• Chi possiede Kinect sa che il suo funzionamento dipende in gran parte dalla posizione che si assume davanti al suo sensore: occorre mantenere una certa distanza, rimanere in un certo modo nel suo quadro visivo e soprattutto è necessario essere in piedi, in modo che il corpo venga rilevato per intero.

    Ebbene secondo qualcuno quest'ultimo punto potrebbe risultare scomodo: in fondo l'esperienza del gaming è spesso qualcosa che si realizza da seduti; dunque, anche sulla scia dell'idea di Kinect per pc desktop (e portatili), tale Steve ha provato ad elaborare il suo sistema per l'utilizzo di Kinect comodamente dal divano di casa, bypassando il riconoscimento di Microsoft Skeleton e utilizzando dei classificatori di Haar.

    Il risultato pare riuscito: Kinect riconosce i gesti di Steve quando è seduto sul suo divano e, in più, riesce a funzionare anche con un sistema di riconoscimento vocale sempre implementato da Steve. Il connubio del futuro per quanto riguarda l'interfaccia tra i dispositivi elettronici e l'utente: gestualità e voce, senza più alcun contatto, senza strumenti come il telecomando, senza tasti. Solo il nostro corpo e gli schermi.

    Se il progetto di Steve vi incuriosisce, a questo link trovate tutte le informazioni del caso.

    Via | Hackaday

  • Crystallized skulls, watercolor maps and Woody Allen's art references in our look at the web this week lab-032312-1.jpg
    1. Acid Drops

    The short film from animator Matt Box combines art and skateboarding with tricks from pro skater Dylan Rieder. The name refers both to both the film's trippy styling and the introductory skate trick.

    2. Skullethyst

    This supremely mesmerizing skull is carved from a well-marbled amethyst to intricate detail. Viewed from above, the cavity is exposed to reveal the jagged quartz interior.

    3. Cast of Vices Collection No. 5

    With tote bags inspired by Chinese take-out and bracelets that nod to hospital bands, the latest collection from Cast of Vices finds the fashion in everyday items.

    4. SxSW: Music Meets Tech

    The famous 48 hours in Austin that bridge the end of SxSW Interactive and the beginning of SxSW Music have spawned huge developments for crossover companies in the respective industries. An article out of Time humorously imagines the two conferences meeting in a run-of-the-mill rom-com: "She, a waifish mashup DJ from Williamsburg, is walking south on Congress Avenue while he, a penny-loafered angel investor from Mountain View, is walking north."

    5. Watercolor Maps

    Apparently Google Maps doesn't quite cut the mustard for the folks at Stamen. The decade-old cartographic company has replaced the sterile digital look with a pleasant watercolor map, which retains the zoom functionality.

    6. Garagisme

    Parisian art director Gilles Uzan debuts his new magazine, Garagisme, dedicated to the social life of automobiles. Ignoring performance specs and test drives, Uzan instead focuses on the car's role in gender constructions, fantasies and alternative lifestyles.

    7. Margaret Howell and Yoshida & Co. Backpack

    This minimalist backpack comes out of a collaboration between British designer Margaret Howell and Japanese boutique Yoshida & Co. Ideal for April showers, the canvas bag is water repellant with a practical drawstring opening.

    8. Subaru EyeSight™ Camera

    Debuting next month at the New York International Auto Show, Subaru ups the ante when it comes to in-car video imaging capabilities with new stereo 3D technology in the company's EyeSight™ camera. The system, which uses algorithms to stream video from two back-mounted cameras, also provides pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure and sway warning and adaptive cruise control.

    9. Old School Party Flyers

    We were delighted to find this collection of charming disco and early hiphop flyers from the 1970s and '80s. Spread amongst the NYC train system, the flyers were mostly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, two active artists who utilized rub-on letters, wax machines, X-Acto knives and graph paper to hand-make their designs.

    10. Grand Central's Centennial Logo

    With the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station a year away, Pentagram has designed a new logo for the station based on the iconic clock that sits atop the information center. The time on the Tiffany clock reads 19:13, the year that the station first opened, and the logo will be used in advertisements to spread the word leading up to the 2013 celebrations.

