Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Besides the exciting technique of revealing and concealing, Emil Olsson’s Void Typeface video introduces the concept of a typeface merged with a dynamic light source. Depth is instantly created, and spatial qualities must be considered. Should the light source be dynamic? Should the type be dynamic? Should both? What kind of rules should be set in this relationship? Will typefaces in the future be video files with more dynamic qualities including light and sound characteristics? Will keyboards be used to type these new video typefaces with the same kerning, style changes, sizing flexibility as static typefaces?
Blending graphic design, branding, and interior design, The Applemore College Canteen (cafeteria) becomes a transformed dining experience with a small budget. Clean lines, geometric patterns, and a fresh industrial color pallete attracted me to this article. Graphic design and branding should be utilized more often and with more creative intentions in our physical environments rather than just on paper and screen.
I’m excited to see Gary Hustwit’s documentary about industrial design “Objectified.” Gary’s film “Helvetica” was insightful and extremely interesting. Objectified seems similar to Helvetica, in that it makes people aware that everything around us has been designed and has a history of development. My dad said to me once “it’s strange how I forget that everything was designed by someone” It’s true though, we are surrounded by so much stuff, we often block it all out and take it for granted. Read the New York Times review by Stephen Holden.
After reading this article, you will discover that human fat has been used as a source of energy to power the Earthrace bio-boat. Bruce Nussbaum uses the concept of human-fat fuel to talk about the problem of obesity. I see obesity as a good thing in this situation. While ethics may be an issue, fat harvested from humans after they die, can be used to power the globe… so the fatter the population, the more fuel we have! Then again, maybe Nussbaum was right. the fatter the population, more energy will be used to grow more food, which will be consumed at a faster rate. And more energy will also be exhausted to transport heavier loads.
Swedish design firm “humans since 1982” turn 24 clocks into one giant clock. The idea of multiplying a single object to become a form of itself again is very interesting. The clock also goes through a transformation of analog to digital when it multiplies. The piece becomes less about telling time, and more about telling a story of transformation. The clocks now dance and perform a choreographed piece, and the object’s initial function takes a backseat. Check out the review on Core77