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.

Why Are TED Talks so Effective? Because of This Structure

Presentations are tricky. At best, they’re inspiring and motivating. At worst, they’re painful. We’ve all suffered through a crazy PowerPoint (more animated transitions, please!), a speaker who can’t get to the point, or a boring deck that has you reaching for your phone. So, how do you give a good presentation?

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).

Metal Subway Map Cuffs Are Perfect for the Stylish Traveler

Nothing says tourist like holding a giant map while you try to find your way around a new city. But Designhype wants you to look stylish and confident while you’re exploring the world. They have created a brilliant metal cuff that combines fashion with function. Featuring subway maps of major metro cities, it’s a collection that every traveler can appreciate.

Woman Quits Job to Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes in Bali

If you are from the United States or Europe, it’s unlikely your local planning commission would approve of a structure built out of bamboo. Yet, if you are from Eastern Asia, building with bamboo is one of your best options. The wood is stronger than you may think—it actually has the same strength as concrete and the strength-to-weight ratio of steel. Yes, steel.

Stunning Sand Mandalas Appear Before Your Eyes

After practicing medicine for several years, scientist and artist Bruce Shapiro become obsessed with the art of motion control. He was so impessed with the infinite possibilites of designs and images that could be created via computer programs. With awesome visual installations at science centers throughout the world, he has used art to turn science into something everyone can appreciate. The Sisyphus Machine is his take on a modern Zen Garden. Appopriately named after Sisyphus, who in Greek mythology received the punishment of pushing a huge boulder up a hill for all of eternity, the kinetic drawing machine uses magnets to push a steel ball through sand, leaving behind beautiful mandala-like patterns.