    11. Fab Cafe

    Bringing architects, fashion designers and java heads together, a newly opened boutique cafe in Tokyo offers a rentable laser cutter alongside specialty coffee. Fab Cafe's machine reads 2D drawings and laser etches lines into a designated material, and rents by the hour while you caffeinate.

    12. Mr. Bingo

    Tweeted from contemporary graphic art fair Pick Me Up, we get a shot of Mr. Bingo penning hate mail for fair goers. The event runs through 1 April 2012 at the Somerset House in London.

    13. Proper Attire Condoms

    Dress for your date with an Isaac Mizrahi-designed condom from Basic. The designer packaging uses a classic pink and white gingham along with the tagline "Proper Attire: Required for entry".

    14. The Complete History of Art References in Woody Allen Films

    The hyper-referential style of Woody Allen's films relies cultural influences to weave relevant stories. This comprehensive collection of art references draws stills from every moment of art on screen in Allen's prolific career.

    15. Edit.app

    New to the iTunes store is Edit.app, a free visual news reader for iPhone that clips images and video from the user's Google Reader account. Imagined as a "visual magazine", interesting bits can be saved for reading later or reposted to the user's blog.

    16. Slideluck Bikeshow

    Occupying NYC's Harlem and the Upper West Side, the Slideluck Bikeshow is a celebration of art, food, community and cycling. The event kicks off on Saturday, 19 May at Hosteling International's flagship location.

  • Support a Kickstarter project bringing remote 360° panning and tilting to iOS devices Galileo4.jpg

    From Josh Guyot—Motrr co-founder and designer of Snow Peak's SnowMiner headlamp—comes Galileo, a 360° degree panning and tilting mechanism for iOS devices. With multiple potential applications, Galileo-mounted devices can be controlled remotely by swiping the screen of a secondary device to pan and tilt. The spherical platform allows for infinite movement and any number of viewing angles. Guyot and partner JoeBen Bevirt also created Joby and the Gorillapod line of malleable tripods, proving their talent for ingenious tech accessories.

    While the most obvious application is for video conferencing, Bevirt and Guyot see Galileo as a useful tool for baby monitoring, time lapse photography, iPhone movie making and virtual home tours. Conscious that the device may find other applications later on, Galileo comes with an SDK kit for app developers as well as a mounting screw for tripods and other camera equipment. Also acting as a charging station, Galileo comes with a rechargeable battery of its own for use in any situation.

    Visit Galileo's Kickstarter page to pledge your support and make the project happen, and watch this video to find out more.

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  • The most influential concepts in the history of the industry

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    In the new chronologically ordered book "100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design", Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne explore the most important moments in an industry they themselves helped to define. Part of publisher Laurence King's popular "100 Ideas" series, the combination of symbols, techniques, archetypes, tropes and trends represents some of the major creative explosions that continue to inspire an array of visual mediums today. The scope is broad but intelligently refined, connecting all aspects of graphic design, from the age-old technique of text ornamentation to the relatively nascent appearance of pixelated images and digital type.


    Heller, winner of the prestigious AIGA medal and former New York Times art director for 33 years, continues to write the "Visuals" column for the paper's Book Review, as well as The Daily Heller for Imprint magazine. Vienne also comes from an art direction background and has published a number of books on the subject of graphic design. They draw enlightening and occasionally surprising connections, their observations identifying hidden meanings that inform images, such as the sun ray-inspired Mickey Mouse graphic created for his 80th birthday, which is actually a riff on Maoist propaganda posters.


    Analyzing the use of the human body in design, the book regards the pointed finger, the clenched fist and the provocative pose as the most iconic corporeal representations from the past century. While corporate and political influences remain the most common originators of new ideas in design, there are a fair amount of underground sources that influenced the field, such as the cut-out ransom note, which was first discovered by a careless printing staff in the 19th century.


    Also accounted for are specific design topics like asymmetry, color blocks and the graphic artist's never-ending battle with forming the perfectly proportioned rectangle. The duo tackle each idea by breaking down not only how it influences visual communication, but also how it came about, whether through advances in technology or new layout restrictions.


    A complete overview of the field, the book's clean layout—including a cover designed by Pentagram's Angus Hyland—and wealth of historical context lend insight that is as interesting for designers as it is for any art enthusiast.

