The colors of your favourite books

May 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

A book: a world full of images, flavors and …colors. Can you really imagine the colors of your favorite novels? Jaz Parkinson has created color charts for different classic works of literature to visually represent the novels’ colorful worlds, building mini rainbows that correspond to the most prominent colors of each work.

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Painting the sky

April 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

In the urban landscape we only get small glimpses of the sky; at least from the street level view-point of our every day comings and goings. Yes, one could see a fair share of sky from a high building, but it always the urban skyline that dominates the experience, not the vast horizons of the countryside.

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Basically, the sky is absent from the urban landscape.

This is why sky-artist Thomas Lamadieu fills in the small sky-gaps with his strange creatures.

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How (many pixels) far is it to Mars?

April 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

If the Earth were 100 pixels wide, the Moon would be 3000 pixels away. Mars, at its closest, would be 428,000 pixels away. At the current state of space technology, it will take around 150 days to get to Mars.


Distance to Mars website, created by David Paliwoda & Jesse Williams, calculates the earth’s distance to Mars in a super cool way, in pixels.


Better to watch it on Chrome.

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Form follows function, indeed

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apart from being my motto in design, form follows function is the coolest website I’ve seen in a long, long time. And a great example of a truly engaging experience online.


Jongmin Kim creates small interaction experiments, where the user controls what’s going on on the screen.


We are talking about colorful, fun and, sometimes, unpredictable experiences.



What’s even better is that you can download some of the experiments to use as a screensaver (both for mac and pc).



All of the experiments are built in HTML5. And for those of you who don’t talk web, this means that the website works perfectly on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.


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The Chinese Room

April 3, 2013 § 2 Comments

Well this thought experiment is very close to my heart.

Do you believe that Artificial Intelligence is possible? I mean not now, but theoretically in the future? Do you think that we can build a machine so intelligent that it can be considered to think as a human? I do. But John Searle does not. And here is why – and it’s only 60 sec long:

from the Open University

A poem for April

April 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

I imagine my love
breathing with the lungs of all things
and it reaches me
as poetry
of roses or dust

speaks softly to everything
and whispers its news to the universe
the way the wind and sun do
when they split nature’s breast
or pour the ink of day
on the earth’s book

Adonis from Beginnings of the Body, Ends of the Sea (translated by Khaled Mattawa)

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.


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.

via Inhabitat

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