Mixing Typography & Architecture to create LET'S Makerspace

Mixing Typography & Architecture to create LET'S Makerspace AoiroStudioApr 02, 2019 We are transporting ourselves to Rio de Janeiro to check out this space called: LET'S Makerspace, designed by Plau for the Mopi. You just gotta love this incredible mixture of typography and architecture. Props to everyone involed in this project, it's incredibly cool to bring this initiative forward and to actually listened to the students, in order to understand what made a ...
Tags: Design, Rio De Janeiro, Plano, Plau, Davide Dulcetti

DEADLINE ALERT: The 2019 Core77 Design Awards Final Deadline is Tonight

Have a great project from 2018? Submit to to this year's awards program.View the full content here
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A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 5: The Interior Designer

"Together, the Precision Concept and the Precision Cockpit are the fundamental building blocks for Acura's future. To us, interiors are critical for communicating performance." --Dave Marek, unveiling the Precision Cockpit at the L.A. Auto ShowThe exterior design of a car plays a major role in its identity; few of us will purchase a car if we don't connect with its outward appearance. Yet the bulk of our experience with any car comes from within its interior. The materials, shapes, controls, gau...
Tags: South Korea, Design, California, Cars, Dave, Ohio, Detroit, Shell, Ucla, Yu, Acura, Dave Marek, PCC, HMI, Acura Design Studio, Akira Ghost

Should You Publish Your Prices?

When I make tool chests for customers, the price starts at $4,000. But the only way to find this out is to ask me (or to read this caption). I don't publish a price list for the one-off furniture pieces I make for customers. Here's why. A few years ago a potential customer emailed me to inquire about one of the pieces shown on my website. It was listed for $2,000, but he was wondering if he could get it in walnut instead of black cherry, built a bit larger and covered with a more durable catalyz...
Tags: Design, France, Ikea, Midwest, Morris, Ethan Allen, Cincinnati Ohio, Monticello, Appalachian, Christopher Schwarz, Lost Art Press, U S Supreme Court MAP

Nature-Inspired Tissue Paper Art - Stacey Elaine

One glance at the vibrant paper cuttings by Stacey Elaine and I was smitten. She has developed her own lively style and technique for creating an array of wild animals and foliage from simple tissue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
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Going to use my new art supplies and do a month of crows.   So beginning in April, we'll see how it goes! One crow for sorrow, Two crows for joy, Three crows for a girl, Four crows for a boy. Five crows for silver, Six crows for gold, Seven crows for a secret never to be told. How many will I do and what will the secret be?   Perhaps a give-away to you from me? [Author: RH Carpenter]
Tags: Art, Rh Carpenter

Brexit, Banksy and Cold War Steve

This morning I've spent some time looking at artistic commentary on contemporary life - with  Cold War Steve and 'McFadden's Cold War' Banksy vs Bristol Museum revisited - with Devolved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, Banksy, Steve, McFadden, Bristol Museum, Making A Mark, Brexit Banksy

What if you replaced the display on a camera with a massive viewfinder?

It’s surely innovative, although I wonder what the merits are to having a chunk of glass where you’d have a display. The advantages of a display are A. replication accuracy, B. aren’t as fragile as glass, and C. can display things like menus, guides, metadata, but designer Deepak Kumar believes having a curved concave slab of glass (with a curvature that matches the focal length of the camera lens) would result in a more unique experience. The glass slab would have a few obvious pitfalls. A. Gla...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Glass, Camera, Cameras, Screen, Display, Product Design, Point And Shoot, Viewfinder, Deepak Kumar

Ballet Shoes In Darker Skin Tones Are Finally Here

“The new shoes” — made by the British shoemaker Freed in partnership with the UK troupe Ballet Black — “come in two versions, bronze and brown, and they’re a huge leap forward for inclusion in the ballet world. Indeed, the most common reaction from outside ballet, says troupe director Cassa Pancho, has been shock that they didn’t already exist.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Uncategorized, SJ, Ballet Black, Cassa Pancho, 04.01.19

Sing-A-Long Musicals Are Becoming A Thing

Of course, in your traditional theatre experience, you go to listen to the performers. But just as audiences have been joining in for showings of Rocky Picture Horror and Sound of Music, they’re now coming to musicals to join in with the cast singing. So what’s the appeal? – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 03.28.19

