Around The Web 02.05.16

Geometric Shapes in Nature

Interesting geometric sculptures in nature created by Martin Hill via Swiss Miss

A company from Japan is going to build the worlds first autonomous farm.

This video of small RC Planes flying through a giant loop looks like a scene out of a movie.

Is it possible that Tokyo will host a floating eco-city in 30 years? I sure hope so.

*Spoiler Alert – with the Super Bowl taking place on Sunday. Here’s a link to all the Super Bowl commercials that will be shown.

Around The Web 01.29.16

Animated Double Exposure

The animated double exposures by Said Dagdeviren are amazing.

How NYC is subtly redesigning their subway cars.

Breifcase celebrates twenty years of Czech typeface.

This might be a leak of Snapchat redesign or it could just be rumors.

An interesting photo series documenting West African barbershops by Andrew Esiebo.

Around The Web 01.22.16

Second Skins

Second Skin is an ongoing project by photographer, Miguel Vallinas. The series captures portraits of animals in human bodies. It’s bizarre, beautiful and fascinating all at the same time.

North Korea has claimed that they have invented hangover-free alcohol. We will most likely never know if they are bluffing or not, but if they are serious I hope they can replicate that in America.

Graphic designers Craig & Karl created a brand identity that functions like a slot machine, resulting in countless identity changes.

It’s Nice That put together a collection of their favorite beer branding. Based on the design alone, I would be open to try them all!

Volkswagen created a spoof showing a trailer dragging a car in reverse. The reactions are pretty good.

Around The Web 01.14.16

Underwater Photography by Kim Keever

Amazing and colorful Underwater Photography by NYC based artists Kim Keever.

Some nice font alternatives to the heavily used Helevetica. via Subtraction

Japan’s version of Monopoly. Yes, it’s wacky, crazy and awesome all in one!

It’s not always about the money but it’s good to know, Which Design Jobs Pay the Most.

And for your Friday entertainment, all of Quentin Tarantino’s popular films summed up in 3 minutes.

Around The Web: 01.07.16

Kodak Super 8 Film Camera

Kodak announced the return of their Super 8 Film Camera this week. Their debuting it at the 2016 CES show.

The New York Public Library released 187,000 free high resolution images to use.

The much anticipated Oculus Rift went on pre-order this week for $599. Unfortunately, this is only compatible with PCs.

We all know saving each image from a website can be time consuming. Thanks to a chrome extension, I’m A Gentleman you can now save every image on a page with one click.

On the topic of cameras, Nikon has announced a 360 degree 4K camera called The KeyMission 360.

Holiday Gift Guide for the _______ Designer

UNWIND — for the overworked designer
We all know how grueling and demanding this time of year can be. With ridiculously tight deadlines and countless hours trying to meet them, it’s easy to get burnt out. While these gifts might not resolve everything, they should at least calm you down, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Yamazaki 12 Year Whisky
Yamazaki Whisky 12 Year — $80
No better way to unwind than with a glass of smooth tasting Whisky. As Bill Murray said “For a relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”

Jawbone Big Jambox
Jawbone Big Jambox — $200
Listening to music is always a good way to relax. Whether you’re into jazz, rock, folk or hip-hop, this little cordless portable speaker will project the perfect sound for up to 15 hours. You can also customize your own colors.

A Book Apart
A Book Apart — $25 to $100
Personally I don’t read to relax but if that’s your thing, A Book Apart has a great selection of web design related books written by many industry peers and experts. If you’re not sure what to pick up, they also sell gift cards for $25, $50 and $100.

BREAKTHROUGH — for the designer with creative block
As designers or creatives we’ve all been there. You’re stuck in what seems like a black hole of well, nothing. You can’t seem to focus or come up with any ideas for your project and times ticking away. Sometimes the best thing to do is step away from the computer and try to seek inspiration elsewhere.

Fuji X100T
Fuji X100T — $1,099
When I need inspiration, one thing that helps is to walk around and take photos. With this slick looking, compact and high-quality camera this is the perfect companion to bring along.

Topo Rover Pack
Topo Rover Pack — $198
While you’re walking around seeking inspiration, this heavy duty Topo bag is not only stylish but well designed to carry your stuff.

Wacom Bamboo Spark
Wacom Bamboo Spark — $160
This Wacom pen allows you to take notes or create sketches on regular paper and easily transfer them onto a digital device.

HOOKED— for the obsessed designer
We all have that friend who’s obsessed with something. In this case, it’s the obsessed designer who knows a bit too much about typography and colors and needs the latest gadget just to have it.

Typography Scrabble
Scrabble Typography — $50
While your friends might not notice the difference in this version of Scrabble, to you the font’s a game changer.

Pantone Coffee Pot
Pantone Coffee Pot — $30
Start thinking of colors first thing in the morning with this Pantone Coffee Pot. It’s also available in color 2294, for the digital people that’s #83b13b.

Cubify 3D Printer
Cubify 3D Printer — $999
Stay on top of the game and make your friends jealous with your very own 3D Printer by Cubify. This printer is ready to go out of the box.

Exploring The Underground with WFUV

Last week I had the privilege to speak with George Bodarky of WFUV who runs the podcast Cityscape. WFUV is a Fordham University radio station that’s also an affiliate of NPR. This was my first time doing a radio interview so it was definitely exciting and a bit nerve wrecking at the same time. We spoke about the New York City subway and my project NY Train Project. You can hear the podcast over at WFUV or below.