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James Kelly – Burn It Down

Dans cette vidéo, Arbor Collective présente sa nouvelle planche de skateboard. Pendant quelques minutes on peut voir un des membre du collectif, le skateur James Kelly, dévaler à toute allure une route montagneuse. La démonstration, à couper le souffle, offre également d’incroyables panorama sur une bande son signée Swans. À découvrir dans l’article.

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Lava combines western and eastern symbols to create "universal" icons

Beijing Design Week 2014: design studio Lava has created a set of symbols that take elements from both Chinese characters and Western graphics in the hope that they will be understood by people from both cultures (+ slideshow).

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Lava‘s In a Simplified World system is designed to be used on signage around Beijing’s ancient hutong neighbourhoods, where the demographic of residents is increasingly diversifying.



Signs around Beijing are often written in combinations of Chinese, English and pinyin – Chinese written in the Latin alphabet.

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The studio hopes that the new symbols could eradicate the need for this, reducing the size of intrusive placards and billboards.

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Designers at Lava’s Beijing office researched the origins of Chinese characters, many of which are pictograms derived from images of what they exemplify.

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“We started by looking at the traditional Chinese characters, how they build up,” Céline Lamée from Lava told Dezeen. “Then we looked at how symbols are used differently in the west and the east.”

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They used this research to adapt and combine the characters with symbols commonly found on Western signage.

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The result is a series of minimal pictures that all follow a consistent style, aiming to make them easier for people from all around the world to recognise.

“We want them to be as universal as possible,” said Lamée. “Some are really clear, while others are more abstract.”

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Some of the new symbols are taken from international popular culture, like derivations of cartoons Hello Kitty to signify a cat and Miffy to represent a rabbit.

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The team at Lava are currently experimenting with their writing, placing the signs around the hutongs on pieces of fabrics or as chalk drawings on the floor, and awaiting feedback from the residents.

“We put them on seats and walls, painting them with water so they’re temporary,” Lamée said. “The next step is to see if people respond to them.”

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The designers have already created over 100 symbols and are continuing to expand the series.

“We’re going to develop them so we have more and more, finding out what is understood and what isn’t, and how to apply them in a nice way as we go,” said Lamée.

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Lava, which was founded in the Netherlands in 1990, is presenting the project for this year’s Beijing Design Week, taking place across the Chinese capital until 3 October.

In a Simplified World is on display at the Quanyechang building, close to the Dashilar hutong – just south of Tiananmen Square.

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It is one of several “pilot projects” initiated to sustain and improve this traditional residential area, as many others around the city have been destroyed to make way for urban development.

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Chalk Mural by Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston est un designer basé à Toronto dont nous avons déjà parlé précédemment. L’artiste a été invité à créer une illustration murale pour la nouvelle brasserie Sierra Nevada à Asheville aux USA. Cette illustration faite à l’aide de craie blanche mesure près de 148m2 et a été réalisée en trois semaines. L’œuvre décrit en images le processus de fabrication de la bière. Une belle initiative à découvrir en images.

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Panoramic Lake Cabin

Les architectes de chez FAM Architekti et Feilden+Mawson ont construit cette année une cabane au bord d’un lac situé en République Tchèque. Les fenêtres permettent une vue panoramique sur le lac, que l’on peut contempler depuis le coin cheminée. A découvrir à travers des photos de Tomas Balej.

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Chalk Mural by Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston est un designer basé à Toronto dont nous avons déjà parlé précédemment. L’artiste a été invité à créer une illustration murale pour la nouvelle brasserie Sierra Nevada à Asheville aux USA. Cette illustration faite à l’aide de craie blanche mesure près de 148m2 et a été réalisée en trois semaines. L’œuvre décrit en images le processus de fabrication de la bière. Une belle initiative à découvrir en images.

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Pimp my Tempo – I risultati

Nel maggio scorso i fazzoletti Tempo avevano lanciato un concorso tra gli studenti dello IED per disegnare una nuova serie di confezioni che reinterpretasse l’anima del brand: #PimpMyTempo Dell’iniziativa avevo già parlato su Elmanco, per invitare i lettori a scegliere la proposta preferita attraverso un contest online organizzato nella pagina Facebook di Tempo. Il 19 maggio è stata nominata vincitrice Nicoletta Santini, che si è aggiudicata un viaggio a New York per due persone e vedrà la propria creazione stampata su milioni di pacchetti di fazzoletti.

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Il progetto di Nicoletta, intitolato “Decadi”, prevede 6 texture, ognuna emblematica di un decennio dal 1960 ad oggi: il periodo in cui i fazzoletti Tempo sono stati al fianco degli italiani. E’ un buon risultato, perché le texture grafiche sono piacevoli giocano in maniera intelligente con il nome e la storia del brand.
I nuovi pacchetti di fazzoletti #Tempo sono disponibili da settembre 2014 nei principali punti vendita…
Complimenti Nicoletta!

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Light Up the City

The conceptual Noise Power system explores the transformation of sound energy, specifically that of road traffic, into usable light. Designed to surround roadways, the solution harnesses energy produced by acoustic micro-vibrations which are passed through a sensitive membrane to a generator that provides electricity to low-voltage LEDs. The result is a large scale system that not only reduces noise pollution, but provides safety lighting powered by the very drivers that need it!

Designer: Yu-Sheng Chen

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Meet the eBugatti

A winner of the Auto Design Prague: Talent of the Year Award, the Coupémotion concept follows in the footsteps of Bugatti’s “pur sang” design principle where lightness and modern aesthetics meet. To achieve this, it’s powered by 4 electric wheel hub engines which allow for both greater range as well as enhanced agility with each operating independently. As for styling, it harkens back to the original coupe where the passenger is fully enclosed while the driver is centered and partially covered.

Designer: Henri von Freyberg

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