— Work in progress*

Art of Ideas

So, this is an artistic approach to using data/coding in real-time. Completely unique; every move inspires custom motion (the best bits come after the number sequence).

Hakanaï / work in progress from Adrien M / Claire B on Vimeo.

Another example of this is Hellicar & Lewis. ‘Divide by Zero’ is completely real-time – all imagery is generated on the fly by custom software using computer vision to capture the body silhouette and movement of a dancer:

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If you have a lunch hour to fill watch this fascinating presentation by Peter Crnokrak on Data Visualisation. Impeccable research, left me wanting to explore the use of date in future projects!

Design as Symptom / Peter Crnokrak / Data visualisation as critical art practice from architecturaltheory.eu on Vimeo.

Love this example in the presentation:

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With heavy rain and shoes so wet they could be wrung out—I finally managed to visit Blackpool to see the finished Comedy Carpet! The scale is breath-taking, not to mention the skill required to create such a piece. I can imagine the hours of pleasure Gordon Young and Why Not Associates had—raiding their font suitcase, designing and typesetting!

The Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.

The whole Comedy Carpet was like the shallow end in a swimming pool… yes, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration but with the summer being very British, I decided against using my SLR, so below are just a few snaps taken on my phone.

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Realtree | The Making of a Tradition from MAMMOTH on Vimeo.

A lovely short film about letterpress. A method of print that gets the hands dirty! Beautiful art direction by Mammoth Media.

For their 25th year anniversary, we created a branding piece for Realtree, documenting the old process, used by Hammerpress, to print their limited edition posters.

Check out more short films by Mammoth Media over on Vimeo.

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Dana is a graphic designer who creates captivating chalk signs—she’s created pieces for magazines, book covers, hotels. Certainly worth bookmarking her portfolio, rustic pieces of art, such a shame the design is rubbed away!

The process

Some footage taken from one of her commissions:

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From a different perspective, this freelance architectural and landscape photographer from Denmark has an incredible portfolio over on Behance; moody & fable. The rocks basking in their own reflection are so captivating; like floating islands – another world.

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A bit of reverse psychology—play with your food! I do adore these plates by Boguslaw Sliwinksi. Making vegetables and healthy eating fun for children. His product description makes me laugh. A parent just wanting their child to eat up, the frustration lead to this fun ceramic series.

Are you able to encourage children to eat in a funny way, especially something as unpopular as carrots or peas?

Certainly, yes. I myself am a parent and I had to invent something. Finally, the design is the art of creativity. Every parent knows the nightmare of feeding. Telling a child: do not play with your food, just eat. That is why I created these plates In spite of the principles used by mothers around the world, that food should not be played with.

Let the child be the captain, which does not want the ship to sink but safely reached the port. Or let the child be a truck driver and arrange for delivery and unloading a little salad so that they can order another load when the child has finished.

Finally, brussel sprouts turn into a cosmic stone superman, and pineapple turn into a big wheel truck operating in the diamond mines in Africa and fool the child in what he or she is eating.

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Snapped this billboard today, simple information graphics. Clever, striking and to the point! We all know Audi’s looks great, so here the product features are highlighted.

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Product designer Liya Marison came up with this imaginative, adaptable and creative product. How great would it of been to have such a toy? I’d of honestly had years of play, the decorating would of been the best bit! Ideal for enhancing a child’s imagination.

Recycled cardboard idea, inspired by pop-up books, “My Space” was designed for small apartments, which lack the space for a dedicated playroom.

Found a possible ‘grown up’ version via Habitables.co.uk, this could be an option—Pop Up Office.

This folding office by Liddy Scheffknech and Armin Wagner is a great example of figuring out ways to rethink the possibilities surrounding shortages of space, mobility and permanence. An office you pack up and fold away, or take with you to your next destination. This pop up office is made simply of cardboard and tape and measures 94 x 275 x 200 cm.

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