I’m the first to admit that I’m quite a big Apple nerd, but first and foremost I’m a giant design nerd. So when I saw some preview images of the new Gateway One, I was fairly surprised and impressed. Gateway is (sort of) getting the clue that what people want in a computer is something that runs well and is well designed. The Gateway One is similar in for to the Apple iMacs, where the entire computer is kept behind the screen, making things nice and tidy. The front is a glossy black and the screen looks like it’s set flush to it. The back has a nice rounded shape and shiny metallic leg that keeps it propped up. So far so good.
But then I take a look at the keyboard and the mouse, and thought wait, they didn’t get everything right. Yeah the keyboard has some fancy piece of glass on it, but the keys look really bulky and awkward, like most PC keyboards. and the mouse is nice and glossy and black, but it looks like it’s trying to be cool, not just simple. And the weirdest part to me is the gigagntic TV remote that comes with it. Apple definitely got it right when it included the tiny remote that can attach to the side of your iMac. A TV remote of that size has no place with your computer.
I think overall they did a pretty snazzy job, but I think they only thought about the computer itself while ignoring the peripherals you actually touch on a daily basis. And none of this really matters in actuality, because it runs the horrible Windows Vista. Though I think that they’ve been doing things with Linux as well, so hopefully if you buy ‘THE ONE’, you can get a half decent operating system.
This is a really weird question, but have you ever wanted to live in a website?
I can’t say that I ever have, but after seeing the new site for Checkland Kindleysides, my position has totally changed. Checkland is a graphic and environmental design company based out of Liecester, which seems to be in the middle of England, surronded by nothing but nature. Which is probably where they drew the inspiration for their site from.
Similar in feeling to the Mauricio Alejo image I posted about not too long ago, Checkland uses beautiful and elegant paper cut-outs as background imagery and ways to display their work. The minimal approach is absolutely stunning, as is their incredible body of work. Their Levi’s and Sony campaigns are definitely worth your time to check out.
Link via K10K
Currently at Dazed & Confused’s online portal, Dazed Digital, they are hosting a trio of amazing videos up called Seduced by Light, which each feature an amazing artist or collective of artists who work with light. The artists involved with the project are Jason Burges, who specializes in interactive light environments, United Visual Artists, who’ve created amazing light shows and displays for bands like Massive Attack, and David Batchelor who creates incredible lighting out of found objects.
Of the three my personal favorite is definitely the video featuring the United Visual Artists. Being able to see how they created the incredible visuals for Massive Attack’s live performances is pretty amazing. They also show their semi-permanent installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which features these giant LED pillars that sit in the courtyard.
And they have video of an incredible “mirror”, that is actually a ton of LEDs that cover a high sped camera that captures everything you do. Except that it replays your reflection almost 10 seconds later.
This is truly creative genius at work.
P.S. Dazed Digital has also decided to advertise on the blog, which is a first for me. When I created this blog about 6 months ago I decided that if I ever got to the point of advertising, I would only accept extremely worthwhile advertisers. I truly believe that this is a great project they have here, or I wouldn’t endorsing it. On that note, if anyone else would like to inquire about advertising, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks to Dazed & Confused, and everyone’s support!
Honeyee has been a favorite of mine ever since I found out that KAWS had a blog over there. I read it daily, not only for KAWS, but also the blog of Masamishi Katayama of the amazing architecture firm, Wonderwall. But Honeyee has expanded yet again, and has started to sell some pretty rad stuff through their hnyee.store .
One of the coolest things I found in there was this awesome lighter made by tab-dock for Honeyee. The description is entirely in Japanese, and my efforts to translate the text didn’t turn out very well either. But that really doesn’t matter, cuz’ it’s an absolutely beautiful. I love how the top is thinner than the rest of the body, and the giant rivets on each side of it.
Although, I don’t if something this cool is worth over $60. But if it lasted for 20 years? Sure, it’d be worth it.
This little gem of an idea has been floating around the web for a while now, but it’s such a great concept that I wanted to put my own two cents in. This is the Triops, a camera that offers a ton of possibilities, and new experiences in photo taking. For example, you can attach a lanyard to it, and fling it into the air, taking incredible aerial shots. Or you can string it up at a party and have it respond to sound or movement, getting pictures of unexpected events. Built into it are 3 fisheye lenses, which coudl also give you 360Âº panoramic images as well.
The camera was created by Franziska Faoro, a German born designer who’s traveled the world studying design. I love that she totally destroyed the common notion of what a camera is, and was able to bring it into a new realm of potential. I know that I would think of a million things to do with something like this. And there’s no doubt in my mind that I would be in the street, throwing this thing up in the air as high as I could! I’d probably end up losing it that way! It would also be cool if it was waterproof as well, so you could have amazing underwater panoramic images. So much amazing potential!
Bunch Design is currently having a logo redesign, and you can get in on it. They’re looking for you (the oh-so creative type) to interpret their simple filled-in letter B shaped logo into something new and dynamic! So far there have been a ton of great entries, which makes it pretty fun to browse through them all. What you see above is some of my favorites, which kind of fall into all sorts of different categories.
Check out their redesign site, Made in Bunch, for all the rules and regulations and how to submit your own design.
Beautiful Decay has a crazy new redesign up, which definitely bucks the current trend of simple is best. Probably inspired by the cover of their current issue, entitled ‘The Hyper Spectrum’, the site uses the brightest of colors and an intense patterned background as well. It reminds me a little of Paper Rad’s style, who most people would know from the artwork on the new M.I.A. album.
All in all though it’s a nice change of pace from a lot of other things on the web, and they still have a great daily feed of stuff to check out, and probably the best online t-shirt shop around.
Starting this coming Friday, September 28th, Coudal Partners will be proudly presenting the return of Layer Tennis! For those who aren’t sure, Layer Tennis is similar to tennis, but instead of rackets and balls you get Photoshop, Flash and any other creative medium of your choice. Given 15 minutes to complete a “volley”, you add to, twist, warp, and completely change an image in any way you want. That image is then passed to the other player who does the very same, but tries to one up you as well. Each round lasts for ten volleys, and when it’s all done, the site visitors get to vote on who won.
I’m really excited for this to start up again, these can be so much fun. I’m most looking forward to the third week of competitions, which take place on October 12th. The match features Chuck Anderson of No Pattem versus Steven Harrington, with commentary by the great Jason Kottke. This should be really interesting because of how different their respective styles are. Chuck Anderson is all about the multi-colored gradients and light trails, while Steven Harrington likes line drawings and half-tones.
I’m really biting my tongue a lot on this match-up, so I’m just going to say that I hope that Steven Harrington knocks the lens flares outta’ Chuck Anderson. But I’m also really hoping that they create something really bad ass together.