Patric King

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 couple weeks ago when I was looking up methods of knot-tying for a client...

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 way. On the other: this is totally unscientific. what if she’d been taught magazines...

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 business, they don’t have to pay you anything extra to use it. Wow. Here’s...

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 itself, was weird enough—and it was weirder that the logos they were given were...

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 beauty break. Today, I’m just looking at something cool a friend sent along: color...

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 reality had suddenly gotten a little weird. To my left, a woman coolly ignored...

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 of an artist, who creates the beautiful rosettes we’ve all seen engraved into the...

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, I’d like you to read something from Clay Shirky wrote in April of last...

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 considered to be the artifact of not necessarily a professional endeavor, a basic human...

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 me: it’s astounding because 1) it was started in 2002, 2) it’s still going,...