Here is a freaking cool piece of sciencey goodness for your Friday afternoon!
Self assembly at MIT
The self assembly lab at MIT are composed of designers, scientists and engineers who have been busy working away at inventing self assembly technologies. The self assembly team have been working with other departments such as mechanical engineering, computer science, media lab and architecture.
These guys have been designing specific geometries with specific materials to respond to energy and change state - which can be anything from heat, shaking, gravity, pneumatics, electronics, ANYTHING!
The research and the practise has only become possible with the cross-disciplinary collaborations between designers, scientists and engineers.
Imagine the amazing work we could do by collaborating with other agencies on this level. (If only money wasn’t an issue!)
Amazing stuff! Thanks for the share, Vlad!
More at www.selfassemblylab.net
A very interesting read (with examples) on interface usability, and how it can improved with animation. Pasquale convincingly argues that animation isn’t just a tool for visual embellishment, but can help the brain understand cause and effect in an interface.
Heineken invites you to design the future limited edition bottle. Things that are great about this campaign:
Check it out at http://apps.facebook.com/heineken_ltded/
Design consultancy Webb deVlam and packaging manufacturer Karl Knauer have created a special Global Travel Retail pack for Bombay Sapphire, with an illustration by Yehrin Tong that lights up whenever someone touches it.
Design Week reports that the illustration was produced in electroluminescent ink, and a battery is hidden in the bottom of the packaging. When you pick it up off the shelf, a hidden mechanical switch triggers the electric current. This runs through different paths at different times to create the visual effect, which lasts for 18 seconds before stopping until its activated again.
Absolut Unique - I just LOVE this!!
Seamlessy transfer files in between spatially aware devices with the flick of a finger. Beautiful.
"Designer Ishac Bertran has come up with an elegant idea for spatially aware devices with a user interface that allows media to be transferred seamlessly from one device to another. A user would simply hold up their mobile device to their computer, creating a visual link that appears as a circle across both screens to show they’re connected, and then transfer content by dragging and dropping it.”
Well this is just a little bit cute. Hello little printer.
"(CBS/What’s Trending) - If you’ve been watching the web, you’ve likely seen at least a few infographics hit your stream such as Hierarchy of Robot Needs, "FarmVille" vs. Real Farms and Lost Explanation.
They’ve become so popular that there are entire columns and blogs dedicated to them, including Fast Company’s Infographic of the Day and FastCo Design, GOOD magazine as a whole and their infographics spotlight, Infosthetics and my partner Jesse’s newly minted visual storytelling blog at Forbes — just to name a few.
In fact, brands are also making serious investments in infographics and data visualization as a part of their marketing and communications strategy — from IBM’s Smarter Planet to GE’s Data Visualization blog and sponsorship of Visualizing.org (not to mention their work with my company JESS3 on infographics such as The Future of Solar).
The launch of the visualization and infographic community Visual.ly by former Mint.com super powers Stew Langille and Lee Sherman also speaks to the rise of infographics, with an apropos video documenting the explosion of and position that infographics occupy in communications. At the nexus of journalism, analysis and design, infographics are undoubtedly relevant.”
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504943_162-20064104-10391715.html#ixzz1Psj70800
Playstation 3 by m0sk
Collab: Adidas, The one by roxymanlol
Tiger Beer : Energy by archanN
Nike lions by REAL-FIDUCIOSE
Let’s Mini by sk8ershep
The things you find on youtube!