Archive for March, 2008

Low tech color calendar

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Ink magic 2

Designed by Oscar Diaz and discovered by the awesome Cuarto Derecha, numbers and patterns in a calendar gradually get colored as time goes by. Is the ink really pumped by the paper or is it a design concept? I don’t know. However it is very nice, the ink seems to physically travel through the paper spongy material …

Ink magic

Pepper ghost mannequins

Sunday, March 30th, 2008


Created for the Musée de la mode et du textile, Paris 1998, Radi Designers created a beautiful exhibition design that integrates 98’s technologies such as projections of portraits. The exhibition consisted in a retrospective on graduates work from FIAMH (Festival International des Arts et de la Mode, Hyères) where moving heads animate mannequins and produce ghost like pictures.

Dynamic composition

Saturday, March 29th, 2008


By Saiman Chow


Saturday, March 29th, 2008

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SMS pictures on a frame

Friday, March 28th, 2008

For last Christmas my sister offered my grand ma a photo frame on which she can display digital pictures via usb upload/connection. It is a pretty cool idea, but my grand ma needs to constantly plug a usb key if she wants to update her pictures. Also she prefers the beauty of printed pictures rather than pictures on a “TV like frame”.

It is interesting to see how printed pictures are important. They have a specific meaning. It is not about what the pictures represent, it is about holding the pictures in the hand, turn them and draw notes in the back, sliding them in a book, bringing it from places to places. During the war, my grand father used to send my grand ma pictures with his beautiful poems written in the back. They served a specific function with a letter.

Now that these digital frames invades the mass market, I wander what is left from the entire spectrum of photo-human relationship. I consider them being something that have little to do with the traditional picture. They conveniently randomly select pictures and display them.

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Vivien photoradio: They send picture emails. You get picture postcards.

One idea that I recently found, from interaction designer John Kestner who gave a talk today at Media Lab, is the photo digital frame that receives pictures from SMS. The designer repackaged the printer into a photo frame and its display is the out tray of the printer.

Vivien translates between generations. Vivien prints pictures with messages on the back from family and friends, placing them right into a photo frame. It is warmer and easier to maintain than current printers and requires no computer, receiving emails with pictures, subscribed photostreams and SMS messages through Wi-Fi.

SMS pictures on a frame 2

On can print messages in the back of the picture.”A Standalone device that receives picture emails, photocasts, and SMS messages from family and friends, and prints picture postcards into a photo frame.” It is a good idea because it invites for a new relationship to the picture frame, here it creates a message with a surprise! Of course there should be some kind of filtering mechanism for spam SMS pictures.

SMS pictures on a frame

Vivien photoradio also comes with Clark that provides a quick Internet connection to users without one. Nearby Vivien photoradios will begin receiving content!

Blogs of inspiration

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Delightful blogs … I share with you my accomplices, my friends, my inspirations. Enjoy!

Multi media labEness

The terminally juvenile

Etienne Mineur

Design MatinCoin Operatedneo-nomad-header.jpgWe make money not artTerato by Olivier Vaubourg Without Thought

IdealistGraphik Addict by Aurélien ChevalierFlying PeopleEdith AckermannAureliusBurak ArikanDefenders of Raider Art by Adam Boulanger … the guild co-GM mouhahahaintwo thoughtful thinkingUniquely the Epitome by Mark Rapp Stuff i likeDesign Notes by Michel SurteesGiganticoLe territoire des sensAltsenseCuarto derechaZee Gallery by ZeeDeVoss aka David FontanaA VR geek blog by Sebastien KuntzRendez vous creation by Nicolas Esposito
Design Notes by Michel SurteesTinsidersLa cave du graphisteSerial ConsignPush a PixelRebangWeAretheImagemakers


Pasta and Vinegar by Nicolas NovaSuperficiel by Joelle BittonJean Jacques Birge

ArchidoseMy errand mindThats Great by Sumit Basu

Kuipercliff by Tim Stevens

Zones of Emergency

Ikea Hackers

i Encyclopedia

Ubu . Art21 . Art and culture . Aiga archives . Design addict . Design boom . Archinect . Rhizome . MIT Open Course Ware

Schools of inspiration

MIT . The MIT Media Laboratory . The Tangible Media Group . Harvard University . Harvard Graduate School of Design . The Ulm School of Design

Delightful Sites

Go go Paris . Make . Instructables . Incandescence . Funktrip . Jean-Noel . Simplicity . x design . Neave TV . Renew Media . La Guardia . 49Sparks . Design Observer . Pingmag . Twenty1f . The blogging guide

My dear social networks

Stumbleupon . Meta-Market . Rails Space . Linkedin . A small world .
3GB . Open studio . My blog log . Blog Catalog

Pipe furniture

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

It is so refreshing to discover good design work. Sometimes I miss my design school where creativity was combined to elegance. I love this set for the toilet: their shape ironically becomes their function: a pipe!

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For the next generation of e-baby

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Do not forget me designed by Tomas Kral consists both of a brace for the cherished robotic dog Eibo, and a harness to show him the external world! This seems perfect for the next generation of e-baby, designed to provide convenience for the completely mental!

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Cati Vaucelle Portfolio

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Magical corridor: from the brain to the body

Picture This!: Algorithmic film assembly using toy gestures.

Making a movie at the extension of natural play!

What is it? Picture This! is a new input device embedded in children’s toys for video composition. Improvisational theater sessions with toys are analyzed and used as expressive tools for making a final movie, turning movie-making into a natural extension of play.

What does it do? With Picture This! the child’s toy becomes a camera person as opposed to having the child hold a camera directly. As a child plays with the toy that holds the camera, its video feed is projected on a screen in front of her in real time. Picture This! analyzes the child’s gestures and conduct film assembly.

Research in human computer interaction I propose a new genre of Gesture Object Interfaces. It relies on the analysis of gestures coupled with objects to represent bits.

Research project I created at the MIT Media Laboratory at the Tangible Media Group with my adviser Dr. Hiroshi Ishii.

Check out the Picture This! web site !

Tangible approaches to capturing, editing and performing videos.

Framework for Video

My research framework on video is based on a series of interfaces that I designed for 4-14 year olds throughout which I gradually progressed from a text based video presentation system: Textable Movie (1), a tangible representation of media story for capture, editing and projection: Moving Pictures (2), a system to create media stories about robotic toys using a video game controller: Terraria (3), to making a movie at the extension of natural play: Picture This! (4). I transitioned from a computer-screen-keyboard to a gesture object based interface for video expression.

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Interactive touch sensitive surface

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Flux 2

Flux is an interactive touch sensitive surface that can be used either as an interactive table and/or as a digital whiteboard. The surface is based on a rear-projection screen providing both multi-touch and multiple pen interaction with individual identification.

Flux’s application interface is automatically optimized for the intended use depending on its orientation. Flux can be used as a sketch board, a discussion table or a white-board. Transformation between different orientations is single handedly achieved easily and elegantly. Rear projection, in conjunction with FTIR and Anoto pen tracking allows multi user, multi modal interaction in every configuration.


Flux has the following novel features:

* transition between multiple hardware/user configurations
* Optimized user interface based on the configuration and hence intended use
* Breakthrough multi modal input possibilities with independent, simultaneous hand and pen tracking
* Completely separate, individual and simultaneous interaction facilitated with pen(user) recognition

The authors of Flux claims that the system provides unmatched flexibility and capability in setup, use and user input and that it will set the path for a new generation of interactive surfaces!

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