket Yoga Netbook


Last night, I spoke with my dad for an hour about what kind of futuristic products would be available in the future and I later came across this concept product from 'Core 77'. This slim looking mini-laptop is Lonovo's Pocket Yoga netbook. Its has a hinged design, so you can even put this netbook in your pocket and carry it around everywhere you go. Opening the lid tilts the keyboard up towards you and settles the screen at an angle while closing it allows you to draw or write directly on the touch screen. Once again, it is only a concept design, so we won't get to play with this nice leatherbound new toy just yet, although I hope it will see the light of day soon enough and open up a new way of connect to the world.



"We don't think we'd ever put Lenovo's Pocket Yoga netbook in our pocket, as shown in the photo, but we love the design of the hinge--opening the screen tilts the keyboard towards you, as seen below. It also looks like the hinge rotates on a second access, giving you tablet-like functionality. And the leatherbound casing is a nice touch.

Again, we're just trying to draw attention to the physical design features; there's no word on whether this thing will actualy be released. Lenovo has stressed that this is a concept from '07, parts of which may make their way into future models."

via electronista

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Toughest (and shiniest) Car Known to Man


The recent New York Toy Fair debuted a large number of new products and designs, like always, but none of Core77.com's images from the show caught my eye like the Crystallized Swarovski Lamborgini by Maisto, a die-cast model car company. I don't think anything could every be quite as shiny and impressive as something like this, unless someone were to cover a full-sized Lamborgini in giant diamonds.

My question is, though, why do something like this? It seems like there is always an attempt for the rich to one up everyone else in the world not by doing the next big thing, but by producing the next ridiculously over-expensive thing for them to show off to everyone else. Oh well. Let them do what they want with their millions and billions, I suppose. I'd just love to get close enough to one of these things to see it in detail.

More images of the Swarovski-covered car can be found on Maisto's Daily Dose blog.
The above image was taken by Veanne Cao and originally found here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Space Age Banana Slug Electric Stapler?


It looks like some sort of super banana electric stapler or a sleek remote with a single button, but the Snooc hair straightener, by Bluelarix Designworks, is designed to fit into the ergonomic salon or home vanity of the future with its internal hinge and simplified body. I've been looking to get a new hair straitener, but I think I'll wait for something in white or black, let alone for the product to actually be produced and released.

Originally posted on Core77.

Say Hello to "Power-Hog"




Recently posted in Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is the Power Hog. Honestly, I have a bit of a thing for pigs, so I loved this concept from the moment I saw it. It's a wonderful way to teach children (or the watt consumption uneducated) the value of the things that they take for granted on a daily basis. The process is simple: after plugging the desired device into the pig, which is plugged into the outlet, it is powered by inserting coins the same way that a piggy bank saves spare change. In fact, it is a bit of a piggy bank by itself as well, since the coins can be retreived later. Rather than spending hours with the television on, the user would begin to learn the value of the device at hand and spend less time with it on or, at the very least, left idling and sucking up electricity.

The Power Hog recently won second place in the competition with 1078 votes and was envisioned by Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault.

Stop Recycling, Start Reparing!!!

Core77's favorite Platform21 presents a new project called "Repair Manifesto", after presenting "Hacking IKEA" and other projects. According to Platform21, they is "a platform for people curious about the future. An old, round chapel in Amsterdam is our public design laboratory."

The Manifesto makes some very good points on the art of the fix, sharing helpful points to get the reader to embrace the do-it-yourself repair projects as the next form of recycling, rather than falling back on the society of the instantly disposable.

You can support the people at Platform21 by simply repairing your own damage goods and emailing the results to their email, info[at]platform21.com. If the repair job is good enough, you might even see your work in a show all about the idea of repairs and retooling. The show opens March 13, so find something broken of damaged, pick your brain for ideas, and get to work!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Deserve it or not

Seth Godin posted an article titled "Do you deserve it?" a couple days ago. He asked if we deserve the luck that we have or not. He also said it's a loaded word and ask what you are going to do when you get the luck that you have been wishing for. Personally, I don't think that I'm deserving of the luck that I have been granted, but I am thankful for the hard work that my parents have gone through in order to provide me with the "luck" that I have here in hte United States. I do believe that I am lucky, but I know I have a lot of work to do here with my own art in order to pay back those that have helped me to come some far and accomlish so much.

Do you deserve the luck you've been handed? The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you've got? Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?

Not at all. “Deserve” is such a loaded word. Most of us don’t deserve the great opportunities we have, or the lucky breaks that got us here.

The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.” I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you've got it?")