    Pick up the book from Laurence King or Amazon, and see more images from within its pages in the slideshow below.

  • Our interview with Paul Budnitz on the release of his third model BB-no3-headbadge.jpg  

    Just eight months after the debut of his eponymous bicycle line, Paul Budnitz has once again put his legendary design abilities to good use with the release of Budnitz Bicycles' third model. Sporting massive 29-inch wheels, a silent Gates carbon belt drivetrain and the trademarked cantilever frame engineered to absorb road shock and improve handling, No. 3 is your dream city cruiser.

    Sharing the same stunning silhouette and clean lines as its titanium predecessors, No. 3 takes a welcomed step towards accessibility with a lower price tag and a more badass vibe (though No. 1 and No. 2 still command waiting-list status at prices climbing over $5,000). We recently caught up with the former Kidrobot founder to talk about his latest designs, the transition from titanium to stainless and to learn just what it is about Budnitz Bicycles that keeps them in such high demand.

    After launching your first two bikes, what's the most valuable thing you've learned and how did you apply it to the new No.3?

    When I set out to design the new model No.3 as the ultimate urban bicycle, I had to think differently from what I'd already done with the earlier models. I asked myself, what will the new bikes have that the others don't? What would make me want to own all of my bikes?

    If you look at our bicycle models as a whole, you'll see there's very little overlap. The idea is that there's a reason to own each of our bikes, and we have several customers that have one of each, in the same way I have an iPhone, iPad, Powerbook, they each serve specific functions. Steve Jobs continues to be a role model for me.

    When we last spoke you mentioned the first two bikes were inspired by Aston Martins and Maseratis, how would you describe No. 3?

    When I was drawing up the jet-black model No. 3 I had a picture of a vintage Rudge motorcycle on my wall. The Rudge is a pre-war British big-engine motorcycle that only came in one color—gloss black—with few logos and precise detailing. There's a whole Rudge culture. Riders were encouraged to take a lot of breaks, to stop every hour or so and look at the landscape and have a smoke. I just love that.

    You see the visual influence in No. 3's jet-black frame and titanium badges. The "ride slow on a fast bike" concept is built into our company philosophy, too.

    We've also got a new bicycle coming soon, the more minimal No. 4 was actually inspired by an oversized BMX bike that I saw my friend and collaborator Chad Phillips riding around a few years ago. It had smaller (but not too small) wheels and was just the perfect size for city living. You can ride No. 4 right into an elevator, or put it into a trunk of a cab or store it easily in a small apartment. But it's not a tiny awkward folding bicycle, it has fat tires and a full-sized cockpit. It flies. Someone saw me riding the prototype around Brooklyn a few months ago and called No. 4 a Stingray on steroids.

    Why transition from titanium to stainless steel?

    Models No.1 and No. 2 are still only offered in titanium, they were designed around it. Titanium is the ultimate bicycle material, ultra-lightweight and compliant. It's hard to beat. But only a few fabricators can work with it well, and it's costly.

    Stainless is just a wonderful material, light and strong and gorgeous. It never rusts and has a fantastic ride. Using stainless also allowed us to bring down the pricing a bit on No. 3 without sacrificing quality, which as I mentioned was one of my goals. I want more people on my bikes.

    What aspect of the new design are you most excited about?

    Well, No. 3 is just the ultimate all-around bicycle. You can't beat big 29-inch wheels and two-inch tires for a fast, smooth ride, and it'll roll over just about anything. And it looks elegant as hell.

    It's just so much fun to ride, you feel like a little kid—weaving in and out of traffic.

    Which of the four frames do you ride the most?

    I designed all these bicycles for a specific purpose, so I use them all. I take my original model No.1 for longer rides, because it's so crazy light and beautiful. No. 2 is what I use when I go riding for fun with my daughter. No. 3 is my go-to bike nowadays, because the big wheels are just so much fun—and also because it's new, and I'm still having fun playing with it. I keep a No. 4 prototype at my place in New York City, and I use that one for travel, too.

    Do you think the pared-down design is what sets Budnitz Bicycles apart?

