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Definitely a must-read, just don’t tell the SolidSmack content team. (Sorry guys.) “…publishers are looking for ways to have more and more content (feeding the goat) for less money, because more content means more page views, which enables them to squeeze a few more drops of blood from the stone of online ad sales. So…

Made from acrylic, f,l,o,w,e,r,s is embedded with real flowers that were hand-selected and dried, Terayama meticulously spaced out the flowers in 1cm intervals using a pair of tweezers to give the effect of ‘blossoming’. “If the flowers in the paddy were spaced in equal intervals I could lie down in them and measure my height.”…

Ahh…few things in life are as satisfying as playing Tetris and watching those bricks fit sooo nicely together. Game enthusiast Marc Kerger loves the game so much, that in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary this past June 6th he created a wearable (and playable!) Tetris shirt. Consisting of 128 LEDs powered by an Arduino…

It’s true, the ‘Dark Side’ always seems to have the better equipment over their ‘Rebel Scum’ adversaries and just looks better to boot. It looks like the US Army is taking a page strait out of the ‘Empire’s’ handbook with a new CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear) filed mask for soldiers deployed in combat…

Fresh water is in short supply these days…just look at the statistics for California and you will have a pretty good idea of how scarce it really is. Technically speaking, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh, which isn’t saying much considering it still needs to be filtered or treated before it can be…

There’s so much awesome that goes into the making of movie props, and there’s no lack of drama either. From the 1979 film Alien, Strange Shapes recounts the making of the head that would drip acid and strike fear into Ripley and crew. “I always like to have these big long heads for the monster,”…

Just finished up The Norm Chronicles after reading a stellar review in The Economist (my typical morning read, if you follow). Which of the following is most dangerous in statistical terms: Skydiving, a typical week of MDMA (ecstasy) use, or running a marathon? (Hint: Pheidippides died doing the first one.) What are the actual odds…

We’ve seen Coca-Cola’s efforts to be a more sustainable company range from various material usage changes to even designing an upcycling kit for discarded plastic bottles. While any effort is a step forward, perhaps they should take a look at designer Ryan Harc’s concept for a new Coca-Cola can: it uses 3D texture rather than…

Developing a narrative to craft around a product design can be one of the more difficult pieces of the design process. When I was in school preparing my final year industrial design project presentation, my teacher at the time drew what looked like a cross-section of ocean waves arriving to shore on the dry-erase board.…

My BFA was useful in landing my first job. Since then, it’s been about as useful as the “most likely to get into an argument” high school superlative. (True story.) By now it’s a truism that the cost of college in the US is unreasonable. Very few would argue otherwise. But most of the debate…

There’s a lot you can do with a 3 hour chunk of your day. For filmmaker Keith Skretch, that meant planing down a block of wood one layer at a time to create this mesmerizing stop-motion video. As each layer gets shredded to saw dust, each of the imperfections become their own little abstract dance:…

This is, as is stated, a collection of car faces–You know, the front bits–by Min Seung Song, a UX designer with over eight years experience in the mobile UX industry. He is interested in convergence between mobile technology and cars. You can submit your own faces too. See more at Faces of Cars

“Take a look around: everyone is multitasking. We’re doing more than we’ve ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies.”