Published May 29, 2013
Well, not “mistaken for,” exactly. But a Michael Graves-designed kettle on a JC Penney billboard in Los Angeles bore enough of a resemblance to Hitler (if you squinted) that it suddenly became a hot item and sold out. People are so weird….
And just like that, the listing on JC Penney’s website is gone, as is the billboard.
Via The Atlantic
Published May 20, 2013
Tags: fun, sculpture
Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th century paintings of actual people, or of representations of seasons or elements, are entirely unique. He constructed compositions of fruits, vegetables, trees, and other “ingredients” that somehow look like people – see Summer (1563) at left. His creations have been sampled by many, many artists.
The latest case of Arcimboldo inspiration is seen in the work of artist/filmmaker Philip Haas, who has created giant sculptures based on the paintings of the Seasons. At right is his version of Summer, which is made of fibreglass and is 15 feet tall. They are currently on display at the New York Botanical Garden, and previously were on view in Milan.
Read more and see other sculptures at the NPR site.
Last summer we celebrated the first web image (and a fine one it was). Now we offer our congrats to the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web — with a facsimile of the first page that was launched. Click here for more information about the site and its restoration.
via LA Times
Published March 22, 2013
Tags: fun, photography
The Atlantic has posted 20 photos, some of paintings in the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and some taken from the International Space Station by photographer Chris Hadfield. See if you can figure out which is which (the answers are at the bottom).
Published March 4, 2013
Tags: fun, technology
you can now (sort of ) replicate the experience of slides, carousels and projectors – AND carry it in your pocket. There’s a daft new product called Projecteo! that projects Instagram photos (which have been transferred to a film reel). Get in on the ground floor of investment with this amazing technology now! (This itty bitty projector will be on the market soon.)
Published January 24, 2013
Tags: fun, tools
Red Dot does not pretend to understand how 3D printers work, although we’re trying hard. It’s just all so sci-fi.
Using this additive process, designers have figured out ways to apply the technology to clothing and jewelry design, industrial design, medical and dental devices, and much more. You can see many applications, from simple to advanced, and from frivolous to useful, on the site Thingiverse.
In a recent article in CNet, we learned that Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars is hoping to soon produce the Landscape House (below). The 3D printer will process sand and a binding agent into 20′x30′ building blocks.
If you want to learn more about 3D printing, you might watch this 15 minute Ted Talk video primer.
Published January 11, 2013
Image tools , Pedagogy
Tags: fun, tools
Thinglink is a new tool that lets you add multiple interactive elements to an image or page. It could be very useful, for example, in linking websites, photos or events to a map (click the map below for an example). It is used a lot in filmmaking and advertising, but has potential in educational uses. It is apparently fairly easy to use, and there are some good examples and tips on the website. If you try it out, please share your examples!
Published October 26, 2012
Tags: fun, libraries, maps
A real estate agent with a sharp eye has saved a treasure trove of maps from a Los Angeles home set for demolition. As reported in the LA Times today, the agent was tasked with clearing out the house so it could be torn down, and came upon thousand and thousands of maps. The occupant, who died in February, had been quietly collecting maps for many years and stashing them in every nook and cranny. They included every kind of map of the LA region going back many decades, several copies of the Thomas Guide first edition, as well as a 1592 map of Europe. The Library staff say this windfall will bring their map collection into the calibre of the top five in the country, including the Library of Congress.
Published July 13, 2012
Tags: fun, Islamic
Turkish student Murat Palta has done something very creative for his senior thesis project – he merged the language of Hollywood film posters with Ottoman miniature paintings. He has captured the compositional style, colours and patterns, and general authentic “look” of the miniatures. Capturing a moment of high tension and drama from the films (Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, and many more – see Scarface at right) he has created a unique mash-up of genres.
See all the paintings from Palta’s portfolio here; and some more background from this Slate article.