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Posted by Tim on 29th September 2009 in General

This guy was going to walk from China to Germany, but gave up, which I think is the best thing about his story. He just decided to quit, go to university and get a job. He just needed some alone time to work it out, brilliant!

You can read all about his failure here. However I feel his success was not to waste any more time, walking about. Going to uni at 26 he could be considered a late bloomer, at the very least, and without an excuse significantly better than wanting to walk home from china it would be about time he got on with it.

But if his goal was to see an amazing part of the work first hand, make a cool video and grow a wicked beard well done, total success, 10 out of 10.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ky6vgQfU24&feature 590 440]

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Posted by Tim on 25th September 2009 in Branding, Design, General, Interesting, Print

The brixton pound was launched last Thursday at Lambeth Town hall. Designed by Rob Adderly we like the jaunty angles, colours & bold typography, I just hope Rob lives in Brixton with the whole idea of the project keeping local money in the Brixton economy. The notes feature local heros, pictured is Olive Morris, Brixton Black Women’s Group Founder. But time will tell if they really catch on. Being Brixtonians ourselves we look forward to getting hold of more of the currency in the coming months. It’s a pity theres no David Bowie, however all those featured on the note thoroughly deserve the recognition. Read more about the Brixton Pound on their blog here.brixtonpound.jpg

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Posted by Tim on 14th September 2009 in General

Quoted from their website website below Fontplore is a fantastic tool if your willing to fork out the 5k for a table and buy the software.

Fontplore is an interactive application designed for searching and exploring font databases. Fontplore helps you to easily find the right typeface for your project in a collection of several thousands of fonts. It lets you browse, preview, compare and print the fonts you are interested in. And the coup is: It does all that on an interactive table, using tangible objects to navigate and control actions, so the workflow is easy to understand – easy to grasp!”

It’s imagined as a useful tool for working with clients. I think the possibilities this opens are amazing. Imagine presenting using an interactive table, picking through designs with your client marking up changes together, no more explaining to clients how to comment a pdf or dealing with printouts with illegible handwriting all over them that you lose, let alone simply picking fonts (although this alone is very impressive and helpful).

This type of technology may one day bring designers full circle, sitting at a desk with a pen that draws on the table. Paper sheets printed out to keep ideas, but that can be instantly digitized. The collaborative aspects of interactive tables are also intriguing, actually working on the same design at the same time as each other.

The other amazing thing is that this technology fully works, this isn’t development software using super computers. Fontplore uses JavaScript, and a mysql database. I’m no developer but all those things are technologies I come across on a daily basis, as part of my job.

And with rumors of the apple tablet the future seems to be heading this way.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWCNRnpAugc]

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Posted by Tim on 8th September 2009 in General

Chris Cairns of Partizan Labs got together the Scratch Perverts, Will Cohen, Shlomo, Will Clarke, Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis, Dr. Syntax & Stig. To make this amazing promo, this interview with Cairns, stolen from the Motionographer blog give a bit of detail to the project. Being a Serato user myself it’s always nice to see the technology being used in innovative ways.
“We shot the people spinning on turntables at 33.3rpm at high speed and then matched them to the turntables which were working with Serato.”

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukZCHX5ffEI]Inspiration?[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz6PTVWYXJQ]

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Posted by Tim on 8th September 2009 in General

Taking the Pantone memorabilia craze even further are these Pantone spray cans in the 4 Pantone Process colours. Graffiti artist Nico 189 produced these as a personal project, so unfortunately there not for sale. This maybe a blessing in disguise, the mugs were amazing, cool even. But with all the assorted Pantone ephemera such as Jute Bags, Typeface‘s, Panettone & the Rubitone, unfortunately I don’t think they’ll be missed.

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Posted by admin on 4th September 2009 in General, Interesting

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A Chinese farmer has invented baby-shaped pears and he is planning to export them to the UK. Full story here

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Posted by admin on 4th September 2009 in Art, Design

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Designer Gerry Judah created a 32 metre-high sculpture for Audi at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Thanks to Deezen for the link.

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