Sep 2 2013

oakoak street art

I really enjoyed these street art interventions by the french artist, oakaok. makes you rethink what you see every day in the most banal street objects and situations

qui est OakOak / who’s OakOak

Oakoak est un artiste français aimant s’amuser dans la rue
OakOak is a french artist who likes to play with urban elements.

Oct 30 2011

rubik’s cube king

this is an amazing art installation – portrait of dr. martin luther king made entirely out of rubik’s cubes. to have mapped this out as pixels at this scale is a large feet but to have done it by rotating the actual cubes into place is something entirely amazing and a bit insane…

from the artist’s website:
“Dream Big” was a year-long project in which Pete created a mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes. For a short time it was the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube mosaic. He created it with the help of YouCanDoTheRubiksCube, First Park Congregational Church, The Student Advancement Foundation and Cooley Law School. It taught the audience about creatively using art in traditional learning disciplines like math and history, diversity, social justice and learning disabilities.

here is a video of the piece being installed

Mar 9 2011

mit media lab logo

the new MIT Media Lab logo based on an algorithm that produces 40,000 distinct symbols. the video is worth watching as it shows the dynamic movement and intersection of the 3 spotlights into the various, seemingly random, forms. Says the Media Lab logo designer, Richard The, “Whatever ‘media’ means, it has been and will be defined at this place, in the next 5, 10, 20 years. The algorithmic logo is an effort to capture this dynamism.”

more from fast company’s article:
It’s darn clever stuff. As The tells Co.Design, the Media Lab never really had its own logo. “There were identity components designed by Jaqueline Casey [in 1984] referencing the original [Media Lab] building by I.M. Pei,” he says. “It features a nice colorful mural by Kenneth Noland. But there never was an actual logo per se.” The algorithmic design represents the Media Lab’s first official stab at a coherent identity, and it’s high time. The Lab has transformed from a scruffy operation focused on quaintly enhancing the “digital revolution” into a full-blown brand synonymous with wild experimentation, collaboration, and big-time math geeks. Now, it’s got the graphic design to match…”

“….The basic idea here is that the logo has three intersecting spotlights that can be organized in any of 40,000 shapes and 12 color combinations using a custom algorithm. That’s enough to supply each and every new card-carrying Media Labber with his very own logo for a whopping 25 years.”

“The spotlights tip a hat to the Media Lab’s rakish spirit of cross-pollination, with each spotlight symbolizing a single individual. “People come from many different backgrounds — they’re engineers, scientists, artists, designers — and have very different ways of thinking, seeing, and working,” The says. “At the lab these people cross paths, collaborate, and inspire each other, and that’s the magic of this place.”

Mar 7 2011

tactile twitter

just heard about this event at the V&A in London that captured and printed out the visitors twitter messages as large-scale posters, which were distributed to as the individuals left the show…

from their website:
“By implementing their own system of communication, what they ended up with was both a live archive and real time feed of what was being said in different rooms of the museum, with one visitor describing it as a tactile twitter.”

the decorators via mocoloco

Jan 9 2011

adirondacks – favorite signs

the adirondacks in summertime is such a perfect example of an ‘american’ place. the signage throughout the city and the environs of lake placid reflect that pride and authenticity. we had breakfast at a real howard johnson’s – the menu said it was one of the last three in the country –  they even had toastees…

howard johnson’s lake placid
2099 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid NY 12946

Jan 9 2011

curaçao signage

curaçao is this slowly decaying island off the coast of venezuela that I had visited on several occasions. it’s rich with dutch pastel colors from it’s former glorious times as a banking center for the western world. the small center of willemstadt has some lovely little buildings one can imaging were spectacular in the 1950’s or even far before…

Dec 20 2010

shanghai – nanjing road signage

some favorite signs on the the shopping strip in shanghai…

Dec 20 2010

jakarta – random photos

some favorite images driving around jakarta, indonesia…

Dec 20 2010

gothenberg, sweden – signage

some favorite signs taken in gothenberg, sweden around christmas time…

Dec 5 2010

random uk signs

some favorite signs I have come across on visits to london and northern england…