In an effort to investigate design and push creative methodologies we hacked existing dollar store items, designing, sketching and building a variety of personal and home goods. All our materials were acquired at the dollar store. Our goal was simple; design by hacking cheaply made plastic junk, and hopefully, manipulating some irony and employing some criticality in an otherwise humorless and often anonymous world of product.
Mark Jenkins cultural interventions seem to me to highlight our observation of conformity. If our brains develop through patern recognition then that which is outside the norm becomes recognisable, it's interesting just how small a change is necessary to create a break in that norm.
Breathing Earth is a rather interesting simulation that shows the carbon dioxide emissions of every country, along with their birth rates and death rates. Its no surprise to see the handful of countries that show up almost immediately. Just something to keep in mind...
The name says it all. We over here at Citizen-Citizen understand that good music is essential part of life. With Slacker you are able to stream a multitude of genres as long as you want for free without the hassle of creating a play-list; of course they have that option too.
It's best not to question what is you are looking at, rather, bathe in it's awesomeness. According to the good folks over at Instructables you will need:
-a laptop computer, pda, or other electronic device
-yarn (I used about 10 skeins for this)
-knitting needles (straight, double-pointed, and circular)
-a sense of humor
Technology meets fashion, or fashion meets technology, this is far beyond quirky and it wins for that alone. It does solve a problem or you could just, you know, go to another room if privacy is your thing.
The energy for tomorrow's miniature electronic devices could come from tiny microbatteries about half the size of a human cell and built with viruses. which could one day power a range of miniature devices, from labs-on-a-chip to implantable medical sensors -- by stamping them onto a variety of surfaces.
First, on a clear, rubbery material developers used soft lithography to create a pattern of tiny posts either four or eight millionths of a meter in diameter. On top of these posts, they then deposited several layers of two polymers that together act as the solid electrolyte and battery separator.
Next came viruses that preferentially self-assemble atop the polymer layers on the posts, ultimately forming the anode. Specifically, they altered the virus's genes so it makes protein coats that collect molecules of cobalt oxide to form ultrathin wires.
This seemed appropriate considering the Olympic moment, Greece is for Lovers based out of yes you guessed it, Athens. We just heard from them and they seem to be our first port of call the next time we hit Athens.
I'm never quite sure why we blog maybe there's some cartesian logic to it, I blog therefore I am. But I must say, that if I wasn't blogging I may never have had the opportunity to be effected by such ideas as this. Presented by Create/Reject as an inhouse project, I can only wish we could get them to work with us. Mmmm, now there's an idea.