It seems that prefixing "Insta-" to your name is a super way to get a frightening amount of money in a short period of time.
If you were one of the 3,434 backers of the Instacube you can expect to be the toast of your hipster circle of friends for about 15 seconds at some point when it ships in the coming months.
These energetic pieces by Carne Griffiths are ink drawings with a difference. Some of the washes are produced using uncommon mediums including tea, vodka and whiskey. Good to see those spirited artistic juices flowing!
Pictured are two portraits from his current exhibition called "Fragments" which can be seen for a limited time at the Ink-d Gallery.
The latest project in Finn Magee's "Flat Life" series is an actual working speaker cleverly disguised as wall art. Magee's previous Flat Life projects were a poster-lamp (Flat Light) and a poster-clock(Flat Time)
The "Flat Sound" poster uses a flat, flexible speaker technology developed by UK based Warwick Audio. Technical specifications on the speaker are hard to come by except that it is only 4mm thick and that it appears to connect to devices such as iPods via a standard 3.5 inch jack.
It is available in limited numbers for around 250 pounds from auction house Phillips de Pury in London and New York as well as Lazydog gallery in Hamburg.
Just me or is there a lab-specimen/stuffed-pet poise to this cat's pose?
These 3D cutout "d-Torso" models are the work of Japanese company Aki Co.. The process of designing them involves making a 3D scan of a real world object then computer modelling and laser cutting the cardboard pieces.
If you get one of these and you have a real cat, make a video of them together. Lols should ensue.
- "d-Torso" is an appropriately creepy name for these things
Seriously this is just freaking fabulous. Aparently it won a design award way back in about 2007. Why aren't ALL door knobs like this by now?
Remember when clapper lamps were all the rage (I still think they’re cool), well the BANG! lamp by Bitplay takes the concept to another level. Fire the “gun” at the lamp and it’s lights out little buddy. The lampshade even tilts in mock death. Fire again and the lampshade slowly resurrects itself and the light comes back on.
Fun and brilliant
- Also, love the fake goat (sheep?) head in the background
These limited edition prints are created by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the graphic design team who created many of the typographically interesting props in the Harry Potter movies. In particular they created many of the layouts for the Daily Prophet and the sinister wanted posters for some of the deatheaters including that nasty frumpet Bellatrix Lestrange (booooo).
This poster contains some fascinating close up detail, in the masthead just under the emblem there is what looks, at first glance, like placeholder gooblygook but if you flip it vertically it reveals the words "beguile bewitch ensorcel hex". Yes ensorcel is a real word!
Also of note, the main headlines of the Daily Prophet are set in LL Rubber Grotesque designed by Markus Schröppel, I think it looks authentic in the Potter universe and imparts a nice gritty impact. Also it's available for free on dafont.
XD Design (formerly XD Modo) design some beautiful products which generate all sorts of online buzz, but in the past (as XD Modo) their products were primarily distributed through wholesale channels which made it somewhat difficult for the average consumer to obtain them. Wholesale is still a large part of their business, but there is good news now for consumers with XD Design's new website www.xddesign.eu where you can browse their online catalogue and find retail outlets throughout the UK and Europe that stock their products.
You might like this beautiful solar charger (pictured above) which can stick to your window and charge your iPhone and many other gadgets that draw power over USB. It contains a rechargeable battery so it's not directly transferring the solar energy to your gadget, it stores the charge for immediate or later use. It can take up to 13 hours to fully charge the internal battery from sunlight, but if you're in a hurry it can quickly juice up from mains power through a mini USB input. To top it off its 11x11cm footprint makes it almost pocket sized - ideal for travellers.
- Please note: we had previously published an article expressing our frustration with certain aspects of the old XD Modo website which (at this time of writing) is still live. XD Design however were very gracious in contacting us to let us know about their new site which addresses many of the concerns we had raised. They're a classy bunch of guys.
Robb Godshaw's Cryoscope is a funky, internet connected, aluminium cube which he describes as a "Haptic Weather Forecaster". "Haptic" is a fancy way of saying it relies on your sense of touch to convey its information. In a nutshell: you touch it to feel how warm or cold it is outside.
Robb can explain it better than us:
What you don't see in the video or pictures are the external controller and power supply. Working those into a finished commercial design may be Robb's biggest challenge in taking it to market. We wish him well - it's a great concept.
- Cryoscope - A scientific instrument you look through to view a very sad movie?
The Chrono-Shredder is an artwork by Susanna Hertrich which serves a dual purpose as both handsome wall calendar and cheerful allegory for the shredded tatters of your misspent, frittered away, irreversibly wasted, miserable life.
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