A couple days ago I linked to this Time is Money clock over at Atypyk. Today I noticed they have a bunch of new stuff in stock and after clicking through it I had a huge smile on my face. The upside down flaming car candle alone is a must-have for the general population of Earth I think (their description, not mine: Have fun! Set cars on fire (french tradition). Made in France.)
The new web site for Sagemeister incorporates a live studio webcam stream that captures vinyl graphic buttons affixed to the floor which function as navigation for the website. This would be much more awesome if that guy would get up from his chair and go stand on whatever I click while the girl gets whatever I requested and holds it up to the camera. Just sayin. (via quips)
Philadelphia design firm The Heads of State launched a great new web site today with a treasure trove of impressive poster and illustration work. They also have a fancy new store with some prints for sale, including this great travel series.
It’s been weeks if not months since I’ve seen a truly engaging Flash-based website that I’ve felt the desire to explore as the designers intended. So this crazy interactive site for the 27th PNC Christmas Index completely blew me away and goes to show that Flash definitely has its place for some online experiences. So just what is the PNC Christmas Index?
PNC is the third largest bank in the US and each year, for the last 27 years, they have compared the prices of the gifts in the song “12 days of Christmas” and compared them to the years before.
The brief was to make a pop-up book out of the price index. A straightforward brief with a lot of room to be creative. The solution we opted for was a full 3D render with a linear but very much interactive storyline. We wanted to give a very simple interaction but give full control and therefore possibility to see the book fold in and out.
The result is a funny mix of a childish and very lifelike pop-up book filled with highly valuable financial information.
One of my favorite web sites I’ve stumbled onto lately is the wonderfully edited Fuck Yeah, Tattoos! People send in photos of their tattoos with a small explanation and that’s pretty much it, on and on for thousands of images. I’m not really a tattoo person, I don’t have any, nor am I in the market, but as an intensely visual person I’m fascinated with what people decide to permanently etch into their skin, for better or worse (this site definitely has a bit of the good and the maybe not so good). Also, the tattoo industry could really use a few good type consultants.
Robot Challenge is a web site run by my friend Dan and his son Roosevelt who possesses the rare ability to draw any type of robot you could possibly imagine. Apparently there is a bit of a backlog so be patient!
So, this exists. Street Anatomy, created by Vanessa Ruiz, is a wonderful blog that documents the convergence of medicine, art, and design. I’ve spent all morning scrolling through the archives and you should too.