I need some space…

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

If you consider your apartment in New York tiny, or in Tokyo a closet, be ready to reconsider and to be shocked. Imagine living in a space as big as your king-size bed, or less. Meet the cubicle apartments of Hong Kong.

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Apparently a single square foot of real estate in Hong Kong costs on average $1,300. As a result, whole families are constrained in 40 square feet apartments. That’s less than 4 square meters in metric!

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Kitchen appliances are cramped under bunk beds and all of their belongings are stacked one on top of the other. Tenants don’t have enough space to take two steps, and any talk of ventilation or hygiene is science fiction.

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These photos are part of a campaign by the  Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a Chinese human rights group as an effort to raise awareness about the inhuman living conditions city dwellers are facing.

via Inhabitat

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Guernica comes to life

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica keeps alive the memory of the bombing of this small town in the Basque region of northern Spain on April 27, 1937 and visual effects artist Lena Gieseke brings to life Picasso’s painting in a 3D tour of his work.
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1984, A brave new world

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

How did the future that George Orwell and Aldous Huxley visualised turn out to be? The following infographic, created by Column Five for Akorn Entertainment, compares the concepts of 1984 and Brave New World to the current state of the Internet, as it has been evolved through the Internet censorship techniques of the East and the continuous stream of trivial information of the West.

via Visual News

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Beauty is in the street

May 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

More than 40 years have passed since the French students occupied the streets of Paris, triggering one of the most important social revolts of recent history. I do not know what remains still alive from this era, except these beautifully designed posters, landmarks of political art and graphic design.

A group of art students, who called themselves the Atelier Populaire, produced hundreds of posters to encourage the protestors and to report on police brutality.

Beauty is in the Street is a visual record from May ’68 Paris uprising edited by Johan Kugelberf with Philippe Vermes (Four Corner Books).

via the Guardian

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The world, what a bloody place!

May 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

We already know that the world is not a peaceful place and that the reality of war counts million casualties. 100 years of world cuisine, a project by Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril and Marion Kotlarski, depicts, in an innovative, but shocking way, the last bloody 100 years of wars and conflicts.

Replacing blood with red liquid and using measured amounts, 100 years of world cuisine visualises 38.000,000 deaths caused in 25 conflicts from 1915 to present.See the graph after the jump

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People are open books: the Human Library project

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Do you have a library card? If so, go to the nearest library and check out a person. Not a book. A human being. A person to keep for half an hour or so, and talk to. A person, a history, a culture to discover. People “on loan” are from varied sexual, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The purpose? Breaking down prejudices with personal story-telling. This is the idea behind Human Library.

Toronto Human Library

The idea originated in Copenhagen ten years ago but has now gone global. You can check whether there is a human library near you in this list.

photo credit: yonge street media 

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Ideas for a new city

May 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ideas for a more citizen-friendly city. It could be New York or any other city in the world.50 ideas of the new city

50 ideas for the New City is a project of the Architectural League of New York to imagine the future city and explore the ideas that will shape it.

Posters designed by the Civic Center. 

via Urban Omnibus

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Green typography

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Anna Garfoth experiments with eco-graffiti and green typography. And I mean actually green: messages written with moss on walls.

grow, moss graffiti

She also uses leafs, garbage and tape on fences’ grids to spell her messages.

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And my personal favorite, the edible poster made out of cookies.

edible poster: bite off more than you can chew

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The human factory

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

We often consider our self as part of a mechanical work. That times has changed and we are nothing but a machine which work all the time to fulfill its ever emerging needs. But the idea of the human being as a machine was first conceived or at least illustrated by German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn in 1926. Fritz Kahn created Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace), a poster of the human body, which depicts the body’s complex functions, such as respiration, circulation, digestion as parts of a wider mechanical process. He ‘compartmentalized’ the body, creating different rooms, where workers carefully carried out the different works of our body.

Man As Industrial Palace

Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has created an amazing and high detailed animation of Kahn’s poster, managing to eloquently explain the separate functions of a body, in the following video and an interactive installation for the audience to explore the different cycles of this human machinery.

via Visual News

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The world is not a peaceful place

April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

As if you didn’t already know that.

