Full Colour Movie Of New York In 1939

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New York City, Summer 1939. Rarely seen recently surfaced amateur movie, filmed by a French tourist, Jean Vivier, in 16mm Kodachrome. Great conservation state and incredible quality!

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Soy sauce containers and anime figurines | the politically charged work of three

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‘Consisting of three young artists who generally choose to remain anonymous, three creates whimsical sculptures and space-altering installations using everyday materials such as plastic anime figurines and small, plastic fish-shaped soy sauce containers,’ explains Miwako Tezuka. As gallery director for Japan Society in New York, Tezuka has invited three to participate in their inaugural summer residency program ‘to foster new artistic talents from Japan.’

Hailing from Fukushima, the artists were direct victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear fallout. In fact, their latest work ‘Tokyo Electric’ was created for the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake. The imposing cubic structure stands over 3 meters high and is built to the same scale of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, explains the artists. It was made from 151,503 soy sauce containers – another symbolic number that happens to represent the number of displaced citizens.

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‘Saikoro (27 cubes)’ (2012) | images courtesy the artist

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Multiplicity is a common element in Three’s work. And their medium of choice – often objects that are cheaply mass-produced – is a reminder of our increasingly inorganic society and the death of the individual. I’m immensely looking forward to seeing what they bring to New York.

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‘Tokyo Void’ (2010) | images courtesy the artist

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Last January the artists staged an interactive installation at Shiseido Egg Gallery titled ‘eat me.’ Roughly 7000 individually packaged candy was hung from the ceiling in the shape of a house. Visitors were encouraged to eat the candy but dispose of the wrappers in the corner of the gallery. The house eventually disappeared at the hands of the visitors, leaving just a pile of trash.

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‘eat me’ (2012) photos by Ken Kato

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Quite Possibly The Most Gorgeous Office Space Ever

Urban Outfitters’ new office space might be one of the nicest work spaces I have ever seen. The 125 year old campus was built from the remains of Philadelphia’s historic navy yard. The 341,000 sq ft space was designed by Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle and has brought all of the employees, who were once spread across six different buildings throughout downtown Philadelphia, to a single location.

The design embraces both the history of the Navy Yard and Urban Outfitters’ modern culture by layering old and new. During renovations, the designers held onto signs of age; timbers were salvaged and made into staircases, rough paint was sealed preserving the rough aesthetic, the architects even sandblasted the steel beams, allowed them to rust, and then sealed them so they could be perfectly set in color.

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1953 Volkswagen Beetle Crunched Into a Shiny Sphere

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Look what Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor has done to a heap of car parts, a few scraps of aluminum and some carefully crafted pieces of polyester. This tightly compressed sphere resembles a brand-new 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that was somehow balled up into a globular mass of shiny yellow goodness.

Part of the Art Basel show that recently took place in Hong Kong, the artwork is a strong statement by Noor that’s resonating worldwide. The obscure artist from Jakarta is hard to contact — we’ve been trying to find him so he can tell us how he made this unusual sculpture.

According to Hong Kong art site Juxtapose, Noor created this monstrous piece by “transforming, fusing and morphing” a vintage 1953 Volkswagen Beetle into this insane art installation.

Retro soccer players posters

Zoran Lucic, a Bosnian graphic designer, created a series of posters in honor of the greatest soccer players in history. The layouts are awesome and cover many styles, totally amazing.

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Furniture – Biomorphic Foam Forms

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Slashed sofa and ottoman, upholstered foam, stainless steel frame (above)

At One seat, timber frame, foam, velvet and sheet latex (following)

 

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Hybreeds, a collection of vintage furniture frames and biomorphic foam forms

 

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Blo Lamp – hand blown glass, LEDs, stainless steel stand, concrete base (following)

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All by UK industrial designer / artist Charlotte Kingsnorth

Greed is indeed a sin!

Infographics video on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between the perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. And don’t think for a minute that this inequality of wealth is only happening in the US.

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Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. References: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph http://danariely.com/2010/09/30/wealth-inequality/ http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/03/334156/top-five-wealthiest-one-percent/ http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/19/news/economy/ceo-pay/index.htm

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iTunes – I didn’t even know I had that song?

ITunes_LogoWhile there are a ton of conveniences to having a digital library of music, one of the downsides is forgetting what is in that library.

Last time I looked at my iTunes I had over 30,000 songs and when you combine that amount of music with an ageing memory you just know there are whole albums sitting in there that you just never knew you had.

So how so you go mining for hidden iTune gold?

Let me introduce you the to wonderful world of ‘Smart Playlists’.

Most of us can create a normal playlist… ‘my fav driving tunes‘, ‘songs to clean the house to‘, etc, etc. And some of us may have noticed the little folder called ‘Smart Playlists’ in the lefthand sidebar of iTunes.

Smart playlists (indicated by a gear icon) contain songs based on the rules the Smart Playlists have been programmed with. Several examples already come with iTunes like Top Rated, Recently Added, and Top 25 Most Played, and you can create additional ones yourself.

Follow the instructions below and I’ll show you how to create a Smart Playlist that will show all the songs that have never been played in your iTunes library.

