If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]
In the world of inventive contemporary architecture there are a few notable names that come to mind: Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Tom Wright, Jean Nouvel and Sir Norman Foster just to name a few. All white men. The architectural world has often been accused of not having enough minorities and women, at least not enough who are lauded on this kind of level. However, one architect who breaks this mold is Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous and important architects of the last thirty years. [Read more…]
Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style. [Read more…]
Riding on a bicycle can really feel like flying, and this new starry bike path will convince you that it’s true. A project from Studio Rosegaarde (who made their name for creating the world’s first glowing Smart Highways) the glowing Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path opened today in Neunen, Netherlands. The kilometer-long path is covered in swirling patterns that glow in the dark, inspired by the towns one-time resident, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived there from 1883 to 1885. Here his Starry Night comes to life using the power of the sun to charge photo-luminescent paint and a solar array for embedded LEDs. [Read more…]
In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.
Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart. [Read more…]
German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades). [Read more…]
Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful. [Read more…]
Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.
Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals. [Read more…]
This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose. [Read more…]
There is plenty of evidence that sitting down for long periods is bad for our health – and we’re doing a lot more of it. To combat this sedentary trend a number of solutions have been gaining traction, from exercises you can do in the office, to stand up desks and even hamster-like treadmills to keep us moving. But what about changing the way we sit? That’s what French designer Benoit Malta envisions with his unusual two-legged Inactivité chair. [Read more…]