Optimal Energy has launched an online campaign called ‘Don’t be a Passenger’, you can follow the blog, twitter feed, facebook page and win a trip for two to the Arctic. From the site: “How we live today will continue to have an impact on our future and the future of our environment. In the 4 minutes that you will watch this video many things will change. It's up to you to make that change for the better.” Spread the (green) word.
Michael Young has been very busy lately: developing the Avalon swivel chair for Swedese and a great looking ‘Lancaster collection’ chairs an tables for Emeco which has cast aluminum seats and backs with ash legs. Young has also been appointed as the Creative Director of 100% Design Shanghai / IHDD 2010. See Dezeen’s feature on Young.
ARM has posted a video showing a Nokia N95, coupled with LEGO Mindstorm NXT kit and LEGO Technic pieces, solving a 4x4x4 Rubik's cube. The N95's camera is used to identify the layout of the color squares and work out the moves necessary to solve the puzzle. The N95 then instructs the LEGO model on the moves to make. A 4x4x4 Rubik’s cube is much tougher to solve than the classic 3x3x3 cube, which has been done before, but not using a mobile phone.
For those serious LEGO fans, check out LDraw™ “an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. You can use it to document models you have physically built, create building instructions just like LEGO, render 3D photo realistic images of your virtual models and even make animations. The possibilities are endless. Unlike real LEGO bricks where you are limited by the number of parts and colors, in LDraw nothing is impossible.”Here is a cool video explaining the concept and design about the Nexus One. ‘Nexus One The Story’ is a series of short films documenting the making of Nexus One.
South Africa’s Kulula airlines recently received the rebranding treatment from their in house creative team when they applied this 101 guide to the various parts of the airplane. Now you know that the captain is the ‘big cheese’, see more airplane paint jobs here. Originally from CherryFlava.
Who says design is rubbish? Louis Vuitton has launched a new handbag, that you can fit all you stuff in, it waterproof, has a nice strap and it looks like.......a garbage bag. Designed by Marc Jacobs, the $2000 bag should be a hit with those with more taste than sense.
Ending off, we have started a topic of discussion on our Facebook page; “Do you think the iPad will become a an essential tool in design offices for sketching”, what do you think? Image; Michael DiTullo.