1: Create a New Smart Playlist

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2: Add Rules To The New Smart Playlist

Click on Artist and choose Playlist from the drop down menu.
Click on contains and choose is from the drop down menu.
Choose Music from the drop down menu.
Click on + to create a new rule.

Click on Artist and choose Plays from the drop down menu.
Click on contains and choose is from the drop down menu.
Enter 0 into the blank text field.
Click on + to create a new rule.

Click on Artist and choose Time from the drop down menu.
Click on contains and choose is greater than from the drop down menu.
Enter 1:00 into the blank text field.
Click on + to create a new rule.

 

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3: Save and Name New Smart Playlist

Your new smart playlist should look like the pic below.
Click OK button to save the Smart Playlist.
Name the Smart Playlist in the top left hand corner.

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4: Click On New Smart Playlist

Click On New Smart Playlist in the left sidebar of iTunes.
Any song in that list has never been played by iTunes.
Once a song has been played it will disappear off the list.

note: a song has to play for the complete length of the song for iTunes to recognise it as played

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories Unboxed

New Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories Unboxed.

The 12 year wait is over!

 

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Random Access Memories, in stores now: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/RAMiTunes Amazon (CD/LP): http://smarturl.it/ram-amazon Direct (CD/LP): http://www.myplaydirect.com/daft-punk Music video by Daft Punk performing The Unboxing. © 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment Best of Daft Punk: https://goo.gl/ffH8mU Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/mpQ8gK

Listen to Samples here…

Choosing a Typeface:

A typeface is one of the most significant elements of the overall design process. With over 20,000 typefaces available more being created every day, where does one begin?

It is for the designer to bear the responsibility of two things. Firstly to not prevent the reader their reading pleasure, but to aid and support it. Secondly, is a responsibility to the typeface itself. Good typefaces are designed for a purpose, but not even the very best typefaces are suited to every situation and often differ from signage to business cards.

Deciding on which typeface to use is like searching for new music to listen to. The personality of each font must be judged and looked at for something unique that conveys a particular preference and personality. For better or for worse, picking a typeface is more like getting dressed in the morning. Just as with clothing, there’s a distinction between typefaces that are expressive and stylish versus those that are useful and appropriate to a situation, the job of a designer is to try to find the right balance for the occasion.

To choose: Sans or Serif?
Too much time is spent on the attempt to prove that one is visually better than the other for readability in design and print. Save yourself the trouble and ignore the attempts and inconclusive findings of such long-winded talk and decide for yourself. We all read most easily that which we are most familiar with. Good typography is an exception to the ‘rule’ where rules are made to be broken. Some of the best typographers are those that create their own set of rules within the boundary lines.

Honour the content:
Good typographers don’t consciously think about this, it is instinctive by nature. It is absolutely critical to take time and think about what a typeface is being used for.

Know the content:
When setting text, whether it be for a novel on World War 1 or for a single-word headline, the content needs to be read. The content will lend a hand and be a guide to giving vital clues to the choosing of the right typeface or typefaces. A designer needs to understand the full theme of the text, it is vital for the overall design and final choice of typeface.

Who is the audience?
Who will read this skillfully set text? Doctors, lawyers, designers, children? If it’s not obvious from the text, then it is important to find out who the target audience is.

What does it look like?
If the final design destination is paper, then it needs to be printed and proofed on paper to see what it will look like before it goes to print. What is seen on screen can vary greatly to what is seen on paper.

And finally…
Remember that typography is an art and that many of the decisions that are made, including type choice, are subjective yet will effect everyone who reads the type. When unsure of a typefaces readability and its success in in a design, ask others (designers and non-designers) to read the work. And always seek out examples of inspiring typography.

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Credit due to Mr Julian Hansen for his great ‘So You Need A Typeface’ info-graphic (poster can be purchased here).

Social Media Fail (never cross the streams)

Here is bit of an example of what ‘not to do’ when trying to engage your audience.

I recently received a personally addressed letter in the mail, so far, so good. The letter was from a supplier asking me to ‘like’ them on their new Facebook page. You can guess what happened next, that letter went straight into the bin without even coming close to achieving it’s goal. The reason was it was just too hard. Really, I’m being asked to go to a computer, turn it on, log on to Facebook and then type in a 30 character plus URL address just so I could like someone on Facebook”. There’s not not a lot of WIIFM (what’s in it for me) in their request.

The first mistake was to cross communication streams. Never, ever, ever cross streams…
Dr. Egon Spengler said it could end the known universe and I tend to agree with him. (watch quote below)

If the call to action is based on a certain type of communication format, stay within that format. For a similar expense that the company had spent on stationary, preparing the letters and envelopes and finally postage, they could have hired a student to ring all their customers and create a database of updated contact details. At the click of a mouse they then could of sent out their ‘like me on Facebook’ email to every customer which would of course been received while in front of a computer.

And what would of been the chances of someone clicking on a single link and confirming that Facebook ‘like’? I would say very good, because it was so easy to do. The outcome of the first communication option was a waste of time and money. Yet the outcome of the latter communication option would of been an up-to-date database, a list of customers who are now linked to the companies Facebook page, and another list of customers who may need a bit of extra ‘loving and attention’. All of this for pretty much the same cost as the first option.

This is the sort of thinking that FoundationDesign is committed to.

 

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