Afrofuturist artist creates gorgeous portraits with Deep Dreaming

Wagner James Au sez, "AI algorithms, as AOC recently pointed out, often have a racial bias inherited by their creators, to the point where some can't even 'see' people of color. Afrofuturist Nettrice Gaskins teaches Deep Dream's AI to be aware of great black faces on a deep level." “I used Deep Dream Generator's algorithm, which is inspired by the human brain," she tells me. "The generator uses the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another. The first picture defines...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Race, Machine Learning, Afrofuturism, Aoc, Nettrice Gaskins, Sade, Deep Dream, Wagner James Au, Happy Mutantscostumes, Wagner James

Incredible Robot Restaurant Makes Michelin-Quality Meals Automatically

If you ever make it out to Boston, don't be afraid of the robochefs – embrace their expertise and efficiency.
Tags: Design, Life, Boston, Amazing, Gallery, Food & Drink, Hacks, Intriguing, z - Uncategorized

Currently Crowdfunding: 100 Silicone Trays a "Holeless" Phone and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundu...
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, Panasonic, Benitez, Miracle Gro, MAKO Design Invent North America, Meizu Zero, Betuel Benitez

The 2019 Lexus Design Award Finalists Shine a Light on Social Consciousness and Impact

We look forward to the Lexus Design Award finalist announcement each year not because it means another glamorous exhibition in Milan (although that's not so bad) but because of the variety and high level of projects that Lexus continues to select. This year, we're especially excited to note that many of the projects are industrial design-focused and that all of them approach a specific design need through a social impact lens. Three of the projects take the "industrial" part of industrial design...
Tags: Design, Milan, NYC, Competition, Lexus, Social Impact, David Adjaye, Milan Design Week, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Lisa Marks, Jaime Hayon, Ben Berwick, Rezzan Hasoglu, Arenophile Hasoglu, Green Blast Jet Energy, Dmitriy Balashov

A motorbike that looks… un-bikely

Partial credit goes to Sedov’s use of a single-point light source to create that sense of mystery, intrigue, and awe… but all in all, Dennis Sedov’s B1 bike is worth looking at and admiring simply because it’s a bike that looks nothing like one. Probably something you’d mistake for the red Nintendo Switch controller, the B1 motorcycle is this textbook-definition-of-sleek, monolithic form with two wheels at either end, integrated into the bike’s overall silhouette. The leather seat barely pops ou...
Tags: Design, Nintendo, Dennis Sedov, Sedov

How Instagram Is Changing Book Covers

At a time when half of all book purchases in the U.S. are made on Amazon — and many of those on mobile — the first job of a book cover, after gesturing at the content inside, is to look great in miniature. That means that where fine details once thrived, splashyprints have taken over, grounding text that’s sturdy enough to be deciphered on screens ranging from medium to miniscule. – New York Magazine
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, 01.31.19

Critic’s Notebook: James Baldwin: Pessimist, Optimist, Hero

The literary figure is the glowing subject of a group exhibition, curated by the New Yorker critic Hilton Als, that is part personal narrative, part study of his influence on contemporary artists.
Tags: Art, News, David, Gallery, Richard, New Yorker, Blacks, James Baldwin, Delaney, Baldwin, Walker, Kara, Rowland, Avedon, Zwirner, Writing and Writers

Turn any mug into a travel mug

The PortaVia Universal To-Go Lid does something quite marvelous. It retrofits onto the top of any drinking vessel (mugs, cups, glasses, usually have roughly the same diameter at the lip) and instantly turns it into a travel cup that you can carry around with you without splashing your drink. It covers the mouth of the drinking vessel almost entirely, not only creating a nice seal that prevents spills, but it also helps in retaining your drink’s overall temperature, keeping your beverage hot an...
Tags: Design, Glass, Universal, Lid, Product Design, Tupperware, Cup, Silicone, Mug, Drinkware, Tumbler, Louis Dombowsky, PortaVia, To-go

Solar protective glass gives the iceberg-like Hercule home a mirrored finish

Modern, monolithic and minimalist, Hercule is a single-family home designed like an iceberg — the bulk of the building is hidden while the visible portion emerges out of the ground like the tip of an iceberg. Named after local hero John “Hercule” Gruen for its “robust strength,” the house located in Mondorf-les-bains in the south of Luxembourg is the recently completed work of local architecture practice 2001. Embedded into the sloped terrain, the concrete dwelling further immerses itself into ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Luxembourg, John, Carousel Showcase, Minimalist Design, Courtyard, Residential Architecture, Open-plan, Hercule, Gruen, Modern Home, Concrete Architecture, Mirrored Architecture, Mondorf-les-Bains

TV Is Exploding Right Now – And No End In Sight

“I haven’t seen a dumbing down of anything – at least not yet. Looking at new projects, you have to think about who is writing it and who is going to be involved. But I see the rising competition as a positive thing. It’s good for actors but I think television as a whole has been enriched.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, 01.26.19

