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Robotic Seagull Attracts an Actual Flock of Seagulls »

Robotic Seagull Attracts an Actual Flock of Seagulls

Not sure what to make of this video of a robotic seagull which is powered simply by the motion of its wings.  The robot attracted an actual flock of seagulls during a test flight at TEDGlobal 2011, the annual five-day technology conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.  With obvious applications for policing and spying, the video of this device [...]

Josh Boston : Let the Beat Ride »

Josh Boston : Let the Beat Ride

Josh Boston describes himself thus : I'm tall, I make stuff, I like words and animal metaphors. He's also good at ideas : Let the Beat Ride was a one-night exhibit in San Diego that explored the relationships between sound, rhythm, human speech and how those are understood from a visual perspective.   The results, created in partnership [...]

BirdProject : Restore The Gulf Habitat Bird by Bird »

BirdProject : Restore The Gulf Habitat Bird by Bird

It's a little daunting sometimes, the sheer volume of things to be conscious of.  Global warming, the global economy, the state of the environment, the BP Oil Spill...remember that, the BP Oil Spill of April 20, 2010...and its aftermath? It does seem to have dropped off mainstream media's radar.  Nonetheless, designer Tippy Tippens [...]

Jer Thorp : Data Visualization, the Long Tail & »

Jer Thorp : Data Visualization, the Long Tail & Connections

Even after all this time, I'm still amazed at the long tail, and how likeminds find each other.   I was playing around with Google+, and came upon Jer Thorp, who is the data artist in residence at The New York Times.  As I clicked around, I came across an award-winning project he did a number of years ago called Petals, which I remembered [...]

Tattly : Tattoos For Those With Design & »

Tattly : Tattoos For Those With Design & Commitment Issues

Tina Roth Eisenberg is Swissmiss.  We find her blog interesting enough to link to on mixingreality, and write about some of her design ideas.  She founded and runs Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. The events are free of charge, and include a 20 minute talk, plus coffee.  Join in New York, Zurich, [...]

Démocratie Créative : Street Art for the People to »

Démocratie Créative : Street Art for the People to Play

This project has everything we love about street art.  It's engaging, original, spontaneous, and here's the difference...the call to action is immediate : taking back the streets for play. Created by the French collective, Démocratie Créative,  Spielplatz is a street art project which turns the streets into a playground. In their [...]

Kerry Howley : Attracts & Repels with Hair »

Kerry Howley : Attracts & Repels with Hair Necklaces

During the mid-nineteenth century hair work became a popular drawing-room occupation as the Victorians used hair in jewelry.  But modernity gave way to a different aesthetic, so that the work from Kerry Howley's graduate project at Middlesex University makes us pause for the very reasons she decided to do the series: My concept is a [...]

Tobias Wong : Candle that Burns the Scent of New York »

Tobias Wong : Candle that Burns the Scent of New York Times

When we saw this idea by conceptual designer Tobias Wong, who died too young at 35 last year, we immediately wanted one.  His work, always smart, gorgeous and ironic, often turned our ideas upside down. So it doesn't surprise that this limited-edition run of 1000 scented candles sold out immediately.  The work considers the death of [...]

Paper Cut Project : The Simple Material of Paper »

Paper Cut Project : The Simple Material of Paper Fashioned

Perhaps you've seen the work of Paper Cut Project, though a recent collaboration on a micro-collection of wigs (above) with luxury brand Cartier, is a slight departure from the pairs's exclusive use of white paper.   The work rides the line between art, papercraft and fashion, but we'll let Amy Flurry and Nikki Salk, partners in the venture [...]

Charley Harper’s Graphical Nature on View in »

Charley Harper’s Graphical Nature on View in Germany

My friend Michele Lott, who designed the mixing reality logo, introduced me to Charley Harper's iconic work.  An American modernist, Harper's influence on graphic design is profound.  Cincinnati-based,  Harper lived from August 4, 1922 - June 10, 2007, and maintained a studio there for over 40 years. Charley Harper said of his art : When [...]

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