Friday, February 29, 2008

Award-Winning Newspaper Design

Smashing Magazine's brilliant collection of Award-winning Newspaper Designs around the globe. Below is the winning design from The Hartford Courant (U.S.). To see more.

Excellent Newspaper Designs

Excellent Newspaper Designs

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Recently Found Interesting Designs

designed by mobilet, the french-australian team of Tanguy Le Moing and Antonia Pesenti.

animob: a graphic puzzle produced in laser-cut acrylic featuring a series of interlocking animal shapes available now at Koskela, Kidostore, The Hive gallery.


Cup Ring by Yusuke Fujinuma and Yoko Yamazaki. Do you take this tasty beverage to be a most thirst-quenching liquid treat?

I do.

Yusuke Fujinuma and Yoko Yamazaki's Cup Ring for Floyd not only looks elegant as you grip a sip, but is quite deceptive upon unboxing, especially if it's been given as a gift. Sooo...don't give it to someone who adores jewelry unless they adore coffee and tea even more.

via mocoloco

These cute rings are designed by Toronto artist, Anneke van Bommel. She loves to explore themes in the Canadian culture in her jewelry designs.


A concept kitchen developed by Ora-Ïto for Slovenian domestic appliance brand Gorenje will appear in Myhaylivski Square in Kiev this week in the latest stop on its tour of European capitals.

via dezeen


Staying at a hospital or visiting a dentist are mostly unpleasant events, even if you were there just to get a little nip-and-tuck or have your teeth whitened. The universal ugliness and dullness of those bland walls and uninspiring furnishings is surely not going to make you feel better. Plastic surgeons, spas and hair salons fare a bit better, but even most of them are just paying lip service to design or luxury with no real imagination, nothing that makes a lasting impression. Except a few. We’ve seen some that have undergone real makeovers and we want more! Let us know where the coolest places of beautification are – from hospitals, plastic surgeons, dentists to hair salons, spas, manicurists... By Tuija Seipel.

via the cool hunter
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The Apolyptical Day Photography

Music instruments, dying animals, strong contrast in color, these are the key elements in Steinar Christensen's photography. Exhibits of his art represented Norway in the biennale Venezia, Italia among other prestigious events. A professor in charge of the Sculpture Department of Vest Coast Academy, Norway, his photography shows an impressive positioning of objects that creates a myth-like environment.

Too Cute to Bite

Hope your holiday is lovely as these...

Cake sachets (fillled with lavender) by Norma Lynn Hood

and Caroline Gomez’s beautiful porcelain pieces...

and Burger knitted by Nicole Gastonguay:
Eugene and Louise Bakery makes some really stylish dessert:


Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Western Round Table on Modern Art (audio online)

George Boas, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Duchamp, and the list of the great artists of the last century joins the Western Round Table on Modern Art in 1949. The (almost) complete recording of the historical meeting, lasts 7.5 hours, is available online. I haven't had time to listen yet, but I'm pretty excited!

Also noted is composer, Arnold Schönberg, being unable to attend the talk, made a statement "On the Right of the Artist to Deviate From Nature" to the San Francisco Round Table on Modern Art.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Panda Diary

... waaa. the day I was born...(the doc cutting off the umbilical cord)

second day of my life, they say I look like a cat...

third day, trying to stand up.

one week, time to get some hair on.

20 days, still can't see. struggling to open my eyes.

25 days, now I finally begin to resemble my mom, huh?

30 days, in special care, some guy says I look like a piggy...

35 - 40 days, now I can regain my kingdom! I can travel here, and here, until I drop...

70 - 80 days, still can't open my eyes, geez...

90 days, stretch, and nice dream. my sleep posture leaves a nice photo-op:)

finally, transformation complete! Cheers!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

LEAKED Memo from Columbia Journalism School

The recently "leaked" memo of Nick Lemann, dean of Columbia Journalism School, has become quite a story. The memo, a self-evaluation to the provost, was "accidentally" sent to Columbia J-School students when he was supposed to be sending their their final evaluations. Anyway, the long "secret" memo basically says the students finally are going to figure out their trade is not making any money, and it's not worth it to pay so much money to go to Columbia.

The primary orientation of journalism schools, including ours, is toward conferring skills associated with entry-level practice; almost the entire discourse in journalism education is internal to journalism and concerned with professional norms and practices, rather than with how to understand the world we are supposed to cover….When journalism schools feel moved to take a next step after skills instruction, they usually devote their energies to exhorting the profession to do a better job—a good cause, certainly, and something we do a lot of here. Developing non-skills curriculum generates very little interest in the world of journalism education... The question of what journalism amounts to as a discipline—what distinctive body of knowledge, which intellectual and analytic tools, what way of thinking might be associated with it and might therefore be taught in journalism schools—simply doesn't energize journalism educators, even though every manifesto and mission statement we as a group produce mentions it as a desideratum.
About an hour after he sent the e-mail, Lemann sent an apology titled, "Freudian slip?" "Make of that mistake what you will," he told the students, again, because he is dying to be judged — not even for just his own shortcomings but those of the profession as a whole.

Here's the memo in its entirety: Memos from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Dean Nicholas Lemann [Romenesko]

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Case Your Winter Not Cold Enough - IceHotel

I remember hearing Anderson's story of The Snow Queen as a child, and picturing a grand palace made entirely of snow, so it gives me a thrill to see these pictures of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

"The walls of the palace were of driving snow, and the windows and doors of cutting winds. There were more than a hundred halls there, according as the snow was driven by the winds. The largest was many miles in extent; all were lighted up by the powerful Aurora Borealis, and all were so large, so empty, so icy cold, and so resplendent! ... The northern-lights shone with such precision that one could tell exactly when they were at their highest or lowest degree of brightness. In the middle of the empty, endless hall of snow, was a frozen lake; it was cracked in a thousand pieces, but each piece was so like the other, that it seemed the work of a cunning artificer. In the middle of this lake sat the Snow Queen when she was at home; and then she said she was sitting in the Mirror of Understanding, and that this was the only one and the best thing in the world."
Here are some photos of the construction process.

Staircase Bookshelf

So you have too many books, too little space? That's when this staircase bookshelf could come in handy. Gotta admit, it looks nerdy...

Another post on interesting designs for book lovers only.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Green Architecture in Paris: Anti-smog

An ecological prototype of auto-sufficient, depolluting architecture, reactive to its environment, Anti-smog is to be erected upon the Petite Ceinture and the canal de l’Ourcq in the 19th Parisian district. Its designer, Vincent Callebaut Architecte, expect this project to disasphyxiate the urban surroundings.

You can help the Sichuan earthquake victims today by

here, the money goes into purchasing water purification tablets.

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