Monets, Munchs and Mondrians: The Art Institute of Chicago has photographed over 50,000 artworks in their collection and made all of them freely available online, in high definition. In addition to paintings and drawings, there are shots of architectural interiors and exteriors, floorplans, sculptures, writings, objects, draftings and sketches. At
Remember that early design school assignment where you're given a block of material (at my school, wood, at another school I'd heard about, aluminum) and asked to transform it into something using whatever means you choose? The assignment is purposely kept vague, as students are encouraged to be as creative
When car companies introduce new vehicles, they typically host media drives for journalists as a way to generate buzz and reviews in advance of dealership sales to the public. The majority of the time spent on these drive programs is experimental, mostly driving and eating (a lot of eating). Additionally,
At a Sotheby's auction this month, Banksy had one of his pieces on offer, mounted in a baroque, self-created frame. After the bidding war ended at a staggering £860,000 (USD $1.1 million), an alarm sounded and the frame revealed a surprising capability. Here's how it went down, followed by footage
Here's an interesting product that might raise some thorny copyright issues. Canvia is a digital frame that allows you to display artwork in either portrait or landscape, but what makes it different from others of its kind is that it contains built-in sensors and proprietary display software that renders
Artist Jonathan Trayte's first US solo exhibition, Fruiting Habits recently opened at Friedman Benda, and the included pieces are definitely not for the conventional-minded. Trayte's approach to furniture and lighting design is the combination of his fine art/sculpture background and his training as a chef and foundry metal worker. All
Of all the ridiculous arguments you'll overhear on the NYC subway, most are not worth your time to listen in on; it's obvious that St. Mark's Place is not within "the Lower East Side" and everyone knows that Kanye West does not have a degree in architecture. But this one was too good for me not to surreptitiously lean towards: A woman insisting that those giant head statues on Easter Island actually have bodies below the earth's surface, and her male companion dismissing this as a myth.
Since 1970, "book craftsman" Martin Frost has been practicing the forgotten art of fore-edge painting. This is a technique whereby a hardcover book is placed in a special vise/press, like so… …enabling Frost to work the spread edges of the pages like a canvas. Once returned to its normal disposition,
COS has returned to Milan Design Week for a seventh consecutive collaborative installation. Last year, the London-based fashion brand collaborated with Studio Swine to create a multi-sensory experience including a fountain of air-bubbles. This time around, the collaborator is Palm Springs-based designer Phillip K. Smith III , and for the
This is one of those bizarrely creative things that I'd only expect to see come out of Japan. In the early '90s, the country village of Inakadate watched as their population continued moving to the cities, and the local council began brainstorming ways to turn the village into a tourist
This is pretty wicked: Google's Arts & Culture Experiments team has created Art Palette, a free, online tool that lets you plug in a palette--or upload an image--and it then shows you every piece of artwork in their massive database that has a similar palette. To test it out I
This is a wonderful experimental video that uses rotoscoping, a century-old process whereby artists traced footage of live humans in order to create believable animation frames. But instead of creating an animation, here creative director Masahiko Sato creates geometric figures and traces the abstract shapes "drawn" by ballerina Kurimu Urabe:
These pieces of metal were made to adorn tansu, traditional Japanese storage chests. Astonishingly, objects like these aren't made by stamping, pressing or embossing, but instead are actually hammered out by hand, completely absent any 3D pattern or form. Watch how this is done: The technique, which dates back
Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert (famous for his work with balloons) threw a party where guests wore shoe-extenders to make them all the same height of 2 meters. Aside from bringing the partygoers all to a common eye level (and eliminating the awkward postures of party talk between the tall and the short), the gathering is lent an infographic nature by the shoes: all made from blue foam, the person's real height is read in the visual uniformity of the sole instead of at the head—like a walking b
Tired of seeing the Nike swoosh in the same place, over and over? Tired of seeing logos on sneakers in general? Nike's now giving you the option to place your own or opt-out entirely with their recently released Gakou Flyknit. In all honesty, the design of the sneaker itself isn't all that revolutionary—by this point, we've all grown accustomed to sock-like shoes being worn everywhere from the gym to the office.
