Creative Inspiration

By Andrew Milmoe | Things that make me want to make art.

Polaroid is back in the instant photography business it created and abandoned

When Polaroid stopped making instant film cameras in 2007 and ceased instant-film production the following year, it was sad—but also, in the era of digital photography, perfectly understandable. Left with little other than a famous name it could license out, the company kept going bankrupt and …

Photography

Microsoft’s autonomous gliders seek out thermal updrafts to stay aloft

Microsoft wants to build autonomous tech for aircraft that require little to no power to fly. It just completed tests in the Nevada desert of gliders equipped with self-guidance systems that help them track regions of rising hot air and predict their movement, with the aim of staying up in the air …

Drones

The Concrete “Sound Mirrors” That Influenced WWII, Science, And Design

These massive concrete structures that dot the coast of Souther England have a brief but fascinating history.<p>If you visit Denge, a former Royal Air Force base on the Eastern coastline of Kent, England, you’ll find three enormous concrete structures. Two of the structures resemble a hollow ball, cut …

Royal Air Force

An Optical Poem (1938) - Classic Short Film

Co-Creating the Industrial Internet - Katrine Rau & Katrina Alcom, GE

DAY ONE – OCT 2nd 2015 at Global Service Design Conference NYC<p>AFTERNOON KEYNOTE/ /BIG VISIONS, INFRASTRUCTURE, SCALE<p>more info at: http://bit.ly/1XBsywA

Internet

Ivan Tolmachev Shares the Fundamentals of Product Design Every Founder Must Know

The way we work is changing. With rapidly developing technology and the Internet, people are not tied to physical location anymore. Combining work and travel allows people to explore the world while advancing in their career.<p>Today I am talking to Ivan Tolmachev, a Senior Product Designer at …

UX Design

MarilynMonrobot

Dr. Heather Knight is an Assistant Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University. There, her CHARISMA research group uses methods from …

Robots

This Is Your Chance to Have Your Designs Made by IKEA

The furniture giant has announced plans for a startup accelerator at its headquarters<p>It's no secret that IKEA believes great design should be accessible. The Swedish company earned its reputation bringing stylish, simple Scandinavian design to the masses, in the belief that design can vastly …

Startups

Move Over, Ikea: This Ultra-Portable Furniture Adapts To Any Apartment

The average person moves 11 times during his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, most furniture–which can be clunky and unwieldy–isn’t designed to handle so many moves. Plus, there’s no guarantee that your old stuff will fit into your new place. Lim + Lu, a young studio based in New York, and CL3, a …

Furniture

This invention helped me write again - BBC Stories

Did This Experimental Smartphone Just Solve One Of Tech’s Big Problems?

A new prototype from CMU is “a much more magical, powerful experience than what we’re seeing right now.”<p>Smart devices continue to infiltrate our homes, but they’re often dependent on slow, clunky smartphone apps. Manually pulling up a different app just to turn on a light, turn up the AC, or reboot …

The Bachelor

Call for Applications to NASA Frontier Development Lab

April 27, 2017, Mountain View, CA – NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) announced the addition of new teams to its eight-week applied research …

John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book <i>The Jazz of Physics</i> that Albert Einstein and John …

Jazz

Watch a dance performance change in real time with facial projection mapping

“INORI (prayer)” is a dance performance video that uses real-time facial projection mapping to change the look of the dancer’s faces. Over the course of about one minute, the dancers are made to look like skulls with empty eye sockets, big-toothed clowns, and terrifying dolls with their jaws …

Dance

Disney shows how you catch a real ball in VR

It's relatively easy to boost the immersiveness of virtual reality by giving you gloves or props. But how would you have someone catch a real ball when they can't see where it's going? Disney Research has an answer: its scientists have developed a motion capture system that lets you grab a ball …

Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality Is About To Change Art Forever

The future isn’t about QR codes. It’s where the handmade blends with the hand-coded.<p>It’s just a few stones sitting on paper, rocks that look like they’ve been pulled from the nearest river and placed on a sheet of A9. But suddenly a lilliputian shadow appears, skipping across each stone as if it’s …

Augmented Reality

Design the Future with Sara Hendren

The Aspen Institute

Apartment Buildings That Break The Pattern With Their Memorable Designs

Every apartment building is unique and special somehow which is pretty impressive and quite surprising actually considering how many apartment …

Home - Skilpod

Snel<p>Skilpod koppelt een uitgekiend design aan een geoptimaliseerd bouwproces. Een Skilpod gebouw wordt volledig in een productie-atelier geproduceerd …

A San Francisco startup is 3D-printing entire houses in just one day

If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print out what you’re after in the near future.<p>A San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup, Apis Cor, has come up with an exceedingly affordable solution for building new houses. It can 3D-print concrete walls …

San Francisco

Design the Future | Transdisciplinary thinkers share their visions of how design can shape our world

About the Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Lecture Series<p>The School of Design lecture series features a renowned group of transdisciplinary thinkers and …

Do good with data

These concrete vases are a Brutalism fan’s dream come true

Sculptural and beautiful<p>Turns out that vases made out of concrete can be just as beautiful and sculptural as some of our favorite modern homes. Canadian architect and sculptor David Umemoto teamed up with Paris-based hat design company Larose to create a series of vases that are bold, Brutalist, …

Architecture

If Rainbow Brite Had An Office, It Would Look Like This

It’s not an optical illusion–the glass inside the creative media agency Canvas Worldwide‘s new Los Angeles office does change throughout the day. Like a visual mood ring, the iridescent expanse changes its gradient sheen depending on the time of day and the angle you see the glass. If Rainbow Brite …

Design

Prototyping Risks when Design is Disappearing

The following takes inspiration from Liz Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers’ recent metahistorical editorial article which periodizes design as:<p>1980s – …

Stop/Look/See - Photography by James Milmoe

Slick Alien-Horned 3D Sculptures Seem to Spin Forever

‘BLOOMS 2’ is here to entice, astonish, and make you excited about math.<p>With a tessellating texture and self-moving body that hops into action as if balanced on a turntable, an elegant 3D sculpture dazzles with its pristine mathematical design. Engineered by the technically-deft John Edmark, the …

Sculpture

[Exclusive] The Guggenheim's First Robotic Artwork Is Out of Control

Talking to artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, the ghosts inside the machine.<p>An enormous robotic arm, brandishing a giant squeegee, is poised over a pool of dark liquid which ceaselessly oozes outwards. With quick, smooth, aggressive movements, the machine performs a calculated dance, pivoting and …

Art