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This typographic poster for Vilvi e-zine was found on the type blog Inquietto. It is another example of a typeface which uses depth, light, and material. This rubberband or ribbon-like font flows elegantly from letter to letter. I’ve become very interested in fonts that use space as a main characteristic.
What makes Tara Donovan’s artwork so amazing is her ability to take everyday objects and transform them into something new, fresh, and interesting. This 38-year old NY artist has made her fame by multiplying everyday objects to create unusual interior terrains. Tara’s work is relatively inexpensive to produce because she uses inexpensive, usually donated, everyday object. However, she recently received a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant. It will be exciting to see what she is able to produce in the next 5 years. Check out her work on Coolhunter.
This project by Marina Nicollier of Rice University on BldgBlog explores the possibility of architecture being used to heal – architecture as medicine. Humans are affected by their environments and surrounding in subtle ways. Experiments in spatial and environmental healing may be used in the future as an alternative or in conjunction with other forms of medicine. Could architecture become addicting like prescription drugs?
This article from the Economist details the history of touch screens (all the way back the 1950s) and describes their possibilities for the future. The most interesting aspect of touch screens is the need (or maybe natural evolution) for gestures. “Gestures” are the actions of the hand or input device on the screen, which create a certain action. How great would it be to create this standard touch language? … and facing the task of making distinct motion gestures for the device to understand, but simple enough for the user to learn. Touch screens are helping the computer become tactile, 3-dimensional and taking on more physical qualities than ever before.
This article is fascinating. I haven’t really understood the benefits of Twitter until this BusinessWeek article. Rachael King makes several benefits of companies using Twitter. #1. Getting to know co-workers. #2. Connecting with customers on a more casual, approachable level. #3. Discover problems, find solutions.// There is a Big Brother factor when companies eaves drop on Twitter, but this is a tool for them to learn honest opinions and problems about the company, and then device solutions.
What is really happening? An article from the International Herald Tribune found on Pantopicon exposes an interesting countertrend, which may shift our perspective on rainforest destruction. Farmers in Latin America, Asia, and other tropic locations have been moving to cities in recent years. By one estimate, for every half hectare of rain forest cut down each year, more than 20 hectares of new forest is growing on old farmland. However, a global recession may cause those looking for jobs in cities to move back to the farms.
Bookmark Good Magazine's Transparencies Archive from Core77 for next time you're tasked with presenting research data in a visually engaging way. Awesome resource for infographics! I especially like the ones that present data three-dimensionally. These really seem to pull me in, and it gives and extra dimension of power/impact. Another obvious element of infographics (after looking at the archive) is the importance of color!