Nick Veasey photographs normal objects; trucks, cars, buses, even underwear, but they are not the usual images, he X-rays these objects, often taking months to compile a single image, such as a Boeing 777. The process involves taking objects apart, X-raying individual parts, even cutting cars in half and creating a collage. At TEDGlobal, Nick explained that he uses a cadaver for most of the shots that need people because of the high levels of radiation generated, he even wears a device that measures the amount of radiation he's been exposed to. Currently he is busy working on an image of a classic Mini Cooper.
Via Business Week; Caterpillar has produced the D7E Hybrid tractor (bulldozer) which is 30% more fuel efficient than conventional diesel models. Over the course of ten years Caterpillar involved customers in the development process which improved the design and allowed users to compare the hybrid with other models during testing on locations throughout Europe and North America.
The Landrover S1 mobile phone is for all those serious adventure types who need a phone to match their vehicle. The phone is impervious to dust, dirt, shocks, drops, is completely waterproof to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes, can take up to 400 kgs of pressure and comes with a three year unconditional guarantee. Via Designboom.
Diane Steverlynck has designed the beautifully simple Tight Stool. 'Tight stool is a wooden puzzle of legs and a seat kept together with a coloured thread. This stool is inspired by the elementary binding system people use in everyday life to place together loose elements and form, change or fix objects. The thread is essential to the construction of the stool, it's the structural binding element, but it indirectly brings a decorative note that refers to the tradition of trimming. With a simple element as a rope, individual elements stick together to make a seat. The only thing required is some strength.' Diane Steverlynck. Via Ponoko.
PSFK interviewed Karim Rashid discussing his Doride lamp design and other topics. Some words of wisdom from the design superstar; 'Design is about shaping the future, about contemporary needs, desires, technologies, materials, and new social behaviors. Design is about revisiting and evolving our culture and physical landscape. Innovation is inseparable from design. It is not about trends, it is not about problem solving, it is not about just ‘form’ or just ‘function’ – design is the tool of progress and evolving our experiential aesthetic world. Everything needs to be designed from our airplane interiors to our shampoo bottles to our money – from our everyday household items to our mobile phones, from light switches to our urban landscapes. We need to beautify this planet in every aspect, in every corner of the earth. Today especially, design must prove its’ worth and address the inhuman built environment to give us elevated, more pleasurable, more qualitative, aesthetic humanized seamless conditions. Design must evolve us – and create a beautification and betterment for society. In that respect design is needed more than ever! We should focus on how we can make our world more beautiful, more sustainable, more functional, more fluid.'
Eight finalists have been chosen for the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom, the finalists submitted designs ranging from an outdoor classroom for children in inner-city Chicago, learning spaces for the children of salt pan workers in India, safe spaces for youth in Bogota, Colombia, a bamboo classroom in the Himalayan mountains.