Google launches Currents, features Colossal, and there was much rejoicing

Google launches Currents, features Colossal, and there was much rejoicing colossal

Last Friday Google launched a new application for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices called Google Currents that allows you to subscribe to your favorite websites and view the content in a lovely magazine-like format. I was fortunate to be asked to kick the tires of their content publisher tools, but due to time constraints was unable to provide any valuable feedback prior to launch (so if anything is even slightly imperfect it’s entirely my fault). As a welcome surprise Google featured Colossal in their launch video, showing explicitly how to add this humble art and design site to your Currents app. How cool is that? You can download it for free right here.

Smoke

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Giulia Muraglia

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Lauren Peralta

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
13thWitness

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
bree

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
clichey

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Rebecka Bjurmell

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Salomé Vorfas

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Alessandro Mitola

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Florian Leroy

Though I have never smoked, I find the photography of smoking incredibly alluring. Here are nine of my favorite shots found over the past few days. For similarly themed photography posts also check out Waves and Books.

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Jenny Odell’s Google Map People

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Delores Park, San Francisco

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Delores Park, San Francisco (detail)

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Pier 39, San Francisco

For the past year artist Jenny Odell (previously) has worked in the medium of Google Maps imagery to create stunning prints of cut-out ships, sports stadiums, advertising billboards, swimming pools and other meticulously assembled collections of satellite imagery minutiae. Lately she’s focused on people, specifically locations around San Francisco where they congregate en masse, their ant-like figures filling beaches and public parks. Odell erases all other details of the photos leaving behind only the human footprint. Head on over to her blog to see the images in better detail. (thnx, megan!)

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The Water-Powered Dolphin Jetpack

The Water Powered Dolphin Jetpack water swimming stunts dolphins

The Water Powered Dolphin Jetpack water swimming stunts dolphins

This incredible water-powered jetpack lets you plow effortlessly through the water like a dolphin as Franky Zapata demonstrates. I only live a few blocks from Lake Michigan and would like to rent one of these by summer — somebody call somebody. (via kottke)

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Leif Podhajsky’s Psychedelic Art & Album Covers

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajsky is an artist and creative director who makes astounding album covers for numerous labels including Warp Records, Sub Pop, Sony, Warner, Atlantic and others. An artist statement via his website says “His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.” These are some of my favorites of his work, both new and old, and here’s a great interview with Leif on Beautiful Decay from last year.

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Loomi: A Modular Light Kit

Loomi: A Modular Light Kit lighting DIY

Loomi: A Modular Light Kit lighting DIY

Loomi: A Modular Light Kit lighting DIY

Loomi: A Modular Light Kit lighting DIY

Loomi is a modular, paintable, recyclable light shade made from high quality paper that’s cut into interlinking quadrilaterals. The set of 33 pieces can be formed into at least a dozen shapes and can be dyed, glued or otherwise modified to suit your creative whims. The Kickstarter project is going gangbusters and if you order asap they’ll ship before Christmas.

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Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures

Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures sculpture futurism body

Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures sculpture futurism body

Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures sculpture futurism body

Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures sculpture futurism body

Speedy PVC Pipe Sculptures sculpture futurism body

These whimsical sculptures by Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong are made by adhering myriad cuts of PVC pipe and covering them in a thick shellac of urethane paint. The process creates an uncanny sense of motion, the figures appearing blurred and perpetually in motion. Kang’s work is on display at Gallery 4Walls in Seoul through December 23 as part of his solo show, Disguise. A huge thanks to Cho at Gallery 4Walls for providing the imagery for this post.

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