Monday January 22nd 2018



The Mona Lisa 6239 dots and 9 hours later

Thomas Pavitte couldn’t find a record for the most complex dot-to-dot drawing, using the iconic Mona Lisa as his muse, he decided to set one himself.

To begin he created an A0 poster with dots numbered from 1 to 6,329, and broke down the image.



The result is a visual nod to a classic, and a mathematical riddle solved.  To document the accomplishment, he took a time lapse video of himself connecting the dots over 9 hours.

Mona Lisa – 6,239 dot to dot drawing from Thomas Pavitte on Vimeo.

Thank you Jelena for the inspiration.  Via

Christopher Adams : Natural Selection at Hosfelt Gallery NYC

On view through Friday, 5 August, 2011 at Todd Hosfelt’s New York space is Christopher Adams’ exhibition, Natural Section. Presented as an installation of over 700 ceramic objects, the works:  play on the concept in biological speciation called “adaptive radiation,” in which a pioneering organism enters a relatively untapped environment, reproducing profusely while differentiating rapidly and extensively.  At the same time, the organism never departs too dramatically from the original form.

photo credit : DitMartian

Certainly we feel the presence of fertility when we see the installation photos.  And yet, something is not quite “natural” about it.  Nonetheless, the pieces are exquisite, and their ode to the ecologic world makes us wish we were in New York this week to see the Boston-based artist’s work.  Adams graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where he majored in organismic and evolutionary biology.  It shows.

photo credit : DitMartian

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 got us thinking about man’s increasing abilities to mimic nature, and perhaps disrupting its cycles in the process…thoughts?  Feel free to leave comments here or on our Facebook page.



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 with Holiday Matinee, Sezio and Threadless, follow (click to see larger images), and we think they are brilliant, no?

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 designed a way for us to remember, and send some relief for habitat restoration.  She named it BirdProject.

“The idea for the birds began with the recurring thoughts of abstract bird forms – I was living in Brooklyn at the time of the spill, my hands felt so tied being so far away in addition to the restriction of regular Joe’s being able to help directly with the cleanup due to the need for expert care.”

So Tippens designed a subtle reminder of the fragility of nature.  Each bird shaped soap, which is black, contains a white, ceramic bird, handmade by Tippens, from Louisiana Clay.  The ceramic bird remains as a keepsake once the outer soap has washed away.

As Tippens points out:  Through the daily act of washing, you will eventually free the clean, white, ceramic birds inside – potent symbols of restoration and recovery. The soap is shaped to be cradled in your hand and is a powerful representation of all creatures affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster.

The soaps are made with natural, locally sourced ingredients: biodiesel glycerin, fair trade olive oil, aloe, activated black charcoal, with a light cypress scent, reminiscent of Louisianan bayous. They are made by Emily Manger Davis of Sweet Olive Soaps, a third generation soap maker from New Orleans.

50% of profits go to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster.  The BirdProject was Kickstarted with a crowdsourced donation of $5919 which culminated in a donation of $1500 to Gulf Restoration Network and IBRRC on behalf of the first flock from BirdProject.

Kudos for the creativity and problem solving of the Bird Project.  Purchase the soap here.


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 for its elegant yet playful mashup of flickr pictures, and color concepts.  This got my attention, so I decided to see what he was up to these days besides his day job.

One of Thorp’s latest art projects is a collaboration with Random Number in New York. Data visualization is in full creative swing here as Thorp calls out the history of certain word usage in the New York Times.

Random Number’s descriptions follow:

This screen print visualizes the frequency of the words ‘red,’ ‘green,’ and ‘blue’ in The New York Times over two decades.

JER THORP RGB – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010 (2011)

 The data is arranged in three overlapping rings to represent each color, and can be read in the clockwise direction. 

The graph also includes names of organizations that were associated with the represented colors, providing a telling representation of their affiliations and color preferences.


JER THORP Hope/Crisis – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010 (2011)

In startlingly clear terms, this two-color screen print visualizes the frequency of occurrence of the words ‘hope’ (blue) and ‘crisis’ (graphite) in The New York Times over a twenty year period.

Thorp’s word selection presents a snapshot of recent news stories, laying out the interconnected and complex narrative of world affairs in the form of a timepiece graph.

Thorp’s work takes the appeal of infographics into the realm of art, as he reminds us of our shared immersion in concepts and words while presenting a gorgeous image to contemplate our connectedness.  And in a continuation of synchronicity, I see Thorp will be giving the keynote at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference in NYC at the end of September…I was just at their offices yesterday doing some user testing on a new product they are releasing soon…and on it goes.

Prints available here and here. Video of the Day : Bashir Sultani : Art with Salt

We have been enjoying Bashir Sultani’s series : Art with Salt. Today he released a new one of Jimi Hendrix. Enjoy the immediacy of his process, and the magic of the transformation of common salt into an iconic image. Be sure to watch till the end when we are reminded of the medium and its transience.

Evan Drolet Cook : Places I Haven’t Been (North America)

photo credit : Cameron Wittig

This piece by Evan Drolet Cook got me thinking about perception, and hubris, and how for the most part, our reputation around the world has the taint of arrogance and naïveté when it comes to world view.  Obviously, for some of us, this is not the case, but in general, Cook’s rendition of the North American map is a good reminder of all we may not have experienced.  And though Americans are used to seeing this meme of a world view…let’s not forget…there’s a whole big world beyond this continent…just sayin’….


Guitar Oscillations Filmed From Inside by an iPhone 4

Fascinating and simple. YouTuber justkylevids dropped his iPhone 4 inside his guitar out of curiosity. The effect he achieved was pure wonderment. It looks like we are watching the actual strings vibrate, when in fact, we are witnessing the “Rolling Shutter effect”.  The camera uses a CMOS censor which causes a distortion in the image caused by the type of camera used to film it.  Delightful.

via my SU friends RJJ & TapwaterJ

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, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and soon Chicago and London.  Besides that, Eisenberg runs a design studio, and is a serial entrepreneur.  On Tuesday, she launched her latest brainwave : Tattly.

Swissmiss's Daughter Sporting a Tattly

We love the idea of temporary tattoos.  After all, what, one image can encompass a lifetime commitment?  But alas, until now, we have been relegated to Disney characters and bad on the eyes tats for tots.  Swissmiss’s thoughts exactly.

So Eisenberg:…looked through my rolodex and reached out to fellow designers I admire to see what they thought of the idea. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Within days I received my first tattoo submissions. And now, a good two months later, we have a site, a team and an impressive fulfillment-centerlike-set-up in our studio. Team Tattly is ready to ship and rock the world of temporary tattoos.

And why wouldn’t she be?  She’s got a great list of contributors so far.

Jessi Arrington: Color Burst
Jessica Hische: Type Nerd
Marc Johns: Rabbit
Julia Rothman: You’re LateRobotPolaroid Instant Camera
Frank Chimero: Knucks
James Victore: ScribbleI <3 NYC
Jason Santa Maria: Aperture
Chris Glass: Mother
Kelli Anderson: Carpe Futurum
Josh Smith: CursorsTattone
Jennifer Ward: Speak Up

For the first two weeks, the site if offering the entire set of 15 designs for a special rate of $35. So get you some tattly, and don’t worry, these designs are temporary.

@brainpicker being a type nerd

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