Monthly Archives: April 2011

The 50//Things every design student should know

1. You are not the first.

There are very few ‘firsts’ these days. Countless others have started studios, freelanced and requested internships. It can be done. #the50

2. There is always someone better.

Regardless of how good you are, there will always be someone better. It’s surprisingly easy to waste time worrying about this. #the50

4. You cannot score without a goal.

If you don’t know what you want, then how can you pursue it? Having a goal defines an end point, and subsequently, a place to start. #the50

9. Curate your work.

Never stop editing your portfolio. Three strong pieces are better than ten weak ones – nobody looks for quantity, just quality. #the50

10. Listen to your instincts.

If your work doesn’t excite you, then it won’t excite anyone else. It’s hard to fake passion for mediocre work – scrap it. #the50

12. Hand-write addresses.

Clients, prospective employers and potential clients gravitate to letters with handwritten addresses. The personal touch goes far. #the50

14. Never take an unpaid internship.

This is not a necessary evil – a studio that doesn’t pay their interns (at least the minimum wage) is a studio not worth working for. #the50

20. Ask questions.

Assume nothing. Ask questions, even if you think you know the answers. You’ll be surprised at how little you know. #the50

22. Seek criticism, not praise.

You learn nothing by being told how great you are. Even if you think your work’s perfect – seek criticism, you can always ignore it. #the50

24. News travels fast.

A good intern will find their reputation precedes them. Jobs are nearly always offered on this word-of-mouth evidence. #the50

25. Don’t get drunk at professional events.

There’s a difference between being ‘merry’ and ‘paralytic’. The latter costs you your dignity, your reputation and possibly your job. #the50

37. New ideas are always ‘stupid’.

New ideas are conceived with no context and no measures of success – this falsely makes them feel silly, awkward or even impossible. #the50

50. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Take your work seriously, take the business of your craft seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. People who do are laughed at. #the50

….read the full article here(+)

Paper Cut Letters//Annie Vought

Annie Vought ( b. 1977) Is an artist based in Oakland California. Her work explores peoples emotional artifacts, specifically the and handwritten letter. She has a far reaching presence on the web and has exhibited extensively. In 1999 she co-directed The Budget Gallery: a roving art gallery in San Francisco as well as Boathouse Gallery. In 2009 Annie received her MFA from Mills college. Annie was raised in Santa FE New Mexico. She grew up surrounded by the arts. Her father is a painter and her mother and Step father are musicians. She now lives in Oakland with her husband and large dog. She is an avid reader and probably watches too much TV.

“Email, text messages, instant messaging and Twitter are all examples of fun and immediate means of “written” communication. Through the computer I am in touch with people I may never have seen before and I can respond in real time to a loved one. But with the ubiquity of this access and convenience, we are losing the tangible handwritten letter. Handwritten records are fragments of individual histories. In the penmanship, word choice, and spelling the author is often revealed in spite of him/herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a time. I have been working with cut out correspondence for the past four years. I meticulously recreate notes and letters that I have found, written, or received by enlarging the documents onto a new piece of paper and intricately dissecting the negative spaces with an Exact-o knife.  The handwriting and the lines support the structure of the cut paper, keeping it strong and sculptural, despite its apparent fragility. In these paper cutouts, I focus on the text, structure, and emotion of the letter in an elaborate investigation into the properties of writing and expression. Penmanship, word choice, and spelling all contribute to possible narratives about who that person is and what they are like. My recreating the letters is an extended concentration on peoples’ inner lives and the ways they express their thoughts through writing.”


self.control things I'm gonna get.drunk

Nikolai Shveitser//pen drawings

After the first series of pen drawings by Il Lee, here is a second, much younger emerging artist who is certainly having fun with a pen and a paper.
Nikolai Shveitser (+) was born in Moscow and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“I am a painter/ draftsman, equally interested in the expressive aesthetic nuances of craft in the context of the picture plane as well as art’s standing in the context of science and philosophy.”

Science//Ultra-Realistic Android by Henrik Scharfe

Find the human!?

Very glad to introduce you to the latest spawn from Osaka University Proffefssor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s “legion of ultra-realistic Androids”.

