Art Design

The Drawing Machine

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

For the past four years Harvey Moon, a photographer and artist currently studying at the Art Institute of Chicago has been working on a suspended robot that draws by taking instructions from a computer. His Kickstarter project (which is already 300% funded) is an opportunity for you to buy prints made from the device and to potentially fund drawing robot kits for the masses. Anything at the intersection of robots and art gets a huge thumbs up from me. (via make)

 

 



Design Food Science

The Designers of Taste

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Whether you can afford it or not, the world of molecular gastronomy, the convergence of art, science, and food appears to be with us for a while as restaurants like Alinea and elBulli take honors as some of the best restaurants in the world. This new book, Cooking Science: Condensed Matter by Vicenc Altaio, Ferran Adria, and Josep Perello, is the physical catalog of a show presented in part by Harvard by the same name that sought to view gastronomy and nutrition through the eyes of scientists.

Cooking science invites us to look at cooking, gastronomy and nutrition through the scientist’s eyes and see them as a truly cultural activity which brings a wealth of knowledge into play. Challenging the predominance of visual culture, our eating habits and the pleasure of food privilege the senses of taste, touch, smell and even hearing. Perception and landscape define our cooking, but cooking also has a component of reflection and innovation based on scientific and technological research. […] This volume constitutes a unique document of this task. The book’s QR codes link the paper media with the digital media, augmenting the reality and giving further information.

You can see quite a few more pages from the book here. The question at the heart of this all, I suppose, is can food be regarded as true art? Or can science be art? Gah my eyes just crossed. (via we make money not art)

 

 



Illustration

Paul Westcombe

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Totally wild pen and ink illustrations on used paper coffee cups by Paul Westcombe. More info over at Saatchi Gallery. Related: this great collection of illustrations on Starbucks sleeves by Loris Grillet.

 

 



Design

Marc Graells

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Intriguing work from Barcelona-based designer Marc Graells. (via mocoloco).

 

 



Art Photography

Make This Better

December 14, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The folks over at Broken City Lab have created this great installation that will be temporarily installed in locations around Ontario to generate conversations and awareness around areas of urban blight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited local neighborhood blogs here in Chicago to read through the litany of armchair urban planners complaining about what politician or neighborhood group is responsible for fixing which square foot of what block. It’s so uplifting to see art and a little creativity being used as a tool to solve city problems.

 

 



Design

Wandkalender & Wandplaner 2011 by Populäre Produkte

December 14, 2010

Christopher Jobson

If I was in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and needed a super minimalist calendar and planner to tack up inside my spacecraft en route to Jupiter, I would probably bring along the Wandkalender & Wandplaner 2011 by Populäre Produkte (for sale here). The calendar and planner come with 100 sticky notes to mark the day when your buddies are supposed to be woken from cryogenic hibernation, or when it’s time to pay the heating bill. One side in German, the other in English. (via design milk).

 

 



Design

The Domino Clock

December 14, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I had to put all the family pictures back on the wall when I realized this is still just a prototype, but regardless the Domino Clock by Seattle-based Carbon Design Group is extremely cool. The dots on the three giant dominoes act as digits for hours and minutes, and everything communicates wirelessly to keep time. Another video via the Carbon site explains the clever engineering behind the tiny actuators that quietly flip “on” and “off” in sync with the time. According to their blog the goal is to produce a fully functional prototype in 2011, and the next one will arrive via FedEx to my house shortly thereafter. (via yanko)

 

 

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