Yesterday morning, design-loving New Yorkers were shaking off hangovers from Saturday night's NYCxDesign festivities. But 7,500 feet above lower Manhattan, five maniacs were wide awake as they jumped out of a plane wearing wingsuits.
The Red Bull Air Force, as they're called, were promoting a non-design-related event, net weekend's Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. To that end they rocketed across NYC airspace at speeds of up to 120 mph, before steering over to the Hudson, where they deployed chutes and landed on a barge. Total airtime was around two minutes.
Red Bull has yet to release the attendant video, but the A/P managed to snag an unnarrated raw copy of the footage:
Next year we gotta hire these guys to drop the Core77 Design Daily over the city like leaflets.
Artist Rene Turrek, thermochromic paint, a Lamborghini, a BMW and Marvel's Avengers
Thermochromic paint, sometimes incorrectly referred to as thermochromatic paint, is neat stuff. It contains pigments that change color as the ambient temperature changes. And in the labs of a company like the UK's Indestructible Specialist Coating Manufacturer, the temperature at which it changes, and the beginning and end colors, can
It happens every day: The city has graciously created bike lanes along certain avenues, but you don't have to cycle for more than a few blocks before you encounter some jackass in an SUV double-parked right in the middle of one. New York City is not alone in this, of
The original 1983 version of Vacation wasn't a great movie, I get it. But at least the Wagon Queen Family Truckster gag was somewhat trenchant, skewering U.S. auto manufacturers of the time for having terrible design sense. The new 2015 Vacation—centered around original son Rusty Griswold now grown and with
A real-life Griswold family builds a real-life Wagon Queen Family Truckster
There are plenty of iconic film cars, from the Back to the Future Delorean to Christine's '58 Fury to James Bond's ever-evolving collection of Aston-Martins. But the only one that made an active commentary on the (then-dismal) state of automotive design was the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's