    Yes, our design philosophy is "Nothing Added". The idea is create something perfect, something just right. This goes all the way down to the way the bicycles are engineered. If you don't add functions and things people don't need, you really can make a bicycle that will function immaculately, a frame that will last forever, and keep people excited about riding it. That's the goal anyway.

    The No.3 is now available directly from Budnitz Bicycles starting at $2,800.

  • Ecco un'idea che coniuga design, arte e grafica in un unico progetto che fa capo al sito Loghificio.com e già dal nome svela quale sia la sua principale occupazione. Originale il concept: per migliorare è necessario fare esercizio, allenarsi costantemente. E così nasce un blog su cui ogni giorno si realizza un logo che con il solo uso della grafica illustra e commenta una notizia, tratta dalla cronaca quotidiana.

    Vi suggeriamo una visita al sito per scorrerne le proposte. Alcune di immediata comprensione, altre da cogliere solo se si ha presente la notizia cui si riferiscono, che comunque sul blog viene sempre riportata per illustrare meglio l'intento di ciascuna grafica. I loghi, naturalmente, sono solo esercizi di stile, nulla che abbia a che vedere con un progetto editoriale preciso su commissione o con uno scopo pubblicitario in senso stretto. Indubbio rimane il loro valore propriamente comunicativo.

  • CameraSharp the replacement camera app from developer screensmudge is currently available in the App Store for FREE.

    This advanced camera replacement app has no filters or Facebook/Twitter integration, but has a whole bunch of cool features, like spot focus and exposure, that makes this app all about taking the best photo.

    So if you're looking for an advanced no frills camera only replacement app, then check out CameraSharp whilst it's still FREE.

  • C'è tutto un filone di fans di adidas innamorato delle forme futuristiche, per l'anno in cui uscirono, ultra tecniche, del modello ZX8000, che ritorna sulle strade anche questa primavera 2012. La particolarità di queste scarpe non risiede solo nella struttura della tomaia, ma anche nell'abbinamento dei colori di volta in volta lanciati in fantasie pop: un deep purple e un vibrante verde o un nero in acqua marina, si fanno largo questa stagione.
    Le trovate sugli scaffali dei rivenditori adidas Originals.

    Via Overkill

  • Alfabeto in 3D

    Ogni lettera dell'alfabeto è trattata come una mappa topografica in 3D, con le tipiche curve di livello che indicano le altitudini delle montagne o le depressioni delle superfici marine, solo che in questo caso l'altezza esprime la quantità d'uso d'una determinata lettera nel linguaggio comune.

    Questa è un'idea di design che cambia di nazione in nazione, di lingua in lingua. Non potrebbe essere altrimenti, trattandosi dell'analisi di quali lettere e quante volte le usiamo nel nostro linguaggio quotidiano. La cosa ovviamente non può che mutare se si parla in inglese (lingua d'origine dell'esperimento) in italiano, o in russo.

    Autori del lettering morfologico sono Caspar Lam e YuJune Park del design studio Synoptic Office. Dai semplici calcoli statistici sono passati per la modellazione tramite software, approdando infine al taglio laser che fornisce la visione in 3D del linguaggio.

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  • Not as adorable or authentic as the original, but this 5-year-old Brit gives the 5-year-old Yank a run for her money. "Decoration" is the new "Cheetah". For more street cred, the video could have done without the forced self-promo at the end.

  • 1xRun è un negozio online davvero particolare: si tratta di un vero e proprio temporary shop dove ogni settimana viene proposta una stampa in edizione limitata (massimo 40/50 esemplari) poi, in base agli ordini raccolti, la stampa va in produzione e da lì in poi non è più disponibile.
    Un sito da tenere d'occhio continuamente, dunque, anche perché è possibile fare degli ottimi affari.

    Questa settimana propongono un'edizione limitata di 40 esemplari, firmati e numerati, del bravissimo artista rumeno Saddo a 50$.
    E con il resto dei 150€ del nostro budget vatti a fare una bella cena in centro.

  • Fogli liberi, Loose Leaf.
    Il nome riassume l'oggetto, e l'oggetto è niente meno che un magazine dove appunto non c'è un ordine predefinito per le pagine ma, anzi, a mo' di schedario, ciascuno può riordinarle come meglio crede e soprattutto – qui sta la novità – non metterle a prender polvere in qualche libreria ma appenderle al muro come stampe.