If an Android is a robot disguised as a human, what is a Geminoid? Similar in concept to the Bruce Willis movie Surrogates, a Geminoid is an Android designed to look exactly like its master, and in this case, Geminoid DK is a facsimile of homo sapien Henrik Scharfe, Professor at Denmark’s Aalborg University and Ishiguro’s cohort.

Ishiguro, Scharfe and team are researching “emotional affordances” in human-robot interaction. From the project site, “Geminoid DK will be the first of its kind outside of Japan, and is intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions, many of which that have also occupied the Japanese researchers.”

The project poses the following questions:

  • What is a human?
  • What is presence?
  • What is a relation?
  • What is identity?

And… How can we make the skin, hair, and movement as eerily realistic as possible? Ishiguro believes that over time he will be able to develop an Android that is indistinguishable from a human, at least in passing. Looks like Geminoid DK is already there.

paraSITE//Michael Rakowitz

paraSITE inflatable work by Michael Rakowitz//

“Bill S.’s paraSITE shelter. He requested as many windows as possible, because “homeless people don’t have privacy issues, but they do have security issues. We want to see potential attackers, we want to be visible to the public.” Six windows are placed at eye level for when Bill is seated and six smaller windows for when Bill is reclining.”

“The windows are made of Ziploc sandwich bags and serve as pockets to display personal items and signage for the public. Privacy and publicity can be regulated by adding or removing objects.”

“Bill S., Freddie F., and George L. with Freddie’s paraSITE shelter. An avid science fiction fan, Freddie requested a shelter in the shape of Jabba the Hutt.”

“Joe H. using his paraSITE shelter in February 2000. Joe is a homeless man who lived on the streets near Battery Park City in Manhattan. In the 1970s, he became a contractor and was responsible for building over fifteen buildings in Brooklyn. He was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s after being exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the Air Force in Vietnam. After forty-seven different operations to treat the cancer, the Veteran’s Association of America ceased paying his medical bills and he went bankrupt.”
“Michael M. using his paraSITE shelter on 26th Street and 9th Avenue in New York. Michael was a homeless man who worked for the United Homeless Organization. He wanted to respond to an obscure anti-tent by-law being enforced by the Giuliani administration, which stated that any structure 3.5 feet or taller set up on city property would be considered an illegal encampment.”

“We designed his shelter to be closer to the ground, more like a sleeping bag or some kind of body extension. Thus, if questioned by the police, he could argue that the law did not apply because the shelter was not, in fact, a tent. On more than one occasion, Michael was confronted by police officers. After measuring his shelter, the officers moved on.”

“Design process sketches for a shelter built for Artie, a 62-year-old homeless man living near Madison Square Garden. Artie often stands in line for concert tickets at the request of scalpers. For his paraSITE, Artie requested a domed sitting space for himself and his girlfriend, Myra, connected to a lower, intimate sleeping area for two, “the lovin’ room.”
“Halfway through construction, I received a call from Artie ordering me to stop building. “Myra talks way too much!” he explained, and asked that I make two domed sitting areas, separated by the lovin’ room. “It should look like a bra, or a dogbone.”

Inventions//Drawing Machines

Not a long introduction needed for this one. Every designer wanted at some point to make one or was advised to make one. In addition, it is super cool and impressive to see such a machine performing in front of you. Finally the precision and perfection of the drawings are strange to the point of frustration in the age of 3D modeling.

-Drawing Machine by Eske Rex

-worth seeing video for this topic//
Tom Shannon : The painter and the pendulum

-Olafur Eliasson

Video//Astray Films

Three days ago I came across these two great videos made by Astray Films. If interested check also their blog, which  has one of the coolest names “moonlight in the morning sun” (+). I dont think I was amazed by what I saw in the video but more by the way things were filmed. You will experience a great skill of filming through different point of views that will make you want more. Just in case you dont have a lot of time watch only the “dark side of the lens” up/up!

Music video for Ben Howard’s ‘Old Pine’
Bens EP is available now on Itunes.​benhoward
Directed – Mickey Smith
D.O.P. – Allan Wilson & Mickey Smith
Production and post – Astray Films

and two more “happy” videos by allan wilson for the end