This is a great white board animation of ‘The Powers Of Time”, a lecture given by Professor Philip Zimbardo, author of ‘The Time Paradox’.

One of the big mysteries of life…TIME. Where does it go…what does it mean…how is it spent…how does it affect our lives and our perspectives?
We all have different perspectives of time. – what is yours?

Watch it. A great way to spend some time.

Oh…the extent to which some people go for an original Halloween costume!
And I thought my husband went a tad overboard with building a Buzz Lightyear costume complete with blow-molded parts, for our then 5 year old son!
This is incredible!

” I really wanted to get the faceted geosphere look with wireframe.”
Says Eric Testroete of his ‘papercraft self portrait’.

I think he got the look he was going for…!

Check out the whole complicated process here.

2 months…that’s how long it has been since I have posted to this blog.  I try not to use this blog as a personal voice, but I will this time. My world has been taken over by cancer, in these recent months and my focus has moved from searching for the obscure and interesting to watching the end of my 67 year old Father’s brave 4 year battle with stage 4 cancer.

As I sit in his room in the Palliative care wing at his hospital, I decided that maybe I should just get back at it….and so I will start with a few infographics of the mysterious and rampant disease, one that is estimated [by WHO] to take 84 million people between 2005-2015. A staggering figure.

EHM

via: EHM

via: Michael Babwahsingh

My interest in Design Education has increased substantially since becoming both student and teacher at OCAD. I am interested in the way Design is changing and becoming a field that is no longer strictly about style and the creation of more ‘stuff’. I discovered a new school in Austin, Texas that is loosely based on Denmark’s KAOSPilota school for positive societal change, business creativity, and personal mastery.”  In short, a school for the 21st Century.

Austin Center for Design is the creation of Jon Kolko [Associate Creative Director at Frog Design in Austin]. He was becoming increasingly concerned with the state of Design education and concerns from previous students now disillusioned working in jobs they once dreamed about. “They’re doing the things that everyone was led to believe one does in design school, and now they’re questioning it,” he says. “They feel that they’re adding to the consumptive nature of the world.”

The core pillars of the Austin Center of Design are empathy, abductive reasoning, and rapid prototyping. Areas that were not even on the radar when I was a design student. Design Education is evolving. Finally. I see it in students that I teach, they care about how their role as future designers will affect the world, and seek ways to create positive change through their projects.

The world is changing at a rate that most institutions cannot keep up with, it is great to see people so passionate about education that they are willing to create new programs to keep up with these changes.

via: designObserver

“The crisp, clean, white planes, drawing clear influences from Richard Meier, are balanced with a splash of color offered by the roof membrane. The disciplined interiors offer relief to the eyes with a subtle yet intentional blue tone. Grade B+”

Just one of many critiques of kid’s livingroom forts. The writer gives brilliant commentary on the use of materials…“the project suffers from an inconsistent material palette attributed to coordination issues with the suppliers”, structural integrity…“While typically the stacked foundation technique leads to a stable and impressive base, this particular application seems dubious”, and efficiency of the planning…”The courtyard and formal entry are also well thought-out and provide a clear means of way-finding.”

I think we can all relate to these crude yet charming structures. My creative 5 year old transforms the livingroom weekly into a surprising new arrangement of cushions, sofas and chairs from every room in the house. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this great series.

via: The BUILDblog

I love Regretsy…every now and then I will stop by and see how ‘DIY meets WTF’!

This morning i smiled when i saw the ‘Half Man Half Pillow’…Barry Manilow Manllow.

“His name is Barry, he is a pillow
With polyfil inside his face, stopping right around his waist
He will just sit there, right on the sofa
And when you sit to watch The View, he will sit and watch it too
And in the candle glow, he’ll be your half stuffed beau
What goes on when you turn the lights out
We don’t need to know.”

via: toothpaste for dinner

I am a HUGE fan of the iPhone and what it has done for technology.  One clever device with so many uses…how did we ever live without it?

And it just seems to get better. A product developed by ‘Square‘, allows payments to be immediately made through any device with an audio jack input. A fast, simple way to accept and make payments. Especially good for small businesses, fundraisers and vendors. Below is a screen shot of a receipt that is sent to your phone or email, no paper receipts!

From the Square website

“In February 2009, Jim McKelvey wasn’t able to sell a piece of his glass art because he couldn’t accept a credit card as payment. Even though a majority of payments has moved to plastic cards, accepting payments from cards is still difficult, requiring long applications, expensive hardware, and an overly complex experience. Square was born a few days later right next to the old San Francisco US Mint.

Today the Square team is focused on bringing immediacy, transparency, and approachability to the world of payments: an inherently social interaction each of us participates in daily. We’re starting with a limited beta and rolling out to everyone in early 2010.”

This video takes you through the process step by step. Have a look….

via: twitter

Polaroid film as we know it died in 2001…and then again by its successor in 2008.
Luckily the Impossible happened.

The Impossible Project started in the Netherlands in October 2008, with the hopes of saving analog instant photography from extinction. They succeeded with its [re]invention.

Their one concrete aim was…”To keep the magic of analog Instant Photography alive by producing a new Instant Film Material.”

The first black and white Instant Film – the PX 100 and PX 600 Silver Shade First Flush, was introduced this week [colour due out this summer]. The film is for an artistic niche market [formerly mass market], and the production process was scaled down to reflect this. 1 million films will be produced in 2010, to increase to 3 million by 2011. The Impossible Project carefully selected artists and photographers to give the new film a try, some of the results of the Impossible Collection can be seen here.

In the 31,536,000 seconds The Impossible Project had to re-invent Instant Photography from scratch, about 300,000,000 Polaroid cameras were saved from becoming obsolete, and Polaroid lovers are once again able to practice their art.

via: The Independent

After fretting for weeks over a school project…I just figured it out a day before the deadline!

This diagram says it all.
[sorry…i don’t know the source!]

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