These days our basic furniture needs are met very economically by factories, so if you are making furniture the reason is usually a personal challenge, a desire to work with one's hands, and a desire to push the envelope of what can be made with wood. This entry is about
As consumer activities are occurring even more frequently on digital platforms, most goods stay in transportation longer than they used to traditionally. "The Journey" is a concept meant to turn the shipping process into a part of the manufacturing stage, which also replaces the traditional physical role of craft men with passive devices.
British artist Simon Birch is the creative force behind The 14th Factory, an L.A.-based industrial warehouse that's been converted to an art gallery. The gallery, which features the work of dozens of artists, was designed by Birch to be interactive. But perhaps not this interactive: According to Hyperallergic, The footage
The mission of the Kentucky Music Educators Association is to "enrich the lives of students through music." Each year they host a gathering of their All State Choir, where roughly 1,000 students from around Kentucky stay together at an 18-story Hyatt Hotel. At 11pm, the students all come out of
Yesterday was July 4th, a day when Americans see many flying flags. But one that environmentally-unfriendly industrialists might not like to see is artist John Gerrard's "Western Flag:" To be clear, Gerrard is neither American nor is "Western Flag" a critique of America. Rather, the Irish artist is making
Yesterday in Core77's hometown of NYC, Macy's put on their traditional Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. As always it was held after sundown. But having seen this show countless times, it would be nice to see a daylight fireworks show for a change. That requires different sorts of fireworks, of course. Here's one way that fireworks designers have rendered their creations visible in direct sunlight:
VR, AR, MR: It seems certain our future will be filled with [something]-reality, and my guess is that augmented reality will have the most practical applications. In the service of pure art, however, creative studio Theoriz is pushing the boundaries of MR, or mixed reality, by combining VR tracking technologies
RISD is seeking a Director of Design to convey the collective imagination of the college community through integrated print and digital communications that engage and inform diverse audiences, including prospective and current students, donors, faculty members, alumni and the general public. The director, who reports to the Chief Marketing
Some of you young nerds have probably never spent time hanging around in niche interest internet forums, and some of you old nerds probably never bothered. If so, take my word for it, they're some of the purest creative spaces left on earth. Whether or not you share a board's
Most of us see our dogs from this angle, as we're taller than them: German photographer Andrius Burba, however, has found a different perspective. "I've recently found a great interest in taking pictures of various animals from underneath," he writes. Prior to shooting dogs, Burba began with cats: Amazingly,
There used to be an exciting anticipation with pre-digital photography: You hit the shutter button, then waited hours or days to see how the film came out. Digital photography has wiped that out with screens delivering instant gratification. However, some photographers that shoot digital, like Xavi Bou, still have
Calico Wallpaper has collaborated with four talented designers/design teams for their first solo Milan Design Week exhibit, Imagined Landscape. Faye Toogood, Snarkitecture, Ana Kraš and BCXSY are the first outside designers to collaborate with the bespoke wallpaper company. For the collection, they explored the relationship between sense of place and
An arguably refreshing aspect of Milan Design Week's smaller contender shows are their concentration on the importance of spontaneity and experimentation—Salone offshoots such as Ventura Lambrate and Rosanna Orlandi embrace the unconventional, giving way to a new understanding of designers' processes and research. A view of MINDCRAFT's 2015 exhibitionIn
Sometimes it feels difficult to attend an art event that feels equally inclusive of the serious and the lighthearted, or even a place that feels interactive and low-key enough to spend a fair amount of time in. For those participating in the New York Armory Arts Week scene this weekend
Bina Baitel is an artist and designer with an odd take on material. Her work often ranges into the whimsical and fantastic, but this piece feels a bit sinister. The Lash Clock doesn't just remove normal markers for time telling from the clock's face, it adds slowly undulating hair.
Want to seem like you're into cars, without having to actually give a damn about cars?* Ally Financial debuted some conceptual "New Car Smell" scent options at this year's NAIAS that might be able to help you out. Their fine line of auto-themed scents first showed up
Artist Raphael Vangelis has given our familiar and increasingly rare digital waiting signals a hands-on portrait. His animated short "Analogue Loaders" takes on several ubiquitous symbols for loading and injects them into IRL environments using stop motion. Seen in a new locale some might take a moment to identify, and
Even if you don't live in a hip neighborhood, art might be in the air. The designers behind the Kaalink pollution filter want to keep airborne carbon out of the atmosphere and back in your sketchbook. Their project, called Air-Ink, is a result of several years of research at MIT's
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