These Parasitic Products Are Looking for Their Next Host

The notion of a ‘parasite’ has a negative connotation, but not for designers Seonghwan Hong, Taekkyung Lee, and Yoojin Song. Their collaborative effort on this series of everyday objects looks to microscopic parasites for inspiration.The form of each design is modeled after the irregular body of these minuscule organisms. The resulting aesthetic is something entirely new yet completely organic. Each design also serves a unique and independent purpose, relying on a ‘host’ to complete its job or b...
Tags: Design, Product Design, Parasitic Product, Seonghwan Hong, Taekkyung Lee, Yoojin Song, Seonghwan Hong Taekkyung Lee, Cupdryer Host, Energia Parasitismus, Diffuserwarmer Host, Bathroombrush Host

This little speaker-cap hacks your smart speaker to give you back your privacy

Project Alias looks and behaves like a parasitic fungus, in the sense that it latches onto its host, feeding off it and inhibiting its functions for its own gain. It may sound a little extreme, but it does it all for the sake of privacy. Smart speakers now sit in one out of three American homes… and while they’re great in terms of convenience, they’re a privacy nightmare. Smart speakers are always listening in on everything you say or do around your home, and companies create databases and pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Design, Audio, Speakers, Popular, Alexa, Product Design, Brad, Now, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias

Download Vincent van Gogh’s Collection of 500 Japanese Prints, Which Inspired Him to Create “the Art of the Future”

Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, but he did spend quite a bit of time in Arles, which he considered the Japan of France. What made him think of the place that way had to do entirely with aesthetics. The Netherlands-born painter had moved to Paris in 1886, but two years later he set off for the south of France in hopes of finding real-life equivalents of the "clearness of the atmosphere and the gay colour effects" of Japanese prints. These days, we've all seen at least a few examples of tha...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Microsoft, College, France, Paris, Netherlands, Seoul, Arles, Van Gogh, Vincent, Simon Schama, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Theo

Ovoid cabin offers day hikers shelter in Norway

These one-of-a-kind structures blend effortlessly into the northern landscape.
Tags: Design, News, Norway

The Musical Instruments in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Get Brought to Life, and It Turns Out That They Sound “Painful” and “Horrible”

Welcome to The Garden of Earthly Delights. You’ll find no angelic strings here. Those are reserved for first class citizens whose virtuous lives earned them passage to the uppermost heights. Down below, stringed instruments produce the most hellish sort of cacophony, a fitting accompaniment for the horn whose bell is befouled with the arm of a tortured soul. How do we know that's what they sounded like? A group of musicologists, craftspeople and academics from the Bate Collection of Musical...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Comedy, College, New York City, Religion, Museums, University of Oxford, Lamb, Slayer, Bosch, Facebook Twitter, Hieronymus Bosch, Ayun Halliday, Andrew Lamb

Could A Font Help Your Remember More of What You Read?

Sans Forgetica is purposefully hard to decipher, forcing the reader to focus. One study found that students recalled 57 percent of what they read in Sans Forgetica, compared with 50 percent of the material in Arial, a significant difference. No word yet on the retention rate of Comic Sans. – Wired
Tags: Art, Words, Arial, Forgetica, 12.17.18

Hell As An Incentive

The “bad place” has been detailed extensively – these are all the bad things that will happen to you if you don’t behave. Hell has been a moral consequence, it has been a spur to behave better. And increasingly we’re being warned of the possibilities of versions of it visiting earth. The point is, the concept of hell is a powerful idea that has framed our thinking. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.21.19

Music Festivals Have Become Huge Business. Now What?

As the music festival-industrial-complex has become another way of American life, it’s also been increasingly and reasonably subjected to litmus tests reflecting the increased social awareness that society has taken on over the past several years.  – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, 01.11.19

Monday Recommendation: Thelonious Monk’s Works In Full

Kimbrough, Robinson, Reid, Drummond: Monk’s Dreams— Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 01.14.19, Kimbrough Robinson Reid Drummond

The Importance of Inspiration and How to Draw it Out of Your Audience

Inspiration is a key component of every presentation. If your audience does not feel inspired by what you are sharing, the likely outcome is less excitement which, in turn, means less long-term engagement with you, your idea, or your product. But the question is how? How do you inspire your audience to action and keep them coming back for more? At Ethos3, we believe the answer lies in the ability of a presenter to connect the head with the heart of their audience. In his book The Sacred Enneagra...
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Inspire, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Chris Heuertz

