Animation

Reaction: An Experimental Particle Animation by Anton Woll Söder

February 16, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Here’s a lovely bit of experimental visual goodness from Swedish motion designer Anton Woll Söder in collaboration with CypherAudio. Söder shares that the animation began as an exercise to learn more about VFX software Houdini and slowly evolved into the clip you see here. In recent years, the rapid evolution of PCs and the development of software like Houdini and Cinema 4D has created new possibilities for intricate particle-based animations. Prime examples include clips seen previously on Colossal like Cycle and the dance piece from the AICP Awards. You can see more of Söder’s visual effects work on Behance. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 



Design

Float Through Time with Flyte’s New Magnetized Clock

February 15, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Tell time or count down the moments until your next big life event with STORY, a new magnetized piece from Flyte (previously). The company’s latest design is an improvement to the wall clock, a work that uses powerful magnetism to move a hovering metal ball around STORY’s edge.

The designed object was built with three modes. With the Journey setting, you can set your mechanism to a specific date, watching the magnetic ball travel along the circular piece of wood until the ball reaches an upcoming moment such as a vacation or birth of a child. Selecting Clock allows you to use the object more like a traditional timepiece, and finally Timer acts as a short term countdown for kitchen prep or time out.

STORY also features a shining digital display to add detail to your chosen setting, and is backlit to be seen in the dark. When synced with Flyte’s mobile app, you can also use the backlight to demonstrate realtime sunsets, sunrises, and phases of the moon.

STORY was just launched on Kickstarter. You can see more of Flyte’s levitating designs, including a set of floating planters, on their website.

 

 

 



Art

Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood Reflect Light in a Rainbow of Color

February 15, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Cambridge-based artist Chris Wood (previously) continues to produce stunning light sculptures utilizing panels of dichroic glass that refract light in a vivid array of color. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions over the last few years and have even been incorporated into nearly a dozen displays worldwide for Fendi Fashion House. Wood has also created installations using glasses and lights that reflect patterns onto nearby surfaces. Seen here are several pieces from shows at the Shanghai Museum of Glass and the China Art Museum, you can see more recent work on her website.

 

 



Art

A Ring of Fire Blazes in the Middle of the Swiss Alps

February 14, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

All photos © Stefan Altenburger, 2017

Burning brightly amidst the snowcapped mountains of the Swiss Alps is Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember’s fiery installation As close as you can for as long as it lasts. The temporary piece of blazing land art was produced for the biennial event Elevation 1049, a collection of 11 sculpture, performance, video and sound installations supported by the LUMA Foundation and situated within Gstaad, Switzerland.

The piece is a sculptural and performance-based tale of the lonely traveler, as well as a call and response between the two artists involved in the piece. Tschiember built the circular fire, and as a reaction to her landscape meditation, Gordon installed a sound piece. The howling work is meant to trigger primal fears of dangerous animals and the dark woods, drawing visitors closer to the warm fire.

As close as you can for as long as it lasts is on view as a part of Elevation 1049 through March 19, 2017. (via Designboom)

 

 

 



Design

Drippy Calligraphy Experiments by Seb Lester

February 13, 2017

Christopher Jobson

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

Calligraphy master Seb Lester (previously) has been sharing quick videos of watery handwriting experiments on his Instagram account. Each word or phrase begins with a scribble of water or an array of droplets to which he then uses a dropper to apply color. Seen here are some highlights but it hardly even scratches the surface. Much more here. (via Quipsologies)

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

 

 



Illustration

Mechanical Crustaceans with Clockwork Insides Illustrated by Steeven Salvat

February 13, 2017

Christopher Jobson

French artist Steeven Salvat has long been fascinated by the clarity and exactitude found in old biological studies. His portfolio is brimming with such renderings, usually with a modern twist such as this stunning series of decorative drawings on skateboard decks. For this new series titled Mechanical / Biological [Crustacean Study] , Salvat imagined intricate clockwork mechanisms that might animate the rigid exteriors of crabs, lobsters, and crayfish. The 10-piece collection was drawn entirely with a 0.13mm Rotring technical drawing pen, the process of which he captured in a video below. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Sponsor

A’ Design Awards 2017: International Call for Entries, Deadline Feb 28 (Sponsor)

February 13, 2017

Colossal

Honeycomb Bookshelf by Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi

The A’ Design Award & Competition seeks to showcase the talents and success of innovators from all design fields. Competition categories include graphic design, fashion and apparel, photography, toys and games, furniture, architecture, and visual communication.

The A’ Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as press release preparation and distribution, lifetime license to use “award winner” logo, a public relations campaign for winners, an award trophy, an exhibition of selected projects, and a gala night invitation.

Entries are carefully evaluated by a jury panel comprised of established academics, prominent press members, creative design professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Interested designers, artists, architects, and companies can register and submit their realized designs and concepts at competition.adesignaward.com/registration. The deadline for submissions is February 28. To learn more, visit whatisadesignaward.com.

A selection of winning designs will be featured on Colossal shortly after results have been announced to the public on April 15. Previous award-winning designs can be found at awardeddesigns.com, and you can apply now at competition.adesignaward.com/registration.

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JinGoo by Daqi Concept

Shadowbrook by DXV by American Standard

The Birth Lighting by Satoshi Itasaka

 

 

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