Still, if you get caught up in Conflict History, a very interesting, google-maps-based website that puts all the wars known to mankind (from 4000 BC to now, sourced from Wikipedia) on the map, you can’t help but be amazed by the amount of conflict that went on at any point in time. You might know about the big ones, you know about the current ones, but, believe me, there has never been a peaceful moment on this planet.

This, for example, was the situation when I was born:conflict in 1977

And it is not getting any better (2007-2010):conflict in 2010

via forbes

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Read it elsewhere

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Quick links:

  • “If every single bee disappeared…humanity would also die out within four years” – good.is
  • An ode to Japanese creativity – Core77
  • The biggest egoists on Twitter – uproxx
  • The emotion vending machine – The Creators Project
  • When to drop Google and prefer some other search engine – Lifehacker
  • The best April Fool prank: the cartridge that turns every film camera to digital – re35 via popphoto
  • This is what the world would look like if every country’s area was proportionate to its population – I love charts

world map: countries scaled to population

Minimal disorder

April 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

I never thought that mental disorders can be depicted in a poster, but freelance designer and art director Patrick Smith (aka Graphic Patrick) with his minimalistic vector-shaped posters proved me wrong.

Patrick Smith wrote on Adapt, his personal blog “I was doing some research about mental health and I came across a list of mental disorders. I chose a few, starting with OCD, and set myself the challenge of defining each in a minimal style”.

Time to think.

OCD

anorexia nervosa

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Read it elsewhere

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some bad news, but mostly good news and a positive vibe:

  • Where do the young and educated want to live? (infograph) – GOOD.IS
  • Tragic irony: Japanese tsunami survivors sheltered in a nuclear power plant – boingboing
  • In the mean time, it’s a new, carefree dawn for the wildlife at Chernobyl (audio) – gruenrekorder via boing boing
  • TweetWhen is a web app that tells you when your tweets get the most retweets (we do on fridays around 5pm) – TweetWhen
  • Kinda creepy: Google to launch app that scans a face and then finds the person’s google profile (including their contact details) – mashable
  • Honest, down-to-earth, inspiring advice: “how to steal like an artist (9 other things that nobody told me)” – austin kleon via drawn
  • Now I feel old. An exhibition to celebrate South Park’s 15th birthday – lost at E minor

South Park Art

Angry Birds do Libya

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Disclaimer: I am annoyed by anything that becomes hugely popular and Angry Birds is no exception. However this video is good.

A mash-up of Angry Birds and the Three Little Pigs, it is the digital natives’ guide to the uprising in Maghreb, in escalating levels from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, to Egypt and to the last level in Libya. With guest starring roles by the Twitter and the American Eagle Angry Birds.

Where children’s dreams dwell

March 29, 2011 § 8 Comments

As a child, I always thought that my bedroom was a kind of paradise, my own personal kingdom and it was. But I suppose not every child felt the same.

During the five years he spent crisscrossing the world, English-born photographer James Mollison captured images of children from all around the world -from the U.S.A., Brazil, England to Senegal, Cambodia, China and so many others– and their bedrooms. In his award-winning book Where Children Sleep, he reveals the different locations, where their own personal dreams dwell.

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Read it elsewhere

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jeff Koons gets the video game treatment, Time Zones get analyzed and religion falls out of fashion:

  • Jeff Koons Must Die, the video game – Hunter Jonakin via boingboing
  • What if Angry Birds were an action movie directed by Michael Bay (video) – the curious brain
  • The fascinating and often absurd convention of Time Zones – BBC
  • Rare Beatles photos – npr
  • Since Radiohead published a newspaper (The Universal Sigh), Guardian writers are challenging them at their game, by covering Creep – Guardian
  • Are symmetrical faces more beautiful? – toxel via holykaw
  • 50% of tweets come from 0,05% of users – mashable
  • Is religion falling out of fashion? – Discovery news
  • Sex is no accident (MTV’s safe sex campaign) – buzzfeed
  • This blogger asks his favorite authors to sign their books. The twist? Instead for dedications he asks for insults – insulted by authors via flavorwire
  • Read it horizontally, read it vertically; the genius of Lewis Caroll - i love charts