Andy Warhol Foundation Gives Pérez Art Museum Miami $100,000 for Teresita Fernandez Show

The Andy Warhol Foundation has given the Pérez Art Museum Miami a $100,000 grant to assist in the presentation of a solo show of the work of Teresita Fernández this fall.  “In addition to being one of the most dynamic artists working today,” director Franklin Sirmans said in a statement, “Teresita’s work has been integral to the development of […]
Tags: Art, News, Andy Warhol, Miami, Art News, Minipost, Teresita, Andy Warhol Foundation, Perez Art Museum Miami, Teresita Fernandez, Franklin Sirmans

Chiquita Banana

Chiquita Banana by Mel Ramos (2007). Seen in Kunsthal Rotterdam March 18, 2018. Popartist Mel Ramos is known for portraying iconic candy girls of ’60s and ’70s pop culture. His Sculptures parody the trivial imagery of the advertising industry by combining a commercial product with eroticism of pin-up girls… Via Kunsthal curator. The post Chiquita Banana appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
Tags: Art, Hotels, Chiquita Banana, Photo of the Day, Mel Ramos, Popartist Mel Ramos, Via Kunsthal

Wonder: The Key to Unlocking Your Best Ideas

As a storyteller, your job is to bring great ideas to life to show your audience that there is something beautiful behind the curtain that they can’t see. However, in our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, it’s difficult to find the space needed to do just that. With the start of a new year comes more goals to hit and emails to send. But what if this year, rather than racing to the next event, you chose to slow down and take time to wonder? Wonder is defined as a feeling of surprise mingled w...
Tags: Design, Tim Burton, Deliver, Delivery, Wonderland, Presentation, Develop, Alice, Speaking, Wonder, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Creative Presentations

IHeartRadio Launches A New Broadway Shows Channel

The new channel will compete with SiriusXM’s “On Broadway,” which also features songs and such hosts as Seth Rudetsky and John Tartaglia. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Seth Rudetsky, 01.14.19, IHeartRadio Launches A New Broadway Shows Channel

Miami Art Mogul Launches Award He Hopes Will Rival The Turner Prize

Jorge M. Pérez, the real estate developer whose lead gift for a new building inspired the renaming of what is now the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has endowed the $50,000 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize, an unrestricted award to a living artist selected by PAMM. An additional grant of $25,000 will go to a young alumnus of the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami. — Artnet
Tags: Art, Miami, Visual, Jorge, National YoungArts Foundation, Pérez Art Museum Miami Pamm, 01.14.19, Jorge M Pérez, Darlene Pérez

Panda Bear: Token

The last few years have seen the 10th anniversary celebrations of two milestone Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) albums—first, his acclaimed solo work Person Pitch (2007) and then the Animal Collective commercial darling Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). Now Lennox is gearing up for a new solo release, Buoys, and both the debut single and the latest release “Token” continue to stoke excitement. Directed by, and featuring …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Lennox, Noah Lennox

8 Artisans Who Make Beautiful and Unique Paper Jewelry By Hand

It's been awhile since my last paper jewelry post... not because I didn't want to do another; heck no, it's one of my favorite topics! Just thought I'd better give other types of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Paper Beads, Paper Jewelry, Paper Necklaces, Paper Rings, Handmade Paper, Japanese Paper, Ann Martin, Paper Earrings, Origami Animals, Paper Bracelet, Paper Brooches, Specialty Paper

The Latest Reading Accessory Is A Candle (Or Twelve)

Reading: It’s a lifestyle thing. “Candles are also now a common impulse purchase at independent bookstores, along with tote bags and coffee. There are shelves upon shelves of literary-themed ones at the Strand in New York, which famously brags of 18 miles of books.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Words, 01.11.19

Carol Channing, 97

“The blonde, saucer-eyed Broadway musical comedy star … was associated with one role — Dolly Gallagher Levi in Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly! … Ms. Channing was said to have never missed a performance in Dolly during its first Broadway run beginning in 1964, and played the part countless other times over the years in a variety of national tours.” — Playbill
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Dolly, Carol Channing, Channing, Dolly Gallagher Levi, Jerry Herman, 01.15.19

After His Anti-Gay Instagram Post, Sergei Polunin Gets Dropped By Paris Opera Ballet

It was only last Thursday that the company announced that Polunin would be making a guest appearance as Siegfried in Swan Lake. Saturday, artistic director Aurélie Dupont announced that he wouldn’t be appearing after all, because of certain “public statements … [that] didn’t correspond to her values or to those of the institution she represents.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Swan Lake, Siegfried, Paris Opera Ballet, Aurélie Dupont, Sergei Polunin, Polunin, 01.14.19

Actors Union Threatens Broadway Strike. Is This An Overreach?

