Stick Bomb!

Fun project for the weekend: play with physics and patterns! This is a cobra-weave stick bomb, which makes a huge loud racket that kids will doubtless love and cats will doubtless hate. I found these very much by accident a …

A Magazine Is an iPad That Doesn’t Work

This has been flying around the interwebs all day: a baby who’s confused that she can’t get a magazine to work like an iPad. On the one hand: yes, it’s fascinating that she thinks a magazine should work the other …

Your Creations Are Not Yours

Here’s a chilling fact about employee-employer relations I never knew: if you create something while under your employer’s hire—even if you don’t create it during work time—your employer owns it. So if you create anything that relates directly to their …

What to Wear to a… Protest?

So, Steve Heller pointed out yesterday that the New York Times, for some reason, felt it necessary to commission logos for an occupation the rest of the media landscape had barely acknowledged prior to two weeks ago. That, in and of …

Vintage Circus Photography

Last week was kind of a crazy one for technology news, between Adobe, then Apple, then Steve Jobs’ death—not to mention terrible economic news from everywhere. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little bit of a …

A Few Stories About Steve

I don’t really know what to say about Steve Jobs’ passing last night, other than: it actually shocked me, and that surprised me. I was on a treadmill at the gym. I looked around frantically to see if anyone else’s …

What the Heck's a “Guilloche?”

In my never-ending quest to re-integrate ideas of artistry and technology, I’ve been shown another example. Here’s a gorgeous video showing how a guillocheur creates his work. A guillocheur is sort of a machine operator, sort of a craftsperson, sort …

Your Industry Changed (Again) Yesterday

So everyone heard that Adobe introduced some new tools for us to merrily sink our cash into, yes? Good! Let’s talk about the astounding changes in business that are happening to us right now, and seemingly every week. But first, …

Design Isn't a Job. Discuss.

I’m a big fan of Alice Rawsthorn’s thoughtful writing on design; did everyone see this piece she did for the Times yesterday? It’s full of big implications. She’s discussing a show curated by Ai Weiwei in which designed objects are …

Journey of an Absolute Rookie

I’m absolutely not in the mood to bitch about technology, education, capitalism, employment, stupid policy, any of that today. (I’m sure everyone’s relieved.) Let’s look at something reassuring. This is a thread on conceptart.org that my boyfriend pointed out to …