Nik Daum is an interesting soul. Nik makes Dordles, which he describes as “not quite drawings/not quite doodles”, which in his case ends up being lots of random sketches from advertising briefs and old printouts. They’re really all funny and totally creative and kind of insane.
He’s also an amazing designer, runs a blog, and his entire site is fun to explore. Jerk.
I woke up this morning and headed over to Digg, seeing that Microsoft’s Surface was announced. Honestly, my first reaction to seeing the videos was, why the hell do we even need this? Basically, you sit at an old Pong machine that has this crazy touch screen, and you can click and doodle on it. It’s like an advanced form of Mario Paint! I just don’t get it.
I’m slightly with obsessed good design, and to me this falls into the category of useless electronics. I don’t care if it makes cool ring effects around your drinks while you’re eating out, or that you can look at all the cute pictures of your kids. That’s not a reason to own or even CREATE this kind of technology.
To start with, the controls aren’t aren’t that exciting or innovative, especially after seeing a certain Apple keynote speech not too long ago.
Reading the FAQ on the Surface site, I noticed that the ‘Pong Machine’ doesn’t actually use haptic (or touch screen) controls like the iPhone does. What it does have, is a bunch of motion sensing cameras inside with a rear-projection screen. This may not make that big of a difference, but I wonder if it could become a problem in the future with dust on lenses or having to change a bulb? Here’s a video Gizmodo posted showing the inside of the beast.
One interesting thing to note are the partners that Microsoft is working with.
So they’ve picked a Harrah’s, which own’s over 30 casinos in the United States, IGT, which is “the foremost supplier of gaming machines and gaming monitoring systems in the world”, Sheraton Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels who has over “860 hotels in 95 countries”, and finally T-Mobile, the mobile network operator.
Seeing that list makes me think that we’re only going to see these things in Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City, or a bunch of fancy restaurants who’d rather try and impress customers with they’re fancy ordering machines instead of the food they make. These things are being made for normal people like you and me, they’re being made for corporations and large businesses looking for a new schtick. This is also clearly evident in the rumored $10,000 a piece price tag. That iPhone isn’t looking so pricey anymore, is it?
Vector Park is some seriously weird shit.
There are three parts, an interactive journey sort of thing, some cute interactive animations, and a game called Levers.
I’m not really sure what it’s all about, but it is pretty rad looking, and Levers, is actually kinda tough, but very fun.
Check it out if you have a couple hours to kill!
Born in 1922, Charley Harper has been working in Cincinnati, Ohio for the last 50 years making the most creative and wondrous illustrations of animals (and everything else, for that matter). His style is extremely modernist, using lots of fun angles and shapes, while always having splashes of incredible colors.
At 83 he’s still creating art, working on piece for Cornell’s ornithology department and a piece about,
“an auto wreck from last year because the spring wildflowers are growing up around the steering wheel and the skull and so on. A cell phone will be in the skeletal hand [of the driver] and a house wren is building his nest in the skull. The house wren builds several nests in his attempt to attract females, so the name of this picture is Can You Hear Me Now?“
A totally amazing man. I can only hope to be a fraction as great as he is.
The Domino Phone is a mobile phone idea created by Syntes Studio, a Stockholm based studio.
I love how fun this phone is! It’s form reminds me of Marc Newson’s Talby, but still has a fun spirit of it’s own. And I really like the texture on the back of the phone a lot, it’s nice that it’s not smooth and boring like most phones.
Be sure to check out the rest of their projects as well, lots of smart stuff over there!