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Great Insperation from Norio Fujikawa

Norio Fujikawa is a busy artist who has a great talent in concept art and in bringing 2D art to 3D reality. His mechanical designs are simple, but have a slick and clean look that is highly desirable nowadays. It has slim, unique designs on the outside, but complicated internal designs, which is very good example of the blobject concept. Simple and human friendly, with complicated insides that the consumer never has to see or interact with.
Who knows? Will something like his designs be the future vehicle 10 or 20 years from now?
If you want to check out his website, then click here.

-The original article written by hipstomp from Core77 and the photography is collected from hipstomp's blog.

No one will steal your lunch from now on...

What a great idea to prevent your precious, yummy sandwich from getting stolen by your friend, roommate, or coworkers! Designer Sherwood Forlee introduces the 'Anti-Theft Lunch Bags' to you to save your lunch money and the lunch itself! It's constructed of food-safe reusable, recyclable LDPE (Low density polyethylene), so you can save money and go green even easier. Just let you know, it's $10 for 25 bags on 'thinkofthe.com'.

Sherwood Forlee tells us "Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Don't suffer the injustice of having your sandwich stolen again! Protect your lunch with Anti-Theft Lunch Bags."

The thing that surprises me the most about this unique and fresh product is that someone who does not have a design or art education came up with something that no one had thought of before. If you like this, please check out his website. It's even better!

- The original review for 'Anti-Theft Lunch Bags' is written by hipstomp from Core77, the photography is from Sherwood Forlee's portfolio website.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Three story Stories


Crooked Brains posted an article called 'Some books that you can't put down (because you can't lift them in the first place)', by 'Core77'. Notice how people go buy Amazon's Kindle instead of a new paperback book? Some people never experience the smell of a printed book, new and crisp or old and musty, let alone the joy of collecting a physcial library of books to display. In order to prevent the dissapearance of the paper book, Kansas City's public library installed three-story high, innovative billboards to advertise the library itself deisgned to look like classic literature. What a clever idea! Surprisingly UK's Cardiff library has also done the same thing with paperbacks.

-Picture is from Crooked Branins.
(Top photo is Kansas City's Public Library and the bottom is UK's Cardiff Library.)

Korean-holic? MoMA's new line

I was glad to read Josh Spear's article from Core77 today. He introduced MoMA's new line for industrial design products from South Korea. As a Korean, I am so glad to hear the leading design museum MoMA is featuring the 'Destination Seoul collection', including 60 clever industrial designs encompassing housewares, toys, books, etc. Destination Seoul has developed collaborations with HyundaiCard, Korea Institute of Design Promotion(KIDP), and Design Seoul Headquarters of the Seoul Metropolitan Goverment.

The MoMA store website says: "Our new product collection highlights products usually found only in South Korea. Products from young, emerging Korean designers have been selected across a range of categories. The selection reflects Korean's cultural interest in color and nature and puts a modern spin on traditional Korean design and crafting."

Prices on the products start at $3. I should probably go check it out this weekend, since I get paid..

- Picture is from Core77 by Josh Spear

ModBook Upgrade

My first impression of Axiotrn's Modbook was simply AWESOME. This modified Mac-based rendering tablet will be the new next-generation laptop and a great tool for digital artists. I know that Wacom released the 'Cintiq 12WX' and 'Cintiq 21UX', which are pen-on-screen tablets, however, the Modbook is bit different than these screens. According to 'the apple blog' from 'Core77', Axiotron's Modbook is a tablet-based Mac that comes from pairing a Macbook with a Wacom pen display. They also added 'Sketchbook Express 2009' to it as well, making the Modbook the ultimate portable digital rendering or painting tool, making the digital artist's life a bit easier.

There are still cons to go with the pros about the Modbook, though, according to 'the apple blog'.

Pros: You can convert your own Macbook to Modbook, you just need to pay $1,299, making it only about a month's rent money. It's ultra-portablity is its other outstanding feature, of course.

Cons: It's way too expensive considering the current economy. Even though 'Sketchbook Express2009' comes with it for free, you either need to spend $1,299 to convert your old Macbook or you can get a new Modbook from the factory for $2,199. Ah, one more thing, Axiotron is currently only converting the pre-alumium Macbooks, so you can only get your Macbook changed if it's the older versions.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Becky Cloonan and Nathan Fox on Comics


Becky Cloonan and Nathan Fox on Comics
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30-8:30 pm


Cloonan and Fox will discuss the secret behind creating successful comic stories, how to break into the field, what it is like to have a loyal following, how to make a successful cover, what it takes to draw a billion lines per panel, and how super heroes stay fit without ever going to the gym. The lecture will also focus on the connection between illustration and comics, and drawing as the basis of two fields that attract very different audiences though they share a common language.

The lecture will be followed by book signings by both artists.

Moderated by Fernanda Cohen

Limited to 120 people $15 non-members $10 members $7 students

RSVP kevin@societyillustrators.org or call 212 838 2560

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) in New York, NY.

Becky will have prints and a bunch of comics available at the signing afterwords!

