Posts tagged Design

Kitchen Maker Takes Over Classified Ads, Makes a Kitchen
From a newspaper in Colombia. The designer’s Felipe Salazar. 
Via Charles Apple.

Kitchen Maker Takes Over Classified Ads, Makes a Kitchen

From a newspaper in Colombia. The designer’s Felipe Salazar

Via Charles Apple.

Gangsta Lorem Ipsum
Let us begin:

Lorizzle pot dolizzle the bizzle amizzle, mammasay mammasa mamma oo sa adipiscing elit. Nullizzle tellivizzle velizzle, we gonna chung volutpizzle, crackalackin quizzle, shiz vel, arcu. Pellentesque fizzle tortizzle. You son of a bizzle erizzle. Yo izzle dolizzle dapibizzle turpis tempizzle hizzle. Maurizzle pellentesque nibh et turpizzle. Go to hizzle rizzle mammasay mammasa mamma oo sa.

And how we got there, via The London Review of Books:

Sometimes, when we’re putting together an issue of the LRB, we use Lorem Ipsum, a chunk of phoney Latin dummy text that’s been used by printers and typesetters since the 16th century. We paste it into a layout so we can tell what a page will look like before the copy’s ready. The practice is known as ‘greeking’ because the Latin’s so mixed up it’s all Greek.
Only it isn’t. The text itself has been designed not to communicate, to have the look of text but no meaning – but meaning bubbles up through it nonetheless. The 16th-century printer who came up with it got there by mangling Cicero’s ‘De finibus bonorum et malorum’, an exposition of Stoicism, Epicureanism and the Platonism of Antiochus of Ascalon. Though most of the metaphysical subtlety has been wrung out, sense hasn’t completely: the text is haunted, as Derrida might have put it, by the piece of writing it once was…
…Try translating it and you get some striking effects. Of course a straightforward translation isn’t possible – for one thing, ‘lorem’ isn’t a word, it’s a chopped off bit of ‘dolorem’ – but Jaspreet Singh Boparai, a postgraduate at Cambridge, has come up with the following:

For language and design nerds, your translation.
Image: Screenshot, Gangsta Lorem Ipsum.

Gangsta Lorem Ipsum

Let us begin:

Lorizzle pot dolizzle the bizzle amizzle, mammasay mammasa mamma oo sa adipiscing elit. Nullizzle tellivizzle velizzle, we gonna chung volutpizzle, crackalackin quizzle, shiz vel, arcu. Pellentesque fizzle tortizzle. You son of a bizzle erizzle. Yo izzle dolizzle dapibizzle turpis tempizzle hizzle. Maurizzle pellentesque nibh et turpizzle. Go to hizzle rizzle mammasay mammasa mamma oo sa.

And how we got there, via The London Review of Books:

Sometimes, when we’re putting together an issue of the LRB, we use Lorem Ipsum, a chunk of phoney Latin dummy text that’s been used by printers and typesetters since the 16th century. We paste it into a layout so we can tell what a page will look like before the copy’s ready. The practice is known as ‘greeking’ because the Latin’s so mixed up it’s all Greek.

Only it isn’t. The text itself has been designed not to communicate, to have the look of text but no meaning – but meaning bubbles up through it nonetheless. The 16th-century printer who came up with it got there by mangling Cicero’s ‘De finibus bonorum et malorum’, an exposition of Stoicism, Epicureanism and the Platonism of Antiochus of Ascalon. Though most of the metaphysical subtlety has been wrung out, sense hasn’t completely: the text is haunted, as Derrida might have put it, by the piece of writing it once was…

…Try translating it and you get some striking effects. Of course a straightforward translation isn’t possible – for one thing, ‘lorem’ isn’t a word, it’s a chopped off bit of ‘dolorem’ – but Jaspreet Singh Boparai, a postgraduate at Cambridge, has come up with the following:

For language and design nerds, your translation.

Image: Screenshot, Gangsta Lorem Ipsum.

An Oral History of Street Fighter 2
Totally fun long-read from Polygon, which takes you through the entire evolution of creating the game as told in snippets from the people behind it. Full of weird anecdotes, like Brian Duke (of Capcom USA) describing Yoshiki Okamoto (Head of Arcade Development):

He would prank you. He’d send over ideas for video games and want me to give him my input, and it would turn out to be porn. … I just remember putting the CD into my laptop and playing it for [then Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Cravens] and some other people who were in my office at the time, because I thought [it showed] new games and I wanted to get their input on it as well. And instead, I treated them to a porn display. 

An Oral History of Street Fighter 2

Totally fun long-read from Polygon, which takes you through the entire evolution of creating the game as told in snippets from the people behind it. Full of weird anecdotes, like Brian Duke (of Capcom USA) describing Yoshiki Okamoto (Head of Arcade Development):

He would prank you. He’d send over ideas for video games and want me to give him my input, and it would turn out to be porn. … I just remember putting the CD into my laptop and playing it for [then Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Cravens] and some other people who were in my office at the time, because I thought [it showed] new games and I wanted to get their input on it as well. And instead, I treated them to a porn display. 

