Weather Dial Perfects The Concept of the Minimal Weather App

Weather Dial App

In the last few years we’ve hit a maximum saturation point when it comes to weather apps. They’re easy to make with weather data readily available and a rather straightforward functionality. That said I was surprised by the newly updated version of Weather Dial which features a slimmed down UI and straightforward experience.

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The app focuses (as it should) primarily on the weather with a subtle reference to the days to come. Swipe left and you can see information on the times of the sunrise and sunset as well as the humidity and wind speed. A light and dark mode rounds things out nicely. The one surprise is when you turn the phone sideways you access an hourly view of the weather which iconically shows you the type of moon and the chance of precipitation chart which animates in nicely, as you can see below.

Weather Dial 2 Perfects The Concept of the Minimal Weather App

My current weather app is Yahoo! Weather, though as I’ve been using Weather Dial I appreciate the straightforwardness of it. The app reminds me of the phrase, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” The font choice allows for a clear legibility, the iconography is considered and overall you see that it’s just the right amount of information to make it perfectly useful.

You can download it for yourself by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

September 16, 2014 / By

An Insect A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

An Insect A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

It might (currently) be weird to admit but I’m quite interested in eating bugs. That is, with climate change upon us and food sources starting to shift there’s a growing interest in insects as a more sustainable source of food, and this concept is interesting to me. It’s also of interest to Noma and their Nordic Food Lab, which I covered on the site recently. Scientific American has a great write-up on their descent into entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food, and trying to prove that bugs are worth eating, for taste and sustainability purposes.

Eating Insects - Noma Science Bunker

The Nordic Food Lab has visited seven countries on five continents where entomophagy is practiced to learn more about traditional methods of preparation. Rather than importing an insect they’ve sampled, they seek edible equivalents that can be found in Denmark, such as members of the same genus or family that are prevalent in the region. Although they’re driven by deliciousness, they also emphasize sustainability. “We’re interested in sustainability in a more systemic way by focusing on how insects may fit into larger food systems,” Evans says.

From a creativity standpoint I find it pretty cool that a team of people is integrating locusts, ants, crickets moths, and bee larva into foods like beer, soup, and ceviche. There must be quite a lot of trial and error in a process like this though I’m sure it’s a part of the challenge. For me personally a larva ceviche sounds like it might be difficult to stomach but in the hands of a team like Noma can it really be so bad?

Bobby Solomon

September 16, 2014 / By

Olafur Eliasson Recontextualizes J.M.W. Turner’s Classical Landscape Paintings

Olafur Elliason Re-Contextualizes J.M.W. Turner's Classical Landscape Paintings

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Elliasson is well-known for his work in sculptures and large-scale installations, often utilizing light or other natural elements. Recently though he’s been heading into new territory, recontextualizing the paintings of landscape artist J.M.W. Turner into circular paintings, bringing the works to a pure form.

Turner’s ability to shape and frame light in his paintings has had a significant impact on my work….In the Turner colour experiments, I’ve isolated light and colour in Turner’s works in order to extract his sense of ephemera from the objects of desire that his paintings have become. The schematic arrays of colours on round canvases generate a feeling of endlessness and allow the viewer to take in the artwork in a decentralised, meandering way.

It’s an interesting idea from a conceptual standpoint, that he’s transformed the light and colors that J.M.W. Turner saw into a sweeping, endless gradient. The abstraction while seemingly simple is intensely scientific. Eliasson is analysing pigments, paint production and application of colour in order to mix paint in the exact color for each nanometre of the visible light spectrum. An ambitious project with really impactful results.

Olafur Elliason Re-Contextualizes J.M.W. Turner's Classical Landscape Paintings

Olafur Elliason Re-Contextualizes J.M.W. Turner's Classical Landscape Paintings

Olafur Elliason Re-Contextualizes J.M.W. Turner's Classical Landscape Paintings

Bobby Solomon

September 16, 2014 / By

Sponsored – A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

Sponsored – A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

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Deadline for entries to the A’ Design Award & Competition is on September 30, 2014. Results will be announced on April 15, 2015.

Bobby Solomon

September 15, 2014 / By

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Data About Tennis Into Music

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Tennis Data Into Music

Finding the intersections between music, technology, and design are often challenging but when it’s done well it can certainly open up new worlds. A perfect example of this is the partnership between James Murphy, of LCD Soundsystem fame, and technologies company IBM who together creating “music” from tennis data supplied by the US Open. The video below does a good job of explaining how they code works and how they created an interface that was familiar to Murphy.