The union says actors wages for staged readings in developing projects haven’t increased since 2007. But it believes that actors in this early stage ought to get a cut of future profits. An interesting idea, but it immediately raises questions about who owns what and how they should be rewarded. – Clyde Fitch Report
Tags: Art, Theatre, 01.14.19

Learn the Art of Paper Weaving - Weave Through Winter E-Course

Perhaps you made a New Year's resolution to learn a new paper art or craft in 2019. I have just the ticket! Join Helen Hiebert, paper maker, artist, author and experienced teacher in her next online... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Ann Martin, Helen Hiebert, Paper Weaving

Chinese Censorship Is Complicated. It’s Why Orwell Isn’t Censored…

Here’s the rub: Monitors pay closer attention to material that might be consumed by the average person than to cultural products seen as highbrow and intended for educated groups. (An internet forum versus an old novel.) As a result, Chinese writers are watched more closely than foreign ones. 
Tags: Art, Words, 01.13.19

Dutch Royal Family Cleared to Sell Rubens Chalk Drawing

The Dutch prime minister has stated that he will not intervene in the Dutch royal family’s controversial decision to sell a chalk drawing by Peter Paul Rubens at Sotheby’s.  The decision is being appealed by the nation’s liberal D66 party. “They could determine whether any Dutch museums might be interested in buying these works of art before they […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Sotheby, Peter Paul Rubens, Dutch Royal Family Cleared

The Amazing Internet Radio Station With Almost Every Kind Of Music There Is

Joan Harvey sings the praises of the astounding variety of music to discover (and facts to learn) at (We here at ArtsJournal can recommend it, too.) Yes, the site is in Dutch, but most of it is available in (sometimes quirky) English if you click on the tiny Union Jack in the upper right corner. — 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Music, Jack, ArtsJournal, Joan Harvey, 01.14.19

Exceptional Book Art at Longwood Gardens Holiday Display

If you have a penchant for altered book art and happen to be in the vicinity of Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania this holiday season, I highly recommend a visit. Here are several photos... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Pennsylvania, Ann Martin, Longwood Gardens, Book Art, Longwood Gardens Holiday Display, Altered Books, Folded Books, Paper Wreath

Diversity? Fine. But How Are We Defining It?

Historically, diversity is something America fights, or accepts begrudgingly with remorse and reservations, or fights anew when it challenges economic dominance. In a country born of the original sin of slavery — to keep labor cheap; to ensure high profits for the richest one percent (sound familiar?) — this shouldn’t be surprising. What is surprising is how we keep being surprised. – Clyde Fitch Report
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 01.10.19

Make a Miniature Quilled Violin or Cello - Tutorials by Kariana Leinbach

The following is a guest post by Kariana Leinbach. She is sharing it in response to your comments about her amazing quilled orchestra. Hi, everyone! Thank you for your kind comments and interest in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Tutorials, Quilling, Paper Sculpture, Ann Martin, Kariana Leinbach, Quilled Instruments

Paper Quilling Mosaic Logo Awarded a Guinness World Record

Years ago I was a member of an online quilling group where I met Nandini Acharya Rao who lives in Dubai. The group disbanded eventually, but she and I have always stayed in touch via Facebook.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Facebook, Design, Dubai, Exhibit, Guinness Book of World Records, Quilling, Artist Interviews, Ann Martin, Nandini Acharya Rao, Quilled Mosaic, Quilled Mural

Star-Filled Paper Pajaki Chandelier at The Paper Place

You know the saying, 'If you want a job done, ask a busy person'? Such was the case when I spotted an Instagram image of a stunning all-white pajaki in a shop window. Made by Heather Sauer, owner... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Store Windows, Ann Martin, Heather Sauer

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