Rabu, Desember 23, 2009
Kudos where it's due: not many design houses use tanks in their illustrations of a new road safety concept. Transparentius, as with most good ideas, is remarkably simple -- you jack a camera onto the front of a truck, or lorry as they're known in some places, and then project that image onto the back of your hulking transporter. The effect of this is to render the truck figuratively transparent for the driver behind, who is enriched with a lot more information about what lies on the road ahead. No word on how the rear projection is achieved or how sunlight glare is overcome, but knowing Art Lebedev, you can bet both challenges are solved in the most unaffordable fashion possible. Anyhow, now that you've got the idea, we're throwing this one over to you dear mod-loving friends -- can you build this without remortgaging the house?
Minggu, November 29, 2009
What could be more fun than gliding along on an eco-chic bicycle? How about shooting through the skies in a pedal-powered monorail capsule! A bunch of entrepreneuring New Zealanders has created just such a human-powered monorail system, known as the Shweeb. Their creation does double duty, acting not just as an innovative transportation system, but also an amusement ride. Are our cities the next step?
Read the rest of Schweeb: Human-Powered Monorail Flies Through the Skies
Kamis, November 19, 2009
There's some kind of cave. When you go deeper than 30 meters the water is fresh, deeper than 60 - it's salty.
And then you see a river underneath, with trees and leaves.
But of course, it's not a real river.
It's just a layer of hydrogen sulphide.
But it looks amazing.
This month marks the 94th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola coutour bottle. Now, a treasured hallmark, this single shape of packaging has achieved iconic status since its creation in 1915. The Coca-Cola logo itself is the single most recognizable brand in the world.
The first bottle was designed in 1915 by the Root Glass Company. The bottle designer, Earl R. Dean and his team decided to base the bottle design on the soda's two ingredients, the coca leaf or the kola nut. Dean couldn't find any photographs of either, but became inspired by the cocoa pod, and transformed the shape of the pod into a bottle:
The 1915 Coke Bottle: A prototype of the first contour bottle developed by Root Glass Company in 1915. The prototype never made it to production since its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts.
See the evolution of the contour bottle from 1916 to today, after the jump.
Dean sketched out the design of the bottle, and it was approved for moulding in only 24 hours. A prototype was made, and the bottle received a patent in November 1915. The prototype never actually made it into production because its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts.
The 1916 Coke Bottle: The patent was renewed on December 25th, 1923, thus creating the 'Christmas' bottle. The bottle has become very popular among collectors. On the base plate, most of these bottles bear the name of the city where they were first filled.
The 1957 Coke Bottle: In 1957 The Coca-Cola Company decided to eliminate the traditional embossing of its trademark on the bottle, and replaced it with Coca-Cola in white Applied Color Labeling (ACL). In 1960 the bottle was registered as a trademark, becoming only the second package in history to be trademarked.
The 1961 Coke Bottle: As the ACL process became more sophisticated, a two color, full wrap label was developed. The white Coca-Cola trademark on a red background gave the bottle a very colorful appeal. This two color version was used predominately in the international markets. 1961 also marked the 75th anniversary for Coca-Cola.
Variations of this bottle, and the embossed bottle, were used up all the way until the introduction of the plastic bottle in 1994.
The classic glass bottle is still available in some areas around the world.
1994 Plastic Bottle: In 1994 Coca-Cola introduced the 20oz plastic contour bottle, the Coca-Cola bottle we know today.
2008 2L Contour Bottle: In 2008, Coca-Cola introduced a 2L contour bottle to select markets.
Todays Plastic Coke Bottle
For those of you who follow us on Twitter ( you can follow us on Twitter here – @freshome) this might be an interesting post because Twitter moved into a new, much larger office in San Francisco. The space, which was previously Bebo’s SF office, is right around the corner from their old one. The space was decorated by a few members of the Twitter team with a number of Twitter-themed elements like birds and @ symbols. The space is simple and clean, but I think that you should check out some of the pictures that were posted to the web by Twitter employees below and say what you think about the new offices in a comment below. – Photos via Twitter Flickr Account
This is a post from the Twitter’s New Headquarters in San Francisco
Ready to have your imperfect complexions scrutinized by every anonymous coward on the Internet? You'd better 'cause YouTube has announced the move from 720p to 1080p video streaming to make use of those cheap, Full HD camcorders flooding the market. Now puff up that keyboard courage -- the ruthless bashing of your peers is set to begin next week.
Update: 1080p sample video posted after the break.
Kamis, Oktober 29, 2009
stephen wiltshire drawing the manhattan skyline
image © stephen wiltshire
british artist stephen wiltshire is currently attempting to draw the manhattan skyline
from memory. since monday october 26th wiltshire began filling in an 18 foot canvas
at the pratt institute, brooklyn. the drawing is expected to be complete by friday.
wiltshire diagnosed with autism at the age of three displays an unusually powerful
of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact
number of columns or windows on a building. he memorizes their shapes, locations
and the architecture.
having completed cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic cities - london, tokyo,
hong kong, rome, madrid, frankfurt, dubai, and jerusalem, the new york panorama marks
wiltshire’s last cityscape. after this piece is complete, he said he will pursue drawing
image © stephen wiltshire
image © stephen wiltshire