Posts by Josh Mings


Ploom modelTwo Slays Smoking with Slick Design and Heated Tobacco Pods

23 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, INTERVIEWS

If you’re ok with dropping the “cool factor” that goes along with smoke rising from around your face, sounding like a 200 year old truck-driver on a respirator and smelling of burnt carcinogens, then the Ploom modelTwo may be just the right nicotine absorption alternative for you. Ploom recently won the coveted Red Dot Design Award for the device that totally reinvents smoking, warming a wee tobacco pod for a perfect vapor inhaling experience while at the same time eliminating the concerns that go with lighting up. We shot some questions over to Ploom CEO, James Monsees, to find out about the development process and what makes the Ploom modelTwo an award winning design.


Behind the Design: The Hand-crafted Morgan 3 Wheeler Makes Motoring Massively Fun

22 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN

Sure, at the right angle it looks like the backend was cleaned off by a semi trailer truck barreling down the road, but the reinvigorated Morgan 3 Wheeler is the three-wheeled car that three-wheeled, leather-wearing man-dreams are made of. Don’t doubt yourself if the Morgan 3 Wheeler rings a bell. The company has been kicking quads to the curb since 1910–Your grandpappy probably had a few Popular Mechanics centerfolds of the little beastie up on his walls. Jeff Glucker of Hooniverse is a fan too, and had the chance to drive the car around the rolling hills of sunny Southern California.


Friday Smackdown: Seven Foot Hat

18 Apr, 2014 by in SMACKDOWN

Pans and pans, stacks and stands of them. The old shopkeeper smiling out from their tops had a new hat. A red one, seven feet tall covered in pockets and hands with flutes and pot scrubbers, all preparing for these links.

Simon Stalenhag – New work from Simon. Small bots, salvage yards and urban settings in a convincing future world.
ring juggling – Mesmerizing. Lindzee Poi with Eight Rings, demonstrating how they work to provide the illusion. No video magic here.
James Fennell – Has a way of capturing the size and grandeur of interiors from around the world.
Omega – A stop-motion animated short has us follow a mechanical creature through a wasteland, searching. Interesting landscapes and even more interesting creatures.
World’s fastest workout – A graphic that breaks down the World’s fastest workout–how it works, what it benefits and how to do it. App included.
Car UX – The inside front console of cars, lots of cars, from Audi to VW. A nice set of concept images as well.
Action Bill – More stop-motion. This time it’s Lego, a time-travelling William Shatner in a robot on the hunt for William Shakespeare.
Brand it – A free branding mock-up, with all you need to make that mark standout. Hi-res .psd and more on the site.
Sick edit – Weekend project. Make a sick mountain bike edit. Go.


LEGO Robot Does Your Bidding Via Leap Motion Control Device

15 Apr, 2014 by in TECH

Can you make a robot do your bidding by the mere movement of your hands? The answer is yes. Can you make a robot use a motion controller to control itself? While your brain capillaries burst considering that, check out the nifty integration between the Leap Motion Controller and LEGO Mindstorm EV3 posted by the team at Leap Motion. German Vargas from the Math Department of the College of Coastal Georgia programmed it, linked it and strapped a laptop to his belly while walking around campus, shocking people as he controlled the bot by waving his hand about.


Friday Smackdown: Funk Chunkin’

11 Apr, 2014 by in SMACKDOWN

A long smile and cantankerous sneer sent the chill of an afternoon storm through the room. Hardly standing but tiptoeing deftly across each board, between snores it seemed, avoiding the cracks as not to trigger these links.

Rebecca Monk – Elegant illustration with some that reveal much more with simple motion of an object, a screen, time with crisp colors and beautiful approach to light and shadow.
New York Numbers – Oh, the array of typography used for the numbers that adorn the buildings, byways and streets of New York City. Lovely photos of many and many more to come.
Adventure awaits – Leave it to a butter maker to create the best 2001: A Space Odyssey parody using vegetables, cookware, a microwave and a gas cooktop.
Dues Ex – Inside Dues Ex Machina in Milano, Italy that has it all–motorcycles, bicycles, clothing and keychains. Stop by, say hi, grab some gear.
Fire + cornstarch – Crazy Russian Hacker shows you how to breath fire, using corn starch and a open flame. You should probably do this outside.
Darcy – Here’s your cute dose for the rest of the week. Darcy is a wee pet Hedgehog which totally makes me want to get a wee pet Hedgehog.
Stunts – New music video from Ravenyards featuring lots of colorful light patterns mapped across the faces of the band members as they sing to a funky electro-pop rhythm.


