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According to 2 designers, people instinctively read in lines ,and subsequently find it easier to gauge time when plotted along a line.
To realise this, Amsterdam-based designers have created the Linear Cycle Clock, that shows a revolving shell indicating the passing time, designed by BCXSY.


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Well I can’t let Christmas fly by without making an attempt at a semi-festive post. If you’ve not already heard of Bompas & Parr then you should check them out here, they’ve done some pretty amazing things with all sorts of food and drink, most notably their wacky and crazy explorations with jelly.

‘Bompas & Parr lead in flavour based experience design, culinary research, architectural installations and contemporary food design.’ They often describe themselves as the ‘jelly mongers’ stemmed from their fascination with the wobbly stuff.

In typical Bompas & Parr style they’ve gone all out in their most recent venture, constructing a huge, edible ginger bread mansion for Selfridges Christmas window display (my attempt to post about at least one thing festive is now evident). Heres their making of video. Bam!

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The Big Space Balloon

“The Worlds biggest crowd based Stratospheric Scientific Balloon”

This literally had me written all over it. If anyone else is interested in taking a (symbolic) trip to the edge of space then read on.

The Mission

The Big Space Balloon is a project which aims to launch the Worlds biggest crowd based high altitude research balloon, designed to fly to the edge of space and explore the highest regions of the earth’s atmosphere, that border the vacuum of space.

The project will take the super pressure balloon to an altitude of up to 130,000 feet, high in the earths stratosphere, to the edge of space.

The Big Space Balloon will carry a scientific capsule to undertake a range of experiments regarding space sciences, providing a low cost platform for companies & the space industry to carry out research & development at the edge of space.”

The idea to get people involved is to be part of something big, and to win the chance to be one of 10,000 chosen to see your mini image printed onto the science balloon.

WOW! Heres me keeping my fingers crossed, if anyone else is successful, let me know so I can be envious.

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Rob Ryan explores the unique talent of the artistically minded Talking Heads.

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, David Bowie. What do they all have in common, apart from selling millions of albums? Well, somewhere along the line at least one pivotal member went to art, design or architectural school. Along with angst, ambition, lust, love and liquor, a spell at art school is the under-sung engine of many a rock’n’roll band.

You can add Talking Heads to that list. The group is normally lumped in with the other mid-Seventies alumni of the  ‘New Wave’ that came out of sweaty CBGB Festivals in NYC’s The Bowery – Television, Blondie and the Ramones – but guitarist/singer David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz had met much earlier at the Rhode Island School of Design (keyboard man Jerry Harrison came along later), and that background runs like a seam of gold through the visual and aural canon of Talking Heads. They wore their art on their sleeves – literally when they created a limited-edition LP illustrated by artist Robert Rauschenberg for Speaking in Tongues (the regular version had paintings by David Byrne). The band was a performance piece that lasted from 1975 to 1991, one that fortunately came with a charismatic singer, a female bass player who looked like a movie star and a great collection of songs.

Like all true art movements, the band had a manifesto: no guitar solos, no long stage announcements and only common language – no pop lexicon ‘ooh baby babies’ unless it was ironic. And, most crucially: don’t get pigeon-holed. Talking Heads continually shifted the ground beneath their (and the audience’s) feet. They established a commercial blueprint with their first album, Talking Heads: 77, and its unsettling near-hit ‘Psycho Killer’.  So they instantly switched tack by recruiting situationalist-producer Brian Eno (also ex-art college) for the second, the start of a lengthy collaboration. The subsequent hit with ‘Take Me To The River’ by Al Green made them shy away from cover versions. In fact, no two Talking Heads albums are entirely alike.  It’s no coincidence that the equally capricious Radiohead are named after a Talking Heads song.

The band created wonderfully weird videos that conquered MTV (‘Burning Down the House’, ‘Road to Nowhere’), they explored edgy white funk and African rhythms well before World Music broke big (best heard on Remain in Light). They swelled to a nine-piece and toured stage shows which owed something to James Brown, Buster Keaton and Kabuki, captured in Jonathan Demme’s seminal concert film Stop Making Sense, which featured David Byrne’s unforgettable ‘Big Suit’, which sartorially and rhythmically had a life of its own. (It’s a metaphor for finding your inner funk. Apparently.)

Talking Heads lasted for eight inspirational, incisive and innovative studio albums and then they were gone in a crunch of ‘creative differences’, leaving a rich legacy of musical innovation and striking visuals that still rewards mining today. It’s a shame they split. But then maybe a group like Talking Heads only comes along once in a lifetime.

Rob Ryan is an award-winning author and writes for The Sunday Times

Posted from Paul Smith’s Blog

“The design proposal, that sets out a plot to rob 5 banks located in downtown Los Angeles. The project will take form as an exhibition.”

This is such an outrageous project, my first funded Kickstarter project designed and hopefully produced by Iloynar Gaynor a RCA graduate and Design enthusiast. Her work mainly focuses on the world of the criminal and ‘interested in exploring the different ways in which to tell a compelling story’. This sure is one compelling idea and certainly set to be one amazing story. So I’ve backed her $12 which is nothing really (she needs $20,000 to be ‘Kickstarted’) but it’ll get me a copy of the publication that I’m sure will be  quite something, if she reaches that target. If you can spare a minute visit Iloynar’s Kickstarter page HERE she’s only got 5 days left so anything you can give makes all the difference.

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“It’s design fiction *and* a Kickstarter. What could go wrong?”

Bruce Sterling,WIRED Magazine.

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