Study: Canadian Artists Make Less Than Average Workers – Way Less

The median individual income of Canada’s artists is $23,100, or 45 per cent less than all Canadian workers ($41,900). A typical artist has employment income of just $15,000, a figure that is 59 per cent lower than the median of all workers ($36,700). That’s from a workforce of almost 800,000 people in Canada who work in cultural industries, which would also include librarians and archivists, graphic designers, editors and architects. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Canada, Issues, 03.29.19

LA Times Restaurant Critic’s Fabulous April 1 Takedown Of NY Restaurants

In Los Angeles, we’re spoiled by the breadth and quality of our dining options. In addition to outstanding year-round produce, I can get great huaraches, refreshing mul naengmyeon and impeccable chả giò within 15 minutes of where I live. But what about New York, a largely culturally bereft island that sits curiously between the Hudson and East Rivers at the foot of the Catskill Mountains? Sure, we’ve all heard of hotdogs, a staple of every New Yorker’s diet, famously gnawed on by rodent and hu...
Tags: Art, New York, Los Angeles, Hudson, Issues, Catskill Mountains, 04.01.19, LA Times Restaurant Critic, NY Restaurants, East Rivers

Understanding Your Technology Needs and How to Come Prepared

You’ve prepared your content, created your slides, and practiced your presentation. You show up early and head to the presentation space with the hopes of getting everything set up with a few minutes left to settle in and relax prior to delivering your big presentation. You walk in to the room and discover you are lacking the cord needed to connect your laptop to the screen. Panic sets in and all of a sudden you are left frantically scouring the office for the right adapters. This is just one of...
Tags: Design, Technology, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science

Mdou Moctar: Tarhatazed

Mdou Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist raised in northern Niger, debuted his first studio band album, Ilana (The Creator) last week. From it comes “Tarhatazed,” a blazing, seven-minute-long track laden with Hendrix-rivaling solos—especially from the four-minute mark on. Moctar boasts an odd origin story: he was raised in a family that forbade music and built his first guitar out of spare wood and brake wires.
Tags: Design, Culture, Guitars, Niger, Listenup, Solos, Tuareg, Hendrix, Mdou Moctar, Moctar

Twin timber buildings draw inspiration from traditional Japanese shrines

Local architectural firm Yuji Tanabe Architects recently completed twin timber buildings on a historic street in the Japanese city of Kamakura. In deference to the existing street architecture and the city’s Great Buddha landmark, the buildings feature a double roof facade with proportions inspired by traditional Japanese shrines. The project, dubbed SASAMEZA, is built of locally sourced timber to reduce embodied energy. Built for commercial use, SASAMEZA occupies a commercial block facing Yui...
Tags: Japan, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Sustainable Materials, Timber Architecture, Courtyard, Locally Sourced Materials, Kamakura, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japanese Architecture, Locally-sourced Timber, Renewable Materials, Great Buddha, Yuji Tanabe Architects

In Search Of “Normal” (It’s Become A Festering Battleground)

“Normality” took a battering in the second half of the 20th century. Lots of people were angry about it and did their level best either to tear it down or render it definitively gauche. Who wanted to be normal? Normies were dull. Hammering the normies and transgression for the sake of transgression became a thing and is still a thing. Except, as Irish commentator Angela Nagle observes, it’s become an end in itself, at once “negative, nasty, and nihilistic”. Now it lives online in festering ce...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Angela Nagle, 04.19

Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin

Visual art and dance forming a feverish nightmare Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin is a hyper-stimulating visual experience wherein Natalie Frank‘s compelling drawings and Stephen Mills‘ contemporary choreography demand equal attention. Seen through Frank’s women protagonist-focused perspectives, these fairytale adaptations draw into light the gruesome warnings the original Brothers Grimm stories tell. Two years in the making, the production began when the curator of Austin’s Blanton Museum …
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Dance, Culture, Illustration, Ballet, Fairytales, Brothers Grimm, Frank, Performances, Choreography, Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin, Natalie Frank

To Celebrate April Fool’s Day: A List Of Famous Literary Hoaxes

So what makes a good literary hoax? Well the world needs to be sucked into believing it of course. And that means of course that you don’t know the fraud until the deception has been revealed. Tragedy (usually for the hoaxer) ensues. Is there a common thread through these examples? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 04.01.19

