Ferrari's, like most supercars, polarize opinion. Flash and brash, or svelte and stunning…depending on your outlook, or possibly, the cars' vintage. But to any automotive designer or car obsessive, there's no denying Ferrari's hallowed place in history. Finding myself in Italy visiting family over the Christmas break, I made sure
Imagine being an archaeologist in the 1930s and finding, etched into a fossilized chunk of sandstone, a perfect circle. Far too perfect to have been drawn by human hands. Or imagine being a Viking coming ashore onto Iceland for the first time, and finding perfect circles in the sand of
In the late 19th Century, French inventor Charles-Émile Reynaud developed a way to project primitive moving images onto a painted background scene. He called his invention the Théâtre Optique (Optical Theater) and began wowing Parisian crowds with it in 1892. Here in 2016, film director and visual artist Jeff Desom
Retro design is a given with U.S. automakers, who'll gamely mine their archives in an effort to resurrect former glory. But one thing they'd never do is release a re-skinned Mustang or Charger and outfit it with carburators and drum brakes; the technological underpinnings have to be cutting-edge in order
Beginning in the '90s, Karim Rashid famously claimed that we touch, on average, some 600 objects a day. Now another industrial designer, London-based Paula Zucotti, has released a project where she seeks to reveal exactly what those objects are. To be clear, Zucotti's project, a photo book entitled Every Thing
Here are the facts: Smartphones are ubiquitous, the compact camera market is fading and GoPro's got the action market locked up. So you'd think the last thing an upstart design firm would do is create a new type of compact camera and attempt to launch it themselves. But Seoul-based BOUD
This is one of those small, simple, useful product designs that have you kicking yourself for not thinking of it first. Beijing-based photographer Zhou Ruogu was frustrated with the set-up time required to get his GoPro at the desired angle. After spotting this Dungeons-and-Dragons-Die-resembling Chinese seal… …he struck upon the
We think of undoctored photographs as unassailably truthful documents. What you see is what was actually there in front of the lens. But in this fascinating experiment conducted by Canon-backed The Lab, a program started to spread photography knowledge through educational exercises, the photographer's power to "draw" the image they
Earlier this year, NASA's Europa Mission Tweeted the following photo: "One of these is Jupiter's moon Europa," they wrote, "the rest are frying pans." We're sure you're trying to guess which of these is the real deal, but before we get to that, where did these images come from? While
Years ago someone saw some photos I had taken and said "Wow, your camera takes really good photos." I thought that was like saying to someone "Wow, your pot makes really good stew." And it struck a chord with me when sketchmaster Spencer Nugent told me that students always ask
Market research shows that 50% of folks who own an SLR camera no longer use it. It's simply too bulky to carry around, especially with a full complement of lenses, and most of us find it more convenient to shoot with our phones. Enter brilliant inventor Rajiv Laroia, who stopped
Each morning I pass Manhattan's Central Booking, a/k/a jail. Sometimes a squadcar pulls up and a pair of hotcops transfer an arrestee inside, marching the handcuffed perp through the gate. Two weeks ago, as this familiar sight was unfolding, a hipster walked past, spotted a perp march in progress, pulled
While looking through old photos, we find that pictures of ourselves inspire the strongest memories. But it is not easy for people who don't like being photographed or feel embarrassed to take selfies, and they often end up with very few pictures of themselves. Although most photography tools today
The industrial designer known only as Product Tank is a frequent contributor to the Core77 boards, and we always enjoy looking in on his work (see list at bottom). PT's latest: A camera tripod that can be operated with one hand. Your average tripod is a real pain in the
Kowloon Walled City was a crazy social experiment, except there were no scientists in charge; the test subjects were. On the site of a dismantled Chinese fortress in Hong Kong, refugee squatters began building makeshift homes in the 1940s. What started out as 2,000 refugees in huts gradually grew into
New York City-based creative agency and rapid-prototyping house BREAKFAST wears many hats marrying advertising, art, graphic design, industrial design and rapid product and prototype production. "We are a unique group with a massively diverse set of skills...as good at engineering as we are at design and ideation," the company writes.
Earlier I bitched about self-entitled folks taking photographs to the potential detriment of others. But this is way, way worse. On Friday a wildfire broke out in California. Unfortunately for a group of motorists stuck in traffic, the fire happened to intersect with the 15 freeway: Once it hit the
For years we've praised GoPro, whose tiny, ruggedized cameras have arguably altered videography more than drones and smartphones. While drones provide interesting overhead angles and iPhones provide serendipitous footage through sheer ubiquity, the folks that strap GoPros to their torsos and hit the record button are usually about to do
While the Cloak Bag seems to have won universal praise, I have mixed thoughts about it. First off, take a look at what it does: Okay, harmless enough, right? The inventor bills its design as anti-crime, hiding its cargo from "people who might be eyeing your camera in sketchy areas."
Starting in the '90s, New Yorkers began spotting an unusual sight on the sidewalks: A lone man or woman in business attire slapping foundation on his/her face, setting up a camera on a tripod, unwinding the microphone cable, and reporting news by themselves. The then-upstart news network called NY1 had
Tonight, Curiosity Club welcomes Geoffrey Hiller to discuss his photo documentary work in the once-closed country of Myanmar in his talk "Making A Photography Book." Starts 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, and streaming on the Curiosity Club homepage. Myanmar in Southeast Asia is one of the
As a product designer, it seems crazy to me that no one's really figured out the SLR camera lens cap thing. Which is to say, where do you put the cap while you're shooting on-the-go? "I hate that lanyard/hanging lens cap solution," pro shooter Mike Cinquino (of the self-shot video
I've just watched the umpteenth Kickstarter video with crappy sound and that awkward-designer-mumbles-towards-the-camera production value. Folks, come on—when trying to verbally communicate the value of something, audio is important, and it's not all that hard (nor expensive) to get right. NYC-based photographer Michael Cinquino has started up an initiative called
GoPro's variety of harnesses let you mount their cameras to your head, chest or even your dog. But a new company has developed a flying camera that you needn't wear at all. You simply throw the Lily, as it's called, into the air, where it takes flight and follows you
Product photography is one of the more technically challenging subsets of shooting, requiring a masterful understanding of lighting. And within product photography, automotive photography is even beastlier, because the product in question is huge and not exactly easy to reposition. Still, it's safe to say that pro shooter Scott Kelby
Brittany Wright photographs everything from products and spaces to weddings and portraits. But our favorite part of the Seattle-based shooter's book is her series on food. "I'm working on my life goal of teaching myself how to cook everything and anything," Wright writes. "I enjoy the science behind cooking and
In addition to being a product designer, UK-based Samuel Granger is an avid photographer. Those familiar with studio photography know there's already a bewildering array of lighting products on the market, but Granger spotted an unmet need in the area of macro photography. "Lighting macro photography subjects is very challenging,
It's not exactly the sequel to "Up"
The cold weather leaves us all feeling deflated
When it's red, it's ready
Southern Siberia's Lake Baikal has a lot of distinctions. By volume it's the largest freshwater lake in the world. It's also the deepest. And according to biologists who study zooplankton and how light penetration affects their activity, Lake Baikal is one of the clearest lakes in the world.The clarity of...
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