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Old Phone Booths

Old Phone Booths Converted Into Goldfish Aquariums.

These days telephone booths are pretty much obsolete. Instead of letting them slowly decay on the city sidewalks, an artist collaborative called Kingyobu in Osaka is converting them into giant goldfish aquariums. The shimmery orange fish is somewhat of a good luck charm in Japan, so visitors crowd around the awesome tanks and get their luck and happiness fill.

HT @architizer

Culture Jammer

Culture jammer rebranding London’s new bikes with some thought provoking messages about the sponsor. One of the user comments caught our attention:

“I’d like to know where they got their info from (I like quoted sources) but I generally approve of ‘this kind of thing’.

Props from @GuerrillaGardening

Research Labs

Flying to London tonight to kick start a new design lab project.

OFFF Paris 2010

Rather nice titles for the OFFF conference. An underwater deep sea world, full of these beautiful aquatic creatures and ionosphere sounds give it a really dreamy feeling.

Fail sooner

Earn a reputation for taking an idiosyncratic approach to client needs.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett wins.

We revel in the challenge of fundamentally reassessing painful user experiences whose design, in the words of our design director, “had been bad so long your clients don’t even really think about them *until* the customer’s are leaving in droves “. It’s about prototyping methods that are equally unorthodox. “Fail early and often to succeed sooner”. Think of it as a fertilizer for future success.

20:50 at the Saatchi Gallery


Slick oil: Richard Wilson’s 20:50 at the Saatchi Gallery. A walkway invites visitors directly through the tank, so that they are surrounded by the reflective plane of oil. It’s an amazing spectacle.

Join the entrepreneur movement

These people are asking you to join the entrepreneur movement. Familiar and reassuring motion graphics storytelling. ‘Excite, educate and inspire’ nicely packaged. The target audience is broad and wide ranging.

Boom! Boom! cards

In case you are unfamiliar with them, Boom Boom! Cards are an intentional act of kindness kit where all you have to do is be kind, track it on line. If you have ever thought, “Gee, I sure would like to help change the world” this kit is for you!

There are 26 cards in a kit, each one is an invitation to join the Boom Boom! Revolution, a small but growing army of people who are sure that we can re-vision the world we know and create the world we want through simple actions that allow us to reach out and exercise the innate altruism that lives in all of us. It’s an experiment, really. It’s never been done before.

Invisible Frontier

Exploring defy defying acts of daring. This shot is apparently taken on the roof of the Pan AM building, which is now MetLife. Remarkable stunt. Invisible Frontier indeed.

Peaceful Whaling Statement

A fountain releases red colored water at a park in Shanghai, China, in April 2008. The water was colored by environmental activists to raise awareness of the worldwide slaughter of whales.

Off Piste

Dreaming about this scene (from a wet London). Enjoying the big landscape action on DVD. It’s a Transworld snowboarding classic, TB9 (Amazon: Totally Board Nine) (2001). Every daring act starts with inspiration.

Thriving on creative risk

Risk Management

Risk Management

A daring act starts with acknowledging risk, accepting the odds and managing a margin of error. Steve McQueen offers a unique trait to daring, namely how one noble decision to act can spur everyone else to follow his lead.

Nikon D3S 720p

Beautiful little movie from Nikon on-location in Finland filming bears. The low light capabilities are stunning. Still no 1080 video.

Lapse in Time

Short quote from the show “In an increasingly global production scenario, speed and acceleration are synonymous with “added value”. Eager to maximize cost-effectiveness, mainstream production is reduced to churning out irrelevant variations on existing models, old ideas with a revamped look.”

YDN Design Guide travels to Lisbon, Portugal for the Experimenta Design Festival 2009. Our first visit there is the Lapse in Time Show curated by Hans Maier-Aichen. Lapse in time highlights several young designers who have chosen to explore something new, on the crossroads of design, thought, science, environmental concerns and cultural exchange.