I can't imagine a better way to spend two minutes than watching Johnny Kelly's "The Seed." It's an animated voyage of a single apple seed, through its natural life cycle: germination to fruit, digestion and back to the ground.
Watch it, and then check out the equally interesting making of feature, which shows the process of combing the paper stop motion with 2D handdrawn animation.
In 1979, the Czechoslovakian magazine ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců [An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists] published a cut-out paper camera known as the Dirkon - from dirk- the Czech word for pinhole, with -kon, from the Japanese photo masters Nikon.
ManMade reader Stephen sent in this heads-up on an awesome sound festival that happened last week: BarBot 2010, a cocktail party served by RoboBartenders. Imagine the soundtrack - a little 8-bit bossa nova? Some Switched-On Esquivel! or Moog-y Martin Denny?
"BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it’s the geeks who shall inherit the earth."
It seems like the original cocktail making robot fest is Roboexotica in Germany, where the robots above and below - Hobot and Bar2D2- were featured.
John Coker loves rockets, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between a rockets aerodynamic shape - long skinny body, pointed nose cone, etc - and a classic Crayola crayon.
So he got to thinking...And after ten years, he finally figured it out.
Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.
Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who works with recognizable found materials and secondhand objects, but rather than welding and gluing items together, simply organizes items with a natural, Tetris-like connectable affinity for each other into geometric shapes.
Some experts from his artistic statement:
"I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market...