Wisdom

Ugly boots

What happened to the unfashionable brand they dimly call ugly-boots?

Lifestyle branding with a certain style and grace.

For somebody very disconnected with the product I’m not exactly the target audience for this campaign. But let us be honest, this is amazing work. Stunning and very classy:

I’m guessing it all hints at the brand suggesting that it’s in touch with peace with nature, sympathetic living and a life rooted by the goodness of the outdoors!

Steve Mcqueen Bonneville

1962 Triumph Bonneville.

Triumph makes some excellent machines, but tribute bikes like this are a marketing gimmick. Flat paint is the flavor of the month and exploiting McQueen’s excellent name to sell bikes is pretty lame.

HT @Motorcycle

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Focus on the consequences rather than the fantasy in this Icelandic Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano. Enjoying the highly volatile and unpredictable status of nature.

HT @dailygalaxy

Roberto Cavalli

The blacks and yellow/oranges are glorious in this campaign, but fire is a worrisome symbol. Therefore not sure.

Roberto Cavalli is celebrating 40 years of his brand (and animal print domination) therefor Mert and Marcus who delivered some pretty stunning photography for Cavalli’s Anniversary book also photographed one of the last standing supermodels daring us with her environmentalist status: Gisele Bundchen on fighting wildfires!

HT @designscene.net

Deluge in Norway

300,000 Norwegians move house every year. If the pattern made by this process could be compressed into one short animation, what would would it look like? What could you learn about your country from such an animation, if anything?

Deluge is a C++ application designed to answer these questions. The underlying data was generated by cross referencing Norwegian tax records from 2006 and 2007 to find changes in postal codes.

HT @Even Westvang via @Notcot

GE Data Viz

Lovely and simple.

Over the past few weeks, Fanthom have being building two interactive installation pieces for the lobby of GE’s headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut. The pieces are part of the GE Works campaign, which describes and organizes the company’s work with four verbs: Powering, Curing, Building, and Moving. Fathom’s job was to show how data can illustrate these first two activities.

Petra, Jordan

Amazing view of the Jordanian ancient city of Petra, Jordan with fresh snow

Amazing view of the Jordanian ancient city of Petra, Jordan with fresh snow.

UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage“. Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of “the 40 places you have to add to your all time must-see bucket list”

In October, 1917, T.E Lawrence, as part of a general effort to divert Turkish military resources away from the British invasion of North Africa, led a small force of Syrians and Arabians in defending Petra against a much larger combined force of Turks and Germans.

Lake District

In dramatic fashion the light shines down on Derwentwater, Cumbria

Maps of the Lake District are dotted with terms bestowed by the area’s tenth century A.D. Norse settlers. Thus the district’s famed lakes are often called “tarns,” streams become “becks,” valleys are dubbed “dales,” and clearings are known as “thwaites.”

Cake

cake

“Hmm, that slice was 12%. Teaching percentages is a delicious game”

Data Buzz

See something or say something: New York

Red dots are locations of Flickr pictures. Blue dots are locations of Twitter tweets. White dots are locations that have been posted to both.

HT @ericfischer

Little Black Dress

wow

The little black dress has been a staple in women’s wardrobes for decades, beginning in 1926 when designer Coco Chanel introduced a short, simple black dress to readers of Vogue Magazine.

Fast forward to 1961: That’s when actress Audrey Hepburn took the little black dress to new heights when her Holly Golightly character wore a sexy little black sheath in the hit movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The little black dress has become such a fashion icon that it’s now referred to simply as the ‘LBD’.

When to Build

We shape our tools and our tools shape us.

As more of the tools we live with every day become digital instead of physical, our opportunity – and responsibility – as designers is multiplying. We live in a world of screens, and we are the ones who decide what goes on them. We are in a unique position to have an impact – one that lasts longer than the next redesign or the latest technology. What happens when we stop thinking of ourselves not just as developers or experience designers, and take up the mantle as a new generation of product designers for a digital world?

HT @Wilson Miner

Tadao Ando

Many of the works of Tadao Ando base their richness in the relationship of the building with light and nature. In that sense, the Church on the Water, designed in 1985 and built in 1988, is one of its most celebrated achievements, in which nature has been involved in the design of the building.

Ando manages to create a microcosm that combines simply but brilliantly concepts on the profane and the sacred, the artificial and the natural, the enclosed and the exposed, the emptiness and the infinity.

Hokkaido near Tomamu, Japan
HT @archdaily