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.
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!
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.
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.
November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
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
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
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
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.
photo credit: yonge street media
May 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
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
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.
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
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.
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.
See more posters after the jump
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.
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.
See more photos after the jump
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.
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.
You can see the full map in order to understand how politics and international affairs affects the gaming industry after the jump.