Be Emperor of the Penguins with Daniel Rozin’s Bizarre New ‘Mirror’

We just covered Daniel Rozin and his collection of bizarre interactive ‘mirrors’ a few weeks ago, but this new creation can’t be missed. His ‘Penguins Mirror’ let’s you be emperor of the penguins – just stand in front of all 450 motorized stuffed animals and they turn their white bellies towards you reflecting your silhouette. Is it brilliant or just absurd? Probably the best of both, and a really good laugh too.

Michael Pecirno’s Minimalist Maps Reveal the Hidden Landscapes of America

London-based designer Michael Pecirno creates minimalist maps in an ongoing project to understand the landscape of the world. His work is exploratory, using a decidedly narrow set of data to see the unique patterns it creates across the land. In each case, the map is drawn with data points, leaving traditional physical and political borders to our imagination.

CONSTRVCT: Design Your Own Digitally Printed Fashion

There’s giving your customers what they want, and then there’s letting them do it themselves. CONSTRVCT is a forward thinking clothing company that recently built a 3D design tool to let just about anyone create custom clothing prints, even using their own imagery. It’s digitally printed fashion for the digital age.

Google’s Project Jacquard Weaves Touch Interfaces into Your Clothes

Smart textiles are one stitch closer to being a daily reality. Google’s Project Jacquard is experimenting with conductive threads woven into garments that transform nearly any area into a touch sensitive panel much like the screen on your smartphone.

The brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Progress (ATAP) department, Project Jacquard was announced at their I/O developer conference in San Francisco (the same event which saw them announce a tiny hand gesture sensing radar).

The technology is seamlessly simple, and that’s the point. When touched, a grid of conductive threads send signals to a chip which translates them into simple controls for devices like smartphones or tablets. Want to crank the volume on that song you’re listening to? Just brush your sleeve.

This Billboard Features Digital Parking Helpers

Squeezing your car into a tight parallel parking spot is never easy, but if you have help it’s a whole lot better. Fiat took that idea pretty far with a new ad campaign created by Leo Burnett Germany. Using a digital screen and a series of very helpful actors, they used custom software and a set of sensors to measure the distance behind a driver’s rear bumper. They then synchronized the images of the actors to neatly guide them into the spot.

Mitch Hedberg Was Very Motivating.

Teamwork. Passion. Success. Keeping motivated in creative fields takes thinking outside the box, being different and standing out from the crowd. Sounds like the surreal work of comic genius Mitch Hedberg and his very unexpected brand of humor. We love these ‘motivational’ posters from Sloshspot, which pull many of his most surreal lines into the cliché black box/one-motivating-word format we’ve come to love (and loath).

Where Are the Most Popular NYC Filming Locations? This Map Has the Answer.

No matter how you slice it, New York City is one of the world’s most popular filming locations. From the top of the towering skyline, to the cab filled streets of Times Square, the city has featured in more than 517 films… and that’s just in the last 3 years. So where are the most popular areas to film? Metrocosm broke it down by visualizing all the film permit data from the “Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting” (every city should have one!), creating a street-centric heat map that quickly reveals some very hot filming locations (17,241 in 3 years to be exact).

Delta Airlines Made a Meme-Filled Safety Video You’ll Actually Want to Watch

We don’t get too many opportunities to write about airline safety videos, and there’s a pretty good reason: they are stare-into-space-dreaming-about-anything-else BORING. Then you have this version from Delta.

At 6 minutes long, it easily exceeds the length of your average safety video, but you’ll probably watch every second. Why? They’ve filled it to the brim with the internet’s favorite memes, from Overly Attached Girlfriend and Keyboard Cat, to the Double Rainbow guy and the shark suit wearing Roomba cat.

The Art of Saving a Life: Gates Foundation Uses Paper Crafts to Raise Vaccine Awareness

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a global mission to save children from life-threatening disease, and their raising awareness using art. Commissioning works from more than 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians, they are telling stories about how vaccines continue to change the course of history. They’re not-so-small goal? Reach all the world’s children by 2020.

These Two Visualizations Will Truly Make You Appreciate Musical Skill

Listening to a concert is one thing, seeing it is another, and this is something different all together. These two videos are the work of Stephen Malinowski, and his Music Animation Machine, or MAM. Using it, he’s distilled complex classical music pieces into colorful visualizations that help us to distinguish between the many instruments, and complex timings involved in performing them. It’s one more way to appreciate these masterworks.