Beverly Hills Cop… MTV… pretty much every Vision Street Wear style I ripped off and paint-penned onto my grip tape & sneakers… I’ve often heard my art-history-majoring wife talk about the “Memphis movement” (which has nothing to do with Tennessee, btw), and now it’s fun to take a closer look at this “amusing, appalling” style:
Warhol painted dozens of identical Campbell’s soup cans. Now, thanks to algorithmically driven printing, every consumer object can be unique:
With the help of Ogilvy & Mather Italy, seven million Nutella jars were made, each donned in a one-of-a-kind label. The packaging design for the ‘Nutella Unica’ series was brought to life using an algorithm that combined colors and patterns to create millions of dissimilar arrangements.
I’ll leave it to others to debate whether the world needs an expensive bauble packed with 1.3 million copper-coated nanoballs. I’m just here to enjoy its hypnotic beauty.
Oh man, let this be more than a (sorry, wait for it) pipe dream!
Ever since the late 90’s, when I was a designer browbeating Adobe for a good collaboration system, I’ve been intrigued by efforts to help teams work better together. Frame.io has just rolled out v2 of its video-centric team platform:
Elsewhere, FiftyThree (makers of the much-loved Paper sketching/notes app) have introduced the Slack-savvy Paste tool:
- Arrange your flow and add text to craft the story you want to tell
- Fullscreen walkthroughs and fast feedback from your team that syncs with Slack.
Knowing their history, I’m expecting a lot of delightful attention to detail.
I’m intrigued by—but don’t quite know what to make of—Logojoy, a hosted app that promises, “Using artificial intelligence and advanced learning algorithms, our logo maker is able to produce designs just like a designer would.”
It seems that almost no one in the general public can define just what the hell “AI” means, and I’m not sure that this offers anything more than a nicely packaged wizard/template system. Still, some of the results I got weren’t half bad, and creative disruption will only continue: The world at large will get greater & greater access fairly competent aesthetics (think Target & design for all), while creative people will have to hustle more & more to remain relevant.
If you take it for a spin, let me know what you think.
God bless these crazy little bastards. I won’t spoil the big reveal, but it’s definitely worth stick around for three minutes to get.
A beautiful, dynamic wall calendar that can be used for three months on one charge? I could get into that. Check out the Magic Calendar concept from Google Japan:
Little Inventors “takes children’s invention ideas and makes them real.
Children can freely upload their ideas to this website for positive and encouraging feedback from the Little Inventors team… Our aim is to inspire and support children around the world to use their wonderful imaginations to think up ingenious, fantastical, funny or perfectly practical invention ideas with no limits!
Don’t miss this guy’s sweet snack-hat. 🙂
Elsewhere, in The Monster Project (recently exhibited at Adobe SF), “Kids draw monsters, then artists from all over the world recreate them in their own styles!” Check out their fun gallery.
Come on, who hasn’t watched the Gimp scene in Pulp Fiction and thought to himself, “I wish I could look like that around the office!” I will, however, give personal muffler HushMe props if it makes the user sound like Bane: