This is one of those things I’ve always wondered in the back of my mind. How far does a WiFi network actually reach and what would it look like? How come I have reception in one spot and not in another? Well a team from Oslo including Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen set out to answer just such a question by creating visual representations of actual Wifi networks to spectacular effect. Utilizing long-exposure photography and a four-metre long measuring rod with 80 LED light points they were able to “reveal” cross-sections in wireless networks.
We built the WiFi measuring rod, a 4-metre tall probe containing 80 lights that respond to the Received Signal Strength (RSSI) of a particular WiFi network. When we walk through architectural, urban spaces with this probe, while taking long-exposure photographs, we visualise the cross-sections, or strata, of WiFi signal strength, situated within photographic urban scenes. The cross-sections are an abstraction of WiFi signal strength, a line graph of RSSI across physical space. Although it can be used to determine actual signal strength at a given point, it is much more interesting as a way of seeing the overall pattern, the relative peaks and the troughs situated in the surrounding physical space.
See the full photo set and read much more about the project here.
Mom always yelled at me for writing on the table, but now there’s an exception, so nothing’s stopping you from thinking like a kid again. YouTube Typography. Public river transportation maps. Remote controlled, camera-equipped bird of the week: the Nano Hummingbird, and today’s special: Beer & Pretzel Marshmallows. Level Architects design a house with an integrated slide system for kids, or you could just settle for your own backyard rocket ship.
Stop motion goodness: a fingernail story and an animator shaves his beard.
And lastly, the modern-day equivalent to ships in a bottle, water labels made of sand in a bottle. Now excuse me while I go catch a game of pewpewpewpewpewpewpew.
The Robot Book is the latest creation from Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Thomas Jackson (previously). It’s actually the culmination of a larger photo project he completed last year which follows dreamlike story of a lone robot in a post-apocalyptic future, carrying on the day-to-day menial tasks of life. The book is constructed from sheet metal, salvaged wood, and is embedded with an antenna (!) and other electrical components. It contains 24 giclée-printed photographs and 7 giclée-printed illustrations by Jackson.
When I began this project three years ago, I didn’t know I was making a book. The plan was to create a series of staged photographs addressing a set of themes that interested me, among them our culture’s obsession with hard work and our less-than-harmonious relationship with the natural world. Composed in narrative form, in the manner of a medieval tapestry or altarpiece, the pictures would tell the story of a solitary robot’s last days in a post-apocalyptic place. But when I completed the images in late 2010, the project felt unfinished. The story seemed to need one last narrative twist. The answer, I came to realize, was a book. A book that was itself an artifact from the world I’d created in the pictures. A combination of organic, manufactured and mechanical components, it would be the sort of thing the robot himself might have made. The result is a mixed media mash-up that’s part sculpture, part graphic novel, part photo book and part gadget—an inscrutable relic long lost in an apocryphal future.
If you’re interested in obtaining a copy (a limited edition of 11) you can contact the artist directly via his web site.
Rizzling is the fine art of becoming completely intoxicated, placing loose rolling paper on your fingertips and running around a room like an idiot in front of your drunk friends while the papers spin like pinwheels.
Excuse me while I go pick up some Jameson and rolling papers. My place at 8? (via booooooom)
An enormous typographic installation using thousands of paper components by Kyosuke Nishida and Brian Li. The work was exhibited in the FOFA Gallery hallway-vitrine for the Concordia University Design Department End of Year exhibition, during the Montréal Design Portes Ouvertes 2010. View the entire project here. (via type goodness)
A wonderful new print available at Neighborhood Studio, a new shop from designer Curtis Jenkins. (via design work life)
Turning the idea of the traditional piggy bank upside down the Hungry Pig by Bassam Jabry is part of an art exhibition called Made for Sam, where design firm FARM invited 40 Singaporean creatives to redesign 8 everyday objects from tote bags to common stationery. The products are now available at the Singapore Art Museum and other design specialty shops around Singapore, including the wonderful FARM Online Store.
Since Anish Kapoor erected Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) at Millenium Park in 2004 I’ve probably seen thousands of images of this iconic sculpture and have definitely reached the point of over-saturation. And then I stumbled onto this wonderful shot by Håkan Ludwigson and I can’t stop looking at it. Much more of his work can be found here. (via notcot)