NY Comic Con


Last weekend, from the 6th to the 8th, the New York Comic Con was here and made many people blissfully happy with the heaven of comics that they provide.
This was my first New York Comic Con, as well as my first convention here in the United States. I used to go Korean Comic Cons a long time ago. There were so many people, "nearly 77,000 people made there way through NYCC this year, up from 67,000 last year", said on of the official NYCC blogs, 'MediumAtLarge.net'. When I first walked inside, I started to squeal with excitement at the sight of so many booths brimming with comics, toys, video games, and merchandise. I look forward to visiting it again next year and hitting the San Diego Comin Con coming up this summer.

See you later New York Comic Con, see you soon San Diego Comic Con!

'The customer is always wrong' by Seth Godin


Several days ago, Seth Godin posted the article 'The customer is always wrong'.

His friend, Richard, was telling him that he doesn't care what his customers or the market thinks. Period. He ignores the market and customers and believes he's doing work only for himself. Seth Godin doesn't really mention who is this Richard person is or what kind of art he does, but as an art student and someone who would give anything to become a successful artist in the future, this Richard seems a bit too egotistical for art world, unless he's doing fine art for a living. I've always believed that you have to respect both the market and the customers who will buy your artwork or finances your projects and, in turn, help you to continue to produce and afford to produce your work. Very few forms of professional-level art are completely self-sufficeint.

Seth Godin says on end of his article, "If you're strong enough to do that, more power to you. If you do your art and the market rejects you, though, you need to make a choice. If your art has no market, it's still art. It just might not be a living."

To me, Richard must be the lonelist and luckist artist ever. Why so lucky? He does not have to worry about criticism of his work and the success or failure of his art.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jesus Lamp


Today's Core77 featured Ricardo Garza Marcos' Jesus Lamp. The artist says this floor lamp could be placed behind a chair or sofa and gives a halo or aureole effect. Although the Jesus Lamp surely looks a little weak and easy to knock over when moved, the idea of a floating halo effect with cheap materials and a simple design is just great. I think that one could even mimic the lamp with homemade materials like clear tubing and fluorescent lights.

Just a fun sidenote, but you could make a matching set of floating, glowing red devil's horns to provide a similarly demonic effect, in contrast to the angelic person sitting across from you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years



QUOTE: "Blobjects carry the flag in a world whose manifest destiny is 'organic behavior in a technological matrix.' chips shape them an make them behave. Computer-aided design and injection molding allow them to assume any form. They get their organic forms directly from us: from mimicking human flesh."

THEME: The organic behavior concepts of blobjects will spread in use.

BRAND PLATFORM: Abstract close-ups of various blobjects.


Another great Tim Burton film released!


I have been waiting for 'Coraline' to come out so badly since I first read the original book last summer. When I heard Tim Burton was making another claymation film (or stop-motion animation), I was so excited and hoped that it would be released soon. Director Henry Selick said that "this scenario is 'Alice in Wonderland meets 'Hansel and Gretel' and it might be a bit like 'The Wizard of Oz'." As a fan of Tim Burton and as the first claymation film shot entirely in 3-D , I'm so looking forward to seeing this movie.

Originally found at NY Times.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

$100 laptop? How about $10 laptop?

Do you need a new laptop and you are broke? Then how about the $10 laptop (Rs 500)?
The Times of India reported on the cheapest laptop ever in history and it would be displayed on February 3. Let's see how this laptop does in the market. I might get one for myself, even if it is only a 2 GB machine.

Originally found at Core77.

James Jean's "Kindling" exhibit


I wasn't expecting to see an illustrator of James Jean's caliber when I first visited the Johnathan Levine Gallery this last week. My boyfriend had kept it a secret on who we were seeing and I have to say that I was simply and completely stunned by it. Seeing his work on paper or online is one thing, even in high definition, but being able to see the full-size originals in person, let alone pieces that I hadn't seen before, was an opportunity I was glad to be able to catch. His ability to fully flush out details without overpowering the scene with needless extras is amazing. The surreal qualities of his work are also powerful and present in so many of the pieces in the "Kindling" exhibit. If you are an illustrator or simply appreciate modern illustration, please catch this exhibit before it leaves this Lower East Side Gallery before it's gone. You don't have the chance to see a rising master in the early days of his craft very often and this is exactly one of those chances.

James Jean's personal website also contains all of the images being shown at the "Kindling" exhibit.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Digital Design/ DES 622

Digital Design class/ DES 622, Pratt Manhattan.

What is Design and who can we call a 'GOOD' designer?

According to Professor Klinkowstein, a good design comes from "Innovation", which is imaginative work producing original and practical design. Then who can we call a good designer? It will be the person who has the ability to utilize innovation using a brand platform as a tool, along with their
experimental and empathetic intuition.