fl0wer

The creator’s of fl0w, one of the best online games ever made, is coming out with a new game for PS3 called fl0wers. So far there isn’t much info about the game yet, but to me, it looks like you have to support a field of flowers, spreading seeds and increasing your total amount of flowers. I could totally be wrong on this, but that’s my impression.

No matter what it’s sure to be a) fun, just like fl0w is, and b) beautiful, simply because it’s got the power of the PS3 behind it. As soon as I read more about this I’ll be sure to post about it.

Found through Joystiq

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 29, 2007 / By

…and winter again.

I saw this photo on Jean Snow a few days ago, and I’ve had it open in my browser because I can’t stop staring at it, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. It was taken by a girl named Yuki, and is from her Night Lights set. In fact, her whole Flickr account is full of beautiful pictures. Give them a look!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 29, 2007 / By

[Art]ifact: Re-Recognizing the Essentials of Products

Earlier tonight I was browsing around Skylight Books when I ran across this amazing book called [Art]ifact. The book features amazing products that were inspired by everyday, mundane objects, but have been designed to be beautiful or interesting objects. There things like glasses inspired by the bottom of a water bottle, or a vase that’s shaped like a galosh, or a memory stick that you wear like jewelry.

I’ve seen a lot of the things in the book on random blogs over the last few years, but it’s nice to have all of these great ideas packaged into one awesome book. Of note, the cover is made of sandpaper, with an acetate dust jacket over the top of it, so you don’t scratch the hell out of your hands.

The book is published by the awesome folks over at viction:ary, but I suggest you buy it from Amazon for $13.63 cheaper.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

The Amazon Kindle

I’ve been trying to read as much as I can about Amazon’s new Kindle electronic book-reader before I posted about it. When I first read about it, I thought it was a cool idea. I watched the fancy demo video and was wooed by the simple side clicking, the dictionary, being able to read websites. But then I really read about it, read reviews on other sites, and the thing is pretty dumb.

Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of books. But I did buy Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk to read on the plane back to LA. Having it in my backpack, reading it on the plane, carrying it around… these are not things that would be made easier by having a reading device. How many books can you read at a time anyhow? I’m sure there are crazy people out there who read like 7 books a day, but would the Kindle really be a benefit?

I’d also like to talk about the price, which is just as much as an iPhone. People gave Apple so much shit for charging so much, so what’s the difference here? The screen isn’t even in color! It’s silly looking! I think Apple needs to figure out a way to make PDFs of books, which would make it a standard format for all, and let people buy them that way. Yes, people will share the book PDFs, but isn’t that what people do anyhow? If I buy a book, you can’t stop me from letting someone borrow it for free.

My favorite response was from Chip Kidd, who writes:

On Monday November 19th, Amazon released something called Kindle, the latest “e-book” reading device. I’ve been asked to comment on what effect I think this will have, if any, on book design as we know it. Here goes.

None.

Sincerely,
Chip Kidd

He also goes on to say:

The reason the iPod took off is that music was never meant to be a “thing” in the first place. It was born as pure sound, and pure sound is what it has returned to. But books were always physical objects, and the printed book as a piece of technology has yet to be improved upon. And won’t. Certainly not by something that looks like a prop from Charlie’s Angels and has, are you ready, a whopping ONE typeface. For everything! Yay!

Here, here! Books are just fine the way they are. Leave them alone Amazon.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Laboratory Conditions / Part 1 of 5

Coudal Partners has released a 5 part video called Laboratory Conditions, chronicling their journey through Los Alamos. The story is of a real-life man who lives in Los Alamos and runs a place called Black Hole, which collects “nuclear waste”, old computers and parts from the Los Alamos Testing Facility.

The videos are quiet portraits of a man who has quite an odd collection of things, each video giving you a larger picture of who he is and why he does what he does. It’s really beautifully shot as well, lots of beautiful images and wonderful sounds.
Definitely watch the video above, and check out the link above to see the rest.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

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