Submerged Restaurant

Half-sunken underwater restaurant in Lindesnes, Norway features large panoramic window that provides amazing sea views. “Under” – Europe’s first underwater restaurant and research center for marine life is now completed. Designed by Snohetta. Half-submerged 34-meter long monolithic concrete building will turn into artificial reef and integrate into environment. Also check out: Restaurant in a Cave
Tags: Europe, Design, Inspiration, Lindesnes Norway, Snohetta Half

All-glass buildings are an aesthetic as well as a thermal crime

Even the best glass doesn't perform as well as a mediocre wall, environmentally or visually.
Tags: Design, News

No worries

Yes, my recent car crash scared me terribly, and yes, I know how very lucky I was to escape without a scratch. Even so, that seems to have been the end of it. I haven’t had any flashbacks, or any bad dreams about car crashes. Unnerving though the immediate experience was, it appears to have passed through me without leaving a trace. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.01.19

David Friesen, Bassist And Pianist

David Friesen, My Faith, My Life (Origin)Friesen’s virtuosity brought him to prominence as a bassist nearly fifty years ago. This two-CD album presents him on the first disc playing his compositions on the Homage bass, an instrument he developed. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.01.19, David Friesen, My Faith My Life Origin Friesen

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The Setto comes with a usual design and an unusual user experience. The lamp’s spherical design is courtesy a rotating lampshade that lets you adjust the intensity of the lighting. The sphere is divided into two hemispheres… one smooth, and the other with a folded origami-styled design. Rotate the shade to face the smooth surface downwards and you get a much more focused beam of light that’s great to read or write under. Swivel to make the patterned side face downwards and you get a scattered ...
Tags: Design, Lamp, Ambient, Lighting, Product Design, Diffuser, Ida Bonnerup, Jeppe Jensen, Sara Brixen, Setto, Ida Bonnerup Jeppe Jensen Sara Brixen

Paying attention

The New York Times apparently wants us all to be more productive, since it’s hammering away at the subject from many fronts. – Andrew Taylor
Tags: Art, New York Times, Ajblogs, 04.01.19

Can Computational Science Really Improve Our Insight Into The Humanities?

Questions that historians and literary critics used to debate are increasingly scooped up by quantitative disciplines. In 2011, for instance, a team led by evolutionary biologists cooperated with Google to analyze millions of digitized books, published a study in Science, and announced that they had founded a new field called “culturomics.” – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Google, Art, Ideas, 03.27.19

EU moves forward with its plastic ban

The European Union is moving forward with its plastic ban initiative. The EU just signed off on a plan that will prohibit single-use plastics throughout participating countries by the year 2021. The law targets specific plastics while forcing companies to pay for any pollution their products may cause. “Today we have taken an important step to reduce littering and plastic pollution in our oceans and seas,” the European Commission’s Frans Timmermans explained. “Europe is setting new and ambitiou...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, Environment, Eu, European Union, Pollution, European Commission, Parliament, Recycled Materials, Plastic Pollution, Frans Timmermans, Single-use, Plastic Ban, Single-use Plastics

Canada’s Stratford Festival On A Roll, Extends Its Star Director’s Contract

Under Antoni Cimolino’s tenure as artistic director, the Ontario institution has seen six consecutive surpluses and attendance surpass the 500,000 mark. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Theatre, Canada, Ontario, Stratford, 03.30.19, Antoni Cimolino

Newly Discovered Evidence Confirms the Sudden Demise of Dinosaurs

In the excavated terrain of the Hell Creek geological formation, an archaeologist named Robert DePalma made a discovery. The theory that dinosaurs met their demise at the impact of a planet-rattling meteor is generally uncontested, but some researchers felt they were doomed well before the day it hit. Dinosaur fossils are never found less than nine feet below the layer of soot—known as the “KT …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Linkaboutit, Meteorite, Hell Creek, Robert DePalma

Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” and its Absence from Louvre Abu Dhabi Profiled in NYT

The NYT has a piece this week on Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which was intended to anchor the collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but which has not been seen since its purchase. “It is tragic,” says Dianne Modestini, a professor at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a conservator who has worked on Salvator Mundi.  “To deprive […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Dianne Modestini, New York University 's Institute of Fine Arts

Mary Boone’s Rise and Fall Profiled in NYT

The NYT has a profile on Mary Boone this week, her rise to power, and her current jail sentence for tax evasion. “We used to say that Mary brought the uptown gallery downtown,” says Eric Fischl. “She knew she was showing artists whose work was going to become expensive, she knew the idea of bohemian SoHo was over, […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Soho, Mary, Mary Boone, Eric Fischl

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