After attending an interactive design workshop, Sophie Kemp was tasked with redesigning the parameters of a common interaction. For her project she chose the generous though often uninspiring act of giving money.
I decided to take the cold cut process of giving people money and enhance the experience of this action. I decided to take a dollar bill and use origami folds to make it into a ring as the giving of a ring has such emotional connections. I then made these rings out of 12 different currencies.
I’ve seen my fair share of folded origami rings, and maybe even struggled through making one myself in grade school, but seeing that same process applied across the layouts of different paper bill designs is pretty awesome. (via creative review)
Film student Adam Grabowski was assigned the task of creating the show packaging for the 2011 Motion Graphics Showcase, at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In a throwback to early animation he built five animation machines including (in order of appearance) a cassette player thaumatrope, a fan powered hamster wheel, a hand-held blender drum, an awesome motorized skateboard/image belt, and a drill powered flip book. In an age where almost anything you can imagine can be created digitally—especially in the realm of motion graphics—this is a welcome and captivating direction.
While we’re on the theme of teeny tiny art, here are some fun photo manipulations by Barcelona-based Maite Guerrero. It’s rare anything digital like this makes it onto Colossal, but there is such care in how each one of these is created, the attention to color, depth, and scale makes these truly special. See more on Behance.
Shot by Paul Octavious (previously) at the Kids & Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor. Fun fact: I was out and about with Colossal Junior on this day, though it doesn’t look like we made a cameo. This is about four blocks from headquarters. It always amazes me how beautiful Paul makes our neighborhood look, or perhaps sometimes I just fail to see the beauty in it, though this was indeed a glorious day.
Let’s turn back the clock a bit. It’s a hot day in 1886 and you’re sitting on the back porch of your great-great-great grandfather’s homestead as he talks about how some fellas up in New York are erecting a huge statue of a lady called the Statue of Liberty and then trails off into a long-winded diatribe about Grover Clevland’s economic policies. Suddenly the screen door slams and your great-great-great grandmother emerges from the kitchen holding two sweaty glass bottles of dark brown liquid fresh from the ice box labeled as John Pemberton’s Coca-Cola. Refreshing. Now you can re-live these nostalgic days of over a century ago with a 125th anniverary bottle of Coca-Cola available at Selfridges for a limited time. (via svpply)