the_dimka: codex seraphinianus in the late 70s italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer luigi serafini made a book, an encyclopedia of unknown, parallel world. it’s about 360-380 pages. it is written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet. it took him 30 month to complete that masterpiece that many might call “the strangest book on earth”. codex seraphinianus is divided to 11 chapters and two parts - first one is about nature and the second one is about people.btw five hundred years ago there was another book somewhat like that - voynich manuscript. take a look at some pages (click on image to see a bigger version) amazon sells those for 500 bucks or more you can read about it in wikipedia.i can’t even tell you how much i like stuff like that phat a? update 2 i ordered the book and it arrived. it is gigantic in size, thick and large. print, paper and binding quality is superb. they also insert a booklet - decodex, but it is in italian and i have not mastered that one yet.
Disney Invents an Adorable Robot for Making Giant Sand Drawings Disney's newest robot is designed to bring characters to life on beaches. ETH Zürich The prongs on the rake can be controlled individually, allowing the lines the BeachBot draws to vary from two inches to 15 inches. The robot's bulbous balloon wheels allow it to traverse the entire sandy canvas without leaving tire tracks. The laser-based positoning system gives the BeachBot to draw accurately down to the millimeter. Kids will recognize the design cue from the turtles in Finding Nemo.
In China, credit score is now affected by friends' activism China just introduced a universal credit score, where everybody is measured as a number between 350 and 950. But this credit score isn’t just affected by how well you manage credit – it also reflects how well your political opinions are in line with Chinese official opinions, and whether your friends’ are, too. In the West, the surveillance agencies have been trying to stay as low-key as possible, while listening to everything and anything. China has taken a different approach. Not only is the surveillance very overt, you are also constantly nudged to fall in line. This Chinese credit score, which seemed innocent at first, was introduced this summer.
Exporting HD video for Vimeo Someone recently asked, “What are the best export settings to use for uploading HD video to Vimeo?” Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I decided to do some investigating. My first efforts took me to a set of great tutorials on the Vimeo forum: Vimeo HD exporting from many editors. This page has some great information, but it appeared to be written several years ago and is no longer being updated, and unfortunately, ScreenFlow was not one of the tools mentioned. (Though, there was some great information there, so I would encourage you to check it out.) Next, I found my way to the Vimeo guidelines page. Posters that Mess With the System Outdoor Advertising is more than just posters. Context and form can be played with to produce a powerful and surprising result. These examples from the 2014 D&AD Awards show just what lengths brands can go to to get the audience to pay attention. At D&AD there's a sub-category for this called Enhanced Posters. Or you might prefer to call it Posters that Mess with the System. The Legends Return
Sweden’s liberal image is a mirage that hides a very ugly problem Here’s an interesting question: If the world’s economy is filling markets with a pervasive sense of uncertainty, why is the art market picking up steam for yet another season of what would appear to be massive sales? For the very rich, art is a store of value—which is not a very new idea and one reason that art is often lumped in together with gold as a safe haven from inflation. Gold prices peaked in 2011 and have been on a long slide ever since. Not art.
Creative Commons In celebration of Creative Commons' tenth anniversary, members of CC's European affiliate network have put together an awesome mixtape of their 20 favorite Creative Commons–licensed songs by artists in 20 European countries. This music runs the gamut from electronic to folk to classical, and yet, there's something cohesive about it all. The entire album rings with obsessively creative complexity; that is, it's the kind of thing you can imagine a bunch of CC affiliates listening to while having a heated discussion about license compatibility. Most people reading this blog post are probably familiar with Creative Commons. If not, here's a refresher in Swedish. Creative Commons is committed to making it easier for creative people to share their work with each other.
Aspen no. 5+6, item 3: Three Essays Every era has to reinvent the project of "spirituality" for itself. (Spirituality = plans, terminologies, ideas of deportment aimed at the resolution of painful structural contradictions inherent in the human situation, at the completion of human consciousness, at transcendence.) In the modern era, one of the most active metaphors for the spiritual project is "art." The activities of the painter, the musician, the poet, the dancer et al, once they were grouped together under that generic name (a relatively recent move), have proved to be a peculiarly adaptable site on which to stage the formal dramas besetting consciousness, each individual work of art being a more or less astute paradigm for regulating or reconciling these contradictions.