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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.

“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

Sitting in my *office* this morning, procrastinating on writing that 10 page paper, I discovered the ultimate time sucker!
This is a pretty amazing drawing tool developed by Dr. Doob [Ricardo Cabello], a designer and developer who has come up with a ‘procedural web based drawing tool’. So far there are 10 pens, but more may be added.

Here is a little sample of the 5 minutes I spent on it. Add a tablet and pen….a bit more time and the results could be far more impressive! Try it out for yourself here.

via: QBN

I love these photographs by Matt Stuart. He sees the obvious in the subtle, through everyday encounters and observations.

Here are a few of my favourites, but be sure to check out his site for more.

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An inspirational call for entries video…to launch the 2nd Annual Rethink Communications $18,000 Scholarship for Langara College, and the Communication and Ideation program. Sounds like a really interesting program.

“To enter the contest, submit a black hard cover sketchbook containing interesting ideas showcasing your creativity. Winner will be selected by Rethink according to the following criteria: clarity, relevance, fresh thinking, as well as quality of ideas, craft, and execution.

Would love to hear from anyone who enters!

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Amazing video that visually shows the pace at how the world’s media landscape is changing.  ‘Did You Know‘ is another update to the original ‘Shift Happens’ video created by XPLANE | The visual thinking company, with content by XPLANEThe EconomistKarl FischScott McLeod and Laura Bestler, for the Economist Media Convergence Forum in October.

Dave Gray, XPLANE founder and president, spoke recently in our Design & Business Thinking class in the new MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation program at OCAD. XPLANE does a great  job of simplifying complexity using pictures to help solve problems. Check out his site and blogs for some great resources on the topic of visual thinking.

Little Giantess walks through Berlin, Germany on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) #

Crowds of spectators surround the Little Giantess at Bebelplatz in Berlin on October 2, 2009. (PHILIPP GUELLAND/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Little Giantess takes her first steps in front of the Rotes Rathaus on October 2, 2009. (DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images) #

These puppets are stunning works of art powered by people. Created by the French mechanical marionette street theatre company, Royal de Luxe, These larger than life characters took over Berlin streets in October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Reunion – ‘The little giantess, the wall and the deep sea diver’,  told the tale of 2 huge marionettes [15 metres high!] finally reunited after years of being separated by the wall.

“The storyline of the performance has the two separated by a wall, thrown up by “land and sea monsters”. The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult – but successful – expedition to destroy the wall, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart.”

To see the show in action have a look at the You Tube video. Magical.

via:  The Boston Globe

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After months of reading this magazine online, I thought i should share. IdN is an international publication for creative people, “an international designers’ network.” Their mission is to ‘amplify and unify the design community’, and they have many methods for ensuring that this happens. They create magazines, books, dvds, and tote bags among other things! Opening an issue of IdN Magazine is like stepping into a gallery, a visual gallery – photography, illustration, typography, architecture, graphics, fashion, culture, and motion graphics cover each page, and then some! 

Thier 15th Anniversary book has been published and it is worth a look. it is over 400 pages of commissioned work by 250 creators who they have collaborated with over the past decade. This hardcover book is only 59.00, includes a DVD 9 and is available now. 

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‘What do You Love?’ looks at not only the past, but imagines what the future could be, through the eyes of some very creative people.

This new video, is a collaboration between Banksy and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, directed by Raymond Salvatore Harmon. The video is for his new solo song ‘The Hollow Earth’,is available today on 12′ Vinyl LP as the flip side to FeelingPulledApartbyHorses, [Visit radiohead.com for more info]. 

The video, comprised of rapidly [understatement!] moving visuals, with subliminal Banksy graffiti images mixed in, is pretty crazy, and not easy to watch [headache/seizure inducing this early in the morning!], has an almost painterly quality. Very interesting…the more you watch – the more you see.

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Working in an Architectural firm for 10 years, I have seen a lot of renderings, many of them quite good.  In fact, many of the CG renderings were at first glance difficult to tell if they were actual spaces/buildings or an designer’s/architect’s vision.  

Tonight I came across a film by Alex Roman. This is ‘digital architecture’ like no other. I couldn’t quite believe this wasn’t an actual video tour through Louis Khan’s Phillips Exeter Academy Library. “The Third & The Seventh” project, for the Mundos Digitales 2009 [digital architecture] conference, is a stunning example of how real CG can be, with the right tools…and of course the right digital artist.  Not just beautiful to look at, the soundtrack is perfect, The Divine Comedy’s “Laika’s Theme” from “Absent Friends” album. 

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