3Gear Trips The Money Mine, Bags 1.9M, Blows Gesture Recognition Sky High.

09 Apr, 2014 by in TECH

In the office these days, there’s a lack of drama. Drama that could be taken to awesome new levels with the right amount of hand gestures, teeth gritting and intense looks of determination behind the glow of a 30″ HD monitor. 3Gear Systems is bringing all that in multiple ways today, introducing impressive new gesture recognition (smack), previewing an entirely new depth-sensing device (SMACK) and announcing $1.9 Million in seed funding (SMAA-HAACK!!). With it, they plan to deliver a gesture recognition system that “actually works” and can be used in a broader array of applications than anyone has ever thought possible. Here’s just how they’re changing the gesture control landscape.


Behind the Design: Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Star Wars Blaster

08 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, FAB

I’m sure you’ve sat at a business lunch–one that isn’t going so well–with the scene quickly reimagined as you screaming, “Tell Jabba…” and firing a blaster beneath the table to take our your would be assailant. (Yes, Han shot FIRST.) In December, Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars was auctioned off to an anonymous buyer. The iconic prop fetched $200,000; was slightly worn, slightly dusty and yes, not in the slightest way functional. Some thought this ridiculous, yet it is a movie prop permanently etched in movie history and our minds. The shape sets it apart and for the collectors or sportsmen sci-fi-sters in the audience, a full-blown, laser-firing BlasTech DL-44 HEAVY BLASTER PISTOL would be the ultimate prize. For Bob Boyd, the same holds true and even though we’re not quite there with lasers, his article details the adventure of everything that goes into recreating a live-ammo-firing Han Solo Blaster.


Friday Smackdown: Sudsing Rhino

04 Apr, 2014 by in SMACKDOWN

What’s the rhino doing in the soap bottle? You would have asked it, yet stranger still was its size. A wee rhino. In a soap bottle. Sudsing about. And it occurs to you, that the muffled melody you hear is coming from that place, a rhino in a bottle with these links to pass the day.

Charlie Immer – Somewhat colorful, somewhat gortesque, but nonetheless ‘buttery bloody goodness dripping and floating through the foliage’ amongst other delights.
Life Hacks – 10 life hacks from 100 years ago, that could be just as helpful today, like how to stop a mad dog or rig a water filter.
The Expert – We’ve all been in these meetings. There are likely a few thousand of them going on right now. Fortunately, there are experts who can do anything.
Famous people hate me – Jim. Ugh, that guy. Famous people hate him, probably because, by doing this, he is gaining more notoriety than they.
Artic in Pink – Gotta love some Kodak Aerochrome 120. Daniel Zvereff hits the icy landscape with a pack and brings back amazing imagery.
Bibo – The wallpaper is nice, but the story of an ice cream selling robot is even more profound.
New York Storefronts – Yes, more photography. What it looked like then, and what it looks like now. The year gone by in New York City.
The Tempest – New video for Throwing Snow, aka Ross Tones, with just the right amount of rich repetition, cymbals slaps, dry beats and an ethereal sound to slip into the weekend unscathed.


Complex 3D Printed Art Collaborations From Modla You Have Got to See

03 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, FAB

Modla is a small 3D printing design studio that creates incredibly ornate, complex and detailed 3d printed art pieces for brands, architects, designers, artists and more. They launched just over a year ago and have already had product launches with Nike, completed an array of 3d printed architecture projects and designed all the signage for the Science Museum’s “3D Printing: The Future” exhibition. Among other projects they also do collaborations with artist. They’ve just launched three that are simply gorgeous examples of what the medium is doing for artists. We caught up with co-founders Jon Fidler and Rich Goddard about the niche they’ve found in 3d printed art collaboration and consulting.