You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Culture’ category.

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.

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

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

“This is the PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production!”

Wow…it is so well done…I love a really good stop motion video!
It was shot using the Olympus Pen camera. Read more about the Pen Camera here.

Love this music video, ’70 Million’ by Hold Your Horses.

A creative look at art through the ages, re-created by Logreproduction.

via: booooooom

I saw these striking images of the Haiti disaster on the Boston.com site. I think this collection of photographs captures the depth of the devastation better than any I have seen.
Powerful, horrifying and some beautiful…

See all 40 images here.

AP Photo/Andres Leighton

AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images

via: Webcartoons

It really has never occurred to me…even as a Designer, that the common, everyday traffic sign could and should be re-designed. This is something that the inventor Gary Lauder thought would be a good idea. He unveiled a traffic sign that instructs drivers to “take turns” at an intersection. The TED blog explains:

Half a stop and half a yield, the sign gives each driver a clear indication of how to behave. Below the red “Take Turns” shield is a small sign reading, “If Cars Are Waiting, Please Stop and Alternate.” And if there are no cars waiting, just blow on through. (No more stopping at red lights at 4am, on a country road, when there’s no one around for miles.)

It seems so much more civilized than ‘merge’…or ‘stop’…kinder even. And haven’t we been told since childhood to take turns?  We really don’t hear it so much as adults, but maybe we should.

Read more: http://www.good.is/post/a-new-traffic-sign-take-turns/#ixzz0fcZ2IUzz

@jjthinkinbig tweets