Archive for January, 2010

A Cool Typography Film About Our 5 Senses

January 6, 2010

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

Check out this cool typography film created by BYU design students and faculty, for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. It’s a visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity.

Coolest part? There are no CG effects.

I love it when words comes alive!

Via Scene 360

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Fruit Juice Packaging by Naoto Fukasawa

January 6, 2010

Fruit Juice Packaging by Naoto Fukasawa

Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a series of creative fruit juice packages that have the look and feel of the fruit they contain.

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“I imagined that if the surface of the package imitated the colour and texture of the fruit skin, then the object would reproduce the feeling of the real skin.”

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Alongside banana, strawberry and kiwi fruit  “juice skins” Naoto Fukasawa also offers a wild card “silken tofu skin” for a carton of soya milk. [via 1, 2]

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via Toxel March 29th, 2009 | Inspiration |

MeatCards: Print Your Business Cards On Beef Jerky With A Frickin’ Laser Beam

January 6, 2010

I’ve made no secret about my disdain for business cards. In an age where we can swap photographs and movies in a matter of seconds wirelessly, why are we still fumbling with clumsy pieces of paper that are both easy to lose and environmentally unfriendly? Today, it looks like I might be eating my words (or, as the case may be, yours).

Enter MeatCards. Two weeks ago a number of blogs caught wind of this bizarre and potentially amazing creation, bringing meat and lasers together to create the most protein-rich business cards ever. Some thought it was a hoax. But it’s very real.

I reached out to the guys behind MeatCards, and as luck would have it they were preparing for their first run of prototype cards (styled after the design from American Psycho, of course). So I sent in my information, and they printed out the prototype seen above. In the interest of preserving a shred of privacy, I’m blurred out a few digits from my phone number, Email, and our mailing address. But most of the text, like my name and the TechCrunch information in the upper right hand corner, hasn’t been touched. Obviously the laser etching isn’t quite perfect, but it mostly gets the job done. More samples below.

I haven’t receieved my MeatCards yet, and thus have been unable to taste the goods for myself. But I have been assured that they should in theory be edible, albeit with a strange laser-burnt aftertaste. That said, the guys behind MeatCards seem to be interested in finding a way to mark the cards with “Do Not Eat” to make it clear that they don’t want you to eat them – it just opens them up to too many possible legal problems and regulations. But they can’t stop you from doing it.

So when can you order one for yourself? The product is still in the testing stages, but according to its homepage they should be going on sale some time soon. Make sure to check out this awesome Flickr set to see how it’s done.

And for a more conventional business card, check out the cards Google is currently giving away.

by Jason Kincaid on May 6, 2009

Via techcrunch

scoreLight turns shapes into sound

January 6, 2010

scoreLight turns shapes into sound 08 Dec 2009 “scoreLight” is a laser-based musical device that generates real-time sound based on the shape of drawings or objects. + scoreLight (ver.1)

Relying on 3D tracking technology developed at the Ishikawa-Komuro Laboratory in 2003, scoreLight uses lasers to trace the outline of a drawing or object. As the laser dances along the contours, scoreLight produces and modulates sound according to the curvature, angle, texture, color, and contrast. An abrupt change in the direction of a line generates a discrete sound (a glitch or percussion sound), resulting in a steady rhythm when the laser follows a looped path (the size and shape of the looped path determines the tempo and structure of the beat). The device creates a layered tapestry of sound when multiple laser points explore different parts of a drawing.

Here is some video of scoreLight making music from a sketch of a brain:

+ NOU-ISE scoreLight’s developers include Alvaro Cassinelli (concept, hardware and software), Kuribara Yusaku (software), Daito Manabe (sound concept and programming) and Alexis Zerroug (electronics). See Cassinelli’s YouTube channel for more videos.

Via pinktentacle

[Link: scoreLight]