Artist James Hoff intentionally infects his electronic tracks with the vicious computer virus, turning them into glitched-out noise.
The Blaster Worm, a vicious computer virus created by an 18-year-old hacker, infected hundreds of thousands of Microsoft computers back in 2003. Now, the worm has made a comeback with a new music career.
If you had to pick: What's the ugliest product design you unwillingly own, the most unsightly object cluttering your home? One object, above all others, that has simply not kept pace with the times? I'm willing to bet it's the power strip under your desk. Maxed out and spewing a half-dozen differently-colored cables and ill-fitting adapters, the modern-day power strip looks like a product design that's been turned inside out.
"It's time to add design to those boring old power strips," proclaims the development team behind Boxtap, which aims to turn the power strip outside-in.(more...)
the ellipsoid room is shaped by 500 bamboo pieces measuring 6 cm in diameter.
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Prior to learning how to use a desktop CNC mill, I was very curious as to how to set the machine up, and I figured I couldn't be alone--if you're thinking about getting one for your own shop, you're probably wondering what kind of downtime it would create. But at the time I was doing my research, I couldn't find a concise video showing the process. So we've made one for you, below, showing you exactly what you need to do once you get it out of the crate.
The ShopBot Desktop we're using comes pre-assembled, so setting it up was a lot easier than I thought it'd be. Now remember that this thing is essentially a router on steroids, and like any router you'll need a method to contain the dust. Hooking up a shop vacuum is pretty straightforward, but here I'll show you a crucial mistake I made, and how you can easily avoid it.
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But psst, we can still see you playing Angry Birds from the balcony.
Let's admit it: when most of us spend a night at the orchestra or ballet, we have little to no clue what's going on. So we find ourselves shyly inspecting the Playbill, trying to recall which movement we're in, and just what the heck that movement means to the larger piece on whole.
It's infographics meets Iron Chef as two data viz experts debate each other one the best way to make sense of Amazon's bestseller database!
Data visualization is just as much an art as it is a science, which is why there are many different ways that a single set of data can be visualized. At today's Innovation By Design 2014 conference, two New York-based data viz studios showed us their indivdual approaches to interpreting Amazon's complex bestseller database. It was the Iron Chef of data viz, and the resulting work couldn't have been any more different.
"You have to think about large, messy systems," the design guru says. It wouldn't hurt to make some money, either.
Former Rhode Island School of Design president and current Silicon Valley venture capital design guru John Maeda shared a tidbit of wisdom he gathered from legendary designer Paul Rand at Fast Company's Innovation By Design Conference today: "Make lots of money."
Since Hand-Eye Supply opened we've highlighted the most practical, attractive workwear we could find. We pride ourselves on seeking out great construction, flattering fits, ethical sourcing, and high quality material. Now we're thrilled to meet our own high standards with the exclusive Hand-Eye x L.C. King Work Jeans. They're lean, mean, American-made, and tailored perfectly to the modern worker.
These jeans are made from beautiful raw selvedge denim and tough cotton duck, and they're built to look good. We couldn't have worked with a better collaborator than the L.C. King Manufacturing Company, makers of Pointer Brand and other durable, high-quality workwear since 1913. The 12.5 oz. selvedge comes from Greensboro, North Carolina, and each piece is still hand-sewn in Bristol, Tennessee.
Traditional materials meet a modern slim fit, and the result is solid: classic, dependable jeans that look effortless and can hold up to real use, at the right price. Check them out!(more...)
Former Nike designer D'Wayne Edwards says Bruce Lee has impacted his career and design.
"What people don't know about Bruce Lee is that he was an amazing philosopher," D'Wayne Edwards, the founder of footwear design school Pensole, explained on stage at Fast Company's Innovation By Design conference on Wednesday.
the vast industrial architecture of tate modern's turbine hall welcomes its latest commission: a monumental, textile-based sculpture by american artist richard tuttle.
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Named after the first satellite to take living creatures into space (and return them alive), this piece is half-table, half-planter.
A gorgeous new table design by Russian design studio Plan-S23 takes its inspiration from the 1960 Soviet satellite Sputnik 5. Known in Russia as Korabl-Sputnik 2, which not only carried the first dogs into space, but also transported a variety of plants. Designer Max Scherbakov's table is its own miniature version of Sputnik 5, minus the dogs: It launches plant life through a marble table, into your living room.
Vacimi’s cleverly crafted collection of tableware is the ultimate in space-saving design! Each nesting set includes 5 ceramic pieces and a handy bamboo board for draining and organization. No larger than a rice bowl, the set saves valuable real estate in the kitchen while providing the perfect size dish for you and your guests. Glossy on the inside, matte on the outside, their soft finish also gives em’ grip so they never slip!
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Fadell on the future of smart homes, Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of his company, and why the Nest Protect has "a motherly voice."
Kicking off Fast Company's Innovation By Design 2014 Conference, Fast Company Executive Editor Noah Robischon hosted an intimate chat with Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The designer behind the original iPod, Fadell founded Nest in 2010 as a way to make our homes smarter. In front of a packed audience, Fadell talked about the future of the connected home, Google's $3.2 billion buyout of Nest, the importance of getting design details right, and whether or not Fadell might be Google's big Android boss someday. Here, four insights from the CEO who wants to change how we live:
Coca-Cola Founders is a new way to create startups, the company's vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship declared.
Coca-Cola announced the launch of a new entrepreneurship program at Fast Company's Innovation By Design conference today, in conversation with Fast Company senior writer Linda Tischler. David Butler, Coca-Cola's vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship, (who has written a book with Tischler) announced the Coca-Cola Founders program, a way for startups to gain access to Coca-Cola's tremendous reach and for Coca-Cola to tap the ideas of independent entrepreneurs. The company goes into startup communities around the world and hand-selects founders, giving them insider access to Coca-Cola--both the company's assets and its challenges. The founders' ideas are then shaped by what they see inside Coca-Cola.