Women in Film Initiatives at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Stella Artois empowers with a film-finishing fund, a platform for the ReFrame gender parity stamp and more Everyone with a hint of cultural awareness understands that the Sundance Film Festival has been an industry leader for talent introduction and incubation for decades. Across the narrative, documentary and shorts categories, emerging writers, producers and directors get catapulted toward their dreams in one of the most competitive and collaborative …
Tags: Gender, Design, Films, Culture, Filmmaking, Documentaries, Stella Artois, Sundance, Gender Parity, Sundance 2019

A mobile tripod that’s small enough to fit on your keychain

Tell me if this scenario feels familiar. You’re alone, you’ve got your hands occupied, and you need to film something on your smartphone. You prop your phone against something on your table or counter, perhaps a tin of coffee, or any stationary object you find around you. You switch on the camera, and as soon as you compose your shot, you tap the screen to hit record and your phone shakes. It’s inelegant, and is what Indians call jugaad, or a lifehack. Engineer and ex-rocket scientist Jeremiah...
Tags: Design, Smartphone, Cellphones, Keychain, PLA, Product Design, Tripod, Jeremiah McCoy, Ultimate Kickstand

So The Artist Has Misbehaved. Do S/He And The Work Now Have To Disappear?

Lionel Shriver: “For reasons that escape me, artists’ misbehavior now contaminates the fruits of their labors, like the sins of the father being visited upon the sons. So it’s not enough to punish transgressors merely by cutting off the source of their livelihoods, turning them into social outcasts, and truncating their professional futures. You have to destroy their pasts. Having discovered the worst about your fallen idols, you’re duty-­bound to demolish the best about them as well.” – Harper...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Harper, SJ, Lionel Shriver, 02.19

Sweden’s Affinity for Erotic Audio Books

Some 37% of the Swedish population listened to at least one audio book last year, and “‘feel good’ novels and eroticism” are driving the explosive growth in this category, Anna Riklund (the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat) explained to Swedish broadcaster SVT. In turn, several publishers in the country have launched imprints dedicated solely to new erotic content. Because of the privacy …
Tags: Books, Design, Sweden, Culture, Erotica, Linkaboutit, Audio Books, Bookbeat, Anna Riklund

Critic’s Pick: An 1840s Road Trip, Captured on Lustrous Silver

An exquisite show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recalls travel before digital maps, when photography was the hottest of new media.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Cameras, Museums, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Girault de Prangey, Joseph-Philibert

Pig Mini

Standing at about five inches tall, Pig Mini is a squishy swine for kids. It’s part of Maileg’s “Noah’s Friends” collection—which also happens to include a panda, rhino and more. This little pig wears a subtle, faded pink cotton outer, and—thanks to its soft stuffing—is an ideal gift for infants and toddlers.
Tags: Design, Cotton, Noah, Toy, Stuffed Animals, Pig, Maileg, Year of the Pig

Are We In A Post-Truth Era? That’s An Absurd And Ahistorical Suggestion

The history of ideas, in fact, suggests the opposite… The assumption that the last 50 years or so have marked some unprecedented break with a previous age of truth reflects both an inattention to history and an attitude that might be labeled “pessimistic narcissism,” since it yet again focuses attention on the generation that came of age in the 1960s and ’70s.
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.24.19

One Of The Biggest Technological Breakthroughs Of The Past 50 Years? Weather Forecasting

“A modern five-day forecast is as accurate as a one-day forecast was in 1980,” says a new paper, published last week in the journal Science. “Useful forecasts now reach nine to 10 days into the future.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.31.19

Vigée Le Brun Painting Sets New Record for Pre-Modern Painting by a Woman

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s 1788 painting Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan, Full-Length, Holding His Sword in a Landscape has sold for $7.18 million, a record for a pre-modern painting by a woman.  Vigée Le Brun showed the work in the Salon of 1789 in Paris, and it wound up in the collection of the artist’s husband, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Le […]
Tags: Art, News, Paris, Art News, Minipost, Vigée Le Brun, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Vigée Le Brun Painting Sets New Record, Muhammad Dervish Khan, Jean Baptiste Pierre Le

Daily Design Inspiration

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudioJan 31, 2019 The unfamous Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. Where you'll find the most interesting designs/artworks/concepts curated by one of us to utterly inspire your day. Besides that, it's an opportunity to feature work from other designers, artists, and creators in general that we haven't had the chance to write or featured. For this Daily we are selecting in graphic design, branding, ...
Tags: Design

Sean Kelly to Represent Artist Kris Martin

Sean Kelly gallery now represents the work of Belgian artist Kris Martin.  “There were conversations with several different galleries, and luckily, he’s chosen to work with us,” the dealer says. It’s almost scary how perfect his work is—certainly for my aesthetic and my taste, but also for the gallery as well.” Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Sean Kelly, Kris Martin

