Gold, silver or platinum credit cards? In the end it’s all plastic!
Gold, silver or platinum credit cards? In the end it’s all plastic!
A four-strong team of young women from Germany launch a shopping revolution: with their crowdfunded supermarket Original Unverpackt they’re going to ban disposable packages. The shop will open its doors in late summer in Berlin Kreuzberg.
Inspired by the fact that nowadays people know more brands and logos than names of animals, Dutch artist Gurt Swanenberg created a series of paintings, called Cryptozoology.
These corporate “species” refer to the influence of global branding, highlighting the loss of biodiversity across the planet.
Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski portraits today’s social and cultural reality through sharp art drawings.
At a glance, his illustrations might appear funny, but if you take a closer look you will see some of the contradictions of today’s world.
Sexy girls and organ meat was never a good combination to me, but the people from Black Milk Clothing that created this swimsuit seem to think it makes a pretty nice product. Am I too post-human already to understand, or is it just my anthropomorphobia that plagues me?
Where is the nearest McDonald’s? Here is how the United Kingdom looks like when you try to find a fast food, using the McDonald’s App. A clear view of the endless expansion of McDonald’s restaurants.
59 years after the first opening, there are more than 34.000 big yellow M in the world, and McDonald’s advance goes on. Recently new locations have been inaugurated new locations in Bosnia, Armenia and Trinidad.
Related post: The McWorld Map
What if, in a few years, robots would like to look stylish? Speculating about the tastes and wishes of intelligent humanoid robots, Bulgarian artist Simeon Georgiev designed the sneakers of the future.
The popular Nike Air Max have been re-imagined with strong lines and softened edges for a futuristic look, still keeping their distinctive aspect.
The result is a complete incorporation from the sole of the shoes to the legs of the robot. Will these sneakers put robots in humans shoes?
Inspired by the videogame Ages of Empires, this old-timey map illustrates the most visited websites in each country, with the size of nations altered to reflect the number of Internet users there.
The image above depicts two seemingly Indian men sitting in front of what looks like an improvised temple or shrine for the hindu goddess Saraswati. What makes the image curious, is that the façade of the temple is constructed from a large-scale print of a Facebook Wall, dedicated to the deity. Do we have a Boomeranged Metaphor here or is it time to coin a new term: the Reincarnated Interface?
About $420,000, if you ask Canada. According to a report commissioned by the Canadian government, its citizens would be willing to pay $6.3 billion dollars per year to ensure that the white creatures continue to wander their vast arctic home. That’s about $500 per household, and with around 15,000 polar bears in Canada today, it equates to about $420,000 per bear. Look at the numbers a little closer, though, and you may notice that the direct benefits associated with the bears (mostly tourism and hunting) add up to a statistically insignificant $9 million per year, meaning that nearly all of the value of polar bears (at least to Canada) is qualitative, or something along the lines of “we just like them.” But why?
Stockholm’s walls were decorated with irreverent graffiti showing the dark side of Disney’s most popular characters. The author is a mysterious street artist who calls himself Herr Nilsson.
Could this be my external hard disk? By combining smoke, moisture and dramatic lighting, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde created this cloud, an extremely temporary work.
While this storefront in Northern Ireland looks like it’s a merry place full of meat, it’s actually full of lies. In anticipation of the G8 conference in June, empty shops and abandoned buildings around the country were plastered in cheery faux-stores and images of local landmarks. The country’s leaders spent two million pounds to cover up signs of a crumbling economy. Presumably, their hope was that the G8 attendees, zooming past in their limos, wouldn’t see that the stores were as flat as the employment rate.
Via Atlantic Cities.
Interest in the digital cryto-currency bitcoin has peaked over the past months, not least because of its quick rise in value to 266 USD approaching April 10th, and subsequent drop to 105 USD in the 24 hours following. Whether or not the rise of bitcoin is a good thing, the world has nonetheless shown a variety of responses as it adapts to this still-maturing currency.
The internet like a black hole that sucks up everything and metamorphoses landscapes, animals, and memories into pixels. Google recently created a map and street view of a small city in Japan, Namie, which is in the nuclear exclusion zone from the 2011 Tohuko Earthquake. Everyone, including the earthquake victims, can now travel to Namie, which remains only as a memory in the digital cloud. What determines our image of “nature” is not only National Geographic and BBC documentaries, but also Google street view.
For a fresh perspective on modern branding and honesty, and as a parallel to Next Nature’s own vision of the honest egg, have a look at the work of Viktor Hertz. A designer from Uppsala in Sweden, Hertz decided to follow the idea of brand honesty to its logical conclusion by visualizing a complete range of outcomes.
Companies routinely spend thousands to hundreds of thousands on logos and branding aimed at putting a positive gloss over their products. What if the downsides couldn’t be hidden in the small print or conveniently omitted, and had to be up front in the branding? Viktor calls his set “Honest Logos”.
The full set of designs after the jump…
In more next natural news from Hurricane Sandy, Anheuser-Busch, parent company of the American beer brand Budweiser, has been canning water for victims of the disaster. The company temporarily converted one of its manufacturing facilities from churning out bland beer to life-giving water.
The result is uncanny: A beer can with the familiar eagle logo of Budweiser, now filled with essential, non-alcoholic water. In a world where corporations often have more power than governments, it is not surprising that in times of crisis they respond faster than “official” organizations, and are better equipped to do so. See also ColaLife.
Augmented Reality is supposed to be just over the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” of Gartner’s hype cycle. This video, however, is vaulting the technology directly onto the “Plateau of Productivity”. Image consumption in the overdrive.