The 545: A Single Subject Site on India’s Elections
A group of students at Columbia J-School just launched the 545, a first of its kind (in India) single-subject news site inspired in part by Nate Silver and Syria Deeply. Why 545? Because that’s how many seats there are the House in Parliament.
The 545:

Think of it as a combination of BuzzFeed and Quartz— 300 to 400 word pieces with charts, graphics, visuals — to tell interesting stories tailored for online consumption. And everything will be pushed through social media.
Think of it as writing for your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. No high-brow, jargon-led, politically-driven journalism. There are enough newspapers doing that already. TheFiveFortyFive.com will break through the clutter, delivering pieces that’ll interest even the most non-political of readers.
That means that we want to become a platform for a variety of voices — students, academics, professionals, bureaucrats, journalists and the discerning politician even — telling us what the election means to them.
This, after all, is the world’s biggest exercise in democracy. TheFiveFortyFive.com will try and reinvent how it’s reported, online.

FJP: While visually striking news sites and blogs abound in the States, India’s news ecosystem is very print focused and pretty conventional. To learn a bit about what the media ecosystem looks like there, as well issues facing the industry, see The Hoot, a media-watch site focused on the Indian subcontinent.

The 545: A Single Subject Site on India’s Elections

A group of students at Columbia J-School just launched the 545, a first of its kind (in India) single-subject news site inspired in part by Nate Silver and Syria Deeply. Why 545? Because that’s how many seats there are the House in Parliament.

The 545:

Think of it as a combination of BuzzFeed and Quartz— 300 to 400 word pieces with charts, graphics, visuals — to tell interesting stories tailored for online consumption. And everything will be pushed through social media.

Think of it as writing for your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. No high-brow, jargon-led, politically-driven journalism. There are enough newspapers doing that already. TheFiveFortyFive.com will break through the clutter, delivering pieces that’ll interest even the most non-political of readers.

That means that we want to become a platform for a variety of voices — students, academics, professionals, bureaucrats, journalists and the discerning politician even — telling us what the election means to them.

This, after all, is the world’s biggest exercise in democracy. TheFiveFortyFive.com will try and reinvent how it’s reported, online.

FJP: While visually striking news sites and blogs abound in the States, India’s news ecosystem is very print focused and pretty conventional. To learn a bit about what the media ecosystem looks like there, as well issues facing the industry, see The Hoot, a media-watch site focused on the Indian subcontinent.

What Weather?
Front Page, RedEye Chicago, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen. 

What Weather?

Front Page, RedEye Chicago, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen

1918 - 2013
Images: Selected newspaper front pages from around the world, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen.

1918 - 2013

Images: Selected newspaper front pages from around the world, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen.

In Which Television, Bob Dylan and Interactivity Collide
A new interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone has been making the rounds and is absolutely fantastic. WATCH here.
Slate:

The video has 16 channels—with plans for more, Mashable reports. You can toggle between them as the song progresses, and on each one, you’ll find people mouthing the words to the Dylan classic. There’s Steve Levy on SportsCenter singing along. There’s Marc Maron berating some poor podcast guest with Dylan’s lyrics. Drew Carey lip syncs on the set of The Price Is Right. And so on.
The video was created by Interlude and directed by young YouTube sensation Vania Heymann. Its premiere is timed with the release of The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1, a massive new Dylan box set. 

FJP: Want more? Another favorite interactive video of ours is Danish denim brand Only Jeans’ shoppableinteractive film Only Because We Can. It’s incredible.
Image: (One of) The 8 Most Unusual Screenshots from Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Music Video, Vanity Fair.

In Which Television, Bob Dylan and Interactivity Collide

A new interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone has been making the rounds and is absolutely fantastic. WATCH here.

Slate:

The video has 16 channels—with plans for moreMashable reports. You can toggle between them as the song progresses, and on each one, you’ll find people mouthing the words to the Dylan classic. There’s Steve Levy on SportsCenter singing along. There’s Marc Maron berating some poor podcast guest with Dylan’s lyrics. Drew Carey lip syncs on the set of The Price Is Right. And so on.

The video was created by Interlude and directed by young YouTube sensation Vania Heymann. Its premiere is timed with the release of The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1, a massive new Dylan box set.

FJP: Want more? Another favorite interactive video of ours is Danish denim brand Only Jeans’ shoppableinteractive film Only Because We Can. It’s incredible.

Image: (One of) The 8 Most Unusual Screenshots from Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Music Video, Vanity Fair.

The Reading Net

Via PlayOffice, h/t Boing Boing.