The Interactive Experience of FUTURE CITIES by DERIVE

The Interactive Experience of FUTURE CITIES by DERIVE AoiroStudioJan 31, 2019 Our good friend Cody Ellingham has teamed up with 3D Creator Ruben Fro to create this immersive interactive experience called: FUTURE CITIES by DERIVE. It combines the power of 3D photogrammetry with interactivity, I wish I was personally there to live this cool initiative! Imagine turning stunning 3D environments and turn them into visual journeys. Create a sense of following the s...
Tags: Design, Cody Ellingham, Ruben Fro, Derive Cody

Ghost gear is haunting our oceans

Fishing gear isn’t just deadly when there’s a fisherman at the other end of the line. Lost and abandoned equipment continues to kill, rampaging beneath the ocean’s surface, tangling fish, drowning seabirds and smothering reefs. This ghost gear haunts common and endangered species indiscriminately. According to a UN Environment and FAO report, another 640,000 tons of ghost gear is added to the undersea dump each year. In Southeast India, workers at the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institut...
Tags: Design, News, California, India, Conservation, Marine Life, Ocean, Un, Marine Pollution, Maldives, Edward, Ghost Gear, FAO, Coral Reefs, Indian Ocean, Nature / Environment

So The Artist Has Misbehaved. Does S/He And The Work Now Have To Disappear?

Lionel Shriver: “For reasons that escape me, artists’ misbehavior now contaminates the fruits of their labors, like the sins of the father being visited upon the sons. So it’s not enough to punish transgressors merely by cutting off the source of their livelihoods, turning them into social outcasts, and truncating their professional futures. You have to destroy their pasts. Having discovered the worst about your fallen idols, you’re duty-­bound to demolish the best about them as well.” – Harper...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Harper, SJ, Lionel Shriver

Bang on a Can composer Julia Wolfe ignites the New York Philharmonic

The new Julia Wolfe multi-media oratorio Fire in my mouth commemorates the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in a spirit that can make critics cringe preemptively. How many socially responsible pieces have implored us to weep, pray and feel guilty to what amounts to a pathos-laden film score? Instead, this piece was a breakthrough, something perfectly in step with 2019, with smartly-channeled passion that carries the promise of speaking to listeners well beyond our time. — David Patrick Ste...
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, New York Philharmonic, Julia Wolfe, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 01.30.19

Toxic smog causes school closures in Bangkok

Officials in Bangkok have closed schools for the rest of the week amid growing concerns of toxic smog. The Ministry of Education in Thailand announced the closing of around 450 schools in Bangkok and the surrounding area this week as the government tries to deal with a massive pollution problem. The air quality in the city of Bangkok has dipped to unacceptable levels. The amount of dust particles — also referred to as PM2.5 — deemed dangerous to health has far exceeded acceptable standards. Thi...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Bangkok, Ministry of Education, Aswin Kwanmuang

How An Out-Of-Work Ballerina In The Great Depression Became One Of America’s Most Famous Women

The young lady née Helen Gould Beck found herself stranded in Chicago when the ballet company she was touring with collapsed, and the only job she could get was as a stripper at a nightclub in the Loop. She ended up as a star attraction at the 1939 World’s Fair, known for her fan dance and her “bubble dance” with a 65-inch balloon (and nothing else) — an act she toured with for years afterward as Sally Rand. — The Oregonian
Tags: Art, America, Chicago, Dance, 01.31.19, Helen Gould Beck, Sally Rand

AirPods Earrings

Gabrielle Reilly made some modifications to her Apple wireless earphones and transformed them into innovative earrings that are hard to lose. “Airings” – earrings designed and created for people who love AirPods. Also check out: AirPods Holders
Tags: Apple, Design, Tech, Gabrielle Reilly

A new Polish film has exposed the illegal trafficking of sick cattle

After a film broadcast on Polish TVN 24 revealed that a slaughterhouse was illegally trafficking sick cattle, Polish police have launched an investigation into the matter. The film showed secret footage of cows too sick to stand being dragged into the plant, as well as slaughterhouse workers cutting carcasses at night “to avoid official supervision.” With no way of knowing where the meat went, the scandalous footage could end up being as serious as the 2013 EU horsemeat scandal that exposed Eur...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, France, Eu, Bbc, Poland, Eurostat, UK Germany, TVN, Customs HMRC, Chimpface, Ostrow Mazowiecka, Ireland Spain Italy, Tomasz Patora

Hollywood Needs Saving. This Year’s Sundance Has Some Ideas About That

In 2019, Sundance is arguably more mainstream than ever. Many options at the festival this year are the kinds of projects major studios used to make all of the time—crowd-pleasing comedies, true-story adaptations, and teen romances. With Hollywood now consumed by brand management, major franchises, and mega-budgeted blockbusters, independent producers have become the caretakers of the midsize movie. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 01.31.19

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