First-world problems: As a frequent air traveler, I was confident that I had my pack-and-go routine dialed in, and it was only by the time that I was halfway to JFK—40 minutes behind schedule, due to e-mail exigencies—that I realized that I'd forgotten the power supply for my MacBook Pro. It wasn't so much the prospect of not having juice on the 13-hour flight but the fact that I was so hasty as to overlook the essential technological tether, at once a fuel supply and a fetter, and that I'd have a narrow window to get ahold of one in Beijing. I made it to the gate with time to spare; once I'd determined that none of the shops in Terminal 1 sold the 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (or a third-party surrogate), I looked up the closest pingguo store to the airport and planned to head straight there from PEK. CA982 was due to land at 6:20pm local time, which would give me about 3.5 hours to make it to the wraparound glass emporium that evening.
16 hours later, I was carefully unboxing a white plastic briquette at a nearby restaurant (with wattage taken care of, I sought food and wi-fi); chagrined that I had to buy one at all, I had it in mind to use it for that week and return it on the way home—my way of leaving no trace. Alas, it was all for nought: I only made it a few days before I ended up peeling off the last bits of protective plastic from the immaculate shell. Overpriced though it may have been, I figured that it never hurts to have a spare, and, insofar as my trip was predicated on being able to use my laptop, it was a justifiable acquisition.
An insipid anecdote, perhaps, about an unremarkable object—which is precisely why it may well represent the final frontier of third-party accessorization. As MeezyCube notes in their Kickstarter pitch video, there are cases galore for the iPhone, iPad and MacBook... so why not the MagSafe adapter as well?
A joke about the "Meh-zyCube" would be too... meezy.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think that this is an outright parody of case creep: It's a grating conceit beyond the fact that I suspect that a sizable proportion of Macbook owners don't bother with the fold-out 'wings' for wrapping the cable; even the dubious durability of the cord can be solved with Sugru. What disturbs me about the MeezyCube is that it's yet another gyre-worthy plastic thing that no one really needs.
First-world problems indeed.(more...)
the winning design proposed to adjust the existing masterplan to accommodate a centrally positioned public square, flanked by two distinctive buildings totaling 12,000 square meters.
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Hueso, a restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico, challenges the squeamish with animal-skeleton decor.
Restaurants usually try to keep animal bones confined to meat dishes, not displayed on the walls. But Guadalajara, Mexico's Hueso--which translates to "bone"--plays with the sculptural elements of deconstructed skeletons, making bones the mainstay of its decor. Architect Ignacio Cadena is behind the beautifully spooky design, which incorporates thousands of animal bones, both real and artificial, into the interior of the revamped 1940s building.
Last month we asked the chairs of 11 leading industrial-design programs to talk to us about the evolution of ID education for our D-School Futures interview series. Since then we've received word of two new master's programs in design that seemed worthy of additional comment. In New York, Parsons is launching an MFA in industrial design—and we'll have an interview with Rama Chorpash about that program in the coming days.
Today, we're checking in on a master's program with a broader, more interdisciplinary focus. The University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design is currently accepting applications for a Master of Design in Integrative Design. It's a two-year program with an interesting approach—the idea is that students with a variety of design backgrounds will work together in teams to invent solutions for a wicked problem that will rotate every few years. The inaugural problem is "wicked healthcare," and Stamps has lined up medical companies, biomedical engineers, surgeons and others to participate in the curriculum.
Recently, we talked to Bruce M. Tharp—a long-time Core77 contributor and a new addition to the Stamps faculty—about the MDes program. The following is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.
Core77: Who is this program for?
Bruce Tharp: We imagine that our ideal candidates are probably industrial designers, interaction designers, graphic designers, interior designers/architects—people in that design space. But we're excited about the possibility of students with other skills sets and proficiencies who also have experienced design in some professional setting. Of course, the program itself is highly cross-disciplinary. There is tremendous integration of non-design information and experts—for the current "wicked healthcare" theme, we have on board medical companies, a children's hospital, biomedical engineers, surgeons, technologists, entrepreneurial faculty and many more who will be integrated into the curriculum.
This idea of designers working to solve big societal problems—is that a career or a profession that exists now, or is it one that you're trying to help create?
The program is what we think is a 21st-century program for 21st-century design. The idea is that these are big, complex problems that are tackled in cross-disciplinary teams, collaboratively, with more of a systems approach. This is the way a lot of designers are now working, and that I would say design is increasingly being asked to work. So this is partly a response to the world and it's also partly a call to the world as well, about what design can do and its potential.
Now, that doesn't mean that there isn't a role in the world for what we would call 20th-century design or design education. In graduate education, that really comes from the MFA model, where you're working independently on a thesis project of your choosing, and it's something that you can generally handle in a year. That's a completely valid way of working and there are lots of applications for that kind of work, but increasingly designers are being asked to do more.
Design has a lot of visibility now, and other disciplines are saying, "Wow, what if we could use design in this way?" So the program is inviting design into more complex arenas. I think designers are really uniquely positioned to work on these wicked problems, but it demands that we be educated in a different way.(more...)
Faber's Modern Classics, including titles by Sylvia Plath, Lorrie Moore, and T.S. Eliot, channels the bright colors of retro book design.
Faber is rereleasing 10 classic books, with covers inspired by mid-century graphic design. All feature lots of white space, understated typography, and bright, translucent bands of color framing single eye-catching images.