Select to embiggen.

What’s it Like to Be Dyslexic?

UK-based designer Sam Barclay is concluding a successful Kickstarter campaign to create a design and typography book that shows what it’s like to be dyslexic.

Via the Daily Mail.

According to Barclay, people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties are often capable of thinking in ways others aren’t and as a result are ‘capable of true greatness’, yet these people are often misunderstood and treated unfairly as a result.

‘Being dyslexic, I noticed that available help was always about making me read better,’ said Barclay.

Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like.

The book continues a project Barklay created while at the University of Portsmouth that explores the “struggles a dyslexic person might have while reading.”

As Medical Daily explains, the typography book builds empathy with those who don’t — or can’t — understand how the dyslexic see the written world. “It’s near impossible, for instance, to look at a word in your native tongue and not read it, to just look at the symbols, estranged from their meaning. Once we learn to read, our brains forget what it’s like not to associate symbols with letters. It’s for this reason, Barclay says, that his book is so vital to uplifting and enlarging dyslexia to people worldwide.”

Images: Pages from I Wonder What It’s Like to Be Dyslexic, by Sam Barclay via Kickstarter. Select to embiggen.

(via thesmithian)

The authors, Arthur Beifuss (a journalist and former UN counter-terrorism analyst) and Francesco Trivini Bellini, a creative director with a portfolio of big accounts including Gucci and Prada) certainly have the credentials to pose a little-asked question: how great a part does graphic image-making play in the effectiveness of the most active international terrorist groups? More.

Related: A slideshow of global terror groups and their logos (via the Huffington Post).

(via thesmithian)

The authors, Arthur Beifuss (a journalist and former UN counter-terrorism analyst) and Francesco Trivini Bellini, a creative director with a portfolio of big accounts including Gucci and Prada) certainly have the credentials to pose a little-asked question: how great a part does graphic image-making play in the effectiveness of the most active international terrorist groups? More.

Related: A slideshow of global terror groups and their logos (via the Huffington Post).

The Designer’s Workstation
We particularly dig the customizable Photoshop shortcut pedals under the desk. Ditto the mind reader to read clients’ thoughts.
Image: The Perfect Designer Workstation, via Design Taxi. Select to embiggen.

The Designer’s Workstation

We particularly dig the customizable Photoshop shortcut pedals under the desk. Ditto the mind reader to read clients’ thoughts.

Image: The Perfect Designer Workstation, via Design Taxi. Select to embiggen.

Swim Through Your Interface

Here’s a riddle: You can watch this video and decide you’re floating within a touch device, or you can watch this video and decide that everything is a touch device. Either way, give this video a minute or two to kick in. I think you’ll be amazed. — Michael

Via Slate:

Close your eyes and imagine how it would feel to go for a swim inside your iPad’s touchscreen. It could be a little like the surreal, interactive “AquaTop display” experience, created by researchers at the University of Tokyo Electro Communications Laboratory. The prototype model is just a tank of water, but the plan is for the AquaTop to turn your everyday bathtub into an immersive touchscreen, allowing the bather to watch movies, look at photos, and play games.

And via Aquatop:

Our system uses a depth camera to detect input on and over the water surface to allow for interactions such as protruding fingers out from under the water surface and scooping up the water with both hands. This type of interaction is not capable with current impenetrable, rigid body, flat surfaces. For example, by floating one’s limbs on the water surface, it is also possible to fuse one’s body with the displayed objects for further augmented interaction by ‘becoming one’ with the screen.

Run Time: ~8:50

What Do Drugs Do to Spiders?

via Mental Floss:

Getting spiders high for science started in 1948, when German zoologist H.M. Peters got fed up with trying to study web-building behavior in spiders who wouldn’t do him the courtesy of working on his schedule. His garden spiders tended to build their webs between two and five a.m., and he asked his pharmacologist friend P.N. Witt if there might be some chemical stimulant that would coax the spiders into building their webs at a more reasonable time. 

Witt tried giving the spiders some amphetamine and, while they kept building at their usual hour (to Peters’ dismay), the two scientists did notice that those webs were more haphazard than normal. Over the next few decades, Witt continued to dose spiders with a smorgasbord of psychoactive substances, including marijuana, LSD, caffeine and mescaline, to see how they reacted. Since spiders can’t use tiny bongs or drink from little mugs, Witt and his team either dissolved the drugs in sugar water or injected them into flies and then fed the spiders with them.

Images: Spider web images by NASA, via Mental Floss. Clockwise, starting with the top-left: a regular web; a web on marijuana; a web on benzedrine; a web on caffeine; a web on chloral hydrate; and a web on LSD

The Cartoon Color Wheel
Slate, Red Skull Is Red, Smurfette Is Blue.

The Cartoon Color Wheel

Slate, Red Skull Is Red, Smurfette Is Blue.