I think everyone likes badges (or buttons, whichever you call them), but Ian Wright likes them to the point of making fine art out of them. Ian makes a lot of pixel-based artwork, or art that resembles pixels but are actually made from all kinds of different materials.
The piece above, aptly title Mao, is made up of 1 inch badges covered in Chinese silk. Rad, huh?
I was browsing through Hennessy & Ingalls last week when I started flipping through two really great new architecture books. The first is Hitoshi Abe, which actually came out last fall, but features a ton of Abe’s environmental and architectural work. I’m kind of in love with all of his clean lines and minimalism. The guy just has this amazing sense of space that I’m totally in awe of.
The second book is Morphosis: Buildings & Projects Volume V, a compendum of projects from 2004 to the present, and even some projects that are currently in the works. Morphosis consistently pushes the envelope on their projects, injecting a freshness into the landscape of “starchitects” that tend to get all the hype.
Both are visionaries, and you should definitely check these books out for some serious inspiration.
I found this fading message on the sidewalk as I was walking to my meetin earlier tonight and thought it was quite poignant. Not really sure what it was written in, but I definitely liked it and thought I’d share it.
I’m kind of madly in love with these chairs designed by Misawa Naoya. They’re called Library, and are made of beechwood with 4 different color choices. I’m quite fond of the sea breeze and yolk colors (ok, I might have made those names up, but couldn’t you see them being called that?).
Sadly, I think these chairs aren’t for sale, they were a special project done by Misawa.
1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. 2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. 3. There is no editing stage. 4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it. 5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. 6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done. 7. Once you’re done you can throw it away. 8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done. 9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. 11. Destruction is a variant of done. 12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. 13. Done is the engine of more.
I had printed out The Cult of Done Manifesto at my last job, it was something I would glance at every now and then. More than anything it’s kind of a list of points to reference when you’re trying to finish something, no matter what point in the process you’re at. Well, illustrator/designer James Provost decided to create his own take on the Manifesto, illustrating these points in Rubik’s cubes. A really great visualization of some really great ideas.