Archive for ‘Other- Design’

November 16, 2010

10 Centuries in 5 Minutes: Video Map of Changing European Borders Over past 1,000 Years

by Matt Forcey

Images created by historicalatlas.com, this video takes us through the rise and fall of European empires over the past 1,000 years.

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October 20, 2010

Chicago Highway Ripens Into Hothouse Vegetable Farm

by Matt Forcey

Studio Gang made waves on the international architecture scene last year with their award-winning design for the new Aqua Tower in Chicago.  Like many of the firm’s previous projects, the Aqua was designed to foster a strong connection to the outdoors and the surrounding environment.  To this end, the building features outside terraces, integrated solar shading, and one of the largest green roofs in Chicago (btw, Chicago has more green roofs than any other major city on Earth).  Building on their environmental roots, the Gang has also developed a radical plan to incorporate sustainable produce gardens into densely urban environments.

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October 11, 2010

Radical Cartography Maps Chicago’s Racial Divides and Nuclear Explosions

by Matt Forcey

Radical Cartography is the website of historian and cartographer, Bill Rankin.  Currently working on a PhD at Harvard, Rankin has done considerable research on the changing technologies of cartography (map making) and navigation in the twentieth century.   His mapping activity is focused on reimagining everyday urban and territorial geographies by pushing techniques of statistical information design and rethinking everyday cartographic conventions.

Rankin’s maps help us visualize racial divides in Chicago (as featured below), university campuses surrounding Boston, building heights in Manhattan, the spread of agriculture over the past 300 years, and the location of every nuclear explosion around the world since 1945.

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October 10, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 4-Oct. 10, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 4, 2010

Grand Taxonomy of Rapper Names

by Matt Forcey

Ever wonder how rappers come up with their stage names?  We’ve chilled with the Ices: Ice-T, Ice Cube, Vanilla Ice.  Have been graced by royalty: Queen Latifah, Sir Mix-a-lot, the Fresh Prince.  And got a bit funky with the Lil’s: Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Romeo.  Spend some time squinting at this new infographic from Brooklyn design shop Pop Chart Lab to see the connections between 266 nom de plumes (consider using your browser’s zoom for a better look).

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October 4, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010

by Matt Forcey

Determined by your clicks!

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September 29, 2010

For the Sadistic Germaphobe in Your Life. Poor Little Fish Sink

by Matt Forcey

Designed by Yan Lu (who apparently draws inspiration from old James Bond movies, and S.P.E.C.T.O.R.’s painfully slow spy killing devices), the Poor Little Fish Sink, drains the water from your fishy friend’s home as you wash your hands.  The longer you keep the faucet running…

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September 27, 2010

The New Audi Spectacle?

by Matt Forcey

Although visually captivating at first glance, the campaign’s unabashed desecration of historic architecture in the name of commerce leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.  The title “The New Audi Spectacle” takes on a whole new meaning, no? 

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September 27, 2010

Concrete Wallpaper, Urbanify Your Pad

by Matt Forcey

Got yourself a hip, beamed ceiling loft in a newly gentrified section of town?  But the building’s designer boxed you in with lifeless drywall?  Hey, guess what, wallpaper is cool again. 

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September 23, 2010

Fresh from London Fashion Week: Holly Fulton

by Matt Forcey

Our favorite Holly Fulton dress so far is this “mummified” dress that’s a perfect fit for Cleopatra, too. A special sculptural and graphic magic is going on in the London designer’s first solo collection of Autumn/Winter 2010.

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September 10, 2010

Dumbest Traffic Safety Idea Ever?

by Matt Forcey

File this under ‘might potentially backfire’. A new Canadian campaign is using 3D road decals that depict children playing on roads, making drivers all the more careful. Or it could just make them swerve at the last moment.

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September 7, 2010

Time Continuum: Spaceman Watches of the 1970’s

by Matt Forcey

In the late sixties Claude Lebet, owner of the Bulle, Switzerland-based watch brand Catena, asked Andre LeMarquand an architect from Neuchâtel, to create a timepiece inspired by man’s conquest of the moon and the astronauts who made it there.  Mr. Le Marquand provided him with his first wristwatch design called, what else, the “Spaceman.” 

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