Your Options According to Yoda.
Your Options According to Yoda.
Video for Spark Camera by IDEO. Intriguing. I need to learn more about this!
The Art of Data Visualization via Off Book / PBS Digital Studios
Big data might be a big bore to some. But this wonderful video shows how the power of design can turn data into something compelling and extraordinary.
Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.
3-D Printed Cast Concept Eliminates Itchy, Scratchy Skin
I would add a customizable sleeve you could put over in case you need to hide the effects of the injury (like bruising, etc) or if you want to be able to have people sign it.
One of the worst aspects of fracturing a bone, other than the excruciating pain and subsequent hospital bill, is the itchy, smelly, plaster cast. Sure, all your friends get to write hilarious things on it, but you end up being the kid in the shallow end of the pool with their arm stuck inside a giant trash bag. Definitely not cool. What if a cast could be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing? Jake Evill, a graduate from the Architecture and Design school at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has been exploring such a concept and he calls it Cortex.
Found this unique project on The Creator’s Project.
What happens when you cross knitting with neuroscience? Artist-duo Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva, together with MTG researcher Sebastian Mealla, managed to somehow combine this unlikely pairing in their latest projectNeuroKnitting. NeuroKnittingplots brainwave activity into a knitted pattern, meaning you can create a nice scarf just by thinking.
It works by measuring and scanning three main features: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. Using an EEG headset, the wearer is asked to sit and listen to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” The resulting brain activity is then transferred into a knitting pattern with every stitch corresponding to a unique brain state.
Amazingly Designed Prosthetics by Bespoke Innovations
The firm takes a customized approach to address the unique physical and emotional requirements of their customers.
From the company website:
Each of our bodies is unique, as are our tastes and styles. Humans are anything but one-size-fits all, and we want to recognize that fact. We achieve this by creating products that allow our clients to personalize their prosthetic legs. Our hope is to enable our clients to emotionally connect with their prosthetic limbs, and wear them confidently as a form of personal expression.
Our products turn something ordinary into something amazing.
I think that last line is a bit of an understatement!
You can watch an interview with Co-Founder Scott Summit on YouTube.
Coca-Cola’s Ice Bottle
Discovered this interesting bottle innovation via Mashable. It’s certainly a creative idea with obvious limitations. But, it could be a fun and refreshing way to enjoy a Coke on-premise or at events, resorts, etc — all while avoiding packaging waste. Coke seems to be rolling out a bunch of interesting packaging concepts at the moment. If you didn’t catch it before, here’s their split-can concept.
Found this cool building and apparatus on enpundit. Evidently, when rain falls and travels through the pipes, it creates music.
So, I tried to find a video of it in action and was a bit disappointed. It doesn’t seem to create music per se, but a more percussive arrangement as the water hits and falls through/against the metal pipes. Check out the video here.
Great Design Thinking: The Tea Egg
Clever design combines a tea infuser with ability to stir. Learn more at Normann-Copenhagen:
Tea Egg is a functional tea infuser made of silicone and designed by the Danish company Made by Makers. Tea Egg is quick to brew a warm cup of tea for those everyday cozy moments.
With its simple design the tea infuser is easy to clean by means of its two, dishwasher-friendly parts.
This is the best thing I read all week. Great advice to apply to design, creativity and innovation.
Designer Frank Chimero’s advice via 99u:
- If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful.
- Take things away until you cry.
- Change contexts when you’re stuck. Draw wrong-handed and upside down and backwards. Find a good seat outside.
- If you meet a person who cares about the same obscure things you do, hold on to them for dear life.
- Start brave and brash: you can always make things more conservative, but it’s hard to make things more radical.
- Everything is interesting to someone. That thing that you think is bad is probably just not for you.
- Be suspicious of lists, advice, and lists of advice.
And perhaps the best of them all:
- Stop trying to be cool: it is stifling.