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March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pure randomness today:

  • What do Liberia, Myanmar and the United States of America have in common? They are the only 3 countries in the world not to use the metric system – Gizmodo
  • Our sense of smell might be explained by quantum physics – BBC
  • The end of the telephone? – The New York Times
  • An argument against earth hour – good.is
  • 8-bit deaths (video) – Vulture
  • Google.uk’s Think Quarterly: the data issue – Think Quarterly
  • Types of typsos – Rosscott, Inc.

Types of Typos

The bad guys (in video games)

March 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Do video games create a world of fiction? A world where imaginary characters fight each other in fictional battles? Or do they reflect, to some degree, the existing relationships between countries and continents?

The following world map highlights the origin of the really bad guys that threatens us in video games over the past decade. Terrorists, guerillas, mercenaries, or just insane leaders come, most of the times, from the so-called ‘axis of evil’ nations, from corrupted governments or countries with a history of Islamic terrorism.A world map of video games villains

You can see the full map in order to understand how politics and international affairs affects the gaming industry after the jump.

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I was once blue, now I am pink

March 23, 2011 § 4 Comments

Well that was a surprise (although I should have learned by now not to be surprised by human culture). Once the default color for baby boys was pink and for baby girls blue. Pink being derived from the regal red (red for kings, pink for princes). Only after WW II were the colors reversed. Initially for reasons of political correctness, they eventually became exactly what they were before, only reversed. Because humans need these stereotypes.

Gender roles are more an issue of nurture than nature. Baby furniture, clothes and toys are the earliest tools of gender assignment society uses (together with names and various grammatical rules). In my experience, dressing a baby in gender neutral clothes creates waves of embarrassment to people who are uncertain how to address your little bundle of joy. Babies that are a few months old are subject to stereotype behavior, like “boys don’t cry”, encouraged to conform to gender norms, and punished for the opposite behavior.

And gender sometimes can be suffocating. That’s why a couple in Sweden have decided to raise their child gender-free, avoiding all language and cues that would give away its biological identity, even to the child itself. Although such an idea gives me the creeps and I do believe that gender roles should be acquired by imitation, allowing of course for all those particular manifestations that make humans so unique, it is also true that gender stereotypes can be scary.Emily and Her Pink ThingsSeowoo and Her Pink ThingsYealin Yang and Her Pink ThingsCase in point: this series of photographs by South Korean visual artist JeongMee Yoon. Fascinated by her daughter’s obsession with all things pink, she started digging deeper into the issue. The photos she takes of children with their most cherished possessions (pink for girls, blue for boys) have this intimidating quality and really underline the fact that gender is imposed by society in the cruelest ways. Consumption being the number one culprit.Jake and His Blue ThingsJimin and His Blue ThingsTerry and His Blue Things

Update: more parents choose to raise their children genderless

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Read it elsewhere

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

A bitter-sweet mix of links:

  • Too close for comfort? Portraits by Martin Schoeller – live journal
  • Love is like an app store – diesel sweeties
  • The facebook you vs the real you – comical concept
  • Civilization has something similar: a video of all the major historical events (according to Wikipedia) in 100 seconds – ragtag
  • In the same vein, an infograph of every person who has ever lived – la femme belletrist
  • Nuclear boy suffers from gas (video) – youtube
  • David Lynch’s hair compared to art masterpieces – world of wonder
  • The answer to the burning question: “what is better, a facebook like or a tweet?” – mashable
  • Meet the world’s busiest extra who’s credits include tv shows like , glee, curb your enthousiasm, arrested development, and movies like the social network, catch me if you can and spiderman (video) – vulture
  • Despite recent criticism, more designers have created art inspired but the recent disaster in Japan – design for japan tumblr
  • But none as strong as these radioactive cherry blossoms on the cover of New Yorker – kottke

Japan New Yorker cover

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