Category Archives: Design

Digital Artist Creates Elaborate Arrays of 3D-Printed Stones

Back in 2009, Italian designer Giuseppe Randazzo of Novastructura released a series of generative digital “sculptures” that depicted carefully organized pebbles and rocks on a flat plane. Titled Stone Fields, the works were inspired in part by similar land art pieces by English sculptor Richard Long. As the images spread around the web (pre-dating this publication entirely) many people were somewhat disheartened to learn the images were created with software instead of tweezers, a testament to Randazzo’s C++ programming skills used to create a custom application that rendered 3D files based on a number of parameters.

Fast forward to 2014, and technology has finally caught up with Randazzo’s original vision. The designer recently teamed up with Shapeways to create physical prototypes of the Stone Fields project. He shares about the process:

Starting from 2009 project “Stone Fields”, some 3dmodels were produced from the original meshes. The conversion was rather difficult, the initial models weren’t created with 3dprinting in mind. The handling of millions of triangles and the check for errors required a complex process. Each model is 25cm x 25cm wide and was produced by Shapeways in polyamide (white strong & flexible). Subsequently they were painted with airbrush. [...] The minute details of the original meshes were by far too tiny to be printed, however despite the small scale, these prototypes give an idea of the complexity of the gradients of artificial stones.

The next generation of album art

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde aren’t strangers to the marriage between music and stunning visuals. For their recent collaborative album Someday World, they took that union one step further by teaming up with creative studio Toby and Pete, as well as technology and interactive guru Lukasz Karluk.

By bringing Someday World to life through an augmented reality app called Eno • Hyde, the duo have stumbled into the newest generation of album art.

After downloading the app to their smartphone, the user points the camera at the label in the center of the record. Through the phone screen an interactive universe appears, creating visuals in harmony with the physical physical world captured through the camera. The shiny polygons and colours rotating around the vinyl record respond to the user’s touch.

Someday World features appearances from members of Coldplay and Roxy Music. Check out the album on iTunes.

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Vibrating handlebars navigate bike lanes on its 3D printed frame

Just like when you’re driving a car, glancing down at your phone while biking the busy streets of your city can be quite dangerous. Thanks to a Portland-based design firm, there’s a bike that allows you to keep your eyes on the road while getting those much-needed directions. The folks at Industry teamed up with local builders Ti Cycles for Solid: a Bluetooth-enabled two-wheeler that connects to a smartphone app monitoring bike maintenance and offers vibrating handlebars for head’s up GPS navigation. A companion app, My Bike, keeps an eye on burned out lights and other potential upkeep headaches. My City, a second bit of software, serves as guide for blazing the bike lanes of your chosen locale.

In order to keep your eyes on the road, haptic grips will buzz when you’re approaching a turn and they’ll both vibrate when you’ve missed one. All of Solid’s on-board electronics are pedal powered with its components tucked inside a 3D-printed titanium frame that unscrews for easy access. Oh yeah, the gears are sorted electronically as well — at the push of a button — and those safety lights turn off thanks to built-in sensors. The silver-clad unit is the group’s entry into The Bike Design Project that’s matched designers in five cities against each other for a public vote on who’s made the best foot-powered option.

Meet JIBO, the world’s first family robot

Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor and one of the pioneers of social robotics, has unveiled “the world’s first family robot.” Called Jibo, the all-white desktop-sitting robot has more than a passing resemblance to a certain robot from a recent animated Pixar movie. The robot, which will cost around $500 when it’s released, will have a range of abilities that will hopefully make it the perfect companion to have around the house — such as telling stories to kids, automatically taking photos when you pose, easy messaging and video calling, providing reminders for calendar entries, and companionship through emotional interaction.

Jibo is about 11 inches (28cm) tall, with a 6-inch base. He (yes, it’s a he) weighs around six pounds (2.7kg) and is mostly made of aluminium and white plastic. Jibo’s face mainly consists of a 5.7-inch 1980×1080 touchscreen, but there’s a couple of stereo cameras, stereo speakers, and stereo microphones hidden away in there too. Jibo’s body is separated into three regions, all of which can be motor-driven through 360 degrees — and it’s all fully touch sensitive, too, so you can interact by patting him on the head, poking his belly, etc.

New Paintings on Salvaged Books by Mike Stilkey

Artist Mike Stilkey uses the covers of books reclaimed from library trash heaps as a canvas for his whimsical paintings. He works with a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer to create each artwork that can vary from anthropomorphic animals playing instruments to portraits of men and women inspired by Weimar-era German expressionism. Elements of his playful and at times emotionally exaggerated style have been compared to Edward Gorey and Egon Schiele.

The Los Angeles-based artist credits an immersion in skateboard culture during much of his youth as the beginning of his artistic career, as he simultaneously became exposed to graffiti and street art, though he received no formal training. His work has since been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally in galleries, museums, and libraries.

Stilkey most recently had a solo show at Gilman Contemporary in March, and had several pieces on view through BDX-LAX Faraway So Close, a cultural project that promotes contemporary art between sister cities Bordeaux and Los Angeles. You can learn more about his work in this three part video interview from Fully Booked (Part 2Part 3), add see much more over on Facebook.

 

Award-Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud

We’ve been looking at these a lot – like on and off all day. Take a look at these crazy cool gifs below…and you’ll see why we were hooked. There’s also some pretty cool info out there about creating stuff like this. Enjoy!

Freelance designer and stop-motion animator Micaël Reynaud (previously) creates animated GIFs unlike any we’ve seen. His process involves the use of video techniques like slit-scanning, time-lapse, and various forms of masking to create what he refers to as “hypnotic very short films.” Indeed many of these animations are pulled from fully realized videos which you can watch over on his Vimeo channel. Reynaud’s work has not gone unnoticed in the art world, the pigeon GIF above was a finalist in the first Saatchi Gallery Motion Photographycompetition, and he recently won the 2014 Giphoscope International Art GIF contest. You can scroll through dozens of his creations over on Google+.

Long Exposure Photos of Budapest Trams Lit Up with 30,000 LED Lights

Although Christmas still feels like something in the vast future (or past, depending on your point of view) it certainly doesn’t hurt to think about the wintry season as summer temperatures continue to rise. One of the most mesmerizing Christmas sights we’ve seen are these trams and local streetcars in Budapest decorated with over 30,000 LED lights. The twinkling lights, when photographed with just the right exposure, creates a marveling image that resembles a futuristic vehicle speeding through time. This beautiful tradition of decorating trams was an initiative by the Budapest Transport Company, which kicked off in 2009. If you want to plan a visit you’ll definitely want to check out their website for routes and tram schedules.

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10 Minimalist Packaging Designs

packaging design can undeniably be one of the most fun projects if you’re a graphic designer. You get the freedom of working in a 3D space, you can explore challenging die cuts and bring a product to life with engaging graphics and visuals. I’ve noticed that through the years packaging designs have started carrying less and less visuals and complexities. What if we were to strip down the designs to its bare essentials and get rid of all the unnessesary clutter, that’s what Mehmet Gözetlik did.

These great designs were created by Mehmet Gözetlik, an Art Director and Co-Founder of Antrepo. He is a typography instructor at Işık University. After graduating from Hacettepe University Graphic Design Dpt., he got his MFA degree from Bilgi University. His works are featured in many international publications, books, magazines, galleries and web blogs; some of them were accepted into art museums’ permanent collections. In his collection below you can see simplified versions of Pringles,  Durex Condoms, Corn Flakes and many more.

Read more here.