The outcome is quite unique, especially something on this scale. You can visit IBM’s Soundcloud page to get a taste of all the music that’s been created so far based on the data and it’s pretty staggering. It’s like an endless mix of chiptune tracks endlessly looping into one another. This Round of 16 collection is a perfect example as it runs almost 7 hours in total length, non-stop, back-to-back.

Adding to the experience is the fantastic artworks created for round by New York based artist and illustrator Karan Singh. I had been thinking about featuring Singh on the site recently though this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. His work is this mish-mash of hyper-saturated, flat colors which create the illusion of 3D shapes. I imagine this had to be a pretty fun yet exhausting project to work on. I’ve selected some of my favorite images below to give you a sense of the variety he’s created.

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Tennis Data Into Music

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Data About Tennis Into Music

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Data About Tennis Into Music

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Data About Tennis Into Music

James Murphy Teams Up With IBM To Turn Data About Tennis Into Music

You can also see more of Karan’s pieces over on his Behance page.

Bobby Solomon

September 15, 2014 / By

Joseph Perry’s ‘Every Cloud’ Print Artfully Displays The Varying Types of Clouds

'Every Cloud' Print by Joseph Perry

'Every Cloud' Print by Joseph Perry

The last time we checked in with British designer Joseph Perry he was artfully reorganizing the periodic table, artfully recreating it into something less functional but certainly more aesthetically pleasing. Now he’s back with a new silkscreened print which can turn even you into a novice meteorologist.

Every Cloud celebrates the scientific work of Luke Howard, the amateur meteorologist who brought order to the ever-changing skies. In his book ‘The Modifications of Clouds’ (1803) Howard harnessed the unpredictable beauty of the clouds, classifying them using a Latin naming structure.

I love that he chose to screen the white on to the electrically colored indigo paper which provides such a lovely contrast. These are limited to 100 so be sure to snag one while they last.

Bobby Solomon

September 15, 2014 / By

Yayoi Kusama, Still Delightfully Spotty After 85 Years

Yayoi Kusama

I was first introduced to Japanese painter Yayoi Kusama thanks to the 2007 documentary Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton, a film which I found to be hugely inspirational and I can’t recommend enough. Since the 60s she’s been spreading her spots everywhere and applying them to literally everything: from canvas to sculptures, on fashionable bags and as a part of sprawling museum installations. Recently she spoke with Sophie Knight for The Telegraph about her life, her inspirations, and the source of her talent (kind of).

Kusama says that all her inspiration comes from within her mind, with no conscious thought, or influence from other artists, most of whom she dismisses (“Picasso painted thousands of pictures in one style, whereas my art covers every kind of idea,” she boasted once.)

“A lot of artists have to draw first with pencil, but I paint directly. Many people ask me, ‘How do you draw that?’ and I just say, ‘Ask my hand!’” she says.

It’s a great piece and a great reminder that no matter what we as creatives have a responsibility to keep on making. If she can get up at 3am and make all day long so can you.

Bobby Solomon

September 15, 2014 / By

Marc Newson Joins The Apple Design Team

Marc Newson Joins The Apple Design Team

It’s going to be a big week for Apple. They’re announcing new products on Tuesday in a live event, likely to be a new NFC-able iPhone and some sort of wearable, and last week they made one huge announcement: famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining the Apple design team. Vanity Fair broke the news late Friday afternoon, which included a short note about the new union from Jony Ive.

“Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation,” Ive said in a statement provided to VF Daily. “He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective.”

Marc Newson - Nike-Zvezdochka

Marc Newson - KAWS and Ikepod Watches

In my eyes this is a huge win for Apple. I believe that Newson is one of the best living industrial designers and having his mind join that of the Apple design team is incredible. I have two of his products which I still cherish and use to this day – the Zvezdochka shoes he created for Nike and the Pentax K01, one of the coolest cameras I’ve ever used.

It’s also interesting to think of Newson in regards to the rumors of an Apple wearable. As you can see above Newson does have a history of designing time pieces so it’s not hard to imagine that Newson may be contributing to this effort in some way. In a video with designboom which you can watch below he speaks about designing (and hand building!) watches way back in 1986.

My friend Ed was speculating that the Jony Ive and Marc Newson (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s could have been a ruse to cover up their collaboration on said wearable.

Marc Newson - Pentax K01 Camera

Marc Newson - Biomega Bicycle

Marc Newson - Ford Concept Car

I’ve included a few more of the fantastic pieces he’s made over the years as well, a bike for Biomega and the Ford 021C concept car, to give a sense of the range of products Newson has created over the years. Hell, he’s even designed a space plane. It’ll be fantastic to see how Apple’s industrial design changes with his presence at the company.

Bobby Solomon

September 8, 2014 / By

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