Tag Archives: art

Outsider Art – Portland, Oregon

One of my favorite things to do is go somewhere and wander. I love the feeling of being a complete outsider, no gravity, no connections yet.

The Best Thing

This was absolutely the best thing that happened this weekend.

Angry Birdsky: Angry Birds + Banksy by @bortwein [ via laughingsquid.com & @chris23 ]

Sparks

Today is going to be visual inspiration day. Enjoy…

An amazing piece of art/technology/horology — This clock by design group humans since 1982 is witty and elegant [ via likecool ]

Sketching! — Mike Rohde has put together a lovely compendium of sketching-related thoughts and resources [ via a list apart ]

I stumbled across a blog this morning with so much good stuff on it that, even though it might be slightly lame to repost several pieces from the same source, I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Definitely check out the whole blog. [ all of the following via shortbus.tumblr.com i.e. @femmmefatal ]

All you sketchers out there will like this body painting piece

Here’s a virtual tour of the world’s art museums — The amazing Google Art Project

And finally, more proof that, with a good eye and great soundtrack, everything is interesting — A hi-def video sketch by Tom Guilmette

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A quasi-random sampling of interesting tidbits…

Surprising research on what motivates people – If you manage people or are involved in organizational design, this RSA Animates talk by Daniel Pink will give you something to chew on. [via Terrence Kwan]

Recycled bag maker Freitag recycles media content – Freitag’s participatory concept art project is a media content production corollary to their bag-making process [via @gary_hustwit]

Correction tape ad leverages Web 2.0 – Though the product is prosaic, this interactive YouTube-based ad is cutting-edge [via @jkolko]

Artist/designer Helmut Smits burns IKEA – This video is worth checking out if only to remember how to start a fire without matches [via Core77]

An incredible collection of origami – This set of paper sculptures includes an origami Yoda and a working model of a V-12 engine – ’nuff said. [via ChaCha]

Sparks

A quasi-random sampling of interesting tidbits…

Seth Godin’s inspiring piece on blowing up constraints – Getting Unstuck: Solving the Perfect Problem [via Seth’s Blog]

The way to solve the perfect problem is to make it imperfect. Don’t just bend one of the constraints, eliminate it. Shut down the factory. Walk away from the job. Change your product completely. Ignore the board.

San Francisco architects blow up a constraint by mathematically rethinking the bay windowRandom Acts of Architecture [via Metropolis]

The San Francisco planning code encourages Victorian bay windows, but when you look at it closely, there’s nothing that actually states that you have to create a bay window…It just describes this little chamfered envelope. In the zeitgeist that architects live in, where we’re always constrained by planning codes, we found ourselves emboldened by the realization that it could be crazy! So we deliberately misread it as a mathematical description, which allowed for infinite possibilities.

The ever-increasing hegemony of the smartphoneBank of America & Visa test smartphone as credit card system [via Fast Company]

Amazing cylindrical dioramas from artist Anastassia EliasSee the world inside a toilet paper roll [via Likecool]

Continuum shares their creative processOpen for Branding: Design Museum Boston project [via Core77]

Shyness kills?Research study links shyness to heart problems [via BBC News]

And finally, my favorite of the week – All Ducks are Wearing Dog Masks! – Be forewarned: you’ll never look at a duck the same way after you look at this. Ducks’ Bills: You Never Even Noticed [via i am bored]

Sparks (formerly “Tidbits”)

Beautiful mistakesGlitch art [via REfeeded]

A preview of coming attractions – We hosted alexandluke.com in our Airstream this week via airbnb, and they were kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. Next week, I’ll be posting a more in-depth piece on their unique exploration of traveling, social media, and the borders between online and offline worlds.

A novel product solution for a basic needThe Keyport [via engadget]

Rapid development 72-hour urban action architecture contest [via pruned]

A really fun step programming musical instrument for the iPhone (you will instantly be making music with this!) – The Beatwave app [via Theresa]

An incredible graffiti animationBig Bang Boom