    Il primo numero, made in San Francisco dalla studio creativo Manual, vanta collaborazioni di tutto rispetto e tra foto ed illustrazioni che non vedrai l'ora di sbattere sulla parete, spicca il nome di uno dei più grandi animatori culturali contemporanei: Dave Eggers, uno dei più promettenti scrittori della sua generazione e fondatore di una rivista ormai mitica come McSweeney's (oltre a un migliaio di altre cose) che per Loose Leaf si reinventa illustratore (qua trovi altre sue opere).

  • Se i loghi fossero VERAMENTE onesti saremmo tutti dei consumatori consapevoli! If logos were REALLY honest we would all be informed consumers.
    Fa sorridere anche solo l'idea che le multinazionali decidano di spiattellarci in faccia la reale natura dei loro brand e prodotti più famosi. Forse è roba da supereroi [ o da critici perbenisti] quella di smascherare cosa c'è dietro all'algida, invitante e a volte perfetta forma dei loghi. Viktor Hertz si è divertito a modificare i loghi originali di Vodke, catene di fast food e informatica e, senza tanti giri di parole o claim super efficaci, li ha spogliati di ogni fascino pur lasciandoli sfavillanti.

    Just the idea that corporations could decide to blurt out the real nature of their brand and most famous products makes me smile. Perhaps it's superheroes [or politically correct critics] stuff to expose what's behind the inviting and charming surface of a logo. Viktor Hertz was amused to amend the original logos of vodka, fast food and computer companies and, without mincing words or super effective claims, stripped them of all charm while leaving them sparkling.

  • For your content to make an impact with readers, whether that be web or print, you do need to have a title that is not only descriptive and attention grabbing but also designed clearly and legible. Choosing that font can be a very difficult task. You could search through the multitude of free font directories, and scan through their thousands upon thousands of fonts. But, the most of the fonts that you will find are not really suited for giving a professional look to your headlines.

    To help with your search for a clean and professional title font we have twenty fresh fonts you may consider using. All of the below fonts have been confirmed to be free to use on either personal or commercial projects, but please do check the licenses just in case they do change (it can happen).

    Quattrocento (TT)

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    License: SIL Open Font License (OFL).
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    Dalle (TT & OT)

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    License: This font is free to use with no restrictions.
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    Elega (TT & OT)

    Elega (TT & OT)
    License: This font is free to use with no restrictions.
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    Piron (OT)

    Piron (OT)
    License: You can use this font freely for all your personal and commercial work.
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    Maven Pro (OT)

    Maven Pro (OT)
    License: This font can be used with @font-face and is free to use on the web for commercial and/or personal use.
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    Cabin (TT)

    Cabin (TT)
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    Decani (TT & OT)

    Decani (TT & OT)
    License: This font is free to use with no restrictions.
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    Fanwood (OT)

    Fanwood (OT)
    License: MIT License – You can use this font for both commercial and personal use. Embedding and redistribtion are also allowed.
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    Linden Hill (OT)

    Linden Hill (OT)
    License: MIT License – You can use this font for both commercial and personal use. Embedding and redistribtion are also allowed.
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    Minaeff Ect (OT & TT)

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    License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License – This font can be used free for any purpose, including online services, templates, themes or software.
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    Cony (OT)

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    Terminal Dosis (TT)

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    License: SIL Open Font License (OFL).
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    Candal (TT)

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    License: SIL Open Font License (OFL).
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    Ubuntu Font Family (TT)

    Ubuntu Font Family (TT)
    License: Ubuntu Font Licence – This font can be used, studied, modified and redistributed freely.
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    Matilde (OT)

    Matilde (OT)
    License: This font is freeware, you can use it freely for all your personal and commercial work.
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    License: This font is completely free for any desktop and webfont use.
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    GardenC (OT)

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    Infinity (TT)

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    Movavi Grotesque Black (OT & TT)

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    JustVector Social Icons Font (TT)

    JustVector Social Icons Font (TT)
    License: This font is distributed under the Free Art License, and as such can be copied, distributed, transformed and used as you please.
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