Nature used to be an unpredictable place of mystery. Fascinated with nature’s untamed wildness, artists created animal and floral patterns as a celebration of this phenomenon of the physical world. Today this wilderness has disappeared and nature has lost its unique position.
As we are surrounded by logos, we are systematically invited, encouraged and directed in what we do. Brands want to be personal and engage in a relationship with you. They want to become a central part of your life. But there is no dialogue, only targeted one-way communication. The symbols are constantly in your field of vision but they are still not part of the public domain. Ownership is of the corporations and the destiny of the logos is in their hands.In the Animal Sweater pattern, designed by the Swedish artist Karl Grandin, the animal shaped logos are set free. Emphasizing the beauty of the stylized animals and their collective kinship, rather than each mark’s individual commercial value, the pattern suggests a new way to experience the commercial imagery.
This is the first viral internet movie I’ve seen that’s actually aware of being a viral. I just can’t wait until this happens for real -including the car stunts- when will virals escape the virtual and actually happen in real life? O wait…I think I have a boomeranged metaphor here.
I found this ad very ironic; after killing the giant panda (by turning it into a logo) WWF is complaining that the Chinese are killing the living version of it. I wonder if they would change the logo when the real animals become extinct or if it would only make the logo stronger.
Peculiar image of the week.
Nice one. I wonder if that wicked spider crane really exists.
© Thomas Mangold
The Maldives, a chain of islands off the coast of India is taking the possibility of disappearance into account. This little piece of paradise is so low above sea level that it might be flooded due to the effects of climate change. That’s why the Maldive government is looking for new land to start a new country. I would suggest the moon, Antarctica or Greenland. Or maybe the Dutch can help? I kinda like that OSX screensaver… Via treehugger (what’s in a name) »
Since we don’t need to be able to move our heads anymore these days we might as well use the unused space between our head and our shoulders. That’s what designer Francesca Lanzavecchia thought (or she broke her neck recently) and came up with these wonderful solutions to the problem. Order them here
Tech company Fuijtsu released a new way to look around you while driving a car. Following the old fashioned neck turning and mirroring this tech has cameras around the vehicle to create a game-like live video of you driving the car. Makes me think of that outer-body experience I have from time to time. I wonder what this technology will do to car design since you don’t longer need the whole glass thing. Read more »
Face swapping software finds faces in a photograph and swaps the features in the target face from a library of faces. This can be used to “de-identify” faces that appear in public, such as the faces of people caught by the cameras of Google Street View. So instead of simply blurring the face, the software can substitute random features taken from say Flickr’s pool of faces. A mouth here, an eye there.
Peculiar image of the week (can I, Koert?)
Some months ago Iran did a test to show off their missile power which turned out to be quite embarrassing because one out of three did not work. Fortunately, they had a good copy of Photoshop laying around in their evil headquarters to replace the failing missile with a working one.
Unfortunately.. someone found out and the whole thing fell apart, making Iran look like an amateur. But..of course it could just as easy be the other way around, taking the working missile out and replacing it with the missile before the launch. What is truth in post-psd era?