Ever feel like the whole world is watching while you are on the iPhone? Well Daniela Gilsanz created an ironic twist on a contemporary James Bond idea.
The EARonic iPhone Case is designed to camouflage the fact that you’re on the phone. Now if only she would come up with an invisibility sleeve for our arm!
Of the concept Daniela says she:
…first came up with the idea last fall when applying to art schools. She was getting a portfolio together and while sketching some ears in her sketchbook (one of the prompts from a school) the initial EARonic mockup and portfolio piece came to be. Since then, we’ve improved on the original concept, photographed many an ear, and produced the actual phone cases.
Moritz Oberholzer is a director and editor from London and Zurich. This little piece of London from a bus made us miss the place just a little more than usual.
Growing up in Southern California, Lowriders were a culture you had to belong to, to fully experience. Even being Latina did not count if you were not part of La Familia. So it is interesting to see Lowrider cultural crossover that has transcended the decades, while the basic aesthetics of the cars remain the same.
With its own video, the Lowrider Coloring Book expands the audience. Take a look to get an understanding of the compelling nature of a car culture that dates back to the thirties with its hopped up hydraulics and amazing paint jobs.
Then, apply your own version on paper.
You can get the coloring book here.
According to the saying, we can only predict two things in life: death and taxes.
Katsuyo Aoki‘s Predictive Dreams tend to be prescient of the former.
Based on historical backgrounds, ideas, myths, and allegories, the work makes us stop and consider the story of each piece.
Says Aoki of the work, “…the several decorative styles and forms I cite simultaneously hold divine and vulgar meaning in the present age, having an irrational quality that contradict each other, which I feel express an important aspect in the contemporary age in which we live.”
We would have to agree.
Enjoy this video of Katsuyo Aoki’s work, though language may be an issue, the images are universal.
Post inspired by my friends at wellmades.com
Baseball is the quintessential American game. In fact, many non-Yanks I know, look at the game, and wonder at its pace, its simplicity, its invisible complexity, and scratch their heads.
Full disclosure: I am not a baseball fan. But I love beautifully worked wood sculpture.
Vincent Kohler’s series, Turnaround has just a hint of irony. He turns wood on a lathe in seemingly endless combinations creating baseball bats you have never seen before.
Utilizing more than classic maple to create his pieces, Kohler presents us with objects of desire beyond a baseball player’s obsession. He suggests art in the object as well as the game.
As the season comes down to the end of summer, it seems just the moment to present Kohler’s work, with only the slightest tongue in cheek.
So when a friend sent us Banksy’s new doc, we had to check it, and now we have to share. Without further ado, (though you might want to skip to :55) Banksy’s The Antics Roadshow:
Are you an avid book collector with overflowing shelves, a love of typography, and need to conquer the clutter? Well then, Jack Curry has a solution for you:
Problem: In the summer of 2010 I found that my bookshelves were getting to the point of needing proper bookends to keep everything in order. Naturally being typographically inclined, I began searching around for type-centric bookends. However, after much searching I was unable to find anything that caught my eye – lots of woodblock letters or “A & Z” bookend sets, but nothing worth breaking out the credit card for.
Solution: I’m a designer. I design things. Why not design myself some bookends?
Method: I’ve always had this lingering memory from when I was a kid of the big, orange bookends in my dad’s office. I was especially fixated on the way that the shape of the base seemed to have been punched neatly from the body, leaving a radiused rectangle in the upright plane of the bookend. This very concept seemed extremely economical; each unit could be cut from a single sheet of metal, then the base would be formed from the counter space. Leaning on knowledge from my house numbers project – Dash – I knew the type of perforations needed to properly bend stainless steel while keeping it structurally sound.
Process: Using some off-the-shelf black bookends as a reference, I began figuring out how each letter would begin to look if used in the given framework.
Letterforms with open counters – such as A, H, K, et al – lent themselves easily to this system; however, characters with closed bottoms – such as B, C, D, E, et al – proved to be trickier to manage. After several different directions – including a foray into making the entire set proportional as opposed to monospaced (a development which did not last long) – I came to the conclusion that the best solution would be to simply have the foundation of these forms contain both sides of the base, which would swing out in opposite directions; not unlike a gymnast doing forward splits. Using this dual-system of base formation, the letterforms could remain the same width, and the weight-bearing ability of the bookend would not be compromised.
A test batch of letters (spelling out “READ”) were then cut from 16 gauge stainless steel and powder-coated in classic library orange – just like dad used to have.
I’m happy to report that my books have ceased falling over unexpectedly.